“[I had] that feeling of just being totally silent and just
wanting to be completely present and to experience every
feeling to its fullest,” Tran told Yahoo Entertainment about
her first moments on the set of
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (watch above). “And then
seeing C-3PO and being totally thrown off.
“I felt like I was about to play the Super Bowl. I knew all the
plays. I knew exactly what was going to happen. And then you
see R2-D2, and you’re like, ‘I’m thrown off.’”
To stick with her sports analogy, Tran is The Last
Jedi‘s rookie of the year. The relatively unknown
28-year-old actress is earning early praise for her portrayal
of Rose Tico, a sharp-witted Resistance mechanic whose tendency
to sniff out deserters leads her on a treacherous mission
alongside Finn (John Boyega). And fans are vicariously soaking
up all the feel that Tran
is experiencing as the saga’s wide-eyed new star.
Beyond the delirium of those droid sightings, Tran was
ultimately able to find a balance in the Force. “You have to
find a way to be able to work in that atmosphere,” she said.
“Then remind yourself that you’re allowed to geek out.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens Dec.
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