Michael B. Jordan remains one of the most established actors in Hollywood right now. He has kept himself busy engaged in a variety of roles over the years and that includes his role in the ‘Creed’ franchise. In fact, Jordan and Tessa Thompson went to couples therapy together as their ‘Creed’ characters.
The ‘Creed’ spinoff series stars Michael B. Jordan as Apollo Creed’s son Adonis. However, Stallone’s character will not be returning in the third Creed film. He is also the director of the film. The reason for Stallone not being in the film was also revealed previously.
Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson have portrayed an onscreen couple in the Creed franchise for over eight years, spanning three movies. And like any relationship, even a fictional one, it takes effort to maintain the spark.
In a recent interview with Refinery29, Thompson shared that in preparation for their roles in Creed III, she and Jordan attended couples therapy in character as Bianca Taylor and Adonis “Donnie” Creed. Surprisingly, the experience helped them in their real-life relationships as well.
“The line sometimes between character and us gets blurred because we bring so much of what we’re exploring personally to the characters in general,” Thompson said. “I’ll say it was an early experience in couples therapy for us both [personally], but it was as these characters, which is very weird.”
Thompson emphasized that therapy can benefit even seemingly healthy relationships by improving communication and understanding of each other’s perspectives. Having worked together for a significant period, she and Jordan have witnessed each other through various stages in their own romantic lives.
So we know stuff about each other’s lives,” Thompson said. “We shared and talked about it. So therapy ended up starting at work and getting more personal. Also, it was a chance for us to really talk to a couples therapist and understand what are some of the things [for] young parents who are trying to balance their own dreams and aspirations.
I think the moral of Creed III is that all people should go to therapy,” Thompson said. Presumably people should go to therapy as themselves, but going as someone else seems to work pretty well, too.”
The experience helped them not only in portraying their roles but also in their personal relationships. This goes to show the importance of effective communication and understanding in any relationship, real or fictional.
While Sylvester Stallone’s absence from the third Creed film may disappoint some fans, the dynamic between Jordan and Thompson promises to be as captivating as ever. Did you like watching ‘Creed III?’ Sound off in the comments!