Nanako Matsushima (49) & Takashi Sorimachi (49)
Drama “GTO” (Fuji TV)
♡♡♡(love love) dates, kisses, and thick bed scenes. …… It is not unusual in the entertainment industry for people who were supposed to be playing the role of lovers, but after a long production period together, they have fallen in love for real before they know it–and that is not unusual. This tends to happen more often with popular actors who are busy and rarely meet people. Let us introduce some of the unknown “marriage stories” of big married couples who made it to the goal line after co-starring in a drama or movie.
Nanako Matsushima (49) and Takashi Sorimachi (49), who got married after co-starring in “GTO” (Fuji TV) broadcast in 1998, took a year to get together. Sorimachi was in a relationship with another actress, but he was attracted to Matsushima and approached her fiercely. After settling his relationship with the actress, he formally asked her to be his girlfriend, and they ended up getting married,” says entertainment journalist Takayuki Jyoshita.
The couple, who have been married for 23 years this year, have a rule that they do not work at the same time in order to maintain their happy relationship.
The couple’s busy lives are behind the rule. In 2004, Matsushima appeared in “Sales Manager Natsuko Kira” (Fuji). Sorimachi’s appearance in “Partners” (TV Asahi) made it difficult for him to spend enough time with their child, and he neglected his child-rearing duties. Now she has adjusted her work schedule to spend more time with her children, and the family seems to be getting along well.
There is another big couple who are following the same rule as Matsushima and Sorimachi. Miho Kanno (45) and Masato Sakai (49), who made a splash in 2009 with their return to drama after a five-year absence. A veteran entertainment reporter commented, “Kanno and Sakai are a couple who have been in the news for a long time.
Kanno and Sakai want to raise their child by themselves without relying on anyone else, so they declared to everyone around them that they would give priority to their family while their child is young. In fact, Sugano has been seen on numerous occasions riding her mama-chariot to go shopping and Sakai playing in the park with their child. She has always had a strong desire to get married, and her relationship with Goro Inagaki (49), whom she dated for about eight years before Sakai, broke up due to differences in their values toward marriage. Her desire to have a family was so strong that when Sakai confessed his feelings for her, she replied, ‘If it’s on the premise of marriage, I’m OK with it,’ and their speedy marriage, which lasted about three months, became a topic of conversation.
For busy entertainers, it seems that the secret to marital bliss lies in something other than putting the family first.
Keiko Kitagawa (36) and DAIGO (45) know each other’s smartphone passwords and have nothing to hide. Also, Nana Eikura (35) and Kento Garai (33) have decided to keep their conversations close anyway. When Garai was in charge of laundry before, he reported to Eikura, ‘I took it out of the dryer on the way, hung it up once, and ran the dryer once more.
It is a well-known story that Koshi Yamamoto (46) fell in love at first sight when he co-starred with Maki Horikita (34), and sent her 40 love letters to make a strong appeal.
Yamamoto, who was one of the most popular men in the entertainment world, felt gratitude to Horikita for ″getting together. If it looks like they are going to get into a fight, he says he immediately folds himself.
The two, who met in the world of fiction, have found real happiness through their “co-starring.
Miho Kanno (45) & Masato Sakai (49)
Movie “O-OKU: Eternity [Uemon-sa, Tsunayoshi]” (O-OKU: Eternity)
Shun Oguri (40) & Yu Yamada (38)
Drama “Poor Boys: Bombie Men” (NTV)
Keiko Kitagawa (36) & DAIGO (45)
Drama “LADY: The Last Crime Profile” (TBS)
Nana Eikura (35) & Kento Kaku (33)
Drama “For N” (TBS)
Toshiaki Karasawa (60) & Tomoko Yamaguchi (58)
Drama “Jun-chan’s Cheering Song” (NHK)
Akiyoshi Nakao (34) & Riisa Naka (33)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Kaela Kimura (38) & Eita Nagayama (40)
The Life of Matsuko, the Hateful Matsuko” movie
Koshi Yamamoto (46) & Maki Horikita (34)
Drama “Atashi no chi no danshi” (Fuji TV)
Momori Matsuzaka (34) & Erika Toda (34)
April Fools” movie
Go Morita (44) & Rie Miyazawa (50)
Stage “Vinyl Castle
Koyuki (46) & Kenichi Matsuyama (38)
Movie “Kamui Gaiden
Yoshino Kimura (47) & Noriyuki Higashiyama (56)
They appeared together on the stage in “Farewell, My Love, Princess Haoh Bekki”.
From the July 7, 2023 issue of “FRIDAY
PHOTO： Yuri Adachi, Keisuke Nishi, Kojiro Yamada, Hiroyuki Komatsu, Akifumi Yoshida, Tetsuro Shigumo, Tetsuko Takemoto, Hiroyuki Sato