Tessa Thompson: ‘I’m attracted to men and also women’

Tessa Thompson is sharing her truth. The Creed actress came out as bisexual in a new interview.

“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,” Thompson, 34, told Net-a-Porter in a profile published on Friday, June 29. “If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion.”

The Thor: Ragnarok star (who played the bisexual character Valkyrie) also opened up about her relationship with Janelle Monáe, whom she has been friends with since 2015. “We love each other deeply,” she said. “We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, that’s OK. It doesn’t bother me.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monae attend the HBO's Official 2017 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30: Recording artist Janelle Monae (L) and actress Tessa Thompson attend the 2015 MOCA Gala presented by Louis Vuitton at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on May 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage for The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA))
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actor Tessa Thompson, actor Danai Gurira and recording artist Janelle Monae at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Tessa Thompson (L) and Janelle Monae attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Annihilation' at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monae attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Annihilation' at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 01: Honoree Tessa Thompson (L) and Presenter Janelle Monae speak onstage during the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 1, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Essence)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 01: Honoree Tessa Thompson (L) and Presenter Janelle Monae pose with award at the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 1, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Essence )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 01: (L-R) Tessa Thompson, Lena Waithe, Janelle Monae, Tiffany Haddish, Danai Gurira and Yvonne Orji onstage during the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 1, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Essence)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Tessa Thompson, Lupita Nyong'o, Janelle Monae and Danai Gurira pose as Janelle Monae and Belvedere Vodka kick-off 'A Beautiful Future' Campaign with Fem the Future Brunch at Catch LA on March 2, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Belvedere Vodka)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Trevor Noah, Tessa Thompson, Lena Waithe, Priyanka Chopra, Darren Criss and Janelle Monae attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/MG18/Getty Images The Met Museum/Vogue)
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She continued, “It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just really private people and we’re both trying to navigate how you reconcile wanting to have that privacy and space, and also wanting to use your platform and influence … I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones. But so many people don’t. So, do I have a responsibility to talk about that? Do I have a responsibility to say in a public space that this is my person?”

Thompson recently starred in the music video for Monáe’s song “Pynk,” which appears on the 32-year-old singer’s album Dirty Computer. “Isn’t it such a good record?” the actress gushed to the publication. “I am so proud to have been involved.”

The Dear White People star is in good company. In April, Monáe told Rolling Stone that she “has been in relationships with both men and women” before declaring that she is a “free-ass motherf–ker.” She told the magazine that she initially identified as bisexual until she read about pansexuality. “[Then I] was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too,’” she explained. “I’m open to learning more about who I am.”

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