Kelly Marie Tran has lived her life to the fullest since leaving social media and has no desire to restore her online presence anytime soon. Then her breakout role as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi brought Kelly Marie Tran great fame, along with a plethora of internet trolls that harassed the actress with vicious posts on social media. Tran stopped posting to her Instagram account in 2018 in response and hasn’t looked back since.
Looking back at the online bullying she faced, Tran has revealed how much happier she is since her decision to leave the internet. Speaking about the ordeal in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tran explains why she’s not coming back to Instagram anytime soon, even though her agents tell her she’s missing out on a lot of money.
“What I find interesting about working in this industry is that certain things get so public, even if you don’t really think they are, [like] the sequence of events in which I left the internet for my own sanity. I was actually like, ‘Oh, this isn’t good for my mental health. I’m clearly going away from this. ‘.. I have really been so much happier without being on the internet. I had my agents tell you [I’m] forgo partnerships with brands, but I’m not here to sell flat-bellied tea to young girls. “
Tran admits to engaging in “ one-sided social media, ” meaning she pays attention to current affairs and what’s trending online, although she still sets herself “ extreme limits ” when looking for responses to her own work. As Kelly explains, this is simply a measure she has imposed on herself to keep social media trolls from affecting her mental health.
“We can talk about the interaction between mental health and social media, but also about mental health and this idea of fame and what it does to you. It’s not normal. For me, that navigation is about how I protect myself in a way that is true. I can continue to work in this world and continue to elevate the stories I think the world needs to hear. ”
Meanwhile, Tran is gearing up for the release of Raya and the last dragon, the new animated movie from Walt Disney Pictures voicing Tran as the titular Raya. Awkwafina stars in the Sisu, Raya’s dragon friend, with the voice cast also featuring Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong and Alan Tudyk. The film will hit theaters on March 5 and will be available simultaneously on Disney + with Premier Access.
Trans voice over has also landed her a role in the upcoming Disney series Monsters at work, a spin-off from the Monsters, Inc. movie franchise. She will play Val Little alongside returning stars John Goodman and Billy Crystal, reprising their respective roles as Sulley and Mike. The new series will premiere on Disney + on July 2.
Clearly, Tran has been thriving since scrubbing social media out of her life. Maybe there are others who could learn from Trans example. This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.
Subjects: Raya and the Last Dragon, Star Wars