Kelly Marie Tran, the Vietnamese American actress who starred in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” two years ago, had to undergo therapy after being subjected to online harassment from toxic fans.
The 30-year-old actress revealed to Good Morning America how it felt being at the center of the online vitriol that director Rian Johnson’s installment met when it came out in 2017.
“I feel great now. I’ve been to therapy, which I highly recommend,” Tran said. ”Also just the transition of what it was like. I was very much someone who was working a day job, struggling to be an actor, and suddenly, I was in Star Wars. I think that sort of transition takes a lot of emotional work, if that makes sense.”
Tran is currently doing press tours along with other cast members ahead of the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
“I’m in a really good place now. I’m excited for this movie to come out,” she said. “I’m excited to be working with [director] J.J. Abrams. I’m doing great.”
Tran noted that the therapy not only helped her get through the social media backlash but also the massive emotional stress she went through that comes with becoming an overnight star.
She added that the transition from a struggling actress into becoming part of the Star Wars film universe was not easy. Prior to scoring the role of Rose Tico, Tran worked a part-time job while taking on a variety of roles in Hollywood.
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Tran revealed last year that she took a break from social media after some Star Wars fans directed their criticisms and anger toward her for her role as rebel mechanic Rose Tico.
According to the actress, she took the negative comments to heart, believing that the hate is being pointed at her. Tran started blaming herself, allowing the words from the Star Wars fanbase significantly affect her own self-worth.
After shutting them down by leaving social media temporarily, she was able to regain control and focus on healing and appreciating herself. Tran will reprise her role as Rose Tico in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” where she is expected to have a bigger role in the Resistance.
The movie is set to hit theaters on December 20.
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