TSL CREED II Preview: Tessa Thompson

Tessa returns as Bianca in the franchise's second installment.

While names like Creed, Rocky and Drago might be more prevalent, there is no doubt who’s running things in the Creed camp, and her name is Bianca.

Playing a Philly based character in the CREED films came easy for the talented, LA raised Tessa Thompson. Her hard work and talents put Bianca on the main stage with Adonis and Rocky, a testament to her dedication to her craft.


Combining a street edge with a nurturing spirit, Bianca is a key character in the films, providing support, instilling strength and flexing her own talents on the mic. In the sequel, Bianca is the rock that Adonis Creed needs to survive new challenges, all while pursuing her own musical ambitions and taking on a new role that fans were dying for. 

We sat with Thompson during the Creed II promotional tour in Philly to discuss the City of Brotherly Love, embodying femininity within a pool of masculinity and much more. 

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. Having been involved with combat sports since 2005, Rhett began in the Fighter Relations Department of the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting. Eventually, he became the Site Coordinator for the now-defunct Strikeforce organization. He then founded Fight Services and handled the event and talent logistics for MMA World Series of Fighting, Titan FC, as well as boxing promoter K2 Promotions. Rhett was also a Stage Manager for Showtime Championship Boxing. Currently, Rhett is the lead combat sports and bodybuilding writer, producer, podcaster, and host for The Shadow League. He has also been published in Money Magazine, reported for TIME Magazine and been a freelance writer for UFC.com, MaximumFighting.com, UFC 360 Magazine, Fight Magazine, MMAPayout.com, and Heavy.com. Rhett has hosted lifestyle TV programming in the Washington, D.C. market on the District of Columbia Network (DCN) and the District Knowledge Network (DKN) and has been a Play-By-Play Announcer for Monumental Sports Network’s PPV streaming service.