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11:48 am - 04/30/2012

Sato Takeru and Ishihara Satomi talk “Romeo & Juliet”

Next week, the Akasaka ACT Theatre in Tokyo is finally going to raise the curtain for the latest stage adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” starring young actor Sato Takeru and actress Ishihara Satomi. On April 29th, the two of them found some time to talk about the play ahead of a public general rehearsal for the mass media.

“Romeo & Juliet” is going to mark the debut stage play for Sato, who commented, “My excitement is going through the roof. Of course I’m also very anxious, but at the same time I cannot wait for people to finally be able to see this play.” Ishihara agreed with him and added, “I really want everyone to experience the beautiful set, music, outfits and words as soon as possible.

Of course not everything was easy for Sato when getting into his first starring role in a stage play. “I’ve never thought that I would have such hardship,” he revealed. “However, I want to work as hard as possible, so that I won’t have any regrets later on!” When asked about some of the more difficult parts of the production, he said, “I have to use words that I usually don’t use, which makes it difficult to get into the right feeling. Instead of expressing my feelings between the lines, it’s important to put my feelings into every single word, which was very difficult for me.

About his co-star Ishihara, he commented, “She possesses an overwhelming aura. The moment when Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight was a new and overwhelming experience for me, but thanks Ishihara’s incredibly convincing performance, I was able to feel it inside me as well.

For Ishihara, on the other hand, this moment didn’t seem to be feel too new. “Everyone understands what it feels like to fall in love at first sight,” she explained and revealed, “I’ve already experienced it as well.

Then Ishihara returned the favor and praised his acting. “Please have a self-confidence, Sato!” she said. “He had memorized his lines since the first practice sessions and is able to recite them very well.” She continued, “He’s a person who carefully puts a lot of emotions into his acting without making it look fake. I’m glad that I was able to work with such a person for this play.

They also talked about the inevitable kiss scene during the play. Sato revealed, “When we stared with the practice, I always wondered when we would try the kiss scene, when director Jonathan Munby suddenly told us to do it. It happened at an earlier rehearsal than I planned, although my plan to create a fresh kiss scene didn’t really bear any fruits, it does feel like a good scene. (laughs)“.

Ishihara just smiled and replied, “Yes, it is.

The public performances for “Romeo & Juliet” in Tokyo will begin on May 2nd and end on May 27th. Right after that, the performances in Osaka will begin on May 31st and end on June 10th.

Sources: Walkerplus, Oricon, Mantanweb and tokyohive

iera_jun 30th-Apr-2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
omg havent seen him for such a long time why he is so hot now *o*
crimsonbreeze 30th-Apr-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Why does Takeru look different every single time I look at him? Also, different != less good looking.

Edited at 2012-04-30 07:33 pm (UTC)
asaphira_sachi 1st-May-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
I'd like to think he's someone who looks better in motion than on print/still.

Edited at 2012-05-01 01:40 am (UTC)
inachan89 30th-Apr-2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Satomi seriously look like a doll^^
brucelynn 30th-Apr-2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
I like both of them :)
asweetsymphony 30th-Apr-2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Satomi is so beautiful... <3
rikayla 30th-Apr-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
satomi ishihara looked better with thicker brows imho :(
though still pretty!!
___varying 1st-May-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
AH that's it. I was wondering why she looked so different!
wayof_life 1st-May-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
And her brows are a little too high, so she looks so shocked LOL
kat_desu 30th-Apr-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
they are both so cute! <3
mellastella 30th-Apr-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
I like these two. They're really cute together. Satomi-chan is adorable and hilarious from what I've seen on variety shows. Sato Takeru seems like a nice guy. Haven't seen any of his work, though. :/

Edited at 2012-04-30 09:59 pm (UTC)
frostbittenlove 1st-May-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
I knew something was different when I saw Satomi here -- she saved her brows :( (And there's something about her neck that's bothering me >_> Make up fail?)
rainawallis 1st-May-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
So I'm curious.... is the play in English, or translated into Japanese? And if the later, do they try to write it in iambic pentameter, or just lyrical Japanese that fits the same basic meaning? >.>a
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chibi_hime 1st-May-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
Oh have fun!! I would have loved to have been able to go.
rainawallis 1st-May-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'd always wondered about that. :) Actually, this reminded me of the line from Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, when a character mentions to his companions, "You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon." XD
chibi_hime 1st-May-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
Usually classic plays performed in Japan will be in Japanese. I saw Romeo & Juliet with Ueda from KT and it was that way. And it will probably be in regular prose and not in lambic pentameter.
rainawallis 1st-May-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Much thanks! ^_^ It was just something I'd wondered about. :)
yuliyudo 1st-May-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
For some reason my eyes went to Takeru's hand on Ishihara's arm. I mean, it's not often that I see Japanese male actors holding their female co-stars like that since they usually just stand side-by-side, so it kinda caught my attention xD
taketherings 1st-May-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
chibi_hime 1st-May-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
I wish I could go see this! I'd probably be bawling at the end though.
takarai_karin 1st-May-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Oh Satomi is precious, although I agree about the eyebrow. Maybe she shaved it for this Juliet role.

OT: I saw her 'Chikara no Tabi' on NHK last week, where she stayed for some time in Paris studying authentic pantomime and she was *awesome* I adore her sm
asth77 1st-May-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
ohhh I may go to Osaka to see this in june! I hope I will be able to.
len0314 7th-May-2012 09:02 am (UTC)
Satomi is very pretty here. Hey Sato Takeru why are you putting your arms on Satomi's Shoulder?
len0314 7th-May-2012 09:03 am (UTC)
I really want Satomi and Toma to act together in a love story j-drama series.
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