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AKB48's Kojima Haruna to play a street idol in 'PRICELESS'

October 22, 2012 @ 12:32 am
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On October 22nd, it was announced that AKB48's Kojima Haruna is going to make an appearance in the upcoming Fuji TV 'Getsu 9' (Monday 9pm) drama 'PRICELESS ~Aru Wake Needaro, Nnamon!~' starring SMAP's Kimura Takuya.

After Shinoda Mariko in 'Taisetsunakoto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshietekureta' and Oshima Yuko in 'Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu', she's only the third AKB48 member to show off her acting skills in this prestigious time slot.

Kojima is going to play another resident in the run-down apartment building 'Koufuku Sou' ('Manor of Happiness') the protagonist 'Kindaichi Fumio' (Kimura) has to live in after becoming penniless, hopeless, and homeless. Her love for idols is matchless and she makes a living by selling cosplay pictures of herself. In other words, she's a street idol herself. Her first appearance will be in the third episode.

She expressed, "I'm an idol myself, so I was able to get into the role without difficulties. It doesn't mean that it's an easy role, only that it's a more familiar feeling." She commented on her outfit, "We've often worn such clothes back in the day, but nowadays AKB has become more composed. However, it's probably the most frilly outfit I've worn so far. It's a bit embarrassing actually."

In variety shows such as 'SMAPxSMAP', Kojima already appeared alongside Kimura, but it's the first time for her to appear alongside him in a drama. She said, "It still feels strange being at the set of this drama. I became really nervous, when I heard that I'm going to live with him under the same roof in the drama. Everyone (in AKB) respects him a lot." She also added the she cannot wait to see their reaction, "Some members probably don't even know yet that I'm working with him right now."

The reporters asked her if there is anything she'd like to ask Kimura as long as she has the chance and she replied, "Minegishi (Minami) and Sashihara (Rino) said thattheir eyeskeptmeeting with hiswhen they went to SMAP's concert. I'd like to ask him if that's true or not."

Fuji TV is going to air the first episode of 'PRICELESS ~Aru Wake Needaro, Nnamon!~' today (22nd).

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Source: Sanspo (1,2)

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