happy 23rd birthday, park jimin! (october 13, 1995)
happy birthday to my dearest angel! you, jimin, have this ability to create this atmosphere solely filled with happiness and positivity for me there’s no space to be sad whatsoever. you’re my light and sunshine on this world. i hope that you give yourself the kind of happiness you give me, and all of us, because it’s the most genuine kind there is. you deserve this whole world, you will always be that positive presence in my life, you’re the one thing that always on my mind and you’re the one who gets me through each day. i love you, forever and always.
(Isaac’s is my favorite, the rest are moderately average lol sorry for this)
P.S. I know you guys like these and I want to do more but you have to understand they take REALLY long to write so some patience would be appreciated. please and thank you. xoxoxo
I was walking home from Deaton’s animal clinic after my shift when I felt a presence behind me.
“Hello?” I called looking around.
I didn’t hear anything so I continued on my way. Normally I was okay walking home by myself but tonight felt different. I felt a chill run down my spine. I gripped the strap of my bag and picked up my pace. I don’t know why but I couldn’t get over this fear that I was being followed.
“whoever you are leave me alone!” I screamed before sprinting down the alley that would eventually lead to my house.
I was looking back when I tripped over my feet falling to the ground. I hit the ground hard causing the contents of my backpack to spill all over the pavement. I could still feel the presence as I struggled to gather my books. Suddenly someone grabbed my arm causing me to scream.
“y/n hey it’s okay it’s just me!”
I looked up and there was my co-worker and friend Scott McCall. I was relieved to see him.
“Scott?” I questioned looking at him.
“are you okay?” Scott asked helping me up.
“I thought someone was following me.” I admitted looking at the ground.
“here let me help you.” Scott said bending down and helping me pick up my books.
We reached for the same book causing our hands to touch. I quickly pulled mine back and tried to fight the smile that appeared on my face.
“thanks.” I said grabbing the book from him.
“do you uh want me to walk you home?” Scott asked rubbing the back of his neck nervously.
I couldn’t fight the smile that appeared on my face.
“sure Scott that sounds great.” I said shyly.
The rest of the walk to my house was silent but I definitely felt safer with Scott by my side. We walked up to my porch still not saying anything.
“thanks Scott you really didn’t have to do this.” I said turning to face him with a small smile on my face.
“I know I didn’t but I wanted to.” He said returning the smile.
I reached over and gave Scott a hug. He returned it wrapping his arms around me. He pulled away quickly.
“y/n you’re bleeding.” He said looking at my knee.
I looked down to see my pants were torn and I had a large cut on my knee.
“wow I didn’t even feel this.” I said giggling a little.
“let’s get you cleaned up.” Scott said grabbing my hand and walking in my house.
He brought me to my kitchen and picked me up before sitting me down on top of the counter. He walked over grabbing some paper towels and running them under the water from the sink. He came rolling up my pant leg and pressing the towel to my bleeding knee. I flinched quickly grabbing his hand.
“sorry.” I said letting go.
“It’ll only hurt for a little.” He said walking over and getting a bandage,.
He came back over putting it on the cut. I couldn’t help but admire how sweet he was.
“all better." He said smiling and standing up.
"thanks.” I said for the third time tonight.
Scott and I just stood there looking at each other until his gaze dropped down to my lips. I felt my heart rate speed up as he slowly leaned in. I met him the rest of the way connecting my lips to his. I could feel him smiling throughout the kiss. He pulled away resting his forehead on mine.
“I’m all better now.” I said not being able to stop the smile on my face.
Stiles and I were both really awkward and clumsy people so when it came to our relationship things usually got really bad really fast. Today was no different. Stiles was supposed to come over to study for the chemistry test but I had a different idea. I was ready to take our relationship to the next level. I knew that Stiles was too shy to bring up the sex talk so I knew I had to be the one to do it. Earlier this week I went to the store and purchased some lingerie, I was currently sitting in my room in the outfit I bought.
“so babe I have a question about page 45 in the textbook.” Stiles said walking in looking down at his chem textbook.
