Time Magazine releases new image of Rose Tico from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Time magazine conducted an interview with Kelly Marie Tran, where it also released a new image of Rose.

IMG 6976 - Time Magazine releases new image of Rose Tico from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Tran discusses inclusion in Star Wars:

When I was growing up, I didn’t see anyone like me in movies. And I wanted to be white for the longest time, because I thought that meant my story would be valid,” she says. “When you’re a kid, you see images on TV and on billboards and in magazines–they all look the same, and you wonder, ‘Why don’t I look like that? And can I change myself to look like that?’”

Tran hints at some jokes being cracked by both Finn and Rose:

“John Boyega is very funny, and sometimes we could improvise,” she says. “Is that answer diplomatic enough?

Rose is a welcome addition to the Star Wars universeand I for one am very excited to see what her role is in the film. I recommend checking out the interview.


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  • Mark

    Im tired of the sub-character that is discussed only because she is “Asian”.

    Wooo peeee friggin do. Who cares? I certainly don’t.

    I care about the story. Thats it.


  • SGSJason

    I find it sad that people need to see “people like themselves” in movies to be valid. Why do we base our self worth and validity on media?

    • frayed

      Every human society and culture tells stories about themselves. It’s a feature of human behaviour since the dawn of history. It’s how we pass down our traditions, ideas, values and knowledge to our children. So, in a country like the US – or many Western countries – which are very multicultural by design, it is worth looking at whether the people (all of the people) of that society are allowed to tell their stories or be part of the cultural landscape of storytelling. Otherwise, as Tran seems to be saying, it can lead to a sense of isolation or disenfranchisement, or even inferiority.

      It’s not necessarily that the predominant ethnic group always purposely sidelines others (though too often, it does), but it can be because the people in creative control may be part of that predominant group and therefore more likely to want to represent what they see as ‘their’ culture. The reality is that society has more cultural variety than the stories being told, which creates a disproportionate narrative and makes minority groups appear ‘lesser’ in wider societies perception of self. This has a negative effect on both those groups and the nation’s ability to have representation and community – both key to a democracy.

      So while it’s sad that we all have such a need to see ourselves to feel validated in a world that doesn’t represent everyone, it’s a fact of life that most of us take for granted because we have never had to be in that minority group.

      • SGSJason

        But why are we only able to relate like characters that look like us? When I was a kid I watched Bruce Lee films. I have zero Asian blood in me but it didn’t stop me from thinking Bruce was totally awesome and spending countless hours pretending I was him. To bring it back to Star Wars I always thought Lando was awesome because Billy Dee is a fountain of charisma. I am not Black but I wanted to be like him because I wanted to be that cool.

        After reading the Time article it seems like we have these artifcial barriers in place wherein we are only supposed to relate to characters of the same race or something.

        • frayed

          Honestly, I couldn’t answer this question fully as I think a psychologist or an anthropologist would better be able to talk about it – but it’s probably less to do with seeing ourselves as ‘one’ homogeneous entity (White man/ Asian man/ Black woman etc), than in a variety of social ‘roles’ that we apply to ourselves, both in terms of race, social class, gender and all sorts.

          But in the case of Lando or Bruce Lee, I love those characters too, and pretended to be them, but I suppose in my youth and development they were definitely the exception rather than the rule. The overwhelming majority of all fictional characters I read were white and most of the heroes were white males. That doesn’t mean I was permanently biased or that I didn’t like characters representing different groups, but I never had to be confronted with a situation where I didn’t have access to ‘my’ group being heavily represented. I could always pick and choose, safe in the knowledge/ experience that I was everywhere. So, to be open minded, I guess it’s just important to listen to people from those minority groups who say, ‘this was hard,’ or ‘this caused me to feel this way.’