Kelly Marie Tran began her career around 2011, starring in various online videos and little-seen pilots for shows that never got full-season orders. Her first major role came in the short-lived NBC sitcom About a Boy, playing the recurring character Marguerite. She continued scoring small roles in pilots and TV movies until her regular spot in CollegeHumor’s slate of original web sketches in 2014.
Here she is as the “Full Asian” voter in the skit “Not Asian Enough.”
And here you can see Tran in the skit “If You’re Only 20-Something, Stop Saying You’re Old,” which hits a little too close to home for our taste.
Tran also had a small role in the web series Ladies Like Us, a single-camera sitcom about struggling female comedians living in Los Angeles.
In terms of movie work, Tran has appeared in projects such as Pub Quiz and XOXO, both released in 2016. Tran fits into Lucasfilm’s penchant for going with mostly unknown actors, even for the biggest movie series of all time (see: Daisy Ridley). We know Tran will be playing a member of the Resistance named Rose who teams up with Finn in the next movie (I’ll bet any amount of money she’s a spy for The First Order). Other than that, not much is known about her role. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017.