Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran deletes Instagram posts following harassment
Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran has deleted all her Instagram posts after harassment from followers on the social media platform.
Tran got her big break playing Rose Tico, a rebellion mechanic, in the 2017 film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The role also saw the Vietnamese-American become the first lead actress of colour to appear in movie franchise.
Tran opened up about the pressure during the press tour of the film.
“I wish we lived in a world where every different person has the chance to write, direct, produce, and star in movies, but that’s just not true,” she said.
“I can say that I’m excited to be part of the change, it feels like a responsibility, but it’s awesome as I get to be in this movie and be this character, but it’s horrifying because it’s so rare … I do feel a sort of … I don’t take representation lightly, and I am excited to be part of the change.”
‘Afraid, but doing it anyway’
But since her debut, Tran’s social media accounts have been hit hard by racist and sexist comments according to reports, prompting speculation that the abuse is behind Tran deleting her posts.
All that remains on the actress’ account, which has 196,000 followers, is a line in her biography that reads “Afraid, but doing it anyway”.
It comes after Tran’s Last Jedi co-star Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, last year revealed she had quit Instagram.
Ridley said social media was “highly unhealthy for people’s mental health”.
“I don’t do social any more. I came off it last September and I will never get back on,” she told Radio Times.
“The more I read about teenage anxiety, the more I think it’s highly unhealthy for people’s mental health.
“It’s such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should be.”
Ridley (left) quit social media, saying the platform was “highly unhealthy”. (Supplied: Lucasfilm)