Her popularity skyrocketed thanks to the big TV drama! Mayu Hotta shows her “dazzling smile” in a black one-piece.
I was very honored to be cast in director Shiraishi’s film on the occasion of my 20th appearance on ……, as I had hoped to return to my roots and play the lead in a WOWOW film someday.
Actress Mayu Hotta (24) spoke with a sincere smile as she took the stage at the opening greeting for “Welcome to the Occult Forest THE MOVIE” at Shinjuku Piccadilly, Tokyo, on August 27.
She was joined on stage by co-stars Kanki Iijima (26) and Miwako Kakei (28), and director Koji Shiraishi (49), who also appears in the film, and spoke about the behind-the-scenes filming and her favorite scenes.
The film is a re-edited theatrical version of the WOWOW original drama, and is a unique ghost adventure depicting the horror experienced by a horror film crew who enter the “haunted forest,” which is connected to the other world, from a subjective point of view (POV). Hotta played the role of Ichikawa, an assistant director who is fond of saying, “I’m an assistant director, so I’m quick to judge.
This is Hotta’s 20th film. He was deeply moved when he received the offer, as his debut film was a WOWOW film.
As Hotta spoke of his feelings at the time, Director Shiraishi asked him, “But you didn’t expect this film to be like this, did you? Director Shiraishi asked Hotta, “But you didn’t expect it to be like this, did you?
Hotta smiled and said, “Yes (laugh),” but he added, “But when I read the script, I couldn’t imagine it in a good way. I couldn’t imagine how it would turn out. Because it was unknown, I thought I would be able to meet a new side of myself. That’s why I decided to be in the film.
Director Shiraishi seemed relieved to hear this and said, “I’m glad, because I thought I had mistakenly accepted an offer from WOWOW to do it.
Hotta has been attracting a lot of attention since she played the role of Hina, the wife of Hojo Yoshitoki (Oguri Shun), in the NHK historical drama “Kamakuradono no 13-nin”. On August 8, it was announced that she will also appear in the live-action drama “Ooku” (NHK), based on the popular comic by Yoshinaga Fumi, and it seems that her breakthrough will continue.
We can’t take our eyes off of her wide range of activities, from horror to period drama!
Photo by： Kazuhiko Nakamura