Tessa Thompson covers the “Next Generation Leaders” issue of Time magazine photographed by Gizelle Hernandez and styled by Wayman + Micah.
Actress Tessa Thompson has played many roles in Hollywood, including the character of Valkyrie in Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ series. As a queer woman of color, she has been outspoken about minority representation in Hollywood. Thompson issues ‘The 4% Challenge’ campaign, directed at making Hollywood more inclusive to female directors. Learn more about Tessa Thompson, just one of 10 young people forging new paths in politics, music and more.
“I don’t think any artist has the responsibility to be the ambassador, especially when it comes to who you love,” she says. “I don’t begrudge anyone who wants to keep that separate from their professional life. There’s not just a perceived risk of coming out in Hollywood. There’s a real one.”
“Little girls, little boys, and little people who don’t know what they are yet. As women or people of color we grow up having to identify with white dudes.”
“Every big opportunity I have been provided has always been with people of color,” she says. On those sets, she knows that she and the director share an unspoken goal to break barriers. But that’s not entirely by choice. “There is a long list of white, male filmmakers I would love to work with,” she says. “But they just don’t see me. They just don’t.”
[Photo Credit: Gizelle Hernandez/Time Magazine – Video Credit: Time via YouTube.com]