Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran is speaking out for the first time since the publication of her op-ed in The New York Times, which addressed the toxic fandom that drove her off of social media and finished off with a refusal to give into such hatred.
While chatting with The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival, Tran explained her motivations behind the impassioned op-ed and her doubts over whether or not she'll return to the public forum that is the Internet.
"I felt like I wanted to write something that was honest, that truly came from me and I don't know if I'll ever go back," she said.
In The Last Jedi (written and directed by Looper's Rian Johnson), Tran portrayed Rose Tico, a lowly Resistance member that ends up going on a wild adventure with Finn (John Boyega) in an attempt to disable the First Order's hyperspace tracking capabilities. Her character delivers the now-famous line of: “That's how we're gonna win. Not fighting what we hate; saving what we love.”
After the release of the film, Tico's character came under harsh criticism from a certain segment of Star Wars fans that decided to start criticizing Tran as well. Luckily, a good chunk of the galactic crew (Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, and John Boyega) came to the actress's defense.
"I think that there are, just like anything else, really good and really bad things that come with anything," Tran added.
Johnson supported Tran's latest statements on Twitter with the following message: