Kelly Marie Tran

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Actress, Star WarsMonsterland, & Raya and the Last Dragon

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Kelly Marie Tran: Biography at a Glance

  • Kelly Marie Tran has quickly become known as a captivating on-screen presence. The highly sought after actress made The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Gen Class of 2017” list and was named one of ABC News’ “Actors to Watch” in 2018.
  • Tran made history by voicing Disney’s first South-East Asian Princess with her role in Raya and the Last Dragon. Set in a fantasy land called Kumandra, the film follows Raya, a fearless warrior princess, as she saves the world from evil.
  • Tran also starred in Hulu’s Anthology drama series Monsterland, based on the collection of stories from Nathan Ballingrud.
  • Tran voices Dawn in DreamWorks' The Croods 2, a sequel to the Oscar-nominated animated feature about a caveman family.
  • Tran famously played Rose Tico in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX. The films were both smash hits and grossed over $1 billion at the world wide box office.

Biography

Kelly Marie Tran has quickly become known as a captivating on-screen presence. The highly sought after actress made The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Gen Class of 2017” list and was named one of ABC News’ “Actors to Watch."

Tran starred in Hulu’s Anthology drama series Monsterland, based on the collection of stories from Nathan Ballingrud. She also voiced Dawn in DreamWorks' The Croods 2, a sequel to the Oscar-nominated animated feature about a caveman family.

Tran made history by voicing Disney’s first South-East Asian Princess with her role in Raya and the Last Dragon. Set in a fantasy land called Kumandra, the film follows Raya, a fearless warrior princess, as she saves the world from evil.

Tran made her big screen debut in Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi as Resistance mechanic worker, Rose Tico. Her performance and character were widely praised, and made headlines across the globe as Tran became the first Asian- American woman cast in a lead role for the franchise. Episode VIII earned over $1.3 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of that year.

Tran starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in Facebook Watch’s critically acclaimed original series, Sorry for Your Loss. Created and written by Kit Steinkellner (Z: The Beginning of Everything), the show explores the life of a young widow as she deals with the grief of losing her husband while reconnecting with relationships from her past. Rounding out the cast are Jovan Adepo, Mamaoudou Athie, and Janet McTeer.

Tran reprised her role as Rose Tico in Star Wars: Episode IX. The film was a smash hit and grossed over $1 billion at the world wide box office.

Tran’s other credits include the Netflix Original XOXO; TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything; NBC’s About a Boy and Lifetime’s Fall Into Me among others.

It was a tremendous honor to host Kelly Marie Tran on campus yesterday for an empowering conversation around identity and culture, mental health, navigating the arts, and community and care. Kelly was so friendly and down-to-earth, our staff and students loved her

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