14 December can't come soon enough. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the eighth installment in the franchise, serving as the follow-up to 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Breaking Bad), Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees returning actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson, as well as three exciting additions: Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro and of course, Tran.
The 28-year-old San Diego native has had a relatively young acting career thus far, appearing in short films and television movies since 2011. Prior to this, she's even shared in an interview that she had never seen a Star Wars movie. But it wasn't until she was cast as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when things took a turn for the better. "I told them [my family] I was doing an indie movie in Canada," shared Tran on the non-disclosure agreement surrounding her casting in Star Wars. "At one point I actually got some maple syrup so I could bring back to them so they thought I was really in Canada."
While she was auditioning, Tran was working as an assistant in a temp agency and recruitment firm. Now, she's the first Asian-American woman to land a lead in a Star Wars movie. While details are still mum about her storyline in the movie, what we know is that Rose Tico's a mechanic who works in maintenance under The Resistance. A jack-of-all-trades, behind-the-scenes kind of character, she's not a soldier and not looking to be a hero. Sharing scenes with John Boyega's Finn, Rose Tico also idolises him.
Want to know more about Tran and talk to this star in the making? She'll be sharing her acting journey at Today at Apple in a session hosted by Buro 24/7 Singapore's editor-in-chief, Norman Tan. Tran will also be at the Singapore International Film Festival benefit dinner and red carpet at Marina Bay Sands on Saturday, 25 November. Marina Bay Sands has also adapted its nightly light and water show, Spectra, for a special Star Wars: The Last Jedi themed performance.