Early one morning in late June, Narita Ryo (30) was walking in Shinagawa Ward in a suit. He was stopped by actress Sae Okazaki (27), but Narita ran off without a care.
This was a scene from the location shooting of the July TV drama “Shokujo no Maou-sama” (Fuji Television). The story is about Narita, who plays the role of an astute career advisor with a sharp tongue, who solves the problems of job seekers about their jobs and their way of life. This is Narita’s second starring role in a prime-time drama series since last January’s “Fugitive Doctor F” (NTV).
Narita made his debut in the entertainment industry in ’13 as a model for the fashion magazine “MEN’S NON-NO,” but he originally wanted to be an actor. His acting debut was in “FLASHBACK” (Fuji) in ’14, and since then he has appeared in such high-profile films as “Runaway is Shameful but Useful” (TBS) and “Code Blue – Doctor Heli Emergency Rescue – THE THIRD SEASON” (Fuji), as is well known.
Narita has grown into a charming actor who shows a different face in each of his films, from a good young man, to a bad man who unintentionally cheats on women, to a homosexual, to an insane murderer. In the film “I Just Dropped My Phone,” he gave an excellent performance as an insane serial killer. He won the Best Newcomer Award at the 42nd Japan Academy Prize.
In the morning drama “Ocho-yan” (the second half of the fiscal year 2008), she played the heroine’s no-good husband, and her reputation was raised as “the more peculiar the role is, the more it shines. “The more peculiar the role, the brighter he shines. He is a young actor and has a wide range of roles, including villainous roles. There are surprisingly few young actors who can act in a wide range of roles, including villainous ones, and who are also well known. That is why Narita is getting so many offers.
Narita is only 30 years old. We can only look forward to seeing how much he will expand his acting range in the future.
Text： Pimotaro Machida Photo： Kumataro Arai