The former ToQger star Ryusei Yokohama talked at length recently about his acting career, future roles, and his life after tokusatsu.
Ryusei Yokohama will be co-starring with Nana Seino in the drama Panda Judges the World on January 12, with Nana Seino playing the titular Miss Panda, a woman with immense physical abilities, and her male keeper, played by Ryusei Yokohama, trying to reveal a truth to the world that neither the law enforcement or the media want to deal with.
When asked about his willingness to play different roles after his TV Drama roles in A Story to Read When You First Fall in Love, 4 Minute Marigold, and Your Turn to Kill, Yokohama said, “To be honest, nothing has really changed for me, I just need to focus on what I need to do now. However, I’ve started to think deeper about the roles and work I take in the future.”
Before the explosion in his popularity from his role as Yuri in A Tory to Read When You First Fall in Love, Yokohama said, “Sometimes I feel myself lacking; even one year later, there is still something missing. That’s why I’m always trying to learn. I was able to co-star with many seniors, and I was reminded as to what I was lacking. That’s why I wanted to absorb the experience so I could never waste the chance to improve.”
Yokohama is well known for his role as Hikari, or ToQ 4, in Ressha Sentai ToQGer. When asked about his experience with the show, Yokohama recalls, “I had fun with the role for a year, but I was considering going to college afterward as I was only in my second or third year of high school…”
However, things did not go very smoothly for him, “When I finished ToQGer my auditions dropped, even though I wanted to work. When I was a teenager, I kept thinking ‘why wasn’t I cast?’ But looking back, the regrets I experienced at that time were my own unique feelings. It was a good opportunity to think about what to do if I couldn’t get the work I wanted to do, and that’s why I think there’s definitely something I can do now.”
When asked about the driving force and inspiration for Yokohama, he replied, “I like theatrical plays. I’ve been able to continue with my life because I love it a lot. But the biggest thing for me is that there are people supporting me in my work.”
Panda Judges the World will be starting on Sunday, January 12, at 10:30 JST.
Source: Mantan Web