Image Source: Getty / Neilson Barnard
If you were one of the people who went out to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi this weekend and couldn’t stop talking about it with your friends, Kelly Marie Tran probably wants to pull up a chair and join the discussion. In fact, that’s exactly what she did just the other day.
Kelly happened to be out eating with a friend when she overheard a group of oblivious fans who’d just seen the movie talking about how much they adore her character, Rose Tico. And that’s to be expected, honestly, since the up-and-coming actress’s character – a member of the Resistance’s support crew who teams up with Finn – is incredibly important. Both Rose and her sister, played by Veronica Ngo, are two of the first Asian American women to be featured in a Star Wars film. That means a lot to people who didn’t grow up seeing themselves reflected in the popular sci-fi films.
Kelly herself was so moved by the group’s love for Rose that she went over and introduced herself – and even sat down with them for a picture! She posted a video, taken by her friend, of her listening in on their conversation and took the chance to express her appreciation for people who take “genuine interest” in the stories of others. Kelly ended the caption by saying that she was more focused on her purpose than ever: telling stories and having conversations that will expand the understanding of our differences. Read her full description of the sweet fan moment below!
A few days ago, I was at a pub eating pie with a friend, when this DELIGHTFUL group of people came in. They sat down at the table next to me and started discussing The Last Jedi – in minute detail. My friend started filming as I listened, and she captured my reaction as they discussed Rose. 😭🌹 After lots of creepy listening – and eating 🥧😬 – I awkwardly walked over to introduce myself. They couldn’t be more lovely. What an incredible moment in a string of incredible moments I’ve been experiencing lately. ❤️ In my 8 years as a struggling actor, I came to the realization that the hardest thing to obtain from another human being is their genuine interest. Sometimes, getting someone to listen to your story – your idea – is really hard. It’s pretty impossible for a movie to get made, and there are many stories that don’t make it into a book or a film or a television show. I know how lucky I am to be a part of something that people love, to be able to act and tell stories at all. And one of my greatest joys has been creepily listening to conversations about TLJ when I’m out and about. 😬🤓 Regardless of opinion or preference, it’s still a topic of discussion. And no matter who we are, no matter where we’re from, if we can really listen and have a conversation about something – anything – it can really open up a door. It can open us up to new ideas and new understanding. So thanks, wonderful people, for watching and dissecting and discussing. It makes me happy to know that we made something that’s starting a dialogue. My heart is so full, and my goals are so clear. Let’s tell more stories. Let’s have more conversations. Let’s get to know lives and worlds different from our own. And most of all – let’s open our hearts and accept our differences. More love, less hate. Also, more pies, because THEY ARE AMAZING. 🥧❤️💁🏻🙃 PS @catmahoney87 – thanks for not thinking it was creepy when I went through my insta tags to find this photo so I could write about this moment. 😂❤️