Tessa Thompson shares what she’s ‘slightly addicted’ to

Tessa Thompson at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Tessa Thompson revealed what she’s “slightly addicted” to.

The Men in Black: International actress has a number of inkings, including three dots on her ankle, the number five on her rib cage and the words “yes” and “no” on her arms, and she admitted she likes to “scar” herself because she picks up accidental marks so easily.

She told the new issue of Marie Claire magazine: “I’m slightly addicted [to tattoos]. I scar so easily. I was like, ‘I might as well just scar myself.’ “

Of the tattoos on her arms, she added: “I think of it as the yes is for people and this no is for me.”

Thompson dislikes the idea of being “famous” and while she “admires” those who see their work purely as a way to make money, she associates it with her sense of self and would hate to make a “bad” film, even if it benefited her financially.

She said “I have a weird relationship to the idea of fame.

“I really, really dislike the word celebrity. Famous? I don’t really like that word either.

“A huge part of my relationship with myself is tethered to my work. I admire the people that are like, ‘This is my job. I can make a lot of money doing this thing. It doesn’t threaten my self-image or my sense of worth.’

“I am not that way. It really, really bums me out, the idea of making things that are bad.”

The Thor: Ragnarok star admitted being an actress requires quite a “weird” set of skills.

She said: “I really do like people very much. If you’re an actor, you’re in the business of empathy. It’s a weird skill.”


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