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“I tell my daughters, “What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.” - Angelina Jolie photographed by Andres Kudacki for ELLE US, March 2018

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“Ford may be a little slow to smile; Fisher says he was nicknamed ‘the joke janitor’ when they worked together, since ‘everything had to pass by his satire scrutiny.’ But because is humor is so dry and judicious, Ford is actually a very funny man. He can be more antic in person than you’d expect, gesticulating nimbly and slipping into silly voices when it suits him. And when he gets around to expressing full-blown delight, it’s just as Fisher says: ‘like the sun coming out after a rainstorm. He has one of those incredibly electric smiles. You have to work for them, but when you thrown one over the plate – that’s really something.’” – Elle Magazine, 1998

RISE UP 

Kelly Marie Tran enlivens the next Star Wars with a new brand of hero.


Before actress Kelly Marie Tran had to endure the five-month casting process to join Star Wars: The Last Jedi—as Rose Tico, a Starfighter mechanic who becomes one of Finn’s (John Boyega’s) biggest allies in his continued fight against the First Order—she was knocking around the L.A. audition circuit while working as an office assistant to pay the bills. “I always thought I was going to be that weird friend on a sitcom,” says Tran, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants (her mom worked at a funeral home; her dad, at Burger King) and a UCLA communications major. “But after I got the role, I had to work for another week! Then I told my job, my family, and my friends I was moving to Canada for an indie. I had to Google pictures of Canada to send them! It was so stressful.”

Nevertheless, Tran was quick to put her stamp on the notoriously top-secret saga. “Kelly has an infectious energy and creative spirit that actually ended up influencing her character,” says director Rian Johnson. Rose “may not be glorified in the Resistance the way Rey [Daisy Ridley] and Finn are,” Tran says, “but has an important story to tell. She can and will make a difference.” Which means she’ll have the attention of many an insatiable Star Wars fan. “The best thing I did to prepare for all of that was just leave everything,” she says. “As soon as we wrapped, I bought a ticket to South Africa, lived on a wildlife reserve, and worked with endangered animals for two months—with no internet. It was absolutely perfect.”

(Elle US, Nov 2017)