Like so many things in life, time changes everything. As Tran says in the interview, she’s already changed so much as a person since The Last Jedi’s cameras began rolling in 2016, and with that passage of time comes many life experiences that alter one’s worldview.
In the five years since Tran first played Rose, she’s undoubtedly changed.
In an interview with Cissy Jones for IGN, actress Kelly Marie Tran said she misses playing Rose Tico, and the person she was at the time of playing her:
“I miss Rose. I mean, I maybe miss who I was when I played her…”
The actress elaborated on this thought by saying that she’s unsure if she could play the character in a future project:
“I don’t know if I could play her now, I feel like I’m different. I think so many times in our lifetimes we are constantly growing and learning, and the realm of human experience is so limitless; you can be so many different people at one time. But when I think about Rose specifically, I think about who I was then, and how I was able to tap into certain parts of myself, and I don’t know if I could play her again.”
Later in the interview, she and Jones noted that Rose’s defining characteristic was her innocence, and Tran quipped that she now feels like an old lady when thinking back to those earlier days of her career. Some of this may be attributed to the reception of Rose by the fans, as well as some of the social media blowback Tran received, while the rest is just a natural part of learning and aging.