Aug 21, 2018 04:30 PM EST

Kelly Marie Tran Writes About Dealing with Online Harassment

Kelly Marie Tran Writes About Dealing with Online Harassment
Kelly Marie Tran, who starred in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has taken to the New York Times to write an op-ed about her struggle with harassment she's received through social media. 

She wrote in the piece that it wasn't easy to deal with, and the fact that she deleted her Instagram account in June after racist and misogynistic comments confirms the difficulties.

"It wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them. Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories", said Tran. "Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was "other," that I didn't belong, that I wasn't good enough, simply because I wasn't like them. And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, a shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from. And to me, the most disappointing thing was that I felt it at all."

Tran says that she has since learned that she must continue to go forward and be part of the change in Hollywood to represent different faces from the norm in more roles. 

"I know how important that is. And I am not giving up", said the actress. "My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started."

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