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!