The "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" castmember, who became the first Asian-American woman to play a main role in the sci-fi franchise, has long admired Wen for giving Asian kids their own Disney princess to look up to in the 1998 animated classic "Mulan", and admitted she has modelled her career on that of her idol.
"That was such a huge part of my childhood, I think I was nine when that movie came out," Tran shared on "The Drew Barrymore Show, which aired on Thursday, March 4.
"It was the first time I felt like I saw someone who looked like me living in these sort of spaces on that sort of scale, and Ming-Na Wen, who plays Mulan, is such an inspiration to me. I actually got to meet her at the '[Star Wars] Episode IX' premiere and she's such a symbol of all the things I wanna be. [It was] such a cool experience."
Tran, who was promoting her new Disney movie "Raya and the Last Dragon", was then reunited virtually with Wen as host Drew Barrymore introduced her surprise guest - bringing the young actress to tears.
"Oh my God, what?!" she exclaimed. "You did not tell me this was happening! I'm gonna cry!"
She was then shown wiping away tears as "The Mandalorian" star beamed at Tran, and admitted she can see so many similarities between their careers already.
"Congratulations on everything...," a smiling Wen began. "I feel like I'm looking in a mirror..., because I followed Kelly's footsteps and became part of the 'Star Wars' family [with 'The Mandalorian' spin-off series], and now she's following my footsteps and being a Disney princess."
"I just feel like we have this whole mirror thing going on and I love it. I'm so proud of you...!"