Rose Tico's (Kelly Marie Tran) sister had one of the most important roles to play at the beginning of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, however, actress Veronica Ngo didn't know just how vital Paige Tico would be to the movie.
Ngo's appearance in The Last Jedi was brief. She was a gunner in an MG-100 StarFortress SF-17 during the opening battle sequence of the movie, and it was because of her efforts that the Resistance was able to take down the First Order's Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought. However, when Paige released her ship's payload of bombs, the explosion was so large that it also took down her ship.
Speaking in an interview with Insider to help promote her new projects, Netflix shows The Old Guard and Da 5 Bloods, Ngo decided to open up about her brief stint in Star Wars, admitting that she had no idea how important Paige would be to the movie.
"I remember being nervous and scared going into the project because they are so strict. It's understandable because it's so big, but I couldn't see anything, read the script, take any pictures. Thankfully I had just one line," Ngo told the publication, "I saw the explosion on the screen and I was like, 'Holy s---, I did that!'" Ngo said. "When I shot it I had no idea how big the ship was or the ship I was bombing, I just acted the way [director] Rian [Johnson] told me. The way it turned out, it was a great feeling."
It's such a shame that Paige had to die in the film – we would have loved to see more of the Resistance fighter in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Unfortunately, Paige's death was necessary. It helped drive her sister, Rose, to rise to the occasion and help Finn (John Boyega) in his mission to save the Resistance from the First Order.
The Skywalker saga is available for streaming on Disney+.