WATCH: Kelly Marie Tran's Audition for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Kelly Marie Tran is one of the breakout stars of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Her character, Rose Tico, is at times all of us. This is a short but sweet clip, just over two minutes long, featuring Johnson, John Boyega, and the casting director all gathered in an office.

And, of course, Tran being her adorable self:

While we don't know what Rose's future will be in the upcoming (still unnamed) Episode IX being directed by J.J. Abrams, her inclusion in Episode VIII has been a big deal for minorities and fans the world over.

A colleague of mine wrote this wonderful piece about what Tran's casting and character meant to her as an Asian woman, and I've been wanting to share it since she wrote it. You can read Dana's SPOILER-FREE piece here on her website,

Unfortunately, Tran has also been the recent recipient of some online hate, in the form of racist comments showing up on her character's entry on Wookiepedia, the Wikipedia for all things Star WarsNewsweek covered the jerk-move, stating that Rose's name was changed to "Ching Chong Wing Tong," and her home world (Hays Minor) to "Ching Chong China." A fake quote was also attributed to Rose: "Heil Hitler and I don't know why I was casted [sic] in a good movie like Star Wars." Hopefully whoever did these things will return to the cave they normally dwell in.

Please, never change, Kelly. You are delightful, and your joy is infectious.

You can see Tran in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, currently in theaters.

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

 Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional
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