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The Stars' Best Kept Secrets: Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson broke out on the TV series 'Veronica Mars', before going on to star in hit movies like 'Creed', 'Selma' and 'Thor: Ragnarok'.

But what are some things you might not have known about this talented young beauty?.

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Tessa Thompson broke out on the TV series 'Veronica Mars', before going on to star in hit movies like 'Creed', 'Selma' and 'Thor: Ragnarok'.

But what are some things you might not have known about this talented young beauty?

For instance, were you aware of Tessa's unusual heritage?

The actress' father is of Afro-Panamanian descent, while her mother is half Mexican.

Thompson split her time growing up between the two sides of the family, raised partly in California and partly in New York.

The star's father is actually a singer/songwriter, and Tessa has definitely inherited those genes.

She used to be part of the band Caught a Ghost, she's made appearances in music videos for stars like Jay-Z and Janelle Monae, and her singing has been featured on the soundtracks of both 'Dear White People' and 'Creed', in which she played an aspiring musician.

In fact, in addition to doing her own singing in 'Creed', Thompson went all out for her performance in other ways as well.

She insisted that she and Michael B.

Jordan both get totally naked to shoot their love scene, and even moved to Philadelphia prior to filming the movie, to better understand her character's background.

The multi-talented lady didn't always want to be a performer, however.

In college she actually studied cultural anthropology, with plans of joining the Peace Corps.

Finally, Tessa's career may be moving fast now, but she got there by taking it slow.

She resolved with a friend to take a year and practice saying "no" to things, only taking on projects that she knew she couldn't live without.

Thompson now sports a "yes" tattoo on her right wrist to commemorate the successful experiment.




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