In a wide-ranging interview, "Men an Black" stern Tessa Thompson so shares herstellung thoughts on her Marvel future, "Westworld" season three and why she"s going to bat for kris Hemsworth zu join ns "Creed" franchise.

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Tessa Thompson has gained used kommen sie threading ns needle bolzen nostalgia und creating miscellaneous new.

She aided revitalize theRockyfranchise withCreedand zu sein part of HBO’s update onWestworld. This weekend she hasMen an Black: International, a legacy sequel to die series that will Smith and Tommy Lee jones kicked off an 1997.

On the set ofMen in Black: International, Thompson feel strongly that there’s together a thing as too much nostalgia. She plays M, a woman who’s spent produziert life seeking out the secret company after witnessing castle neuralyze herstellung parents as a child. After erste suiting trost as a probationary agent, audiences were most likely bracing zum her zu repeat,“I make this look at good,”a line delivered von Smith’s J in the zuerst film, but ns actor declined.

“I wouldn’t have said it. An fact, ich think someone did ask me zu —just as in option —and ich said no,” Thompson tellsThe hollywood Reporterwith a laugh. “M ist just various from that character . Yeah, ich was really conscious von too much nostalgia. Also, inside of that, there were moments when i thought, ‘Let’s lean in."”

Thompson ist coming off of a small role inAvengers: Endgame, i m sorry saw her character Valkyrie assume ns mantle von Queen von Asgard. Bei a conversation withTHR,the gibbs shares her reaction kommen sie that scene, gets into produziert Marvel future and confirms that yes, she really zu sein going to bat for kris Hemsworth to join theCreedfranchise.

Is the relieving to have a niederdrücken tour where sie don’t oase to worry around spoiling Avengers movies?

I mean it is, although ich feel prefer I’m constantly involved bei things wherein I’m dafür worried about spoilers all ns time. Even working ~ above Westworld, ich feel choose I’m constantly mired inside des paranoia the someone ist going kommen sie arrest me and take me kommen sie spoiler jail.


Certain collaborations evoke other unique in us. They enhance us in ways that a solo effort often can’t. An that sense, how does your participation with kris Hemsworth differ from your cooperation with michael B. Jordan?

That’s deshalb interesting; no one has actually asked me that. There’s this idea the audiences can sort von relax inside des familiar faces together, and there’s other you tun können look forward to. One large difference, in terms of those 2 collaborations, ist obviously v Mike; we’re playing the same personalities that get to evolve end a number of years and a romantic pairing, which ich think ist very specific. What ich love about what us get kommen sie do zu sein talk around millennial love and how that looks different inside of neu ideas around family and partnership. So, i love that.

With this neu film, my teamwork with Chris is us playing various characters, und there’s most likely something acquainted inside of it since it’s our personal dynamic. Ich think des it an terms des what hollywood used kommen sie do all the time. Bei no way am I compare either of these collaborations zu this, but Hepburn/Tracy —these iconic duos that get to make a gewächs of arbeit together. One thing that strikes me around what i get to do v Chris is that it’s not romantic at all, und I think that’s less common. I think the sort des bucks convention. We get to play buddies top top a mission together, und we get zu do that inside des a male/female pairing wherein we space equals in terms of screen time, agency und how much we median to die plot. I think that’s yes, really rare an terms of hollywood films, unfortunately. I think that that’s something audiences tun können get behind und are excited by; i certainly am.

After encountering in alien und the MIB together a child, Molly devotes herstellung life kommen sie finding the MIB. Is there in example from her career where freundin knocked under every door sie could kommen sie get a certain opportunity freundin wanted?

I can’t liken it necessarily to Molly’s trajectory, since she was so narrowly concentrated on this organization from understanding that castle existed, but when i look back now, since ich was as young together Molly was during her first encounter, i was always interested an performance. Ich was always interested in observing people, und trying zu get out des myself and be miscellaneous else. There’s dafür much video des me law that. When i was alt enough zu go kommen sie school, ich was doing that on stages und combating my own stage fright, even when I first started doing plays as a kid. The other jene that ich thought i would do, or go do weil das a while, every pointed back to what ich do now —just being interested und invested bei people. So, bei that way, I have been together narrowly focused as Molly; i just didn’t know it until much more recently. I really schutz been hinweisen this my whole life in a way.


Agent O (Emma Thompson) puts ns through a trial über fire, in which she handles herself quite well. Was there a details project bei your job where sie were thrown into the fire, resulting bei considerable success?

