There are many things we love about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We love the narrative, we love the look, we love the hairstyles, and we love all the feels鈥 so many feels! We also fell in love with Rose Tico 鈥 a gusty maintenance worker turned resistance fighter 鈥 and her IRL counterpart, the relatable 28-year-old actress, Kelly Marie Tran. We adore her so much that we are asking, nay, begging for her to be our BFF (Kelly鈥 call us!). In addition to being the first Asian-American woman to play a major Star Wars character, here are 12 reasons why she鈥檚 the IRL hero we all need right now.

1. She has the same reaction to being near R2-D2 as we would. Being in the same general area as R2-D2 would pretty much blow anyone鈥檚 mind, but if you鈥檙e working, it makes it hard to, like, focus. 鈥淸I had] that feeling of just being totally silent and just wanting to be completely present and to experience every feeling to its fullest,鈥 Tran said. 鈥淚 felt like I was about to play the Super Bowl. I knew all the plays. I knew exactly what was going to happen. And then you see R2-D2, and you鈥檙e like, 鈥業鈥檓 thrown off.'鈥 Thankfully, Tran got it together and delivered.

2. She鈥檚 crafty. For Halloween, Tran and her pal made their own Porg costumes, because of course she would. It only took her three hours, and she proved all the doubters wrong (鈥溾榊ou鈥檒l end up looking like two sad birds!!鈥, they said.鈥). And it was adorable to boot.

3. She has no chill about being in Star Wars (but neither would we). How excited would you be if you were suddenly cast in a Star Wars movie? Her emotional red carpet experience 鈥 crying when she saw a cosplayer dressed as her character, crying when hugging director Rian Johnson, crying when, well, breathing. As she has wisely declared, 鈥淚鈥檓 living my best life and I regret nothing.鈥 #Goals.

4. She鈥檚 committed to being herself. Tran gave us a perfect manifesto for being true to yourself both online and off, writing on Instagram: 鈥Guys, can I tell you a secret? I avoided public social media for a long time purely because I was afraid. I was terrified of being picked apart, of being scrutinized, of being seen. It took me a year of self-work 鈥 and some really amazing, supportive friends 鈥 to make me realize that it鈥檚 none of my business if people like me or not. It doesn鈥檛 change my goals, my dreams, what I want to do with the opportunities I鈥檝e been given. We live in a world that profits off our insecurities. We need the most expensive makeup to be beautiful, the newest clothes to be desired, the most likes on social media to be validated 鈥 the list goes on and on. Well, here鈥檚 a photo of me 鈥 hair up, no makeup, no filter. I鈥檓 an incomplete, imperfect, broken mess and I鈥檓 here to say that IT鈥橲 OKAY to be imperfect. Actually, our imperfections are what make us special, as clich茅 as that sounds. Don鈥檛 let the masses make you believe that you鈥檙e not enough. YOU ARE ENOUGH. Love yourself, and embrace your messiness. That鈥檚 where your power lies! (I honestly just wrote this in my journal as a reminder to myself, because hey, I鈥檓 mostly a strong person, but life happens, and I鈥檓 still figuring it out as I go. 馃拋馃徎鈥

5. And when she got Star Wars merch including a doll of herself, she freaked out. Wouldn鈥檛 you?

6. There is no shame in her fanny pack game. No shame at all. And her fanny pack isn鈥檛 one of those chic and stylish examples of the genre; her fanny pack is straight-up 鈥80s, including multiple pockets and the neon colors. Let us all be brave enough to fly our fanny pack love so boldly. Other accessories of choice include Pikachu backpacks and Harry Potter socks.

7. She鈥檚 not afraid to admit when she is totally clueless. Most celebrities take themselves far too seriously to admit when they don鈥檛 know the ins and outs of being thrust into a new life of stardom. But Tran calls herself out. She 鈥榞rammed: 鈥淪pent all morning wondering WHAT THE HECK this cloth on this lemon was about. Sent this video to some friends鈥.. They explained it does serve a purpose鈥. 鈥淜ELLY, IT KEEPS THE SEEDS IN!鈥 (Of course, that was AFTER I finally got the lemon out!!!! 馃槀馃槀馃槀) And now I am left laughing at myself and knowing that I am very ill-equipped for this life change. Are there classes for this? Someone plz help!! 馃崑馃崑馃崑馃崑馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀鈥 Never change, Kelly; never change.

8. She is totally grateful, humble, and real.Here鈥檚 a discrepancy my mind can鈥檛 make sense of,鈥 Tran writes in her Instagram post. 鈥淚 never thought I鈥檇 be in a world where someone would pay for people to dress me, do my hair, do my makeup. We spend our whole lives trying to hold ourselves up to a standard that is truly unattainable. This chick on the left is who I am 1% of the time. That girl on the right is who I am 99% of the time. And you know what? They鈥檙e both worthy of love. Whether you鈥檙e dressed up or in sweats, make sure you love all sides of yourself, because you deserve that! And be sure whoever you surround yourself with does the same. Woof. It鈥檚 hard though. This is a lesson I鈥檓 still trying to learn. We鈥檙e all just trying to figure it out, right?鈥 Yes, yes, we are.

9. And when she dresses up, she does it right. There鈥檚 a lot of pressure for those dressing for the red carpet; Tran went with a choice that was not only aesthetically awesome (that hue of red OMG) but one that had meaning. Both of Tran鈥檚 parents are from Vietnam, so she opted to wear a custom red silk gown with a sweeping train by the Vietnamese designer Thai Nguyen. It was a great way to honor her ancestral homeland. Plus, she gets mad bonus points for wearing comfy kicks backstage.

10. When she goes to Disney Studios, she geeks out. And then goes one step further. 鈥WORE MY MONSTERS INC SWEATER YESTERDAY,鈥 Kelly all capped. 鈥淎ND HAD TO BORROW ANOTHER HAIR TIE WHEN I FOUND OUT THERE WAS A LIFE-SIZE SULLY & MIKE THERE. Obviously, I had to pretend I was Boo 馃槀馃槀馃槀).鈥

11. She brings a loud, supportive group of friends with her to events. When she hits the red carpet, she has support. 鈥淧RO TIP: Bring your amazing, loud friends with you EVERYWHERE!鈥 Tran advises. 鈥淲hen I get to that carpet and nobody knows who I am (I鈥檝e already tested this theory, refer to previous posts 馃槀), my friends will be loud enough to make it seem like I鈥檓 a somebody!!! LOVE TO MY LADIES!!鈥 We don鈥檛 think this actually goes for Stormtrooper pals, but this photo was just too cute to not include.

12. She鈥檚 the star we can all relate to. There are lots of picture-perfect celebs that few (if any) people can relate to. But for those who don鈥檛 fit into the standard mold, we have Tran. And that makes us so happy. And that鈥檚 just why director Rian Johnson put her in the film. He said Tran 鈥渞eally jumped out at me as someone who I was looking for in the character. I wanted someone who 鈥 thinking back to me as a kid being a genuine nerd you could relate to 鈥 someone who didn鈥檛 feel like they belong; someone you wouldn鈥檛 necessarily imagine as a big Star Wars hero. Let鈥檚 throw them in the mix and see the world through their eyes.鈥 And it鈥檚 a world full of potential, hope, and promise, especially with the likes of Kelly Marie Tran in it.

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(Photos via Walt Disney Studios, featured photo via Getty)