History Breaking, Asian Female Rises To Intergalactic Fame In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
She’s fantastic in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and she’s making history while doing it.
Kelly Marie Tran is the undisputed breakout of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which hits theaters everywhere this Friday.
She’s already made history as the first Asian-American actress to star in a Star Wars movie. Her character Rose Tico breaks the mold a little, too, going from a girl low in the Resistance ranks to full-fledged galactic heroine.
“We always hear these stories about people who are born into a specific position, like you’re the chosen one or you have a power or you are a hotshot,” says Tran, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants. “Rose represents this person who’s in the background. It’s really cool to see someone (like that) be forced into the forefront of the action and how she deals with it.”
This is Tran’s reaction after seeing a fan dress up like her character Rose.
And what great advice did Tran get from the late Carrie Fisher?
“She told me that this was an amazing experience and to enjoy everything because it’s fleeting and it’ll go away,” Tran also told Rolling Stone. “But if there’s anything else that you want to do—if you want to write, want to produce, whatever—start now because there’s going to be a time when you aren’t looked at the same way.”
Star Wars is Tran’s most prominent role — she used The Last Jedi set as an acting school of sorts, watching her co-stars even on days off. Carrie Fisher became a role model for her: “She led by example,” Tran says. “Obviously, she would speak her mind, but she was just honest and authentic, no matter what.”
With such an endearing character, Tran is about to be everywhere.