I shudder hinweisen my faster experiences of working on camera; I’m an extremely lucky the I got to execute them with an excellent people. It was a lot, because i was finding out on die job. So, i wouldn’t benennen those together successes, return I’m here to tell ns story, deswegen I suppose that’s a success in and von itself. An ext recently, ich would say the zuerst season of Westworld. Ich didn’t recognize what those script were; i signed on much more blindly. Lock gave freundin fake pages zu read, and I had actually conversations with die showrunners . Ich didn’t know that I’d be playing this frau inside of a very male-dominated space, i beg your pardon Delos ns company is, and having kommen sie go toe-to-toe with the mögen of anthony Hopkins, ed Harris und Jeffrey Wright. Also, just having to take hoch space in a way that as a performer i haven’t, und frankly, together a woman ich haven’t — inside des male-dominated spaces —and having zu really execute that. Just to it is in able kommen sie really take trost space bei that way, i feel like it primed me zum doing that in real life and an a real way with ns work the I’ve been doing with Time’s Up. Certainly, when i was doing that on Westworld, ich came into it notfall knowing that i would have to be doing that. It’s a an excellent thing ich was doing the with people as generous as anthony Hopkins, but kommen sie be opposite a legend und a understand class, I’m nur glad I gott out of there without sweating. He could sneeze and it would certainly be riveting.


With “requels” or “legacyquels,” such as Creed and MIB: International, ns challenge zu sein including nur the best amount von nostalgia deswegen that audience don’t feel prefer they’re gift pandered to. When m was gaining suited and booted, i kept thinking, “Please don’t make her say, ‘I make this look at good.’” Were sie conscious of avoiding too much nostalgia? would certainly you have been comfortable saying wollen Smith’s well known line, “I do this look at good,” if asked?

I wouldn’t have said it. In fact, ich think who did ask me zu —just as in option —and ich said no. (Laughs.) M ist just different from that character . Yeah, ich was really conscious des too viel nostalgia. Also, inside des that, there were moments when i thought, “Let’s lean in.” weil das example, there’s a scene when M zuerst enters MIB headquarters in London, und there’s this wenig alien being, i m sorry she walk down kommen sie pet and some things happen. One von the brilliant dinge about the zuerst Men in Black, an particular, zu sein that ns humor und funny collection pieces room situational, and have kommen sie do v this fish out of water. So, i thought that zuerst scene in London’s headquarters would be a pretty opportunity weil das it. There’s a writer that i was working v at the time named jessica Gao, und we sort des came hoch with the gag, just as an alt, und I encouraged them to shoot that as bei alt. Ich think it works really well, nur as an additional sort von nod to die earlier films, but ich was really conscious of too viel nostalgia.

To me, die reason to revisit larger IP and franchises ist if you have a really compelling reason. Sony had actually been wanting zu make this movie zum some years, and they had this seeds of an idea: this young girl has in experience with an alien, and it changes herstellung life. Zu be honest, one kühl thing around revisiting movies 22 year later zu sein you get zu make them through a modern sensibility —and i don’t mean far better VFX, return that’s cool, too. Ich mean the modern sensibility now, und the time the we’re in, would certainly allow for a woman like me kommen sie topline a studio film like this, and I think that’s impactful. It absolutely introduces a whole neu generation zu it, a generation von young women and young boys, who get zu follow a protagonist that looks like me. Ich think that method something. So, that was definitely a compelling reason, und I think it’s something new, fresh and not nostalgic. It just didn’t exist two decades ago, and I’m glücklich that that does now.


You functioned with two-time Oscar winner Dame Emma Thompson. Did you pick trost on noþeles from herstellung way von working or gift that freundin might apply in the future?

She type of just solidified ns things that ich know and the means that i hope I am when I’m punkt my best. Weil das example, she’s somebody who really and truly come on kommen sie a set and just renders everyone feel great. Every day the she was on set, she brought treats zum the entirety crew, und she renders a point kommen sie go up kommen sie everyone, understand their name and shake their hand. Wie man you’re do these big movies the take four des five months und people room away from your families, that’s really important zum morale und camaraderie, particularly kommen sie do the as the talent. So, to seen someone like Dame Emma Thompson, who’s together seasoned and masterful together she is, work that way zu sein really important, especially the levity und sense of humor the she has actually about die work and about herself. She’s dafür open kommen sie trying anything; she’s dafür incredibly collaborative.

The means that she met me und embraced me —literally embraced me —is other she didn’t schutz to do. It’s really nur knowing the energie that she has and how impactful she is, frankly. She go that with such grace, und just as in actor, herstellung dexterity zu sein incredible to watch live. You lakers it on camera, but just to watch produziert from take to take, tit zum tat, always in new ways, constantly breaking new ground, ns way that she can seamlessly walk out of a an extremely fun chat about what she go over the weekend und straight right into a personality with notfall a glitch bei between zu sein amazing, because that’s ns way that i like to work. So, i can’t to speak enough about her. Getting to meet her changed mine life, und she also imparted part really necessary things for me kommen sie hear, which ist just kommen sie take care des myself. You arbeiten for dafür long just to get to a particular place bei your career, and it kann sein sort of be everything und you can be really narrow in terms of that, dafür it’s just important to really take time. So, she reminded me des that hinweisen a time when ich really needed to hear it, und I can’t thank her enough.

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An actor told me when that if freundin don’t know your scene partner before a struggle scene, freundin certainly wollen after. V that in mind, how was your hit scene v Rebecca Ferguson?

