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Tessa Thompson describes what's 'erotic' about Valkyrie… after selfie of her new costume leaks


Tessa Thompson described what she thought was ‘erotic’ about her bisexual character – New Asgard ruler Valkyrie – ahead of the July 8 release of Thor: Love and Thunder.

‘She has weird skills, to be honest. She can sense when someone is close to death, and she takes them into Valhalla, which is essentially the afterlife,’ the 38-year-old LA native explained to W Magazine on Thursday.

‘She can revive people. But when she revives people, sometimes she ends up in their body. It’s a weird thing. It can be quite erotic. And then she has superhuman strength and is essentially god.’  

Bisexual: Tessa Thompson described what she thought was 'erotic' about her character - New Asgard ruler Valkyrie - ahead of the July 8 release of Thor: Love and Thunder (pictured November 15)

Bisexual: Tessa Thompson described what she thought was ‘erotic’ about her character – New Asgard ruler Valkyrie – ahead of the July 8 release of Thor: Love and Thunder (pictured November 15)

Tessa’s comments came 11 days after a mirror selfie she took of the new Valkyrie suit on set leaked online, which is consistent with the leaked poster published by The Direct last month.

The star-studded MCU superhero sequel will also feature Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Jeff Goldblum, Vin Diesel, and Russell Crowe.

Thompson famously engaged in a three-way kiss with her Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi and his girlfriend Rita Ora at his Sydney home back on May 23.

The Emmy-nominated producer also discussed executive producing and starring as Irene ‘Reenie’ Redfield in Rebecca Hall’s b&w directorial debut Passing now streaming on Netflix.

The 38-year-old LA native explained to W Magazine on Thursday: 'She can revive people. But when she revives people, sometimes she ends up in their body. It's a weird thing. It can be quite erotic. And then she has superhuman strength and is essentially god'

The 38-year-old LA native explained to W Magazine on Thursday: ‘She can revive people. But when she revives people, sometimes she ends up in their body. It’s a weird thing. It can be quite erotic. And then she has superhuman strength and is essentially god’

Tessa's comments came 11 days after a mirror selfie she took of the new Valkyrie suit on set leaked online, which is consistent with the leaked poster published by The Direct last month

Tessa’s comments came 11 days after a mirror selfie she took of the new Valkyrie suit on set leaked online, which is consistent with the leaked poster published by The Direct last month

Pegasus rider: Here's a look at Thompson's prior costumes from Thor: Ragnarok in 2017

Pegasus rider: Here's a look at Thompson's prior costumes from Thor: Ragnarok in 2017

Pegasus rider: Here’s a look at Thompson’s prior costumes from Thor: Ragnarok in 2017

The star-studded MCU superhero sequel will also feature Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Jeff Goldblum, Vin Diesel, and Russell Crowe

The star-studded MCU superhero sequel will also feature Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Jeff Goldblum, Vin Diesel, and Russell Crowe 

‘When Passing came my way, I knew Ruth Negga was going to play Clare. And that was part of the draw as well,’ Tessa said.

‘Because in both the screenplay and [Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella] you get the sense that my character, Irene, is so beguiled by this woman, and I did find Ruth beguiling and thought she was just perfect. But we have joked that we could do a stage version of it where we switch parts every other night, which I think would be a dream.’

The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds a ‘certified fresh’ 90% critic approval rating (out of 229 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘I think there are small ways that [I] pass, particularly as a light-skinned black woman,’ Thompson – who’s of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent – admitted.

Now streaming on Netflix! The Emmy-nominated producer also discussed executive producing and starring as Irene 'Reenie' Redfield in Rebecca Hall's (R) b&w directorial debut Passing

Now streaming on Netflix! The Emmy-nominated producer also discussed executive producing and starring as Irene ‘Reenie’ Redfield in Rebecca Hall’s (R) b&w directorial debut Passing

Tessa said: 'When Passing came my way, I knew Ruth Negga (L) was going to play Clare. And that was part of the draw as well, because in both the screenplay and [Nella Larsen's 1929 novella] you get the sense that my character, Irene, is so beguiled by this woman, and I did find Ruth beguiling and thought she was just perfect'

Tessa said: ‘When Passing came my way, I knew Ruth Negga (L) was going to play Clare. And that was part of the draw as well, because in both the screenplay and [Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella] you get the sense that my character, Irene, is so beguiled by this woman, and I did find Ruth beguiling and thought she was just perfect’

Critical darling: The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds a 'certified fresh' 90% critic approval rating (out of 229 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

Critical darling: The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds a ‘certified fresh’ 90% critic approval rating (out of 229 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

‘I think there’s this idea of being a presence in the room that maybe isn’t as threatening as I would be if I were darker skin. My blackness to me has always felt beautiful, yes, but inevitable. But you realize if you are mixed race or to some people racially ambiguous, there is this sort of a privilege you have.

‘Depending on how much you don’t want to be otherized, you might be compelled to soften your edges a little bit so that you can move through space with more ease. And that I understand, especially in Hollywood.’

The Westworld star added: ‘To play the kind of protagonist that I don’t think you would’ve seen a black woman get to play is a testament to how much things have changed just in the course of my career, certainly. Which is not to say that there isn’t more change to be made.’

Thompson - who's of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent - admitted: 'I think there are small ways that [I] pass, particularly as a light-skinned black woman...You realize if you are mixed race or to some people racially ambiguous, there is this sort of a privilege you have'

Thompson – who’s of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent – admitted: ‘I think there are small ways that [I] pass, particularly as a light-skinned black woman…You realize if you are mixed race or to some people racially ambiguous, there is this sort of a privilege you have’



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