“yes baby?” I said in the most seductive voice I could manage.
Stiles looked up immediately dropping his textbook. I could see his cheeks starting to turn pink.
“uh w-w-what are you doing?” Stiles stuttered looking at my body up and down.
“what do you mean baby?” I purred standing up and walking over to where he was standing.
“uh why are you uh wearing that?” Stiles said gesturing to my outfit.
“you don’t like it?” I asked suddenly feeling insecure.
“no no my gosh I love it, I am just confused.” Stiles said not taking his eyes off my body.
“I was hoping that we could you know take our relationship to the next level.” I said hoping Stiles would catch on.
“what do you mean?” He said swallowing hard.
seriously how dumb could this boy be?
“SEX STILES I’M TALKING ABOUT SEX!” I yelled throwing my arms in the air.
“oh.” Stiles said rubbing the back of his neck nervously.
“just forget about it.” I said gathering my robe and walking to the bathroom.
“no wait.” Stiles called.
He went to run after me but slipped on his textbook. He fell crashing right into me.
“oh my god y/n I’m so sorry.” Stiles said getting off me.
“my arm, I think you broke my arm.” I cried clutching my arm that was slowly turning a deep shade of purple.
“oh gosh.” Stiles panicked.
He ran over picking me up and taking me to his jeep. I put on clothes while he drove to Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital. I was seen by Dr. Dunbar my arm was indeed broken. Stiles stood in the waiting room while I was fitted for a cast. He came in later looking distraught. He sat down beside me taking my hand in his.
“wow I’m boyfriend of the year, my girlfriend wants to have sex and I break her arm.” Stiles said looking at me.
I didn’t mean to but I started busting up laughing at the situation causing Stiles to laugh too.
“We are some couple huh.” I said leaning my head on his shoulder.
“I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Stiles said kissing my forehead
“me either. I love you Stiles.” I said kissing him.
“I love you too baby.” Stiles said when he pulled away.
If just kissing him gave me this feeling I couldn’t wait to know what having sex with him would do to me.
I was just getting to my last patient of the night. I was completely exhausted from the day but I sucked it up going in to my last patients room. Cora Hale. I felt bad for her, she was just a young girl and she was dying. Doctors couldn’t figure it out either. I was the newest RN here and Cora was my first ever patient so I felt extra sympathy for her. Even worse, her brother Derek was taking it really hard.
“hey Derek.” I said offering him a small smile.
“oh hey.” He said looking up.
Derek was always here, he never left. I had to talk the security guards out of throwing him out on multiple occasions. I felt for him. I lost my little sister in a car accident a while ago so I knew what losing a sibling felt like.
“any changes?” I asked looking at her monitor.
“no, nothing.” He said grabbing her hand.
I took this time to get a good look at him. He looked like he hadn’t slept or eaten in days. I walked over placing my hand on his shoulder.
“Derek, how about you let me take you down to the cafeteria and buy you a coffee?” I offered slightly nervous.
He was an attractive man, someone that a girl like me would probably never have a chance with. He looked between me and Cora like he was debating it.
“She’ll be fine Derek, besides you look like you need some if your going to stay awake.” I said smiling slightly.
He nodded his head while standing up. I checked Cora’s monitor once more before following Derek. As soon as we were out of the room Derek stopped before turning around to look at me.
“thank you.” He said grabbing my small hand in his large one.
I gave him another smile, squeezing his hand.
“no need to thank me Derek, it’s my job. Now let’s go get that coffee!” I said walking.
Derek followed beside me not letting go of my hand. I could feel my heart beat race with each step we took with our hands intertwined. We rounded a corner to be met with a women. She had red eyes, claws and fangs. I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. I noticed Derek tense from beside me.
“Derek, Derek, Derek I’m sorry about your sister.” the woman said growling at Derek.
Derek dropped my hand, his chest was heaving.
“y/n get out of here.” Derek said in a low voice.
“Derek I can’t leave you.” I said afraid of what this woman was capable of.
“better listen to him sweetheart.” The women snarled again.
