5 Reasons Why Takeru Satoh Is Our New Actor Crush

29 Dec 2015 by Chew Hui Ling

Takeru Satoh is no stranger to both the small screen (ROOKIES, Bloody Monday, The Emperor’s Cook) and the silver screen (Beck, Rurouni Kenshin, Bakuman). As his extensive portfolio clearly shows, the chameleon certainly has the acting chops to make it big. And it’s this sense of dedication that makes him super crush-worthy in our book. Here’s the proof from our interview with the Japanese actor during his recent visit to Singapore.

#1 You won’t see him playing the same old characters. While some actors tend to portray characteristically similar roles throughout their career, Takeru chose to showcase his versatility through various kinds of roles. “I want to break away from the public image everybody has about me,” he explains. Whether it’s a badass sword-wielding samurai, a tsundere band hottie, or simply being a complete goofball on camera, Takeru nails it all.

#2 The next role he wishes to try? A serial killer. But not just any serial killer – he’d love a character that requires him to disguise himself under some sort of intricate makeup, similar to Johnny Depp. Frankly speaking, Takeru’s squeaky-clean resume makes it hard for us to see him in such an antagonistic role, but we’re sure he’d ace it anyway.

#3 He learns from his characters. His alter ego as Himura Kenshin in Rurouni Kenshin is not just an onscreen persona – he’s someone Takeru highly regards, and a figure he’d approach for advice whenever he faces struggles in his life. “I’d think to myself: What would be going through Kenshin’s mind? How would Kenshin react in this situation? In a way, he’s my mentor at heart.”

#4 He works hard in whatever he does. Admittedly, we were initially rather taken aback by his decision to take up the role in his latest drama The Emperor’s Cook, but it proved to be a huge hit with the viewers. “It was quite a challenge for me because it was a role I haven’t attempted before. Plus the filming period stretched for around half a year, which made it even harder for me to be motivated. But everything paid off in the end, and I’m glad it garnered so much response from the public.”

#5 He’s incredibly humble, even though he’s mega-famous and all. When asked about what kind of actor he hopes to see himself as, Takeru replies: “I can’t tell for the future, but for now, I want to be an actor that people can support. My achievements don’t just derive from my own efforts, but also from all those who have supported me thus far.”

Takeru Satoh’s Bakuman movie has recently wrapped up with massive box office results, and we can’t wait to see what else he has in the works!



'Welcome Back' iKON!

24 Dec 2015 by Venetia Sng

Our perfect Christmas presents are here! iKON have made their official comeback with their first full-length album Welcome Back. Check out the music videos for their title tracks ‘Dumb & Dumber’ and ‘What’s Wrong’ below!

These has to be our favourite iKON MVs till date! The songs are so catchy, we are loving the styling and the boys look like they are having so much fun in both videos! Psst.. the making video for ‘Dumb & Dumber’ is out too!

Loving these songs? Let us know by commenting below!

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#ZayGi The New "IT" Couple?

21 Dec 2015 by Venetia Sng

Looks like someone’s moving on fast. Following Gigi Hadid’s split from Joe Jonas in late November, she has been seen with Zayn Malik and sparked dating rumours. Although neither one of them has commented on the matter, Zayn may have just made their relationship Instagram official.

The former One Direction star shared a shot of himself and Gigi looking rather cozy on Instagram, leaving everyone to believe that they are more than friends. They are hence forth dubbed as #ZayGi.


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How are you loving the new couple? Let us know by commenting below!

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The Soundtrack of Eric Chou’s Life

18 Dec 2015 by Chew Hui Ling

If we have to describe Eric Chou (周興哲) in three words, it’d probably be: deep, romantic, and oh-so-relatable – and the best thing is… he’s only 20 years old. The viral Taiwanese singer-songwriter has amassed near 40 million views on his YouTube channel and is one of Mandopop’s youngest breakout stars with his smash hit ‘Let’s Not Be Friends In The Future’. In an exclusive interview, we pick the brain of this utterly talented chap and find out what are the songs that really make up who he is.

