This 'Star Wars' Actor Shared One Dad's Response that Made Him Get Emotional

January 5th 2017

Lucy Tiven

A woman's heartfelt Tumblr post about seeing "Star Wars: Rogue One" with her father is striking a nerve on social media. In the post, the woman who identified herself to ATTN: as Perla Nation, said her father, who is Mexican, was touched that the film's lead actor, Diego Luna, spoke in an accent like his own.

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Nation's father, who she said is named Pablo Perez, was allegedly surprised and moved by the success of the film and Luna's accent. "As we drove home he started telling me about other Mexican actors that he thinks should be in movies in America," she wrote. "Representation matters."

On Twitter, Luna said the Tumblr post made him "emotional," and the actor shared a screenshot of it.

The tweet, posted on Tuesday, had earned over 47,000 retweets and over 110,000 "likes" at time of writing.

Nation expanded on the experience — which highlights the importance of representation in media — in a Tuesday interview with Mic.

"I felt like it was important for him to see a hero in a big blockbuster film who spoke with with confidence and yet had his accent," she said. "He was so elated. I mean, have you ever seen a 60-year-old Mexican man skip to his car? Because I have!"

She posted a video of her father responding to Luna's tweet and news coverage of their story on YouTube Wednesday.

Speaking in Spanish, he praised Luna for "maintaining his Latino accent" as well as his acting chops, according to a translation provided by the video and post's creator.

In closing, he thanked Tumblr users for sharing the post and said the experience gave him hope.

Latinos are underrepresented in media.

Only 5.8 percent of over 11,000 speaking roles in TV and film went to Latinos, according to a 2016 study published by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Latinos comprised over 17 percent of the U.S. population, according to a July 2015 census report.

"It all depends on who is in the writer's room because they control the words and images the actors produce," National Hispanics Foundation for the Arts co-founder Felix Sánchez told NBC Latino in February, addressing the report. "When you don't have diverse writers, you won't have three-dimensional minority characters."

You can read and share the original post about Luna on Tumblr.