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Holiday hiccups: Tessa Thompson talks about receiving terrible gifts

Tessa Thompson at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards (Photo credit: © Lumeimages, PacificCoastNews)

Tessa Thompson pretends to like any terrible Christmas gifts she’s given.

The 35-year-old star has admitted to occasionally using her acting talents when she’s been handed awful presents by any of her friends or family.

She told Elle magazine: “We’re not big shoppers in my family — my parents make stuff instead. My dad will take a found photograph and frame it; my mom is this incredible artist who can weave things and make things by hand. Everything she does is really beautiful.

“I’m lucky in my family, but … yeah, okay, I’ll tell you: I’ve been given a couple questionable purses. I look at them and think, ‘Okay, can I make this work? What can I try?’… It’s a very nice gesture, but not for me.”

Despite her disappointment, she has always tried to remain polite and appreciative.

“You know, you can still be grateful for a gift even if you don’t like it. I think saying ‘Thank you’ sincerely isn’t dependent on the gift. It’s about the effort and the thought. You can always be real about that.

“Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan — Tessa‘s Creed II co-star — recently admitted he sees himself as a “giver.”

The actor revealed he likes to do things for other people, but over the years, he’s struck a “nice little balance” between finding time for himself and also taking care of others.

Jordan said: “For me, I’m always a giver. I’m a pleaser, you know, a fixer. I do a lot of things for other people. That’s something that just comes with me. It’s okay, it’s who I am.

“Obviously everyone has their own limits, but I think I’ve found a nice little balance between not spreading myself too thin and, at the same time, helping people.”