Tessa Thompson Is Proud Her Coming Out Helped 'So Many' LBGTQ Fans Do The Same: "That’s Been Tremendous"

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Tessa Thompson is opening up more about her coming out experience and the effect it had on her fans.

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The actor came out as bisexual just over four years ago, in 2018, sharing with Net-A-Porter that she was "attracted to men and also to women."

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"If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion,” she added.

Now, she's opening up about how that experience also inspired her LGBTQ fans to come out.

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"That’s been tremendous," she told Variety in an interview promoting her new movie Thor: Love and Thunder, where she plays Valkyrie, an LGBTQ character.

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"I’ve had so many folks write me and say that they were able to come out or to talk to their family, which is a dream," she added.

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Tessa pointed out that the industry puts a "tremendous amount of pressure" on one "to be a certain kind of thing," but added that she feels "really lucky to exist inside of a space, both in my professional space and my personal space and familial space, where I feel really loved and supported for who I am."

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"And I know that is a privilege that not a lot of people share. So to those folks that don’t have those spaces, I see them," she added.

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Fans can see more of her in Thor: Love and Thunder now.