Kelly Marie Tran discusses her journey, from exploding onto the sci-fi scene in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker to working on Raya and the Last Dragon, an experience she clearly took a lot of positives from.

“It’s hard. I think as an actor you don’t really have control over what is happening in a narrative, if that makes sense. And I think as an actor and as an individual, I always try to take my expectations out of the situation because I also want to, as much as possible, try and be present in the experience. I am really, really proud of the way that I’ve been able to show up for myself during this whole journey because, again, if we’re going through my journey and my career, I went from sketch comedy and doing improv and indie theater to then doing Star Wars and then from there doing [Raya]. It’s nonsensical. It’s miraculous, nonsensical, magical stuff that, for me, I just want people to know and believe that you might go through certain times in your life that are hard and difficult, but coming out on the other side of that and having your support group and being with people who believe in you, there’s nothing like it in the entire world. And I think for me, moving from the Star Wars experiences to then going to Raya has been absolutely miraculous. Raya for me is about celebrating the parts of myself that as a child I was taught that I should hide and what a poetic healing experience that has been.”

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia: Join the battle!
  • Fry, Jason (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 04/27/2021 (Publication Date) - DK Children (Publisher)