– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Hollywood is littered with the bodies of those will try to become actors and fail doing so. Many people live in Los Angeles for years and years at a time, hoping to catch the big break, but more often than not that big break never comes, and life becomes an eternal struggle.

Of course, you also have the big success stories of those who worked really hard and finally came out on top. Such was the story for Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley, who shared to many outlets that she had nearly quit being an actor before landing the role as Rey, and such is the story today with Kelly Marie Tran, who plays the role of Rose Tico in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Like many other actors for her she worked hard long days, after several years of doing so was about ready to call it quits. Here’s what she had to say entertainment weekly about that experience.

“There was absolutely a moment. When I turned 25, I had been at it for some years and I was struggling to pay my bills. I was tired. I had been working [my day job] 40-plus hours a week, plus sometimes I’d have two auditions in the day and then I would write a sketch or do improv at night, or rehearse for the next auditions the next day. So, my days, I would get up at 5 a.m. and then I wouldn’t be home until 11:00 p.m. The days were like that for years. I remember thinking, ‘This could be my life forever. Like, I could just never make it. I could work this hard for the next 20 years of my life and still be struggling.”

She was able to do some odd stuff here and there, but nothing huge that allowed her to quit her day job. And then finally came the word that she had gotten role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Here’s what her experience was like.

“The day I found out, Rian was like, ‘Oh we want you in this movie,’ I had just left work on my lunch break to go to this meeting. Afterward, he told me that I couldn’t tell anyone, so I went back to work and answered phones and answered emails, like nothing happened. It was the most bizarre experience. Inside I was like, Ugh! Crazy”

Disney and Lucasfilm have really been pushing the character of rules for the past several months, and we certainly hope that she lives up to the hype. The last time we had this for character, we ended up with Captain Phasma (though Rose doesn’t have any badass armor, so this comparison may be moot), a cool character with almost nothing to do but look cool.

Let’s hope that’s not the case with Rose.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.