Early in the morning at a supermarket in a downtown area. A couple is putting their groceries into an eco-bag they have brought with them. They are actors Nao (28) and Eita Nagayama (40). Elderly people walking to school and students hurrying to school stopped to take a peek.
The comic book written by Harunoharu Harunohara is a TV drama that will be broadcast on Fuji Television Network from April. The comic book written by Haruno Haru is overwhelmingly popular among women in their 30s and 40s because it tackles the issue of sexlessness. Nao and Eita play a couple who are struggling with sexlessness.
Nao was in “First Penguin! (NTV) last fall, her first starring role in a drama series on the GP belt. (NTV) last fall, in which she played the role of a single mother entrepreneur who leads a group of rough-and-tumble fishermen. This is her first starring role in a Fuji Television drama series.
Nao is suited for roles in which she expresses her feelings of anger, sorrow, and joy in a straightforward manner. This time, however, she plays the role of a married woman who has problems she can’t talk about with others. She gives the impression of being a purist, but I think we will see a new expression from her,” said media culture critic Hiroyoshi Usui.
Between takes, Nao is always smiling and chatting with the crew. Will she be a hit in the drama as well?
From theMarch31and April 7, 2023issues ofFRIDAY
PHOTO： Takero Yui