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Kelly Marie Tran Bio, Biography, Age, Parents, Net Worth, Education, Internet troll, Career, Movies and TV Shows

21 August 2018, Kelly Marie Tran speaks out on Internet trolling, following her Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi role

Kelly Marie Tran Bio

Kelly Marie Tran was born  17 January 1989 in  San Diego, California, U.S. She 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 Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
Born January 17, 1989 (age 29) San Diego, California, U.S.
Age 29 years old as of 2018
Parents Her parents are refugees from Vietnam who fled the country following the Vietnam War.
Nationality American
Education University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Net Worth Between  $100,000-$300,000 according to CNBC
Known For Her Role as Rose Tico in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi 2017
Years active 2011–present

Kelly Marie Tran Biography

Kelly Marie Tran was born on 17 January 1989, in San Diego, California. Her parents are refugees from Vietnam who fled the country following the Vietnam War. Her father grew up as a homeless child on the streets of Vietnam. After relocating 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 headshots. Tran then graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Communications.

Kelly Marie Tran Career

Kelly Marie Tran grew up in Los Angeles auditioning for small acting roles 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 College Funny videos.

In 2015, Tran starred as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When she went to film her scenes at Pinewood Studios in early 2016, she said she was featured in a small movie in Canada. With her role in The Last Jedi, Tran became the first Asian-American woman to play a leading 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.

Kelly Marie Tran Internet troll

Despite the critical and box office success of The Last Jedi, Tran received negative online attacks, some racist, from people who disliked the character of Rose Tico. In response to that criticism, 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.” 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. Johnson indicated appreciation for her role, and his sentiments were co-expressed by Boyega and Mark Hamill.

In a statement to the New York Times, on 21 August 2018, the actor is quoted saying;

“You might know me as Kelly.

I am the first woman of color to have a leading role in a “Star Wars” movie.

I am the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair.

My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started.”

Reaction on Twitter

Kelly Marie Tran Movies and TV Shows

Movie roles

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Untouchable Jamie Short film
2011 The Rising Cost of Cosmetics Chun Hei Park Short film
2011 Impressions Alice 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 Rose Tico Filming

TV Shows Roles

Year Title Role Notes
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

Kelly Marie Tran Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 23rd Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
44th Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
20th Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star Pending

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