By SANDY COHEN
AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kelly Marie Tran still can't quite believe she's in a Star Wars movie. The 28-year-old was about to give up on her dreams of becoming an actress when she landed a breakthrough role in "The Last Jedi."
Tran says she keeps pinching herself to confirm that this is her new reality.
She plays Rose Tico, a new character who works as a mechanic aiding the heroes of the Resistance. Tran said her character is someone unaccustomed to the limelight who gets pulled into the center of the action.
If that sounds a little like Tran's life as she steps into movie stardom, she agrees "100 percent."
Co-star John Boyega says it was clear from Tran's audition that she had something special to bring to the Star Wars universe.
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