Tessa Thompson is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson, of the New York based band Chocolate Genius
In 2006, Tessa starred as Esme (a sorority girl) in the made for TV horror/thriller movie The Initiation of Sarah.
Tessa thanks TV and films for her success, but has stated that she would love to do theatre again.
Tessa has done a lot of Shakespeare plays in her theatre years.
Tessa has stated that she thinks it's more important that people like her performances thanif they like her characters. It's hard to distinguish the differences between the hate for a character and the hate for the actor.
Tessa has done a lot of theatre plays and a couple of movies during her career as an actress, but her role on Veronica Mars was her first appearance on TV.
Tessa recently appeared as a small role in the re-make of the movie When A Stranger Calls
Tessa has stated that she identifies with her character on Veronica Mars, Jackie, to that extent that she's a sensitive girl, that comes off strong and self-confident.
Tessa moved around much as a kid, and therefore experienced a lot of "Teasing-of-the-new-kid". She's stated that she used some of that experience when playing Jackie Cook on Veronica Mars.
Tessa's parents are divorced.
Tessa is of African American heritage, and also has roots in Mexico.
Tessa is most notably known for her role as Jackie on Veronica Mars.
Her first stage role was a tap-dancing wolf in her fifth grade play.
Tessa (About her leaving the set of Veronica Mars and stealing something from it): I have put in a request to take home the wig that Percy Daggs III wears. For sentimental reasons. We'll see... Just kidding!
Tessa: If they made a TV remake of Veronica Mars - like thirty years later, I guess I'd come back and be Jackie. You know, finally expose the truth of the pill popping we saw early in the season. Who knows? Maybe she was the way she was because she had gender confusion, and was planning to undergo gender reassignment- thus the pills. So in the remake I could be "Jack". And all along my animosity for Veronica was love. Maybe finally in the remake Veronica and I could be a couple. The network could break all kinds of boundaries with that plot line!
Tessa (About her character on Veronica Mars): I thought Jackie was cool. She is this stuck up classy sassafrassy prissy, a la Paris Hilton but she reads Burroughs? I relished the contradiction.
Tessa: Was some of the online hate hard to bare when I read it? Sure. Of course. But I decided to a.) stop reading it altogether and b.) realize that I don't do what I do to be liked or praised.
Tessa: If Jackie was going to off a bunch of people, she might have made sure that Madison and assorted others were included.