Kelly Marie Tran
|Kelly Marie Tran|
(1989-01-17) January 17, 1989
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
Trần Loan (born January 17, 1989), better known as Kelly Marie Tran, is an American actress. She has had roles in short films and television episodes, and came to wider attention for her role as Rose Tico in the 2017 film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Early life and education
Tran was born on January 17, 1989 in San Diego, California. Her parents are refugees from Vietnam who fled the country following the Vietnam War. As a child, her father was homeless and grew up on the streets of Vietnam. After moving to the United States, he worked at Burger King to support the family, and his wife worked at a funeral home.
Tran attended Westview High School in San Diego and worked at a yogurt shop, Golden Spoon, in Rancho Penasquitos to earn money for head shots. Tran then graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Communications.
Tran spent her early years in Los Angeles auditioning for small parts and doing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade and The Second City. In 2013, she starred in the web series Ladies Like Us. She also appeared in various CollegeHumor videos.
In 2015, Tran was cast as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rose Tico is a rebel mechanic who joins up with main character Finn after the sacrifice of her oldest sister, Paige Tico (Veronica Ngo), a gunner trained by Resistance commander Poe Dameron. She was unable to tell her family that she had won the role. When she went to film her scenes at Pinewood Studios in early 2016, she said she was filming a small movie in Canada. With her role in The Last Jedi, Tran became the first Asian-American woman to play a main role in a Star Wars film. In 2017, she also became the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair when she appeared on the cover of the summer 2017 issue with John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.
Harassment and attacks
Despite the critical and commercial success of The Last Jedi, Tran received online attacks, some racist, from people who disliked the character of Rose Tico. In response to that criticism, employment discrimination attorney Anthony Nguyen praised Tran for being “the first woman of color to be cast in a leading role in the Star Wars franchise”. Condemning the racist attacks, Nguyen remarked that “people of color, especially Asian-Americans, are grossly underrepresented in TV and film.” In addition, freelance writer and journalist Nicole Karlis opined that attacks on Tran’s race and appearance reflected a fear of women who broke sexist stereotypes. In June 2018, Tran deleted all of her posts on Instagram after months of harassment. Rian Johnson, who directed The Last Jedi, criticized her attackers. Other Star Wars fans expressed support for the actress, which Johnson indicated appreciation for. Johnson’s sentiments were co-expressed by Boyega and Mark Hamill.
In August 2018, after a prolonged stretch of silence about her harassment, Tran published a first person account in the New York Times addressing the issue. Tran stated that she had become self-conscious and for a time believed what her harassers were saying.
|2011||The Rising Cost of Cosmetics||Chun Hei Park||Short film|
|2011||Hot Girls on the Beach||Boba Chick/Student||Segment: “Great White Shark Movie”|
|2012||The Cohasset Snuff Film||Christine Chan||Uncredited|
|2013||Andy’s CDs||Kelly||Short film|
|2016||XOXO||Butterfly Rave Girl|
|2017||Star Wars: The Last Jedi||Rose Tico|
|2019||Star Wars: Episode IX||Filming|
|2011||This Indie Girl||Hero Girl||Episode: “Just the Way It Is”|
|2012||Fabulous High||Sierra Mar Student #4||Television film|
|2013–2015||Ladies Like Us||Kelly/Larry||Television series|
|2014–2016||CollegeHumor Originals||Full Asian/Kate/Kelly/Startup “Foodler” Girl/Melissa/Amber||Television series|
|2014–2016||Life on Normal Street||Sara||3 episodes|
|2014||To the Bridge||Lydia||Pilot episode|
|2014||About a Boy||Marguerite||2 episodes|
|2014||Hope & Randy||Tina||Television mini-series|
|2014||Currently Cool||Jenny||Episode: “Baby Daddy Daddy Daddy”|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Teen Friend||Episode: “Thomas Middleditch Wears an Enigmatic Sweatshirt and Sweatpants with Pockets”|
|2015||Ladies Like Us: The Rise of Neighborhood Watch||Larry||2 episodes|
|2015||Adam Ruins Everything||Sharon/Phone Woman||2 episodes|
|2015||Discount Fitness||Betsy||Episode: “Goal Met”|
|2016||Pub Quiz||Asia||Television film|
|2016||History of the World…For Now||Daughter||Episode #1.4|
|2016||Fall Into Me||Eva||Episode: “British Billionaire”|
|2016||Sing It!||Twinkle Twinkle Auditioner||Episode: “THE SHOW BEGINS!”|
|2018||Star Wars: Forces of Destiny||Rose Tico (voice)||Episode: “Shuttle Shock”|
|2018||Sorry for Your Loss||Jules||Main role|
Awards and nominations
|2018||23rd Empire Awards||Best Female Newcomer||Star Wars: The Last Jedi||Nominated|
|44th Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|20th Teen Choice Awards||Choice Breakout Movie Star||Nominated|