Exclusive Interview

From “Mr. Bride”


Exclusive Interview with Haru from Fuji Television’s Wednesday Night drama “Mr. Bride.”

Q: Please share us your first impression?

I had read the original manga by Natsumi Shiba before the script was finalized. At that time, I thought that this work had such a high degree of freedom. It was fresh and interesting, from the part where the guy with high household skills is welcomed as an "oyome-kun" (Mr. Bride) and the woman becomes the breadwinner. There are stereotypical elements that are projected onto us in both our homes and society, right? But I think there are many people who struggle with such fixed ideas. I thought this work would be like an encouragement or cheer that would gently embrace those people and make them think "let's do our best tomorrow!" I was also moved by the plot, so I want to tackle it wholeheartedly.

Q: Not just a "cute romantic comedy," there are various elements to it right?

Yes, I think so. There are various fixed ideas such as "men should be like this" or "women should be like that," but it's okay to be different. In that sense, I think it's a surprisingly socially aware work.

Q: Playing the character of Honoka Hayami, were there any specific points or aspects you were conscious of or thought about?

I was conscious of the fact that she is a “competent employee” and a “woman who men at work want to marry,” conveying her attractiveness to her colleagues. It's kind of an ideal to be good at your job and not be unapproachable. It's almost like a fantasy, but I thought about how to cover that aspect. Whether it's the way she talks or her facial expressions, I want to express her softness of mind, but it's still challenging to do so sometimes.

Q: Since there are characters from the original manga, it seems difficult to adjust with the drama?

I think that other cast members are probably experiencing the same challenge. So, we need to work as a team while consulting with the staff to tackle these issues.

Q: Some people may have the impression that you are perfect both in your work and in your private life…

Personally, I wonder why people might see me in this way and it's not necessarily something I strive for. (laughter) I’m actually not at all like this, but sometimes people may perceive me as being very stoic or disciplined. This image can sometimes hold me back similar to maybe how Honoka Hayami feels.

Q: Do you feel like the expectations on you will get higher?

I want to break free from this kind of image. Perhaps this drama could be a chance for me to do that. Through playing the character of Hayami, I want to show my flaws and have others accept the real me. I also want to live a life where I can work hard with the help of those around me. (laughter)

Q: You mentioned that you have a pet dog and that's why you try not to make a mess at home, right?

Yes, I'm afraid my dog might accidentally swallow something, so I try to keep things clean. Unlike Hayami, I do some cleaning up around the house.

Q: What’s your impression of Mahiro Takasugi after working together?

He was also telling me about the fact that he is somewhat shy. However, their relationship in the drama relies on a good relationship outside of filming, so I’m trying my best in this area. Even though I was worried whether this was annoying, it seems that he has become accustomed to me. Now I feel relieved because we laugh and banter together.

Q: Kentaro Maeda also mentioned that he’s somewhat shy but you and Mahiro Takasugi support him!

I have the impression that Maeda-san talks a lot. He tells me a lot about himself. He calls himself a “shy person” though (laughter).

Q: How about having a household superhero like Yamamoto-kun?

It would be amazing if such a person existed. It's fantastic. Even though I have to do the bare minimum of household chores, I can't say I'm good at it. I respect those who are skilled at household tasks. Thanks to this drama, it would be great if there were more appreciation for men who can do household chores, regardless of gender.

Q: Finally, a message to all the viewers?

I believe that in this day and age, it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman when it comes to working hard. This drama has been created to alleviate any discomfort or uncertainty you may feel by assuring you that everything is going to be okay. I hope that by watching this drama in the middle of the week, you will be able to recharge your energy. Thank you for your continued support until the end!