“Men in Black: International” Star Tessa Thompson Covers Marie Claire’s July Issue

Posted on June 11, 2019

“Men in Black: International” star Tessa Thompson covers Marie Claire‘s July issue photographed by Thomas Whiteside. 



On contract negotiations for MIB: “When we are having the conversation around how we structure our deals, I said, ‘I understand who Chris Hemsworth is and who I am not relative to him, globally and otherwise. But in the success of the film, that changes. In success, I want equity. Because then you can’t make the same argument.”

On working with Chris Hemsworth for their second project: “Like [Katharine] Hepburn and [Spencer] Tracy. We’re trying to do that old-Hollywood thing: ‘It’s us again! Still like us?'”

On her spa experience with MIB co-star Emma Thompson: “Like the afterlife: just a bunch of English people in bathrobes walking around getting treatments. I was like, What is my life? I’m walking the grounds with Emma Thompson?”

On the need to create fully realized roles for actress of color: “I look at actresses that are not of color, and at the opportunities that they’re presented in terms of directors wanting to make work for them. When I look at my contemporaries of color, it’s only other artists of color that are doing that in a real, robust way.”

On being persuasive: “It’s a good thing I’m empathetic. Otherwise, I might be a sociopath.”

On her activist pursuits: “[I hope to]…evolve in my life in a way that is quantifiable. I don’t want to be passed the mic until I know what to do with it.”


1. Word that makes me cringe? Moist
2. What is the best gift you’ve received? Collages from her dad
3. Last song stuck in your head? “Hello It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren
4. What should every woman try at least once in her life? Yell at someone if they tell you to smile
5. What can you not miss on TV? RuPaul’s Drag Race
6. Do you have any secret talents? No
7. Favorite dance move? The electric slide
8. What word would your friends use to describe you? Under slept
9. How did you make your first dollar? Selling Girl Scout cookies
10. Favorite couch snack? Hot & spicy Cheez-Its, Popcorn
11. Last book you read? A play titled “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre
12. Chocolate or Cheese? Chocolate (no question)
13. Last text you sent? To her friend and directly Nia Dacosta about where to have a drink
14. What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? That I’m an introvert


Style Credits:
Cover: Chanel Dress | Chanel Fine Jewelry Earrings and Ring
1st Image: Jonathan Simkhai Dress | Lele Sadoughi Earrings
2nd Image: Alessandra Rich Dress | David Webb Earrings and Ring
3rd Image: Kate Spade New York Dress | Simon G Jewelry Earrings
4th Image: Michael Kors Collection Dress | Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes
5th Image: Chanel Dress | Mallarino Earrings

[Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside/Marie Claire Magazine]

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