Fumiya Takahashi looks back on his experiences from Kamen Rider Zero-One.
Fumiya Takahashi has appeared in a couple of dramas after Kamen Rider Zero-One aired its finale back in October. Currently, he is portraying Akira Nikaido in the drama titled Muchuu Sa, Kimi Ni. Although it’s only been a few months since his acting debut in the tokusatsu drama, he has quickly gained attention in the film industry as a spirited youth.
In an interview posted on Mantan-Web, Takahashi talks about his goals as an actor, his growth, and the challenges he faces.
In a year of firsts, what about you has changed the most?
I experienced being on a TV set as well as a movie set. It truly was a valuable year… and now I’m able to put my feelings into words. It’s really been my foundation of my acting life. In the midst of one year, what has changed the most about me is my own approach to acting. When filming began (for Kamen Rider Zero-One), I had no idea what challenges I would face as an actor. I felt like the boundary between acting and my real self was unclear.
However, as filming continued, I learned the joy of reflecting on the journey I’ve walked, as well as my feelings as an actor. To me, that’s what’s changed the most about me.
Hero (Aruto in Kamen Rider Zero-One) to villain (Toya in Sensei wo Kesu Houteishiki)
It was tough. But I’m thankful for the challenge. As an actor, it was a fortunate challenge to have. I now have more time to think about my roles, more than before. I’m now able to break away from myself and fulfill my role!
(Being called scary) is compliment to me as an actor. I’m glad I was able to cast aside the image people have of me.
Working alongside Ayuko Tsukahara
I enjoy portraying unique characters like Akira Nikaido (a character in Muchuu sa, Kimi ni directed by Ayuko Tsukahara). There’s no one like him in real life.
I’m happy that I’m able to work alongside Director Tsukahara. After reading the script for the show, I had a premonition that I would be able to grow in this series. Her advice is really clear, thanks to her I was able to learn about my shortcomings that I never noticed.
I want to be an actor that makes viewers cry. I would feel happy as an actor if I could move someone’s heart, even if it’s just one person’s.
I look up to Masataka Kubota. There is subtleness in his acting. For example, you can feel hints of frustration, sadness, kindness, in his portrayal of terror. Those elements that can be felt in his acting is very striking. The things he says in “making of” footage is also really beautiful. I would love to be able to work alongside him one day…
I want to be able to take on all my roles I encounter this year. Although there are many things that I am worried about, I want to enjoy taking them on one by one. I want to leave an impression on more people this year.