Ren Meguro, 26, of “Snow Man,” is currently enjoying his big break after being highly acclaimed for his acting in the drama “silent” (Fuji TV) and the NHK morning drama “Soar! (Fuji TV) and NHK’s morning drama “Soar! His momentum continues to grow as his first starring role in a movie, “My Happy Marriage,” was a hit with an audience of more than 2 million.
He is currently in the middle of filming a drama series “Trillion Game” (TBS) for the July season. Meguro plays the role of a flirtatious and charismatic protagonist. The story is about a young man with no money and no connections who uses his communication skills to become an IT president.
Meguro has played quiet and serious roles in the past, but this role is the complete opposite. Meguro himself wanted to play a wide range of roles so that his image as a “serious, good-looking young man” would not be the only one that stuck. How he will play the role of a charlatan is attracting a lot of attention.
He is now one of the most talented actors in the J-television industry.
I witnessed the location shooting of the drama in Otemachi (Chiyoda Ward) a little after noon in late May. Meguro was wearing a white shirt, a shoulder bag slung diagonally across his body, and his suit jacket hanging from the bag. After having his hair done by the crew, filming began. The scene begins with him crossing a pedestrian crossing with co-star Hayato Sano (25), holding a drink in his hand. About 20 female fans watched from the other side of the street.
Johnny’s is facing unprecedented headwinds, and one by one, the talents are leaving the company. Meguro, who now ranks among the best in terms of both popularity and ability, will be the first person to support the office in the future. If, by any chance, the Johnny’s office becomes difficult to survive, I am sure that other major offices will not leave him alone.
Snow Man” is the debut group of Hideaki Takizawa (41), who left Johnny’s last fall. Meguro himself was a great admirer of Takizawa.
Some people have been talking about his transfer to the new company that Mr. Takizawa has established, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Meguro has a very strong love for ‘Snow Man’ and puts the group first. In fact, he is very aware that he is a member of Johnny’s, and he may be expected to be the savior of the current office” (a source in the entertainment industry).
Not only his popularity as an idol, but also his further progress as an actor is being keenly watched not only by fans but also by the industry as a whole.
From the June 9, 2023 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Yusuke Kondo