Saturday, December 26, 2015

AKB48's Watanabe Mayu to appear in FujiTV drama SP "Ooku"

AKB48's Watanabe Mayu will be appearing in the upcoming FujiTV drama SP "Ooku" which features Sawajiri Erika as the lead. She will act in Part 1 of the SP which is to be shown on 22 January where she will play Oshima, a servant in the Ooku who looks on at the battles within Ooku as a bystander. Due to her cold personality, she gets the attention of Omiyo played by Sawajiri and a secret affair develops between the two even though Omiyo is the shogun's concubine. As such, there will be intimate scenes involving Watanabe and Sawajiri such as lying in bed naked and kissing. Nonetheless, this will not be the first time that Watanabe is kissing a female onscreen as she had done that with Miyazawa Sae in the 2011 NTV drama "Sakura kara no tegami ~ AKB48 Sorezore no Sotsugyo Monogatari ~".

This will be Watanabe's first appearance in a period drama thus she has to learn how to play the zither and Japanese dance. Despite only learning the zither for 2 hours, she managed to play it during the filming which surprised the production staff. Watanabe commented that although she was apprehensive about appearing in a period drama, she was also thrilled at being given the chance. She also thanked Sawajiri for helping her to get over her nervousness as the latter took the initiative to talk to her.

Source: Sankei Sports

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