In a groundbreaking moment, Ren Meguro from the popular group Snow Man has clinched the Best Emerging Actor Award at the prestigious 15th TAMA Film Awards Ceremony. This accomplishment not only signifies a personal triumph for Meguro but also stands as a historic win for Smile Up (formerly Johnny & Associates) talents, marking the first time one of their artists has secured this coveted accolade.
Meguro secured the award for his compelling performance in the film "My Happy Marriage," directed by Ayuko Tsukahara. The movie earned acclaim for its dynamic action sequences, outstanding acting, and nuanced emotional expressions that captivated audiences.
Accepting the trophy on stage, Meguro expressed genuine honor, highlighting the significance of receiving recognition after the completion of filming. He eloquently stated, "It makes me realize that the work continues to live on. I'm truly grateful for this recognition." The film itself tells a pure love story between Meguro's character, Kiyoka Kudo, a military commander with supernatural fire-manipulating abilities, and Mio Imada's character, Miyo Saimori, who grew up under family oppression.
Meguro gave credit to director Tsukahara for shaping his approach to the role, emphasizing the importance of realism. Reflecting on the filming process, he shared, "Tsukahara told me, 'I want you to value realism.' I feel fortunate to have met Tsukahara at a time when I had little acting experience."
Balancing his identity as both an idol and an actor, Meguro revealed a unique perspective on his craft. "When I'm Snow Man, I have the image of adding 'Meguro Ren,' but when I'm acting, I subtract Meguro Ren, and I'm doing addition and subtraction. I feel like I'm doing it," he confessed, shedding light on his multifaceted approach to performances.
Meguro's commitment to his work shone through as he expressed, "I've always thought that I exist for the sake of my work. I hope to be able to perform plays that have some kind of impact on the lives of those who watch them." This victory at the TAMA Film Awards signifies not just a win but a leap forward in Meguro's career, setting the stage for more impactful and memorable performances in the future.