Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Horikita Maki wins Best Actress

Horikita Maki wins Actress in a Leading Role Award / Nikkan Drama Grand Prix

<11th Nikkan Sport Drama Grand Prix Prize Winner Announcement>

The 「11th Nikkan Sport Drama Grand Prix」 Actress in a Leading Role Award has been given to actress Horikita Maki (19) who played the role of a boyish high school boy. In Fuji TV's Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~ Ikemen ♂ Paradise ~ she is surrounded by many good-looking men. Despite the pressure, she delivered a good performance. She was "enchanted" with her first boy role.

Horikita plays the role of Ashiya Mizuki, a young girl disguising herself as a boy and enrolling in a boys school. She is naturally feminine and yet she is dressed as a high school boy for most of the drama, leading her to win the prize. "I think to be recognized for doing my best in something that I believed in is meaningful. I'm happy for the effort from myself and also the support from other that I have received. I feel really blessed," she said with a smile.

The original work is a popular comic. "I have read it and thought the setting was interesting. For a girl, it's a drama that makes you tremble with excitement ne," she said, looking back on it. My next thought was "Would I be like a boy just by cutting my hair short ?" Feeling that anxiety, she wrestled with constructing her role.

The majority of the performers were boys, boys, boys. And besides, filled with ikemen. "Right at the beginning of the script, I was surrounded by everyone in class. In the middle of all the guys, I was the only girl. At that time I wondered 'Could I fit in here ?'" Besides being ikemen, all of them are of eligible age. Horikita is all alone there. However you think of it, it's perilous, it must have been difficult. "I was very self-conscious. But because of that I reminded myself that I should not build a wall up. Actually, I was very shy ne (*laugh*)."

While she played her role, as the story in the drama unfolds and as filming went on, they started to synchronize. "I myself started to resemble that boyish Horikita role as I became familiar with the mostly guys co-stars ne. As we went along, the shyness I felt at first totally disappeared and I became unconcerned."

Filming for the Hanazakari no Special is complete. She is also blessed with costars. The one Mizuki gives her heart to is Sano Izumi played by Oguri Shun (25). "Oguri-san was filming for the drama concurrently with his theater work. For me, just the drama really exhausts my energy, that concentration and energy is amazing." On Ikuta Toma (23) who had his break through the drama, "He is a really considerate person. He became my go-between to everyone."

Last summer saw Japan's temperature reaching 40.9 degrees Celsius 3 times successively, reaching such intense heat. "Filming in that heat with my chest tightened was difficult. I'll always think of last summer as something enchanting." Laughter, shedding tears and the heat. For the people who were watching, they were rewarded with an enchanting delight.

29th April
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On Wednesday, April 30, 2008 12:21:00 PM, Anonymous Jen wrote...

WAHH!! Maki-chan won? that's great..I think she deserves the award..its not easy working with all the Ikemens around you ne~ I would get easily distracted esp when Shun,Toma,Hiro and Yusuke-kun are around..congrats to maki-chan!!


On Wednesday, April 30, 2008 1:27:00 PM, Anonymous rei09 wrote...

cool that Maki won! She's really good! ^^ but... who won for Best Supporting Actor? not Toma? =(


On Thursday, May 01, 2008 1:06:00 AM, Blogger unleashthegeek wrote...

They're announcing the winners one at a time daily. And the winner for Best Supporting Actor was released today.. it's Toma ! Yay~


On Thursday, May 01, 2008 11:54:00 AM, Anonymous Murii wrote...

omedeto!!! maki and toma !! yay!! thanks :)


On Thursday, May 01, 2008 9:07:00 PM, Anonymous Jen wrote...

wah!! Toma-kun won too?majide?sugoi na~ I'm soo happy that they won..hmm..Maki-chan looked really happy and pretty in da picture ne~


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