“go.” Derek said.
His tone was completely different now, scary almost. I started to back up slowly until I bumped into someone else. I turned around to be met with another creature. This time it was a man with red eyes, claws, and fangs. I did the only logical thing I could think of. I fainted.
“y/n wake up.” A voice whispered in my ear.
I felt something cold pressed on my forehead causing me to slowly flutter my eyes open. Derek was standing over me pressing a cold rag to my forehead.
“Are you okay?” Derek asked looking concerned.
“please tell me none of that was real.” I said looking at him.
“none of what? We were going to get coffee and you just passed out.” Derek said feeling my forehead.
“oh yeah I knew that.” I said blushing.
I know what I saw. But I dropped it not knowing what else to do. You can’t just tell someone you saw people that looked like animals.
“so still want that coffee?” He asked shyly looking at his hands.
“yeah that’d be great.” I said smiling.
I let out another moan as Isaac kissed down my neck. A few more thrusts and we had both finished. Isaac rolled off of me getting up and putting on his underwear. Isaac tossed me my underwear and his t-shirt. I quickly slipped them on and curled back up in my sheets. I took this time to admire my handsome boyfriend.
“what are you staring at?” Isaac asked a little smirk on his face.
“just my perfect werewolf boyfriend.” I answered smirking as well.
Isaac looked down. It was hard for him to accept compliments since his dad pretty much told him he was worthless his whole entire life.
“you don’t mean that.” Isaac said quietly.
“Isaac listen to my heartbeat. you. are. perfect. to. me.” I said slowly.
His smile grew with every word that I spoke.
“come here stay the night.” I said patting the bed beside me.
Isaac smiled crawling in bed beside me. I leaned in to him letting him wrap his arms around me. He kissed my forehead before resting his chin on top of my head.
“I love you Isaac.” I said cuddling closer to him.
“I love you too baby.” Isaac said.
I soon fell asleep listening to the rhythmic patterns of his heart beat. I was awoken to Isaac violently shaking in bed beside me.
“Isaac wake up.” I said shaking him.
“No I don’t want to go in the freezer!” Isaac screamed thrashing some more.
“Isaac please wake up.” I said shaking him some more.
I knew he was abused by his father but I didn’t know how bad it was until now. Isaac shot up, his eyes were golden yellow and he had his claws and fangs extended.
“Isaac.” I said not daring to move.
Isaac looks at me raising his claws.
“Isaac wait no don’t!” I yelled.
I quickly move my arm to cover my body. He claws my arm leaving five long bleeding gashes. I gasped from the impact falling out of the bed. Isaac gets up still in his wolf form. I think he’s still in his dream.
“Isaac baby please wake up, you don’t want to hurt me I know you don’t.” I cried holding my bleeding arm.
Isaac still walked forward growling at me. I backed up until I hit my bedroom door. He closed the distance wrapping his hands around my throat.
“Isaac.” I gasped trying to pry his hands off my throat.
He still wouldn’t wake up. I started to get light headed quickly I did the last thing I could think of to wake him up. I took my hand and cupped his cheek, stroking it with my thumb.
“I love you. I love you so much.” I whispered.
Isaacs eyes started to shift back to their beautiful blue color and his grip loosened. Suddenly he dropped me to the ground fully transforming back to himself. I gasped for air relieved I could breath again. I grabbed the sweatshirt on the floor covering my bleeding arm.
“y/n?” Isaac said with tears in his eyes.
He looked at me, my neck no doubt covered in bruises from his fingers, my arm bleeding pretty badly.
“oh god what did I do.” Isaac said looking horrified.
I was scared too. For the first time I was scared of him. He approached me causing me to flinch. He stopped dead in his tracks a heart broken look washing over his face. He let a few more tears fall down his face before running out of my house. I wanted to run after him and tell him everything was okay but I couldn’t make myself move, I was frozen in fear.
