Mark Hamill has expressed his love and support for his Star Wars: The Last Jedi co-star Kelly Marie Tran, who broke her silence about online harassment in an essay published on Tuesday.
"You ARE just getting started," the franchise icon wrote, in response to Tran's New York Times article, which concluded with the lines, “You might know me as Kelly. I am the first woman of color to have a leading role in a Star Wars movie. I am the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair. My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started.”
I said it before & I'll say it again: WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE? 😍— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 21, 2018
I love you, Loan... we don't deserve you & you ARE just getting started.#ReelLifeHeroRoseTico #RealLifeHeroKellyMarieTran https://t.co/wH7Hs4CQKT
Tran, who debuted in the divisive 2017 film as Rose Tico, was driven off of Instagram in June after enduring months of racist and harassing comments. She previously received public support from fans, as well as from co-stars Hamill and John Boyega, and writer/director Rian Johnson.
One tweet from Hamill featured a photo of himself with Tran, accompanied by the caption, "What's not to love? #GetALifeNerds."
Johnson tweeted strong words at that time as well, writing, "On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but over the past 4 years I’ve met lots of real fellow SW fans. We like & dislike stuff but we do it with humor, love & respect. We’re the VAST majority, we’re having fun & doing just fine."
Tran returns, with Hamill, Boyega and others, in director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX, opening in December 2019.