At 21, actor Koudai Matsuoka appears wise beyond his years. We caught up with the Japanese actor when he was in town to commemorate the launch of Japan Park Singapore, where we discovered he’s more than just boyish good looks. Apart from boasting killer acting chops, this rising star is also equally talented in the dancing department. Oh, and he’s a well-known K-pop stan – which scored him bonus points in our books. Here are five reasons why you’ll be crushing on Koudai Matsuoka in no time.
#1 He’s a fan of our local food. Ask any celebrity who comes to our little red dot about their favourite Singaporean cuisine, and chances are chilli crab would most likely top the rankings. Aside from the popular dish, Koudai also gave special mention to other local delights such as chicken rice and bak kut teh. Next on his must-try list? Char kway teow!
#2 He’d make the perfect travel buddy. Thinking of going for a holiday in Japan? For a one-day trip, Koudai recommends heading to Kyoto and Nara because of its close proximity. “There are plenty of historical architecture and structures I want people to see and experience, especially when it’s all made from wood a thousand years ago but still standing strong today. Don’t you think it’s amazing?” You know what will be even more amazing? If we actually have Koudai as our tour guide. (Hey, we can dream!)
#3 Not only can he act, he knows how to dance too! Koudai is born for the stage. Besides being a stellar actor in his own right, you’d be surprised to know that the 21-year-old is also great at dancing. “I was a member of the dance club when I was 8, so I would’ve probably been a dancer if I wasn’t an actor,” he explains. “I’ve always been into the art of expressing oneself, so I’ve never really thought about anything outside of the entertainment and arts scene.”
#4 He’s a huge fan of EXO’s Kai and Bruno Mars. Did you know that the chap’s a fanboy of EXO’s resident dancing machine, Kai? He even knows the choreography to ‘Growl’ – check out his flawless moves in this 2015 cover he uploaded on Twitter.
— Koudai Matsuoka/松岡広大 (@koudai_official) September 24, 2015
It’s no secret that he’s a major EXO-L, but we found out that Koudai looks up to Bruno Mars as well. “He has amazing stage presence. His performance at the Super Bowl was perfect!”
#5 He’s always up to take on new challenges. Although his acting career is just starting to kick off, the talented lad has already taken on a couple of notable roles such as his performance as Naruto in Naruto The Live Spectacle. In the future, he hopes to play a character that speaks in English. “I watch quite a bit of Netflix and sometimes see Japanese cast amongst foreign actors. I think that’s really respectable.”
We’re certainly looking forward to that, but in the meantime, fans can catch him in the upcoming stage play of Rurouni Kenshin in October – a character that’s “different from my previous roles”. And if his previous roles are any indication, Koudai definitely has the potential to make it big.
Featured image credit: JPSG2018