Why One 'Star Wars' Actress Chose To Honor Her Vietnamese Roots On The Red Carpet

"Growing up, I’ve always felt I was from two different worlds."

When it comes to the new Star Wars films, it seems those in charge are making strides to improve onscreen diversity. One actress in the upcoming movie, titled The Last Jedi, is celebrating what makes her unique and what she says highlights just how important inclusion really is.


Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose Tico in the film, shared of photo of herself and fellow Star Wars newcomer Ngô Thanh Vân, who plays Paige Tico, promoting the movie in Vietnam — Sài Gòn, aka Ho Chi Minh City, to be specific. In the photo, the duo are wearing Áo Dài, a traditional Vietnamese clothing, and Tran got personal in a heartfelt Instagram post. 

"Growing up, I've always felt I was from two different worlds," she wrote. "I was born in the US, but my parents were born in Vietnam, and they raised my sisters and I with the parenting methods of the Vietnamese culture."

Much of what Tran said was paying homage to her roots and explaining the pride she has as an Asian-American. It's a similar reaction to that of Diego Luna, who opened up about what being a Mexican-American actor who starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story meant to fans who saw themselves reflected onscreen.

"So much of me is because of what my parents experienced in this country," Tran continued. "So much of me is because of the things my parents overcame so that I could have the luxury of having a dream. I see so much of me reflected in the people here, and so much of them reflected in me. I AM SO PROUD of being a Vietnamese-American."

Again, it's obvious to see just how much representation matters. We can't wait to see the Tico sisters in action!

(H/T: HuffPost)


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