The first album you’ve ever bought:

“My first ever album was from Evonne Hsu. I remember it had a heart shape. (Laughs) I was 10 at that time and I really liked her. I thought she was pretty and her vocals were very charming. The second record I bought was Jay Chou’s Nunchucks.”

The song you love belting out in the shower:

“I enjoy channelling my inner Sam Smith recently. I prefer tracks that require alternating between falsetto and my regular vocal range, and ‘Lay Me Down’ is one good example (begins humming it). Plus the reverberation is awesome in the shower – it works especially well on Adele’s ‘Hello’!”

The song you wish you’d written:

“‘You Better Listen To Me’ by Eason Chan. I think the melody is very unique; it possesses the ability to really draw people in and makes you want to continue listening. If this was a song I’d written, I’d probably add a few of my trademark soaring high notes here and there, and include lyrics that would tell the story of my personal sorrows.”

The song you’re the most proud of:

“Without a doubt, ‘Let’s Not Be Friends In The Future’. This song was inspired by a real story and I’m so glad that it has touched the hearts of so many people; there are fans who have left messages on my Facebook stating how it helped them through tough times. I didn’t expect the MV to go viral though! When I first saw the views, I think it was only around a thousand and I was like ‘Okay, that’s quite fast!’. Then it jumped to 6 million the next day, and eventually snowballed to 30 million as of today! That was pretty crazy. It is also the OST for Taiwanese drama The Way We Were, which I had a minor role in.”

The song you find the hardest to compose/sing:

“I gotta admit… all my songs are pretty hard to sing, that was one of my mistakes (laughs). I struggled with ‘Shutter in Love’ for the longest in the recording studio. Fast-paced numbers isn’t really my forte, so this is considered my first humble attempt at that, but it’s all a new experience. The fun part about going to a professional studio is probably the snack breaks (laughs). You can sing a line or two and munch on some fried fishcake in between.”

The song you’ll listen to when you’re sad:

“The thing is… I’m a very weird person and more of an introvert – let’s say if the party’s too high, I’ll start feeling gloomy for no reason, retreat silently to my room, and seek refuge in sad tunes. There’s this song called ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ by Meghan Trainor which I really like. Although it’s told from a female’s perspective, the lyrics ‘I found myself dreaming in silver and gold, like a scene from a movie that every broken heart knows’ send across a clear message of love that everybody can relate to. I recorded a cover of it if you wanna listen (laughs).”

The song you secretly love but will never admit:

“(Starts singing) Baby, baby, baby ooooh~ (Laughs) I love Justin Bieber songs, but that was during my high school period. You get made fun of so much because of that!”

The song you’ll sing to confess your love:

“’All of Me’ by John Legend. I’m into soul music recently, and I find that the lyrics John Legend dedicated to his wife was particularly deep and meaningful. I think it’d be the perfect song to express your feelings to the person you love. Back in middle school, I once confessed to a girl I liked by dedicating ‘Fairy Tale’ by Guang Liang to her on stage during a talent show – all my friends and even the teachers were aware that I had a crush on her. Unfortunately, we didn’t end up together. We dated for a week – you know, puppy love. We don’t contact each other often now, but we’re still Facebook friends!”

The song that is the soundtrack of your life:

“‘Gravity’ by John Mayer. I first heard this song in an art class in middle school, and I fell in love with it instantly. That was the defining moment when I realised that I needed music in my life. But if I had to choose one from my album, it’d be ‘My Way to Love’. Because you always gotta learn how to love.”

BONUS! Here’s Eric serenading you with a lil’ snippet of ‘Love You Again’.

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WINNER Confirmed Comeback for 2016

16 Dec 2015 by Venetia Sng

We previously mentioned that WINNER was supposedly scheduled for a comeback in November but, you know, YG Entertainment being YG Entertainment, their comeback got delayed. But no frets you Inner Circle-rs, the lads will (confirm plus chop) be back on 11th January 2016 with their latest release!


We can’t wait to start 2016 with a (WINNER) bang!


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