Kelly Marie Tran is about to be everywhere. The actress, who you might recognize from a few College Humor videos, is the undisputed breakout of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which hits theaters everywhere this Friday. She plays Rose Tico, a maintenance worker who becomes an unexpected Resistance hero in the battle against the First Order. Tran steals every scene she’s in—yes, even the super-CGI ones where it’s very easy to be distracted. And the crazy thing is her résumé before this film wasn’t that deep. She worked on College Humor, like we said, plus a few episodes here and there of some indie-comedy shows. The Last Jedi is her first mainstream project, though, and we have a feeling it won’t be her last. Here are some essential things to know about your new fave:
1. She’s the first Asian-American woman to star in a Star Wars film. It’s crazy that it’s taken this long. “I don’t take it lightly at all,” Tran told Rolling Stone. “I think from the moment I got this part—and it was also because this is a Star Wars movie—I just wanted to do the whole thing justice.”
2. Tran had never seen a Star Wars movie when she received the script for The Last Jedi She’s seen them now, of course, and says A New Hope is her favorite.
3. She hung out with the late Carrie Fisher on set—and received some incredible advice. “She told me that this was an amazing experience and to enjoy everything because it’s fleeting and it’ll go away,” Tran also told Rolling Stone. But if there’s anything else that you want to do—if you want to write, want to produce, whatever—start now because there’s going to be a time when you aren’t looked at the same way.”
4. She eventually wants to write, direct, and produce her own material. Please give her a Netflix show, like, now.
5. Her Instagram takeover skills are on point. Exhibit A: This re-post from Disney’s Instagram, in which she runs around Los Angeles laughing about how nobody recognizes her. We don’t deserve her!
6. Her parents immigrated from Vietnam. “My parents came over to America after the Vietnam war in the late ’70s,” she told People magazine. “They worked from nothing just to give me the opportunity to have a dream. I’m not from an entertainment family at all. My mom works in funerals and my dad works at Burger King.”
7. Her pre-acting list of odd jobs is pretty iconic. “I’ve done pretty much everything. I was a food tour guide—I took people on a tour to different restaurants in the area,” she told People. “I also nannied and worked in offices as an assistant, I cleaned a yoga studio, I passed out flyers—I worked every weird job.”
8. She lied to her parents about filming Star Wars. “I said I was in Canada working on an indie movie,” she told People. “I’m pretty sure I told some people Toronto and some people Vancouver and then I had to wrap around my lie. I even bought maple syrup to give to people to convince them I’d really been to Canada.” Why she did this is unclear, but it’s incredible.
9. She cared more about Harry Potter growing up than Star Wars. “In 10th grade, my teacher was obsessed with [Star Wars] and played it in the background, but I was reading Harry Potter so I wasn’t listening to it,” Tran told BuzzFeed. That, my friends, is relatable content.
10. Annnd she auditioned five times for Star Wars. Yes, five. Thank Luke Skywalker it worked out.