Kelly Marie Tran is a well-known American actress. She started her acting career in 2019 and has appeared in many films and TV series. Recently she gave her voice for the character Raya in the animated Disney film Raya and the Last Dragon. That is why she has garnered lots of popularity. Further, she has also acted in the Star Wars sequel trilogy as Rose Tico. If you are interested to know more about Kelly Marie Tran then continue reading.
The birth date of Kelly Marie Tran is January 17, 1989, and her birthplace is San Diego, California. Her mother and father were Vietnamese refugees. So she was homeless as a child along with her family. But after moving to America her father joined Burger King. Also, her mother worked in the funeral home. Tran went to Westview High School in San Diego and also worked part-time.
Tran received small roles in CollegeHumor videos. Then in 2011, she joined The Second City. In 2013 she starred in the web series titled Ladies Like Us. Further, in 2015 Tran got a good role in Star Wars films. First, she acted in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Rose Tico a rebel mechanic. She became the first Asian-American woman to play a major role in Star Wars.
Then Tran joined the main last dragon cast. She voiced Raya the main protagonist of the film. She is also serving as executive producer on some shows.
“Not only will Raya be Disney Animation Studios’ first movie inspired by Southeast Asia, but Tran is the first Southeast Asian actress to lead a film from the company.” pic.twitter.com/Fd5mHadpAh— Daily Kelly Marie Tran (@tranIoan) August 27, 2020
Experience Of Online Harassment
Tran experienced online harassment after she got cast in Star Wars. Many people on Twitter made fun of her ethnicity and weight. Even a page in Wookieepedia dedicated to Star Wars fandom got edited to insult her with racist and vulgar comments. This drew a lot of media attention.
Tran went to therapy to recover from the effects of the online trolls. But she also received a lot of support from her Star Wars cast.
Kelly Marie Tran is a great actress. She is a strong woman with great talents. Therefore, even the online trolls cannot break her spirit.