Westworld actress Tessa Thompson has addressed the controversy on the scene axed from Thor: Ragnarok.
Said scene, which ultimately didn’t make the cut in the Taika Waititi-directed Marvel movie, would have revealed more of Thompson’s character’s bisexuality.
Thompson: ‘It didn’t make sense in the context of the scene’
In the scene, a woman leaves Valkyrie’s bedroom after spending the night with her. However, the American actress says she doesn’t condemn the decision.
‘It wasn’t Marvel or Disney or anyone extracting that because it was an issue,’ she said in an interview with The Independent.
‘It just was like, that particular moment didn’t make sense in the context of the scene. And there were other beautiful things where you get a sense of her back story.’
Thompson also explained she played Valkyrie as a bisexual character.
‘The woman that dies is her lover. In performance, we were, like, “That’s your lover”. So in my mind, it isn’t cut.’
She furthermore added: ‘I played her as a woman that’s queer. I hope that we get to a space, in terms of the stories that we tell, where that’s something that gets to exist, and it doesn’t have to be noteworthy.’
‘I don’t think in those binaries’
The actress went on to address her own sexual orientation.
She made the headlines when she revealed she had dated both genders earlier this year, fueling the rumors she and Janelle Monae are or were a couple.
‘I can take things for granted because of my family – it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be. I’m attracted to men and also to women. If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion,’ she said back then.
Thompson was perplexed when media tried to put a label on her.
‘The thing for me is, I was just speaking candidly. Some people categorized it as coming out or something. And I have never been in, so I don’t know what that means,’ she said.
She also explained how bisexual is not the right word to define her.
‘There were a lot of people that said, “Oh she’s bisexual”. I never said that word, because I don’t think in those binaries.’
‘It’s important to say it’s okay’
Thompson, currently in cinemas with Creed II, recognized the importance of coming out as a public figure.
‘I feel like that’s important to say, just for me, because that’s not the way that I specifically identify – but I have had a lot of people say, “That’s my experience and you really set me free. You helped me have a conversation with my family”. And that I’m so happy for,’ she also said.
She continued: ‘I think it’s hugely important, and that’s why I felt it was important to be candid in that way, because I have been so lucky to have a family where you can be whatever you want to be. So many people don’t have that, don’t have a support system, and are really riddled with so much shame. They can’t really love in the way they wanna love, be who they wanna be, and so it’s important, I think, to say that it’s okay.’