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'Star Wars' Actress Kelly Marie Tran Is The Internet's New Favorite Geek Hero

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Kelly Marie Tran's life was completely changed one day late in November 2015, when she was cast as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rose is a brand-new addition to the blockbuster film saga, and so far we know very little about the character besides the fact that she's a maintenance worker for the Resistance. That said, we have learned quite a bit about Tran since the announcement that she would be joining Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac as the latest member of the next generation of Star Wars characters. 

Tran, a Vietnamese-American, was born in San Diego, and began pursuing acting professionally in 2011. Before being cast in The Last Jedi, she played parts in a few TV series, short films, and web series. In short, The Last Jedi is magnitudes bigger than anything she has appeared in to date.

She also worked a day job as an assistant to make ends meet, because web series don't necessarily pay the bills. Interestingly enough, Tran almost gave up acting before her big break, but we're glad she didn't because she's turned out to be one of the dorky celebrities we can't help but absolutely love. 

Here's everything you need to know about Kelly Marie Tran.

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