Transcript for Kelly Marie Tran on the force of women in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’
created friendships that have lasted for 40 plus years. Deeply in love with this man. To capture that spirit and ING it to a conclusion has been such an amazing task. Whoo. All right, welcome back, everyone. That is part of the new featurette for "Star wars: The rise of Skywalker," the countdown is on to one of the most hotly anticipated movies of the holiday season and have one of the fiercest stars in the gag si here with us this morning, Kelly Marie Tran. Thanks for being with us. All right. Ten days to go. So many people are counting. Some of your co-stars were here a few weeks ago. At that point you all hadn't seen the movie yet. Has that changed? Yes. I've seen it. And? And it's amazing. Yeah. Were you surprised at all at how it ended. I read the script but there were definitely moments where -- so it was Daisy and John and then naomie and myself sitting next to each other and we were squeezing each other hands like this is crazy. I'm among them. So many grew up watching "Star huge fans. I hear that wasn't the case for new that's true, yeah. You were not a fan of "Star wars" growing up. No, "Star wars" came out in the '70s and my parents were they're war refugees from Vietnam so they were kind of struggling with some other stuff. It wasn't about watching movies. No, they were definitely trying to survive. When did you catch up? I remember in high school one of my history teachers showed us "Star wars" in class so that was kind of when I started watching it. And now look at you now. It all started by the way can Carrie fisher as princess Leia and even more "Star wars" girl power. That's what I love about how this franchise has evolved with the times so from you to Daisy Ridley and Naomi and Keri how does it feel to be part of that. It feels really friggin' good. It feels like it's about time. I agree. I agree and you know and speaking of that because with the good comes the bad last year you were unfortunately dealing with the negative side of social media which so many of us have encountered but you opened up about dealing with online harassment and it was incredibly empowering. How are you feeling now about all of that? I feel great now. I've been to therapy. You went to therapy. I highly recommend. Because of the bullying online. Yeah, and also just like the transition of what it was like. I very much was someone working a day job struggling to be an actor then was suddenly in "Star wars," that sort of transition takes a lot of emotional work if that makes sense. But, yeah, I'm in a really good place now, I'm excited for this movie to come out. I'm excited to be working with J.J. Abrams, yeah. Your co-star Naomi is new to "Star wars," you opened up about what you were dealing with going through therapy, all of that. She says that you inspired her to grow a thicker skin. What can you share about those conversations you gave to her because I think there are a lot of people out there who would also love to benefit from what you've learned. Yeah, absolutely. Well, I'm such a huge fan of hers. She's incredible in the film. I can't wait for to you see what she does. But, yeah, I think we net and immediately hit it off and talked about all the struggles of being people who did not grow up in privileged backgrounds, very new to this industry, what that meant. What we would be dealing with and I think the biggest thing that sort of came from that was making sure you don't become isolated or silent about the things that you're dealing with. I think whenever there's something that feels so heavy and scary, you can sort of clam up and close up and I think that's the most dangerous thing. The best thing for me was looking outward and remembering that the world is bigger than myself and that experience. And sharing it with each other. That's girl power. That is, yes. Kelly Marie Tran, thank you so much for joining us. We can't wait to watch you and you can all see the final chapter of the saga "Star wars: The rise of Skywalker" on December 20th.
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