Star Wars Fans Rave About Rose Tico in Pub, Don’t Realize Who’s Sitting Next to Them

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is now in theaters and moviegoers can’t stop talking about it, especially right next to one of the film’s newest stars Kelly Marie Tran.

Tran, who landed a breakthrough role in “The Last Jedi” as Rose Tico, a mechanic for the Resistance whose older sister Paige Tico (played by Vietnamese actress Veronica Ngo) fights alongside Poe Dameron, was at a pub in Leicester Square, London when she noticed a group of people sitting beside her discussing the movie they’d just seen.

Tran posted an Instagram video of her reaction on Monday.

“A few days ago, I was at a pub eating pie with a friend, when this DELIGHTFUL group of people came in,” Tran said. “They sat down and started discussing The Last Jedi — in minute detail. My friend started filming as I listened, and she captured my reaction as they discussed Rose.”

A few days ago, I was at a pub eating pie with a friend, when this DELIGHTFUL group of people came in. They sat down at the table next to me and started discussing The Last Jedi — in minute detail. My friend started filming as I listened, and she captured my reaction as they discussed Rose. 😭🌹 After lots of creepy listening — and eating 🥧😬 — I awkwardly walked over to introduce myself. They couldn’t be more lovely. What an incredible moment in a string of incredible moments I’ve been experiencing lately. ❤️ In my 8 years as a struggling actor, I came to the realization that the hardest thing to obtain from another human being is their genuine interest. Sometimes, getting someone to listen to your story — your idea — is really hard. It’s pretty impossible for a movie to get made, and there are many stories that don’t make it into a book or a film or a television show. I know how lucky I am to be a part of something that people love, to be able to act and tell stories at all. And one of my greatest joys has been creepily listening to conversations about TLJ when I’m out and about. 😬🤓 Regardless of opinion or preference, it’s still a topic of discussion. And no matter who we are, no matter where we’re from, if we can really listen and have a conversation about something — anything — it can really open up a door. It can open us up to new ideas and new understanding. So thanks, wonderful people, for watching and dissecting and discussing. It makes me happy to know that we made something that’s starting a dialogue. My heart is so full, and my goals are so clear. Let’s tell more stories. Let’s have more conversations. Let’s get to know lives and worlds different from our own. And most of all — let’s open our hearts and accept our differences. More love, less hate. Also, more pies, because THEY ARE AMAZING. 🥧❤️💁🏻🙃 PS @catmahoney87 — thanks for not thinking it was creepy when I went through my insta tags to find this photo so I could write about this moment. 😂❤️

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After a few minutes of eavesdropping, Tran approached the group and introduced herself to the shocked fans.

“I know how lucky I am to be a part of something that people love, to be able to act and tell stories at all,” Tran wrote. “And one of my greatest joys has been creepily listening to conversations about TLJ when I’m out and about. Regardless of opinion or preference, it’s still a topic of discussion. And no matter who we are, no matter where we’re from, if we can really listen and have a conversation about something — anything — it can really open up a door. It can open us up to new ideas and new understanding.”

Featured Image via Instagram / kellymarietrancatmahoney87

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