Although many fans say that Kelly Marie Tran’s character of Rose Tico was deprived of a chance to shine, Tran admits that there is one scene from “The Last Jedi” that she approves of.
After receiving many sexist, racist, and overall hateful comments on her social media posts, Tran decided to delete them entirely and leave the world of social media entirely in 2018. So far, she hasn’t looked back.
“We’re living in a world where we’re all constantly being bombarded all of the time with so much stimulus, and I don’t know that we are all conscious of the ways in which it affects us,” she explained.
“For me, I knew that the most important thing was to protect my mental health, and make myself a space where I felt like I could create again and where I could be an artist again, which for a time, I didn’t know if I could do that again.”
Tran, who was a newcomer to the industry, recognized that while she was able to continue her career without an online presence, others aren’t so lucky.
“I recognize my own privilege and understand that there are some people who have to be on social media for their work and their positions,” she continued.
“The thing about it that makes me really upset is just what you were saying in the beginning of us initially speaking, where it’s like, why are we as artists, or as writers, or as creators in the spaces on social media, why are we the ones that have to normalize receiving harassment? That should not be OK.”
Canto Bight Scene
Even though “The Last Jedi” has proved to be one of the most controversial “Star Wars” films to date, Tran does appreciate the scene where Rose and Finn (John Boyega) travel to Canto Bight, a planet made up of wealthy citizens who gamble and live in the lap of luxury while the rest of the galaxy struggles with the war between the Resistance and the First Order.
Tran admitted that she “loves” that scene due to how well it relates to current real-world issues.
“That scene does a lot for really recognizing how certain communities who are able to enjoy their privilege and live in a world where they don’t even have to address some of the horrible things other people are dealing with,” she explained.