Tessa Thompson on 'Colored Girls' and Tyler Perry

She's starring in one of the year's most anticipated movies -- Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls" -- and fresh-faced actress Tessa Thompson realizes she's on the brink of a huge moment, an Oscar-worthy moment. "The gravity of it all is hitting me now," says the 27-year-old Los Angeles native, speaking on all the Oscar buzz already surrounding the movie. "I've learned by looking at Tyler's track record; he makes movies, and lots of people see them." Thompson, the youngest lead in the movie, spoke with ESSENCE.com about how she convinced Perry to cast her in the film, and finding a piece of herself in her on-screen character, Nyla.



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