Tessa Thompson And Michael B. Jordan Went The Method Acting Route For “Creed III” And Attended Therapy As Their Characters

    "I think the moral of Creed III is that all people should go to therapy."

    Creed III hit theaters this weekend, finally reuniting us with our favorite little boxer.

    Adonis Creed, in his robe and boxing gloves, walks towards the ring as the spectators cheer

    Fans are loving the new installment, which received an impressive 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and people are praising the film's stars, Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson, for their performances.

    From left to right, Tessa and Michael sit on the edge of a bathroom tub in a scene from the film

    Well, it should come as no surprise that these two pulled out stellar performances, because they are committed to these roles — like, REALLY committed.

    The two actors arm-in-arm as they pose on the red carpet at the film's premiere

    In a recent interview with Refinery29, Tessa revealed that to better prepare for their roles, she and Michael B. went to couples counseling together...AS THEIR CHARACTERS.

    From left to right, Adonis and Bianca sitting on a couch. Bianca is looking at Adonis as he she places her hand on his knee. Adonis is looking down

    "Mike and I actually went to therapy together. We did couples therapy. ... Yes, in character."

    A closeup of Tessa smiling on the red carpet

    A big part of Creed III's story deals with mental health, as Bianca urges Adonis to open up about his past and shares how therapy has helped her change and learn more about herself.

    The experience proved to be eye-opening, not just for the relationship between their characters, but for the actors themselves.

    "The line sometimes between character and us gets blurred because we bring so much of what we're exploring personally to the characters."

    Michael hugging Tessa on the red carpet

    Tessa added, "Since we've been making these movies for eight, nine years, we've seen each other through various stages in our own romantic things. So we know stuff about each other’s lives. We shared and talked about it. So therapy ended up starting at work and getting more personal."

    A closeup of Tessa  who's wearing a pantsuit with metallic detailing. Her hair is pulled back into a bun and she's wearing large hooped earrings

    She even joked that the movie is "a full PSA for therapy."

    "I think it reminded us...that going to therapy, even when a relationship is good, can...sharpen communication and figure out how someone works. It's useful in so many relationships."

    As a fan of these movies, these actors, and therapy, this whole thing delights me and I hope to see some Tessa/Michael therapy sessions in the Creed III special features, LOL.

    What did you think about Creed III? Let me know in the comments!