• Tessa Thompson has addressed her character's sexuality in 'Thor'. (Getty Images)
"I played her as a woman that’s queer."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

3 Dec 2018 - 4:39 PM  UPDATED 3 Dec 2018 - 4:39 PM

Actor Tessa Thompson has addressed the sexuality of her character in the Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok, insisting that she played the role of Valkyrie as a queer woman - despite her only explicitly queer scene ending up on the cutting room floor.

"It wasn’t Marvel or Disney or anyone extracting that because it was an issue," Thompson told The Independent.

She continued: "It just was like, that particular moment didn’t make sense in the context of the scene. And there were other beautiful things where you get a sense of her back story."

Thompson explained that, although it wasn't outwardly stated for audiences, the character was bisexual.

"The woman that dies is her lover," Thompson explained.

"In performance, we were, like, 'That’s your lover'. So in my mind, it isn’t cut."

The star, who came out as bisexual earlier this year, concluded: "I played her as a woman that’s queer. I hope that we get to a space, in terms of the stories that we tell, where that’s something that gets to exist, and it doesn’t have to be noteworthy."

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