Nounen Rena cast as heroine for next year's morning drama 'Amachan'
On July 26th, it was revealed that young actress Nounen Rena was chosen to play the heroine in the next year's morning drama 'Amachan', which will start airing right after the next morning drama 'Jun to Ai' in April 2013.
She hardly had one day to fathom the good news before having to attend the press conference at the NHK office in Shibuya, Tokyo that day. She stated as she looked back at the moment she received the news, "Yesterday I was suddenly told 'you were chosen'. I was so excited and started breathing so heavily through my nose that it felt like I was going to lift off any moment."
Famed scriptwriter and director Kudo Kankuro ('Maiko Haaaan!!!', 'Tiger & Dragon') will be in charge of the original script of 'Amachan', which seems to be one more reason for Nounen to be that excited. She jokingly explained, "I've always wanted to appear in one of his works and continuously sent him 'radio waves' across the screen to make it happen."
'Amachan' will be set in a small rural town in North Sanriku, Tohoku. It revolves around a female high school student named 'Amano Aki' from Tokyo who struggles to be a female shell diver at her mother's hometown and eventually becomes a local idol and symbol of the town's revitalization.
Nounen is an up-and-coming actress who finally landed her first starring role in this drama by beating the rest of the 1,953 girls who applied for the role of 'Aki' at the large-scale audition organized by NHK. She made her acting debut two years ago in the movie 'Kokuhaku' ('Confessions') and has already appeared in several movies and dramas since then. In the second half of 2012, she's also going to appear in two more movies - 'Karasu no Oyayubi' (November 23rd) and 'Good Morning Everyone!' (December).
NHK producer Kurube Kei said about Nounen, "She's young, she's fresh and just like Aki, she appears to be a bit clumsy, while hiding an unimaginable energy deep inside herself."
This energy and excitement could also be felt throughout the press conference. Nounen commented, "Morning drama heroines have a 'pure and innocent' image. They might lose their way and fall down, but they immediately stand up again and keep on walking. The one who left the biggest impression on me was Ono Machiko in 'Carnation'."
She was also asked about her impression of the filming location in the Iwate prefecture and answered, "I haven't been there yet, but according to its name (Iwate), it seems to be a rocky and rugged scenery. I've been loving such places since I was a child. I want to become a heroine who lends the people (in Tohoku) energy and power."
She continued, "I heard that the filming conditions for a morning drama are really harsh, but I'm no pushover, and even if I lose consciousness, I want to stand up and do my best. I will become a shining star of (my birthplace) Hyogo."
'Amachan' will air its first of 156 episodes on April 1, 2013. The filming will begin in Kuji, Iwate this October.
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