—First of all, thank you very much for your hard work on the day-long photo shoot!
I had a lot more physical activity than I expected, like playing in the ocean and swimming in the pool, so I thought, “I should have been more physically fit! I wish I had been more physically fit! I was actually taking naps secretly during breaks to regain my strength (laughs). But this time, I had a lot of favorite outfits, so I enjoyed the shoot to the very end! Especially the white bikini and the yellow floral bikini suited me well.
— “Kuwashima-san looks good in any color! I think the white bikini and the yellow floral print bikini especially suited me.
I am sure it was thanks to the stylist, not me! I always appreciate being able to try different outfits!”
—This is your first appearance in FRIDAY, and you will be on the cover right away.
I was surprised when I first heard about it. I’m very happy and I know it’s not for everyone. …… I have a pretty carefree personality, so when I saw a magazine with me on the cover at a convenience store, I thought, ‘Hey, that’s me! That’s me! I react in a carefree manner when I see myself on the cover of a magazine at a convenience store. I’m so self-paced that people around me are a little taken aback (laughs).
Laughs] — You also said between takes that you are “pretty laid-back.
I’ve always been an extremely free person, taking things at my own pace. But recently, I have been getting up early in the morning for gravure shoots, and I often feel anxious before I go to sleep at night, thinking, ‘I’m not going to make it in time for tomorrow’s meeting. I was surprised at how serious and anxious I was! I was surprised at myself.
—What are your goals for the future, and what would you like to do?
I would like to work hard not only in gravure but also in acting from now on! Recently, I have been taking acting lessons. I have been taking acting lessons recently. I practice acting in front of a director with a script that I interpret in my own way, and I also try my hand at etudes. Etudes are fun, but very difficult!
We improvise our roles, and the setting is limited to “two high school girls chatting in a café. We had to interpret the situation in our own way and act out the role on the spot. If you’re thinking, ‘What am I going to say next? If you are thinking, “What am I going to say next? What was the other person’s reaction just now? What was the other actor’s reaction just now?
—I’m in such a hurry…! You must be thinking about a lot of things at the same time!
That’s right! I use my head a lot. You need not only acting skills but also a quick mind. …… I want to not only build up my physical strength, but also power up my brain and run through the year of my nineteen years!”
Photographed by： Koki Nishida