Noa Tsurushima, who portrayed Izu in Kamen Rider Zero-One, shares her thought process and her tendency to overthink.
Tsurushima: There’s always something to worry about. I like to think about things. I do overthink things but I think it’s a hobby of mine. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being negative. I don’t want to have a “whatever” attitude to things. Maybe thinking that way makes you feel grown-up but whenever I end up thinking like that, I tell myself, “no, this isn’t okay.” Especially during these trying times, many things will happen, so I’m holding onto that (her mantra). I don’t want to bring such thinking into my 20s.
Sponichi: It’s a sense of character. To put it nicely, you’re someone with a strong heart. And in another sense, you’re considered strange. You’ve lived a life of never having your thinking swayed, did that make you feel out of place in your generation?
Tsurushima: I feel very out of place (laughs). That’s why there are many who feel that my friends and I are strange. I didn’t feel self-conscious until it was pointed out in interviews when they (the reporters and interviewers) said so.
Sponichi: Strange or not, I don’t think there’s any ill will when we talk to people like you. If I had to say, that makes you more approachable. Maybe that’s all thanks to the love and care of parents for their only child. Like being cuddled in a thin film of love.
Tsurushima: I was shown a lot of love (laughs). People have told me how cute and amazing Izu is. I think that they’re complimenting me too much but those words actually help me work hard. That goes for my friends as well as many others who praise me.