(Laughs.)That struggle scene was incredible. Obviously, she’s done the Mission: impossible movies, and she has actually a ja wirklich working relationship with their stunt coordinator, walking Eastwood, who’s also our stunt coordinator on ns film. So, they had a real shorthand, which was great. Our fight scene was really challenging, because, obviously, she’s fighting v a third arm that she doesn’t have. So, she’s having kommen sie play that, and I’m taking punches from in arm the doesn’t exist. We deshalb didn’t oase a ton des time, relative to how ambitious ns scene was, zu really work it out. She commits deshalb hard, und when ich say hard, ich mean sometimes it hurts. (Laughs.) She was dafür sweet, due to the fact that she would feel so terrible; she’d really acquire me. I’d try to be tough und say, “No, you didn’t, sie didn’t.” But, she would certainly realize she did and feel awful. She’s deswegen gifted and so funny. Also, i hope she wouldn’t mind me speak this, but she had her newborn through her. So, literally, in between takes, she was breastfeeding before going back in. What she’s capable of, physically, ist incredible. They call it in E-Z Up, but i would kommen sie to produziert little time while she was breastfeeding, und just sit und chat with her. So, ich did actually get kommen sie know produziert really well. I loved her so much, together a struggle partner und for the wenig work that we had actually together. I’d love to get kommen sie really team up with her again und do something. We’ve in reality talked about that.

Since us only schutz a few minutes left, I’d like to do a lighting round des sorts. I have numerous fast questions, most des which sie can’t go auch in-depth on, deswegen let’s see how much we get.



Did freundin suggest Lily james to it is in Detroit’s brothers voice an Sorry kommen sie Bother You, because sie had just worked together on Little Woods?

I did!


Is Lakeith Stanfield going zu be upset that he wasn’t chosen weil das that alien monitoring cameo?

He could be because donald Glover was. That was a surprise zu me as well! ich had to be obsessively questioning them nearly every day who it was gonna be and Donald was a surprise. So, Lakeith can be upset, because i think he probably is bei alien.

What’s your best adjective zum Westworld Season Three?

Maybe this zu sein boring, but surprising. It’s how amazing me zu no end. So, ich think it möchte be zu viewers, too.

“Charlores” is really fun von the way.

(Laughs.) It’s dafür fun kommen sie play. If you liebe that, just fucking wait until this season. Omigod. There’s a gewächs of fun.


Do you oase a turbulent idea von when you’re play Valkyrie next?

No. No idea punkt all, und it’s killing me! ich want to know!

What was your zuerst reaction kommen sie Valkyrie becoming king of Asgard?

I think my zuerst reaction was, “How plenty of Asgardians room left? just how hard is the job?”

What was your first reaction zu seeing ns A-Force shot on the big screen?

Oh. My. Gosh.”

Did freundin shoot scenes that you thought were meant for Infinity War?

Oh, yes. Yes, i did. Ich don’t understand if i was lied to or not.

What’s her impression des Rebecca Hall’s take it on Passing?

It’s so beautiful. Ich read ns novella, und I didn’t understand how you would do it right into a script. Then, ich read the script, und I didn’t know how sie could carry out it any much more perfectly. It’s deswegen beautiful.

What’s a ability you’ve learned indigenous a movie the you still use an your day-to-day life?

That’s a really an excellent question the I’ve never ever been asked. I learned zu sign twirl for Sorry to Bother You. I learned kommen sie baton twirl zum a film calledWar top top Everyone. Ich don’t usage either des those skills. Ich don’t use sword or dagger work anymore. Maybe, i need kommen sie pick all of these back up again. Hopefully, they’re favor riding a bike.


How severe were you wie you said sie were trying zu get kris Hemsworth into ns Creed franchise?

(Laughs.) Well, sie should know that one von his favorite dinge to do zu sein to imitate all ns central characters of the Creed franchise: myself, michael B. Und Sylvester Stallone. So, ich just get ns sense the he yes, really wants kommen sie be inside of the world. So, I’m doing it weil das him; I’m trying zum him.

Do you oase a unstable idea von when you’ll pat Bianca again?

No, but ich know it wollen happen.

Have freundin met sylvester Stallone’s 45-year-old turtles that he acquired throughout the zuerst Rocky? to be they actually used on Creed, during Bianca’s scenes punkt Rocky’s house?

(Laughs.) Yes. Apparently, one of them was, and I got an trouble because i asked what ns turtles’ names were . Everyone on collection gasped, because i should’ve recognized from the original films. Ich had just forgotten, deshalb I vamped und said, “No, what space their real names, not their stage names?”

Which haircut do freundin prefer top top Valkyrie’s future liebe interest, Carol Danvers?

The fact is ich love her deswegen much that ich love her any i beg your pardon way. She kann sein do no wrong. If she wants zu switch hair colors, i love produziert any method she is —just ns way she is. I can’t choose one; i love them all.

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Famously, you und a few other Marvel frau stormed ns gates of kevin Feige’s office zu pitch in all-women Marvel movie. Has actually there been any type of movement on that front?

(Laughs.)I don’t know. I know that we essential to just get v Endgame and to the next phase. So, possibly it’s time zum me to check back in with e about it.