Kelly Marie Tran (born Trần Loan[1] on January 17, 1989) is an American actress who portrays Rose Tico, a Resistance maintenance worker. She originated the role in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.[2] and reprised her role in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.[3] Tran also narrated the audiobook for The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron.[4] and voiced Tico in the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny episode "Shuttle Shock."

As a young actor, Tran spent several years in Los Angeles honing her acting skills at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Second City, and iO West.[5][6] Tran has appeared in several CollegeHumor, the web series Ladies Like Us (2013), Ladies Like Us: The Rise of Neighborhood Watch (2015), the NBC sitcom series About a Boy (2014), and the Netflix film XOXO (2016).[6] She is also a fan of Harry Potter.[5]

Biography

The Last Jedi

Tran's casting in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi was first announced on February 15, 2016.[7] Tran's character was first identified as the Resistance mechanic Rose Tico in a Vanity Fair article published on May 24, 2017.[8]

Despite the critical and box office success of The Last Jedi, Tran received online abuse from people who disliked her character, Rose. This hostility manifested in racist vandalism to her character's Wookieepedia article and misogynistic remarks on Twitter by conservative vlogger Paul Ray Ramsey.[9][10] In response, attorney Anthony Nguyen praised Tran for being the first "woman of color" to be cast in a leading role in the Star Wars franchise. Meanwhile, journalist Nicole Karlis condemned attacks on Tran as a manifestation of a fear of women who defied sexist stereotypes.[11][12]

On May 6, 2018, Tran deleted all posts on her Instagram account following months of racist and sexist harassment and abuse. An anti-feminist Facebook group claimed credit for running Tran out from Instagram. In response, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, fellow Star Wars co-stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega, and The Late Show host Stephen Colbert also issued statements defending Tran.[13][14][15] Tran subsequently penned an article in The New York Times describing her experiences as a "woman of color" in American society.[16]

The Rise of Skywalker

Tran reprised her role as Rose Tico in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, which was released on December 20, 2019. She also appeared at Celebration Chicago with other cast members to promote the film.[17]

Post-Sequel Trilogy

On December 9, 2020, Tran hosted a Star Wars YouTube video announcing the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Contest based on the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, where she had reprised her role as Rose Tico. The LEGO building competition was sponsored by Star Wars: Force for Change, robotics builders club FIRST, and the LEGO Group.[18]

Filmography

Title Role Released
Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi 2017 Rose Tico
The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron audiobook Narrator
ForcesOfDestinyLogo-Dplus.png Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – "Shuttle Shock" 2018 Rose Tico
AllStarsLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars – "Yub Nub!"
Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker 2019
The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special 2020

Bibliography

Notes and references

  1. Kelly Marie Tran: I Won't Be Marginalized by Online Harassment (August 21, 2018). The New York Times. nytimes.com. Archived from the original on January 20, 2020.
  2. StarWars.com Star Wars Episode VIII Now Filming on StarWars.com (backup link)
  3. StarWars.com Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced on StarWars.com (backup link)
  4. SWYTlogo.png Kelly Marie Tran's The Last Jedi Prank and Google Home's Star Wars Trivia BTS on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kelly Marie Tran: The Rise of Rose (2016-11-15). buzzfeed.com. BuzzFeed News. Archived from the original on February 6, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Who is Star Wars: Episode VIII actress Kelly Marie Tran? (2016-02-15). ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018.
  7. StarWars.com Star Wars Episode VIII Now Filming on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. Cover Story: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview (2017-05-24). vanityfair.com. Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on January 13, 2020.
  9. Racist Attacks Against Kelly Marie Tran posted to Rose Tico's Wookieepedia page (19 December 2017). newsweek.com. Newsweek. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019.
  10. Kelly Marie Tran Of 'Last Jedi' Facing Racist, Sexist Comments Online (27 December 2017). huffingtonpost.com. HuffPost. Archived from the original on November 21, 2019.
  11. Attorney Anthony Nguyen Comments on the Racist Backlash Against Vietnamese-American Actress Kelly Marie Tran. prnewswire.com. Cision. Archived from the original on July 18, 2019.
  12. Threats against Kelly Marie Tran highlight a fear of women who break sexist stereotypes (29 December 2017). salon.com. Salon. Archived from the original on February 3, 2020.
  13. Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran deletes Instagram posts after abuse (June 6, 2018). bbc.com. BBC News. Archived from the original on January 10, 2020.
  14. Pro-'Straight White Male Hero' group takes credit for running 'Star Wars' actress Kelly Marie Tran off Instagram (June 11, 2018). nydailynews.com. New York Daily News. Archived from the original on July 30, 2018.
  15. John Boyega tells Star Wars fans to stop harassing cast (June 13, 2018). bbc.com. BBC News. Archived from the original on January 12, 2019.
  16. Kelly Marie Tran: I Won't Be Marginalized by Online Harassment (21 August 2018). nytimes.com. Salon. Archived from the original on January 23, 2020.
  17. Kelly Marie Tran Gets Emotional As Fans Chant Her Name At Star Wars Celebration (April 12, 2019). huffpost.com. Huffington Post. Archived from the original on December 21, 2019.
  18. SWYTlogo.png LEGO Star Wars Holiday Contest on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)

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