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    Valkyrie’s sexuality was a “big topic of conversation” among the makers of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.

    Tessa Thompson has reprised the role of Valkyrie in the Taika Waititi-directed Marvel movie, and she’s revealed that her character’s sexuality was a major point of discussion before and during the shoot.

    Tessa, 38 – who is attracted to both men and women, but chooses not to label herself bisexual – shared: “We talked about it a lot, it was big topic of conversation. Because I think rightfully there’s this real want in audiences to see characters be very clearly queer or LGBTQIA inside these spaces. And I think it’s hugely important to have representation.

    “And also, as humans, I think that we are not defined by our sexuality, and by who we love. And so sometimes I think to hang a narrative completely on that is a way of actually diminishing the humanity of the character. Because you don’t allow them to be anything else.”

    Tessa admits it’s difficult to explore the issue in real depth in a movie like ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. However, she’s hopeful that it’ll happen one day.

    She told Yahoo Entertainment: “It becomes the only storyline, particularly in a movie like this where you don’t, frankly, have a lot of room for storyline,.

    “So there was a lot of conversation in terms of how to treat that with Valkyrie. And I feel really good, personally, about where we got to.

    “I hope that she’s a character that fans continue to connect to, that we have a lot of time to explore her, in all of her humanity. But whether or not she finds love in this movie doesn’t mean she’s not still a fabulous queer character that is open to finding love when it makes sense.”

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