‘Westworld’ Season 4 on HBO: How Tessa Thompson, a graduate in cultural anthropology, became a Hollywood star

Season 4 of the fan-favorite and iconic sci-fi drama series “Westworld” returned to HBO on June 26. Entertainment rags are rife with countless rave reviews for the show which captures a totally new and futuristic dystopian world filled with human robots in a “Westworld” amusement park. These bots, which in some ways represent the evolution of what it is to be “human”, have gone through some pretty tumultuous emotional journeys over the past four seasons. They all had to lose those they cared about and even parts of themselves in their struggle to survive. For this reason, nothing is the same for them. The “Westworld” series was adapted from an iconic 1973 film of the same name. The show was created and conceptualized by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

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Tessa Thompson tries out the character of Charlotte ‘Hale’ Halores from the first season of the Emmy-winning series. From the past four seasons until now, audiences have witnessed an arc, especially with how her character Charlotte has changed. The most drastic change was when Charlotte’s human body becomes a mere shell for one of “Dolores Abernathy’s” human-robot copies. As the emotionless and devious human bot “Halores” ruthlessly uses the identity of Delos board-sitting Charlotte, it will be an intriguing watch to see how her character arc develops in “Westworld” Season 4. “.

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Tessa Thompson is a graduate in cultural anthropology

According to an old interview with The Guardian from October 2018, Tessa Thompson, born and raised in Los Angeles, took acting classes even while studying cultural anthropology at university. Not only that, but she also interned in an all-female Shakespeare company.

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But soon after BBC America’s “Copper” series, in which she tried out for the role of a former slave in 19th-century New York, she began to be typecast. Tessa said, “A lot of the pieces that came to me were things I had seen before. Slave dramas, black best friends, single moms upset with their babydaddy.” She turned them all down. Instead, she “decided to take a break and do a few plays, and see plays and to read books and not work, literally not work until I was going to burn for something.

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Tessa Thompson broke out with “Dear White People”

His first small screen appearance was in an episode of the CBS crime drama series “Cold Case” in 2005. This in turn led to a series of stints on other prime time shows like “Private Practice”. “, “Grey’s Anatomy” and ‘Véronique Mars’. But her real “break out” role came after she was cast in “Dear White People” (2014). Tessa gained worldwide recognition as an on-screen actress with rave reviews for her outstanding performance on the show. Her character, a woman of color, was badass, smart, cool, and confident. He was a unique, out-of-the-box character that audiences hadn’t seen on TV. Since then, Tessa has never looked back. Speaking about the casting process, Tessa said, “These ‘badass’ roles excite me because they’re so different from how I feel. I don’t wake up and move through space feeling like Valkyrie on the Rainbow Bridge!

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Tessa Thompson’s teenage acting dreams

The actress tried out for the role of Hermia in a school production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” when she was 14. In another old interview with Gentlewoman, dated April 2020, Tessa said that she realized as a teenager that she wanted to gamble for a living. . “What really pushed me to become an actor was classical theatre. Greeks and Shakespeare, and even less classical, like Tennessee Williams and Chekhov,” she added.

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In 2001, she enrolled at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles to study cultural anthropology. She also continued acting by joining the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Initially, she thought she would be a stage actress in the theater world or maybe even a Broadway star. But in her early twenties she started auditioning for film and TV roles and by 2022 she is one of Hollywood’s brightest stars!

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James C. Tibbs