How ‘The Last Jedi’ Helped Keep Kelly Marie Tran’s Acting Dream Alive

The second piece from Entertainment Weekly today featuring their exclusive coverage from The Last Jedi reveals how important it was for actress Kelly Marie Tran to secure a role in this film. EW shared new details about Tran’s character Rose Tico earlier this month, which hinted at her backstory being tied somehow to a crescent moon-shaped necklace she will be seen wearing in Episode VIII.

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The 28-year-old San Diego native landed the role of Rose Tico, a problem-solving Resistance mechanic, just about a year after she was ready to give up chasing that dream forever.

“There was absolutely a moment,” Tran tells EW. “When I turned 25, I had been at it for some years and I was struggling to pay my bills. I was tired. I had been working [my day job] 40-plus hours a week, plus sometimes I’d have two auditions in the day and then I would write a sketch or do improv at night, or rehearse for the next auditions the next day. So, my days, I would get up at 5 a.m. and then I wouldn’t be home until 11:00 p.m. The days were like that for years.”