Girl Power: Tessa Thompson

September 6, 2016 | Updated: 11:31 a.m., September 6, 2016

In this week's Girl Power, we take a look at Tessa Thompson, the breakout star of movies like "Creed" and "Dear White People."

Born to a Panamanian father and Mexican/European mom, Tessa grew up in Los Angeles performing theater. Besides her love of the arts, she also sought to break down racial stereotypes at her high school by helping found a “racial harmony” club where each racial group would come together and dialogue over racial stereotypes.

Besides getting plenty of praise for her acting in the movie “Creed”, she also co-wrote and sang all the songs herself. Thompson will join the Marvel Universe to play the female lead, Valkyrie, opposite Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming Thor film.  Her presence in science fiction and fantasy films is a welcome change, since the overwhelming majority leave out women of color. She says, “I remember laughing at the time, just because I could never see myself in a movie like that. But I realize it has to do with the fact that it doesn’t happen a lot. Growing up, as a little girl, I would not have seen myself in a movie like that."

She’s taking Hollywood by storm and changing how multi-racial women are seen on the big screen…and that’s why Tessa Thompson is this week’s Girl Power.