‘Westworld Season 4’ on HBO: How theater actress Tessa Thompson became a Hollywood star


‘Westworld’ returned with its latest edition to entertain its ardent fans on HBO on June 26. The Emmy-winning series has garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike for the brilliant portrayal of a futuristic dystopian world of human robots going through many emotional turmoil where nothing is the same for them. The characters also go through roller coasters and their stories evolve over the course of the series. “Westworld” was adapted from an iconic 1973 film of the same name and the first season premiered in 2016. The show was created and conceptualized by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

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Tessa Thompson has starred as Charlotte ‘Hale’ Halores since the first season of the Emmy-winning series. Charlotte debuted in the world of human robots, lost her human body, and was replaced by one of many copies of Dolores Abernathy. With ‘Halores’ ruthlessly using Charlotte’s identity and being the head of the Delos board of directors, it will be amazing to see how her villainous character arc evolves further in ‘Westworld’ season 4.

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Thompson’s career as a stage actor

In an old Issue magazine interview from November 2015, Thompson opened up about being a stage actor before entering Hollywood. She said: “I started acting in theatre. Los Angeles’ professional theater is a community that doesn’t get its due from outsiders. I worked in theater and then TV – film was an afterthought in some ways. I never grew up watching movies thinking I wanted to be in them, but I always grew up doing theater and wanted to be on Broadway. So I’m still involved in LA theater, celebrating it and going to shows.

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Thompson said that when she started doing acting, it paved the way for many other opportunities for her. She said: “It was through the LA Ladies Choir that I met Nicole as well as many photographers, stylists, musicians, models, artists, directors – it was the start of my immersion in the LA art scene and the experimental scene. It brought me into the artistic community of Silver Lake and Echo Park. I’ve always been into subcultures and in LA it’s harder to find, but I’ve managed to have romantic relationships with different subcultures like the late night DJ world in which some of my friends are and the bike scene, which is really vibrant in LA. In a city where everyone drives, there is a large community of people who ride bikes. I feel closer to those communities, in a way, than to Hollywood. It was only because of my latest projects that I became more integrated in Hollywood.

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Thompson also revealed that she had so many friends within the Los Angeles arts community who didn’t even know she was an actress. Thompson added, “In fact, I have so many friends in the Los Angeles arts community who until recently didn’t even know I was an actor. I saw these people go out at night like No American (which Nicole hosted at El Cid), where they didn’t play any American music. I studied cultural anthropology in college, so I’ve always been interested in music from different cultures. It was my scene, and for some reason it never occurred to me that I was actually performing. Over the past year, these people have seen me in Selma and Dear White People, and they were shocked that I was in Hollywood too.

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