Star Wars: Kelly Marie Tran speaks about Rose Tico’s limited Rise of Skywalker screentime

Fans were outraged after character only appeared for 76 seconds in recent ‘Star Wars’ movie

Adam White
Tuesday 11 February 2020 12:35 GMT
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Kelly Marie Tran has spoken out about her limited screentime in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, following fan claims that her character, Rose Tico, was written out to appease internet trolls.

Asked by MTV’s Josh Horowitz whether she was happy with her scenes in the film, Tran said that she was merely grateful for her inclusion in Star Wars.

“I mean, I think that I’m really just amazed at the way that JJ [Abrams] was able to sort of wrap up all these incredible stories,” she said on the Oscars red carpet.

She continued, “There were so many characters. [But] at the end of the day I got to be part of something bigger than me, and that’s really special.”

Earlier in the interview she suggested that fan disappointment was a traditional part of the Star Wars machine.

The Last Jedi was my first movie,” she said. “So I think I’m finally starting to realise that when you’re in something of that calibre, there’s so many people working to make something out of love.”

“No matter what you do, there’s always gonna be people that aren’t happy with that,” she added. “But I think that the best lesson I’ve learned is just to have fun and be present in the moment. So I’m really grateful that I got to be part of it.”

Backlash occurred after the release of The Rise of Skywalker when it was revealed that Tran had just 76 seconds of screentime.

The significant reduction in the presence of her character followed a 2018 hate campaign against Tran and her on-screen alter ego Rose Tico.

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