10 Cute Truths You Did Not Know About Tessa Thompson

1. She played Jackie Cook on the film noir television series Veronica Mars, Sara Freeman in the period crime drama Copper, Nyla Adrose in the film For Colored Girls, civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma, and starred as Samantha White in Dear White People.

2. Her father is of Panamanian descent and her mother is of half Mexican and half European ancestry.

3. In 2003, Thompson appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836 with The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination.

4. She is set to appear in the upcoming off-broadway run of the Lydia R. Diamond production Smart People alongside Mahershala Ali, Joshua Jackson and Anne Son

5. Thompson made her first TV appearance in a 2005 episode of the CBS series Cold Case in the role of a bootlegging lesbian from the 1930s.

6. She worked on guest star roles on Life and Private Practice, and appeared in the fourth season of Heroes.

7. In 2010, she had a guest role as the wife of a detective on Detroit 187.

8. Thompson was next seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dancing film Make it Happen in 2008.

9. Thompson has produced music as part of the electro band Caught A Ghost.

10. The band provided songs for the film Dear White People, in which she also starred.

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