Hayden Christensen, doing press for his new Romeo and Juliet style comedy Little Italy (co-starring Emma Roberts) appeared both caught off-guard by and sympathetic to a question about actress Kelly Marie Tran's struggles with Star Wars fans.
When asked to comment on Tran's confessional post in The New York Times (which describes the racist and sexist harassment she received online in response to her role as Rose Tico in the Star Wars saga and how it negatively impacted her life and her sense of self), Christensen (who also suffered some serious criticism at the hands of Star Wars fans for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the prequels), at first replied, "Oh, I don't know if I have any advice for that," before offering the Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress what little he could say on the situation.
Don’t take it too seriously because unfortunately, those are the ones that make the most noise. But the majority of the people don’t feel that way, so keep that in mind.
Tran's character Rose Tico was the first woman of color to have a leading role in any of the Star Wars' movies. But instead of relishing her historical role, Tran was forced to endure an onslaught of racist and misogynistic comments, including a repugnantly hateful description of her character on a page of the Star Wars fan site Wookieepedia. The post has since been removed and denounced, and the user who posted it has been banned.