Hirose who appeared in a chic purple dress, admitted that the 100th drama is a huge milestone and adds pressure to her but she hoped to be able to deliver an unique performance which will leave a mark in the morning drama's history. She revealed that she only got the news about the offer one day before the press conference and was very shocked about it. Till date, the news hadn't quite sunk in yet but she expressed her joy in getting such a big role just 5 years since she made her debut. Morning drama heroines are usually chosen via an audition but Hirose was specially picked for "Natsuzora" just like Arimura Kasumi who was chosen to be the lead for "Hiyokko".
"Natsuzora" is an original story set during the high economic development period of the Showa period where Hirose plays the lead character Natsu who lost her parents during the war and moves to the Tokachi region in Hokkaido with her foster father who is a dairy farmer. While growing up in the beautiful nature of Hokkaido, Natsu meets a boy at primary school who draws a very beautiful picture of a horse and grows to take an interest in animated movies. Upon graduating from senior high school, Natsu moves to Tokyo and joins the budding animation industry in order to realise her dream of being an animator. Filming will begin in summer next year so as to capture the four seasons of Hokkaido and is expected to last for one year and four months.
As for whether she can cope with the physical demands of the long filming, Hirose said that she could see how tough it was as her elder sister Arisu is acting in the ongoing morning drama "Warotenka". However, as she had built up her physical fitness over 8 years while playing basketball and working in this industry, she pledged to try her best and not lose out in this regard.
Sources: Nikkansports / Sanspo / Sponichi