There's absolutely no denying that newcomer Kelly Marie Tran is the breakout star of the new Star Wars film, The Last Jedi. She's having her moment, and has been documenting her first press tour on her Instagram for all the world to see. The vulnerability and transparency of her posts makes it feel as if we're all watching our best friend's dreams come true. So when the actress broke down in tears during the Los Angeles premiere of the film, the world couldn't help but fall more in love. But it's more than just someone's dreams coming true: it's the fact that Tran is the first Asian-American female lead in a Star Wars film.
During the Los Angeles premiere, Tran spotted Chelsea Cheng cosplaying as Rose Tico, her character in the franchise.
According to the photographer who took the pictures, Tran burst into tears. It was a very emotional moment for not only the two women, but everyone around.
Tran is the first Asian-American woman to star in a 'Star Wars' movie.
It’s a huge deal, especially in regards to the trends of Hollywood. We all know Hollywood loves casting white people in Asian roles (Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton…looking at you).
But representation is important.
Regardless of how you feel with this installment of the beloved franchise, there’s no denying the sheer importance of this casting. We have a huge Hollywood blockbuster, and several of the leads are people of color.
Tran has been candid about her experience in the film, and particularly the importance of representation on screen.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the actress explained what it means to her to be the first Asian-American woman in a Star Wars movie.
“I wish it was just a nice little bonus, because it kind of feels like a lot of pressure in ways, I would love to live in a world where no one person has to represent a very large group of people just purely because of the fact that there’s not many of those types of people in movies or TV – or writing or producing or directing.”
Tran says she doesn't take her role lightly; she wanted to do "the whole thing" justice.
She explained, “And on a representation standpoint, I wanted to do that justice too. Me and John talked about that: Just the idea that we are people of color, that’s something we always address in interviews.”
The two shared a special moment on set…