Breaking traditional Marvel comic origins, Tessa Thompson storms into MCU to portray the fierce and equally powerful “sort of warrior ex-pat” Valkyrie.
Observant fans may notice that the actress has taken on equally amazing (if not instantly noticeable) roles – as the charmingly magnetic Charlotte Hale in Westworld, and the unapologetically outspoken Samantha White in Dear White People. Adding yet another dazzling role under her belt as Valkyrie, Tessa Thompson joins the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In this exclusive interview with Marie Claire, Tessa speaks about the star-studded cast and what it’s really like portraying Valkyrie – mentally and physically.
What was the audition like?
Tessa Thompson: We just played a lot. I was in a room in this leather costume with war paint on. I had a sword to play with. At one point I was supposed to come at the camera like it was an enemy. I took one fencing class once and hated it. But this day, there’s nothing to do in that moment but just pretend. That’s what I think is so wildly compelling about inhabiting these characters. If you are clumsy like me, a character like Valkyrie dares you to be sure-footed and just go. I loved that.