Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran admits she doesn't know whether she'll ever return to social media following the backlash she received for her role in The Last Jedi.
The first Asian woman featured in a starring role in the blockbuster franchise, the Rose Tico actor was subsequently targeted for online harassment that ultimately drove her off of Instagram in June.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto International Film Festival, Tran confessed, "I don't know if I'll ever go back." She discussed social media in general, saying, "I think that there are, just like anything else, really good and really bad things that come with anything,"
Tran broke her silence about her online harassment last month in an essay published by The New York Times. "I felt like I wanted to write something honest," she said, "that truly came from me."
She admitted in the essay that she has struggled with being a marginalized woman of color, and that the online harassment had begun to make her believe what the trolls were saying.
Tran's Star Wars colleagues have stood behind her, with Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill and John Boyega speaking out about harassment.
Directed and co-written by JJ Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. It is scheduled to open on Dec. 20, 2019.