I felt the stare of all the students as I walked down the halls. They knew something was up. Being the girlfriend of Liam Dunbar was dangerous. Lately he was angry and out of control and students were starting to figure out that they didn’t exactly live in the world they once thought they did. Liam was a werewolf the only one left in school. I walked to my locker which was right beside the boys locker room.
“have you seen Liam lately?” Mason asked coming to stand beside me.
Liam hasn’t talked to me since Brett Talbot died. Liam lost control in front of a bunch of people and was hiding now. Scott promised me that he’d find him and everything would be okay but nothing was okay. Nolan walked past me and Mason glaring.
“just ignore them, I got to head to class but text me if you hear from Liam okay?” Mason said giving me a hug.
I nodded my head turning back to my locker. I felt another presence behind me.
“Mason I haven’t heard from him.” I said turning around, but it wasn’t Mason.
There were a few boys from the lacrosse team. I only recognized two, Nolan and Gabe.
“if you’re looking for Liam I haven’t seen him.” I said quietly.
The boys looked at each other smirking.
“oh we found Liam we were actually looking for you.” Nolan smirked.
Suddenly the boys grabbed me by my arms and legs. I started fighting back kicking and screaming but they quickly pushed me in the boys locker room. All of the other lacrosse team members were holding Liam. He had a bloody nose and busted lip. His eyes got wide when he saw me. The boys dropped me on the floor in front of Liam.
“Liam.” I gasped at the sight of him.
“Let her go.” Liam growled.
“we had it all wrong, we should’ve known you could take us beating you but what about putting a couple bruises on this girlfriend of yours?” Gabe said sadistically.
“don’t please.” Liam begged.
One boy grabbed me by my hair yanking me off the floor. Liam started to breath heavily trying to fight his inner wolf from escaping.
“Liam don’t.” I said not wanting anything to happen to him.
“what are you protecting him from?" Gabe asked getting in my face.
"go to hell.” I spat.
Gabe punched me straight in the face.
“STOP.” Liam growled his breathing becoming even heavier.
“Liam I can take it.” I said not really believing my own words.
Gabe punched me again. I could feel blood trickle down from my nose.
“I SAID STOP.” Liam growled louder now.
I could tell he was seconds away from shifting.
“do something about it." Nolan taunted.
"WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?”
I never thought I’d be so happy to hear that voice. Coach Finstock came in grabbing Gabe and Nolan by their necks.
“YOU TWO, PRINCIPLES OFFICE NOW!” Coach yelled.
Liam ran over to me. He took his shirt off and held it on my bleeding nose.
“GET OUT ALL OF YOU. I CAN’T STAND TO LOOK AT ANY OF YOU!” Coach yelled ushering the other students out of the room.
Coach came over looking at me and Liam. He patted us on the back before helping us up.
“you shouldn’t have done that. You took a punch for me.” Liam said stroking my cheek with his thumb.
“Liam, I’d do anything for you.” I said honestly.
“I love you.” Liam said leaning in.
“I love you too.” I said before connecting our lips.
I was out on the bleachers of Devenford Prep working on homework. I usually spent my free period this way. I wasn’t exactly what you call popular. In fact I was invisible to almost everyone. Seriously google earth couldn’t even find me even if I was dressed up as a ten story building. When people do notice me I usually get bullied. I was about to do another calculus problem when I heard boys yelling. The lacrosse boys came running out on the field.
“oh hey nerd girl, we’re having an extra practice here so you might want to leave.” A popular boy named Jake yelled causing the other boys to laugh.
I looked down feeling my face become red.
“you need all the practice you can get Jake, she could probably own you on this field.” Another boy yelled causing all the players to laugh even louder.
I looked up at the boy who spoke up for me. It was Brett Talbot the most popular boy at Devenford Prep. He was captain of the lacrosse team and every girl at the school wanted him. He looked up at me offering me a small smile. I shyly looked down at my math book.
“She could not!” Jake said getting defensive.
“then you better leave her alone and get to practicing.” Brett said high fiving his team mates.
I couldn’t fight the smile on my face. Brett Talbot stuck up for me. I was a nobody and he stuck up for me. The boys started practicing making it hard to focus on homework. I was on the next problem when a voice yelled.
