Who Is Rose From ‘The Last Jedi’? Kelly Marie Tran’s 'Star Wars' Character Is An Unlikely Hero
Just when you thought you were as excited as you could be by the Star Wars universe, they up and introduce a brand new character to blow you out of the water. So who is Rose from The Last Jedi? Kelly Marie Tran's character is about to shake things up in a big way. At The Last Jedi Panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017, Tran burst onto the scene in a big way, introducing herself with, "My character’s name is Rose, she’s part of the resistance, and she works in maintenance, and I just can’t wait for you to meet her." I can't wait either, because not only are we meeting a new character, but we're meeting a new actor. This is Kelly Marie Tran's first major project, although she's racked up appearances in shorts, College Humor comedy videos, and a variety of TV shows in a career that stretches back to 2011.
But things are about to change for Tran on a huge scale, as she's been added to the Star Wars family as Rose, a character she introduced a little more fully at Friday's panel:
Rose is a maintenance worker in the Resistance and, for me, one of the thing about growing up in Colorado watching the resistance… [I was struck] by the notion of the unlikely hero. She’s not a soldier, she’s not looking to be a hero, and she gets pulled in a really big way into this adventure involving Finn, and Kelly just embodies that for me.
I love love love the idea of a reluctant hero in the Star Wars universe; I'm already imagining how that personality type might clash with other resistance fighters, even though they're on the same side. There's a certain dynamic to being pulled into a conflict against your will, and it's one we haven't seen as much in this world, so I'm pumped to meet Rose and see what she's all about.