Tessa Thompson: I like big dogs but the size of the poop is relative to the dog

Tessa Thompson is starring as Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder, which requires zero promotion. It’s fun to see her on talk shows anyway and she’s also in season four of Westworld. Tessa was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest hosted by Sean Hayes. A lot of the conversation was about Thor stuff, which was fun. They had a great rapport and kept it light. Full disclosure: I watch all the Marvel movies but my memory and background knowledge are limited. On Kimmel they played a clip featuring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tessa, and I didn’t even recognize Natalie until they talked about her afterwards! I honestly mistook her for a blonde Queen Maeve on The Boys, played by Dominique McElligott. (Of course I know Natalie is in it but it didn’t compute.) Tessa talked about how she and Natalie got buff and how they used CGI and special platforms/”decks” to make Natalie’s character seem like she was taller. As mentioned in the title, they opened by talking about their dogs. This is one of my favorite subjects. Here’s some of what they said.

On her Buzzfeed puppy interview
I had one interview in NY that was really fun. I wish I could make that a prerequisite for all interviews, it was with puppies. Buzzfeed does these things and they bring puppies. They were really big and they were peeing and they were pooping. I have scratches.

On her dog
I have a dog named Coltrane. He’s part chihuahua… and Australian kelpie. My issue is I like big dogs, but the size of the poop is relative to the size of the dog. If I had a husband he would just do the poop.

On Natalie Portman’s transformation
We all worked out together. [Natalie] got so buff. Also in the film they make her like 6’3″. Movie magic but also they have to build these decks for her so when she would have walking scenes there’d be risers that she would be on. Deck in a New Zealand or Australian accent sounds like something else. It was six months of deck jokes.

On taking ice baths and being competitive on set
It’s invigorating. You body goes into kind of shock, but once you get out you feel awake. I’m a competitive person. The guys were in the gym and they’d talk about how hard it was [to take ice baths]. Chris was like ‘I finally got up to three minutes.’ I was like ‘I’m going to get up to four.’

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on YouTube]

Tessa’s puppy interview is not yet available but Chris Evans’ puppy interview is out! (Just FYI, and I’m sorry Hecate.) I’m finally moving somewhere I can have a dog so I’m trying to figure out what kind of dog I want. I’m like Tessa in that I want a larger dog but not one whose poo is so big it’s a pain to pick up. Kaiser and I talked about this on the podcast in March. I want a dog that’s medium sized, somewhat protective and doesn’t shed too much so I’m looking into different breeds. Luckily my mom and my aunts are also doing research for me. I’m not kidding they will talk about dogs all day.

Here’s Tessa’s interview!

This outfit is bonkers! She’s so cute.

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  1. Lily says:

    I got a 6 week old puppy over the weekend and I’m having doubts. I hope I can train him well. I’ve never had my own dog before

    • Jen says:

      I got two puppies at once, and I’ve got to tell you, worse decision ever. But my best decision was to find training that comes to the house. It really made a difference.

    • Ariel says:

      Keep the faith. It gets better. And there is so much LOVE that puppy has to give you- once he/she settles down and stops chewing on everything!!
      And Jen is right, a little professional guidance helps a lot.

      Of course, in my older age, i adopt old dogs now.
      Not much training required (they are what they are at age 10), and they will die sooner- and break my heart- but there is something about an old rescue dog getting used to love, and air conditioning and sleeping on the bed that fills my heart with joy.
      Also- got a waterproof blanket- so if someone pees on the bed, only the blanket has to be washed, not every layer down to the mattress pad. – Makes a world of difference in aggravation it causes me.

    • taylor says:

      I wanted to give away my Westie pup for about 6 months – 16 years later and he’s still a happy and relatively healthy, good boy – my baby really. Give it time and be consistent in your training. It will get better!

    • WiththeAmerican says:

      It gets better and then it becomes amazing. Hang in There!

    • Em says:

      I got a Portuguese Water Dog puppy in February 2021. Oh my god. At first there were times I wanted to cry and wondered if it would ever get better. I truly once googled if it is normal to hate your puppy hahaha.

      It does get better. They DO calm down. And I now love my girl more than I could have imagined. She has come such a long way – especially since she was spayed.

      They are little demons at first though. You just have to be patient, because it WILL get better.

    • Drea says:

      I’m going to be THAT person for a minute.

      No reputable breeder would give you a puppy until it’s at least 8 weeks old. 6 weeks is way too young.

      Don’t buy from these people again.

      At any rate. Take good care of your new love.

  2. Jen says:

    I want to marry this woman.

  3. Eloisa says:

    Schnnauzers are smart, lovely and hypoallergenic (I allergic and have no issues with my puppy).

    • Jen says:

      I have two mini schnauzers! They’re menaces, I love them so much.

      • Aj2 says:

        Loved my mini schnauzer! Stamina and energy of a big dog but with the portability of a small one. Training puppies is hard though- we are looking at going through it over the next six months and I’m not looking forward to those sleepless nights.

  4. SophieJara says:

    I don’t know how high energy you want, but Australians are awesome, kelpies, blue heelers. We’re not getting a dog until construction is done – maybe two years? – and I really want a Rottweiler.

    • Elizabelle says:

      I have a small heeler mix (some corgi in her) that I adopted at 2yo. She’s the perfect size for me at 35lbs. She had a very rough start to life but we worked on our bond through agility training because she is SO smart. She’s an old lady now and prefers cuddles. She is perfect!

  5. Kyre says:

    I have a 160-lb dog, a Newfie. He’s the greatest dog I’ve ever owned. However, what I always say when folks ask about owning him: the shedding, the slobber and the poop are all to scale.

  6. girl_ninja says:

    Tessa is like Zoë Kravitz to me…just there and not interesting at all.

  7. original_kellybean says:

    It really depends on what you feed them. My 100 lb boxer is fed raw and his poop is smaller than my 8-month, 50-lb old lab/boxer/pug mutt’s, who is on puppy kibble right now.

  8. Fancyhat says:

    What the hell is up with the outfit where her skirt has an image of jeans on it?

    I have a plott hound who just turned two and finally mellowed out. He was a nightmare for the first 6 months and is the biggest love now. There is an app called Pupford that has a training schedule and videos for free that were a lifesaver for me.

  9. Shannon says:

    I just got my first dog a few months ago. I always thought that if I ended up with a dog it would be something like the size of a lab, but my beautiful boy is a cute, 10-year-old Chihuahua. He’s super chill and loves to sleep, but he also loves his walks and practically runs the whole way.

  10. blairski says:

    Please adopt, don’t buy from a breeder! There are so many dogs who need loving homes. And – there are BREED SPECIFIC adoption groups, so you can get the breed you want and still adopt!