Tran's parents fled Vietnam following the Vietnam War. Kelly Marie was born in San Diego California.
Later, Kelly Marie made the move to Los Angeles, where she attended UCLA. She started to make steps towards a comedic acting career, taking many improv classes. Early in her career she worked with CollegeHumor, an entertainment company that primarily produced content for YouTube, and other small TV roles and short films.
After working mostly in comedy, Kelly Marie was cast as Rose Tico in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy. With her appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2015), Kelly Marie became the first Asian-American woman to play a main role in the Star Wars franchise. In 2018, her performance as Rose earned her an Empire Award nomination for Best Female Newcomer, a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Breakout Movie Star. Kelly Marie reprised her role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
Since then, her career has skyrocketed, as a number of acting opportunities came her way.
Recently Kelly Marie has provided the voice of Dawn Betterman in the movie The Croods: A New Age (2020), and has two more animated projects with Monsters at Work (2021) and Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).
In 2017, Kelly Marie becane the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of a Vanity Fair magazine. ~Sean Olegario
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
The Croods: A New Age (2020)
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)
The Cohasset Snuff Film (2012)