Tessa Thompson wants to adopt a pygmy goat.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

The 34-year-old actress - who is best known for playing Valkyrie in 'Thor: Ragnarok' - admitted she is "really, really fond" of the small creatures, and when she gets one, she'll name it in honour of 'Wonder Woman' actress Gal Gadot.

Speaking to Shortlist Magazine, Tessa said: "I'm really, really fond of goats. I want to adopt a pygmy goat and name it Gal Dagoat, because 'Wonder Woman' rocks."

However, Tessa is unimpressed that more and more people are beginning to share her passion for goats.

She added: "Goats are huge now, on the internet, but I've been a fan for ages. It's like when your favourite indie band starts getting recognition.

"I'm happy, but also... stay away from my goats, you know?"

While filming the third instalment of the 'Thor' franchise in Australia, Tessa started surfing and revealed she used to go early in the morning, but gave it up when she learned that was "prime shark feeding time".

She said: "I learned to surf. I became pretty good. I got really adept at paddling out, because I was training every day and gained a lot of muscle mass.

"So much of surfing is reading the ocean. I loved sitting on my board, in awe of my surroundings.

"It turns out the time I went out surfing - early, early morning, before the sun came up - was prime shark feeding time.

"One day the newspaper said 'Zero days since deadly shark sighting'. I kind of stopped after that."

Now the actress has been nominated for BAFTA EE Rising Star Award alongside Daniel Kaluuya, Josh O'Connor, Timothee Chalamet and Florence Pugh, and Tessa feels she is "in such good company".

She said: "I'm in such good company. Each of these actors have cemented themselves in my mind as real, exciting, next-generation actors because they're gifted and surprising and completely unpredictable."