“y/n watch out!”
I made a mistake looking up. One of the boys lacrosse balls hit me right in the face. I could feel the sting making tears come to my eyes. Some of the boys rushed over crowding me. I started to panic, I wasn’t used to this and I was very uncomfortable.
“guys back up, give her some space.”
The boys dispersed leaving only Brett Talbot standing in front of me.
“are you okay?” Brett asked kneeling in front of me.
I was speechless, literally.
“come on let me take you to the nurse.” Brett said grabbing my arm.
He walked me to the nurses office asking me repeatedly if I was alright. It was really sweet. The nurse gave me an ice pack saying I’d only have a minor bruise on my cheek. I was sitting on the table swinging my feet when someone walked in the room. Surprisingly Brett was still here.
“I told you they still needed practice.” Brett said rubbing the back of his neck.
“yeah the aim was a little off.” I said showing him the bruise on my face.
“does it hurt?” He asked sitting beside me.
It actually hurt a lot but I didn’t want to tell him that.
“uh not to bad.” I said shrugging my shoulders.
Brett sat down beside me grabbing my hand in his. Suddenly my cheek didn’t hurt anymore. It was weird it’s as if he took away my pain I knew that wasn’t possible though.
“I’m really sorry about that.” Brett said looking at me.
“don’t be sorry it wasn’t your fault. Besides you stuck up for me.” I said smiling at me.
“yeah well Jake’s an idiot you aren’t a nerd I wish I was as smart as you, then maybe I wouldn’t be failing calculus.” Brett said looking down at his feet.
“you can’t be failing calculus you’re the best player we have on the team!” I said looking at him.
“I won’t be if I’m ineligible.” He said shrugging his shoulders.
“I’ll tutor you.” I offered.
Brett looked up at me smiling.
“that’s sweet of you but I don’t want you to feel like I’m using you.”
“you aren’t using me, I offered.” I said giving him a smile.
“I’ll make you a deal, you tutor me and I’ll make sure that the lacrosse players leave you alone.” Brett said extending his hand.
“why would you help me?” I questioned honestly wondering why he was trying to help me.
“why wouldn’t I. You’re nice, smart, beautiful.” He said slowly not looking at me.
Wait was thee Brett Talbot nervous?
“you really think that?” I asked perking up.
“I don’t think, I know.” Brett said meeting my eyes.
“then you got a deal.” I said sticking my hand out.
Brett smiled shaking my hand. I could tell this was the start of something beautiful.
I didn’t expect to fall for the enemy, but I did. I fell hard. Even after he tried to kill me, I still felt the longing to be with him. I was under his spell and I just couldn’t break it.
“maybe we should call Theo.” I offered receiving glares from all of the other pack members.
“Theo? You mean that little lying, murdering psychopath.” Liam said crossing his arms.
“Liam he saved your ass on more than one occasion and he helped us defeat the wild hunt, I mean if we’re being hunted by actual professional killers, another set of claws wouldn’t hurt us.” I defended glaring at the other beta.
I looked to our alpha Scott for guidance. I could tell this was weighing heavily on him. We were losing people and it was killing him. He wanted to save everyone but we were already losing. Satomi’s pack was dead, our pack was next. I was only 18, I didn’t want to die yet. I was born a werewolf, I didn’t get to chose the life I wanted.
“they think you’re killing innocent people. Theo actually did kill innocent people.” Mason said defending Liam.
“but we’re not do my eyes look blue to you.” I said flashing my golden eyes.
“and it doesn’t matter if he did, they’re going to hunt all of us either way.” I added crossing my arms across my chest.
“Scott what do you think?” Liam asked.
Scott looked between me and Liam.
“I think if you can find him y/n, another set of claws would do us good.” Scott said exiting his house followed by a complaining Liam and Mason.
