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The daily gossip: Kelly Marie Tran ‘learned how to love again’ after Star Wars, anticipation for Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview grows, and more

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Getting to voice the newest Disney princess, Raya of Raya and the Last Dragon, was “an absolute miracle,” actress Kelly Marie Tran raved to The Washington Post in an interview published Friday. Tran, who is best known for playing Rose Tico in the newest Star Wars trilogy, quit Instagram in 2018 after an online harassment campaign targeted her over her race and sex. To the New York Times, Tran explained: “Star Wars feels like I fell in love for the first time, and then we had a really bad breakup, and then I learned how to love again, and now I’m in a better relationship with Raya. I’ve moved on, and it feels great.” [The Washington Post, The New York Times]

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We’re rapidly closing in on the air date of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive tell-all with Oprah, and the teasers just keep coming. In the latest clip, the Duchess of Sussex revealed that the Palace forced her to decline an interview with Oprah (rude!) ahead of her 2018 wedding to Harry. “I couldn’t have said yes to you then, that wasn’t my choice to make,” Meghan tells Oprah in the new clip. “So as an adult who lived a really independent life, to then go into this construct … it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege … to be able to say yes. I mean, I’m ready to talk.” And we are very much ready to listen, no matter what the Palace tries to pull next. [Vulture]

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Kim Kardashian knows a little about how harsh the spotlight can be, so it’s no surprise that she related personally to the Framing Britney Spears documentary. Taking to Instagram on Friday, Kim said that “no matter how public someone’s life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgement for entertainment.” Kardashian explained that she was similarly “shamed” by tabloids when she was pregnant with North and gained 60 pounds, a change that earned her cruel comparisons to “Shamu the Whale.” Kim admitted that the cover stories “made my insecurities so painful I couldn’t leave the house for months after. It really broke me.” She stressed that “you just never fully know what someone is going through” and so “it’s always better to lead with kindness.” [Just Jared]

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Get ready to cringe. On Friday, The Guardian published a fawning profile of the Russo brothers, heaping praise on the siblings for “injecting their sincere political beliefs into mainstream movies” like the Captain America and Avengers sagas. Yes, the same movies in which The New Yorker once noted “women … act heroically in private and in battle, yet they do so with their personalities and mental lives nearly erased” and in which “characters of color are similarly prominent, and similarly effaced.” Still, claimed one of the Russos, “We believed strongly that the reach in [the Avengers movies] was so significant that they could be influential in helping people make potentially … better decisions. We thought that they were a really powerful tool, at exactly the right time.” [The Guardian]

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On Thursday, Caroline Rose Giuliani — yes, as in the daughter of that Giuliani — opened up in Vanity Fair about her experiences as a “unicorn,” the term for the third partner in a couple’s threesome. In the piece, titled “A Unicorn’s Tale: Three-Way Sex With Couples Has Made Me A Better Person,” the 32-year-old former first daughter of New York City explained that “finding the strength to explore these more complicated, passionate aspects of my personality became the key to harnessing my voice and creative spark, which in turn helped me better cope with depression, anxiety, and the lingering cognitive effects of adolescent anorexia.” Giuliani added that “finding my wildness as an adult was much more peaceful — it was not reacting or crying out but intentionally searching.” Read her essay here. [Vanity Fair, People]

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