We met Kiko on a Sunday morning in the midst of the “Golden Week”, the biggest Japanese holiday. Her manager told us that she hadn’t been able to get proper sleep the day before the photo shoot because the drama shooting got delayed for more than 5 hours. In the drama “Kokoro ga Pokitto ne” (心がポキッとね) that is currently airing on Fuji TV, Kiko plays the character of Miyako, a woman quite emotionally unstable with a stalker tendency. It’s the first time that she portrays the lead girl. “In one word, I’ve never been around someone like this character. I think having a friend like her would have been very troublesome and annoying. Miyako’s unstable personality comes from her loneliness. She hopes that others would understand her, she wants to control herself, but she’s not very good at it, and this brings her loneliness. Her character is somewhat exaggerated, but I think anyone can feel this kind of loneliness and conflict at some extent.” Kiko had arrived to the studio on the Kujukuri coast while wearing a white long-sleeve t-shirt with denim shorts and white socks pulled up to her ankles. No trace of exhaustion could be found on her clear skin free of makeup and she was overflowing with energy like a teenager who came to play at her friend’s house.
The editor eventually couldn’t hold it and asked the stereotyped question that she must have been asked countless times. “What to do to get such skin and such hair?” And Kiko answered like a good student, “you can maintain soft hair if you don’t dye your hair. The color I have right now is my true hair color. Ever since I was a kid, I think skin isn’t quite easy to tame and to take care of. I remove my makeup quite fast after work is over and I think working up a sweat is important, so my skin care routine goes up to do lower-body bathing on a regular basis. When my skin is dry or is tanned, I sometimes use steam pack or whitening mask, but if it’s possible, I think not putting too much pressure on your skin by using natural methods is good.”
When she sat down to get her makeup done, the first thing Kiko did was to check her cell phone’s playlist. It’s already known that she enjoys old music from the 1970’s, a time before she was born, and to the 1990’s. “My father is the one who made me unable to live without music. It was to the point that when I was young, I even wondered if my dad knew nothing but music. He loved rock music like Queen and the Beatles. He often listened to disco and soul music too. On the contrary, my mom enjoyed listening to classical music and jazz. I loved hip-hop. My little sister and I were raised listening to every kind of music.” If she could go back in time, Kiko said she’d like to meet the Michael Jackson from the 1980’s. As we talked about music, we were happy to imagine as if we were at his concert, when he was at his best.
It’s not just about music, she’s also in awe of fashion from the past. “To be honest, I personally like dresses a lot. The Versace Atelier collection was famous in the 1990’s. I actually own two heavy dresses made with crystal beads. It would be nice if the party culture of that time with women enjoying what they wear to expose their fatal charm. To be honest, I find street fashion is a bit boring.”
I grew curious about the items filling Kiko’s closet. “I have many turtle neck pull-overs and skinny jeans. I like clothes that go up to the neck. The designer I’ve been liking these days is Adam Selman. His clothes are exactly my style. Ah, among Japanese brands, I want people to know about DTTK developed by Kazuma Detto. He also works as a DJ and he creates clothes with a futurist sporty style. He’s the designer who is gathering the most attention in Japan these days.” Asked if there are other fields she’d like to try aside from modeling and acting, Kiko told us about the project she had been thinking of for a long time. “It’s a problem that I’ve been seriously thinking about. Be it in Korea or Japan, when you look at idol stars, you see them working to death in a system made of pretty severe regulations. They don’t know about reality and when they become adults, they can’t get a financial sense and it’s hard for them to auto-regulate themselves. If there’s an opportunity to produce a movie, I want to talk about an idol star meeting someone from their age and as they share about their mutual experience, they come to realize these necessary aspects. For the lead character, it would be nice if the person was street cast. I’m thinking about the director… Please recommend me one.”
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