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Tessa Thompson stuns in b&w gown for Passing premiere in NYC… after celebrating 38th birthday

Tessa Thompson stuns in plunging b&w gown for Passing premiere in NYC… hours after celebrating her 38th birthday at The Jane


Westworld star Tessa Thompson stunned in a black-and-white gown for the 59th New York Film Festival premiere of her black-and-white film Passing on Sunday.

The 38-year-old LA native evoked 1930s elegance in the white silk gown featuring a plunging black-lace neckline and puffed sleeves selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah.

Hairstylist Lacy Redway coiffed Tessa’s smooth side-parted bob as she posed on the pink carpet at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.  

Very fitting! Westworld star Tessa Thompson stunned in a black-and-white gown for the 59th New York Film Festival premiere of her black-and-white film Passing on Sunday

‘It’s just such an honor to be screening it here in New York at the film festival. I feel like Harlem is sort of a character in our film, really,’ Thomson said in the NYFF Instastories.

‘So it feels just exquisite to be here in Uptown screening our film. It’s the first time the public will really see it in a theater and I’m so excited for us to premiere on Netflix as well. But I think that it’s just magic seeing things in the cinema today and do it safely.’

Director Rebecca Hall introduced the Emmy-nominated producer as ‘devastatingly brilliant’ before she joined cast and crew onstage for a Q&A. 

In Passing – based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella – Tessa plays Irene ‘Reenie’ Redfield, who reunites with her fellow mixed race childhood friend Clare Bellew (Ruth Negga). 

Retro: The 38-year-old LA native evoked 1930s elegance in the white silk gown featuring a plunging black-lace neckline and puffed sleeves selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah

Retro: The 38-year-old LA native evoked 1930s elegance in the white silk gown featuring a plunging black-lace neckline and puffed sleeves selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah

Ready for her close-up! Hairstylist Lacy Redway coiffed Tessa's smooth side-parted bob as she posed on the pink carpet at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall

Ready for her close-up! Hairstylist Lacy Redway coiffed Tessa’s smooth side-parted bob as she posed on the pink carpet at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall

Thomson said in the NYFF Instastories: 'It's just such an honor to be screening it here in New York at the film festival. I feel like Harlem is sort of a character in our film, really. So it feels just exquisite to be here in Uptown screening our film. It's the first time the public will really see it in a theater and I'm so excited for us to premiere on Netflix as well. But I think that it's just magic seeing things in the cinema today and do it safely'

Thomson said in the NYFF Instastories: ‘It’s just such an honor to be screening it here in New York at the film festival. I feel like Harlem is sort of a character in our film, really. So it feels just exquisite to be here in Uptown screening our film. It’s the first time the public will really see it in a theater and I’m so excited for us to premiere on Netflix as well. But I think that it’s just magic seeing things in the cinema today and do it safely’

Group portrait: Director Rebecca Hall (4-R) introduced the Emmy-nominated producer (3-R) as 'devastatingly brilliant' before she joined cast and crew onstage for a Q&A

Group portrait: Director Rebecca Hall (4-R) introduced the Emmy-nominated producer (3-R) as ‘devastatingly brilliant’ before she joined cast and crew onstage for a Q&A

The British 39-year-old received a $15M deal from Netflix to stream her directorial debut on November 10 after it hits US theaters on October 27.

The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds an impressive 86% critic approval rating (out of 83 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Thompson – who’s of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent – also happened to turn 38 on Sunday and she got a chocolate cake iced with ‘Viva La Libra.’ 

Based on Nella Larsen's 1929 novella: In Passing, Tessa plays Irene 'Reenie' Redfield, who reunites with her fellow mixed race childhood friend Clare Bellew (L, Ruth Negga)

Based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella: In Passing, Tessa plays Irene ‘Reenie’ Redfield, who reunites with her fellow mixed race childhood friend Clare Bellew (L, Ruth Negga)

'Nothing is black and white': The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds an impressive 86% critic approval rating (out of 83 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes (pictured in 2019)

‘Nothing is black and white’: The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds an impressive 86% critic approval rating (out of 83 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes (pictured in 2019)

Inked deal: The British 39-year-old (L) received a $15M deal from Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos (R) to stream her directorial debut on November 10 after it hits US theaters on October 27

Inked deal: The British 39-year-old (L) received a $15M deal from Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos (R) to stream her directorial debut on November 10 after it hits US theaters on October 27

The Sylvie’s Love actress celebrated her birthday on Saturday night at The Jane in Manhattan’s West Village with a bevy of gal pals.

At one point, a dance circle formed and Tessa showcased her moves with transgender performer and The Girlie Show star, Davon Rainey.

Thompson famously engaged in a three-way kiss with her Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi and his girlfriend Rita Ora at his Sydney home back on May 23. 

Yum! Thompson - who's of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent - also happened to turn 38 on Sunday and she got a chocolate cake iced with 'Viva La Libra'

Yum! Thompson – who’s of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent – also happened to turn 38 on Sunday and she got a chocolate cake iced with ‘Viva La Libra’ 

'Good energy, great people, and pizza!' The Sylvie's Love actress (2-L) celebrated her birthday on Saturday night at The Jane in Manhattan's West Village with a bevy of gal pals

‘Good energy, great people, and pizza!’ The Sylvie’s Love actress (2-L) celebrated her birthday on Saturday night at The Jane in Manhattan’s West Village with a bevy of gal pals

At one point, a dance circle formed and Tessa showcased her moves with transgender performer and The Girlie Show star, Davon Rainey

Eventually, Tessa wound up on the rug with Davon resting her head in her lap

Werrrk! At one point, a dance circle formed and Tessa showcased her moves with transgender performer and The Girlie Show star, Davon Rainey

 

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