I smiled to myself. Now I just needed to find him. I picked up my phone dialing his number. He didn’t answer, he never did. After the wild hunt, Scott told him that he wasn’t needed anymore. I felt bad for him. I walked out of his house going to the sheriffs station. Hopefully I’d be able to find some information there. As I was approaching the Sheriffs station, I heard the click of a gun from behind me. I turned around slowly showing my eyes, fangs, and claws.
“easy there.” The guy holding the gun said.
I looked around me to see I was surrounded by a group of men holding loaded guns all pointed at me.
“go ahead pull that trigger.” I growled taunting the men .
The guy smirked before pulling the trigger. I was easily able to dodge his bullet. I ran at the man tackling him to the ground. Another shot at me making my attention turn to him. I ran at him grabbing the barrel of the gun and snapping it. I growled throwing him into a wall. There were so many of them I didn’t see the man approaching behind. He shot the gun hitting me directly making the bullet go in my back and out through my stomach. I clutched the wound dropping to my knees.
“wolfsbane.” I coughed becoming paralyzed.
A man came over bending down to face me.
“we have a special place for monsters like you.” He said before punching me and knocking me out.
“y/n get up.” I heard a faint voice say
“Y/n get up.” the voice said louder now.
I slowly fluttered my eyes open, but I couldn’t move. I was in a dim room chained to a chain link fence. I started to freak out.
“y/n look at me.”
I knew that voice. I looked over to see Theo chained beside me. On my other side was two other werewolves.
“where are we Theo?” I questioned looking around the room.
“you’re in my house now.” A voice said coming in the room.
“Schrader?” I asked looking at the figure.
“the one and only.” He smirked.
“let us go or I’ll.” I started but was quickly cut off.
“or you’ll what, I control you now.” Schrader said walking over to his desk.
That’s when I heard the electricity buzzing and realized what he was doing. He grabbed the dial turning up the voltage. We writhed in pain as he shocked us. The other werewolves beside me started talking earning us more shocking.
“will you guys shut up and let me do the talking!” Theo growled at us.
Theo turned to Schrader giving him a smirk that made me weak at the knees.
“what they let you shock us a little but not do any real damage.” Theo taunted.
I looked at him wide eyed. He might be tough right now, but I just got shot with wolfsbane causing my healing abilities to be a little slow.
“oh you want more.” Schrader asked walking up to Theo.
“No we’re fine, tell him who you killed.” I said to the other werewolves.
“oh yeah I want more.” Theo said growling.
Was he trying to get us killed? Schrader made sure we could see him turning the dial to the max setting. He flicked the switch causing us excruciating pain. I growled feeling the volts sink in to my skin. Theo growled pulling his arms. I realized what he was doing. He broke free tackling Schrader to the ground. He fought with Schrader only shortly before getting the upper hand. He turned the switch off cutting off the flow of electricity. My head drooped signifying how weak I was feeling. Theo came over to me cutting me loose. I fell in his arms.
“Theo if you ever do something that stupid again. I’ll kill you.” I said in between heavy breaths.
“nice to see you too.” He said smiling at me.
“seriously though I will kill you.” I threatened but he could see through my fake attitude.
“you couldn’t kill me, you like me too much.” He smirked cupping my cheek with his hand.
I could feel the blush spread to my cheeks. He leaned down slowly but stopped when someone cleared their throat.
“are you going to get us down?” The girl said.
“I’m still thinking about it.” Theo growled looking at her.
“we’ll finish this later.” He said turning to me and winking.
I never meant to fall for the enemy but I was glad that I did.
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okay but can we really quickly talk about all the other times they walked down that exact same street, just the two of them? like, walking back from school, shoulders brushing as Isak tries to explain something interesting he learned in advanced math that day, Even interrupting him as they round the corner to really quickly remind Isak they ran out of cereal this morning and have to go get some later, and Isak nodding, then picking up his story right where he left off, all casual because this is what they do now and these quiet moments are for made for them.
or like, strolling back from going to the cinema, the cold biting at their ears and the tips of their noses, Even excitedly clapping his hands just once as he recounts how great a certain part of the soundtrack worked with the colors used in that scene and like, Isak tries but he can’t help but smile up at him because his boy is so smart, and so cool, and he’s just so thankful he gets to hear so many gorgeous words every single day.
or, walking back from a party, and they’re not drunk, but they are happy. it’s dark, a full moon in the sky, and Isak feels comfortable reaching out to grab Even’s hand with just the stars looking down on them. and they’re not really talking, just kind of being, calm and chill and looking forward to curling up in a warm bed and each other later and it’s just good like that. it’s all so good like that.
