Kelly Marie Tran Gets Emotional Over “Beautiful” and “Healing” Star Wars Fan Poem

Kelly Marie Tran made history with her role as Rose Tico in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and now one fan is sharing just how important seeing her on screen really was. In a video shared exclusively with Entertainment Weekly right on Star Wars Day, fan MJ Park gets to meet Tran and share a poem she wrote that was inspired by the Star Wars actor.

Park is just one of 25 subjects featured in Tran’s upcoming film Summertime, a spoken-word documentary she executive produced with director Carlos López Estrada. In EW’s clip, López Estrada gathers the Summertime poets on a video call to tell them their film will debut across the country, but has even more exciting news to share: Tran had joined the film as an executive producer, and was sitting right next to him.

While all of the Summertime poets were thrilled, Park was especially excited to see Tran onscreen. She explained that she wrote her own poem about Rose after seeing The Last Jedi for the first time, and after some convincing from Tran and her Summertime costars, Park read her poem aloud.

“We are all but left to watch a small Asian girl tear apart the First Order with nothing but a heart made of scrap metal and a passion for rebellion,” Park read.

She continued, “Maybe we see ourselves in Rose. Maybe we see that, maybe, there is something in us that believes in a fate that travels beyond the cosmos, that maybe there is something within us that is screaming to become our own hero. Maybe Rose is our hope in a galaxy that seems so far, far away.”

After hearing Park’s words, Tran admitted she was brought to tears by the poem. “Everything you do is huge for me and my people and my folks, and your people and all of our peoples,” Park told her. Tran thanked her for sharing her “beautiful” poem, adding, “There’s a power that comes with poetry and words and when we use words to find ways to heal ourselves, and hearing your words was very healing.”

Tran has been outspoken about the harassment and bullying she experienced after her Star Wars debut in 2017, when she joined the franchise as its first Asian American woman in a leading role. Tran wiped her social media accounts in 2018 after fans flooded her comments section with hate, and appeared in another Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker, but in a much smaller capacity.

“If someone doesn’t understand me or my experience, it shouldn’t be my place to have to internalize their misogyny or racism or all of the above,”she told The Hollywood Reporter in March. “Maybe they just don’t have the imagination to understand that there are different types of people living in the world.”

Head to the Entertainment Weekly website to see the full Summertime clip and hear Park’s poem.

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