Regardless of their name ‘change’ they’re still the same people doing what they love for their dreams and for us ARMYs. BTS that stood for (B)ang(T)an(S)onyeondan now just has a more in depth meaning, Beyond The Scenes. Don’t you think it’s actually so beautiful that there’s such a deep and meaning interpretation to the name? I think so…
RM was super happy about it, sure their logo is no longer the bulletproof vest… but they’ve included us, they’ve made a logo for US as well. That just goes to show how much they think about and love us. Being a fan since pre debut and then becoming an ARMY when they gave us that title, seeing them evolve into something so incredible from nothing to now, I couldn’t be more proud of them 😭 we should be happy for these ‘changes’. They’re still the same seven dorky ass loveable guys we know and came to love. Don’t let a name change or logo change, differ your opinion on them. They’re growing and thinking of us all.
They don’t need bulletproof vests; because from now on, we’ll be their armour and shield💜
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a lot of characters to service, from franchise icons like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) to heroes introduced two years ago in The Force Awakens, including Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe (Oscar Isaac).
It’s a testament to Kelly Marie Tran, then, that the character you’re most likely to talk about after you leave the theater is her series newbie Rose, a mechanic who teams up with Finn (John Boyega) to embody the central theme of the Rian Johnson–directed film: A hero can come from anywhere.
The 28-year-old San Diego native imbues Rose with such heart that she all but steals The Last Jedi, and offscreen, Tran is just as winning, repeatedly describing herself as a fan who’s hit the jackpot. With her big breakout now in theaters, Tran rang up Vulture to discuss how she’s dealing with her new place in the galaxy.
Tell me what it was like to see the movie at its first premiere in Los Angeles. How were you feeling before you got there, and then what was it like when you arrived?
It all happens so fast, it truly does. It feels like you’re getting married! So many people were going to be there, my friends, my family … there’s a lot of nerves involved. And then when I finally arrived, first of all, I was listening to Hamilton in the car with all my girlfriends, trying to get pumped up for the situation. I was like, “I’m not throwing away my shot!” And then I got out of the car, and it was just madness, immediately. There’s cameras everywhere and people saying my name — first of all, they knew my name, which is very different for me. And then I saw this girl who was dressed as Rose and I just lost it.
Because I know how impossible this is. I had been auditioning for so long and my parents aren’t from the entertainment industry. It just seemed like a dream the entire time, and to have it hit this final moment was a very big deal. It’s still a big deal. I never want to forget that I’m doing an impossible thing. How rare is it that you get to be part of something people love? It’s really special. It’s a very out-of-body experience to be a part of something so huge.
Now, that was the second time you’d seen it, right? I heard there had been a first screening for all the actors the week before.
It was right after we did Jimmy Kimmel, so if I can paint a picture for you, it was kind of a smaller room. Daisy and Gwen were on my left, and then Oscar on my right. And Laura Dern! Behind us, John and Andy Serkis. Sitting in that room with all these people that I’ve looked up to before I even got that first audition was a big deal for me, and we were shouting for each other. Every time someone would appear onscreen for the first time, we would all just scream. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of tears. It was a very emotional experience, and one that I will definitely cherish. The most comforting thing about this whole experience of being the new person was meeting everyone else and realizing that everyone was just as excited and pinching themselves.
How has your family reacted to the movie?
They were there at the premiere. My parents are refugees from Vietnam, so they didn’t grow up with Star Wars. I don’t think they know what’s going on in the movie at any given time. [Laughs.] But my dad stayed awake during this movie, and my dad never stays awake when I take him to the movies, so that was a good sign.