Masami Nagasawa has always been known as the princess of Jdramas, having played numerous lead roles alongside famous stars (especially with JE idols). A few posts back I reported the dismal state of her career experiencing Flops not just once but twice. Since then,she’s been getting a lot of criticisms for gaining weight—and now she’s drowning her sorrows away.
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net
“‘Last Friends’ actress Nagasawa Masami has been in a slump lately. No matter if it’s film or television, it seems like her work is not well received. Her latest movie ‘Cobalt Blue’ had poor sales at the box office, while her drama ‘Boku no Imoto’, alongside actor Odagiri Joe had weak ratings. Lately she’s also facing a lot of criticism with her acting having no improvement and attacks on her weight. Her “rivals” Miyazaki Aoi from the drama ‘Atsu-hime’, and ‘Hana to Arisu’ actress Yu Aoi have gotten more and more popular. Both actresses have also been praised highly for their acting. Certainly it adds pressure on Nagasawa. According to Japanese gossip magazine ‘Asahi Geino’, Nagasawa has been drowning her sorrows away with alcohol. Within a month she’s been drunk many times. Aside from frequenting sake houses and gay bars, she been sighted on many occasions getting plastered before leaving.”
Magazine “Asahi Geino” reports: “I don’t know if you could call it often, but it happened at least 3 times a month. She’s a heavy drinker and especially likes beer or shochu with tonic water. When drunk, she becomes all excited and starts to make a fuss from beginning to end. Inside the bar she doesn’t have to worry about the public, since it isn’t an ordinary one. If only there wasn’t that exhausting way back home…”
“Further an insider from a music company adds. “Nagasawa-san often visits a certain gay bar that also was Yamamoto Mona’s favorite place to hang out. Now many celebrities use to have a couple of drinks and enjoy their time off in this bar. Nagasawa-san also didn’t let out any opportunity to have a drink with her co-stars and it seems like that people often witnessed her in a slightly drunk state. Well, you can’t really blame her, she’s a celebrity after all and probably has a stressful life… .” Nagasawa is still a popular name among the other actresses of the same generation. However, with degrading headlines such as rapidly gaining weight and not the nicest reviews about her acting abilities in her recent projects, she’s not really the one with the best image at the moment.”
To make matters worse, her “career slump” is being contrasted to the flourishing projects and popularity of two of Japan’s favorite stars, Miyazaki Aoi and Aoi Yuu, saying that her status as Japan’s sweetheart is dwindling, as her pure and innocent image is tainted.
THE LOWDOWN: I’m not really a fan of her acting, as she tends to act too cutesy annoying in almost all of her roles. But it’s really sad to hear what’s happening to her. These may be rumors but these will surely take a toll even more in her career. Vicious rumors will do her career and her emotional state no good. Idunno, maybe she needs to choose better projects. But there were rumors that her management controls her image too much, that she can’t even deliver what’s being asked of her in her recent movie. Just a little background, it was said that during her movie promotions it was announced that she will have a mature/sexy role, but it all turned out to be just a hype. Fans were disappointed, perhaps disillusioned that she’s going to show some range. I loved her chemistry with Yamapi in Proposal Daisakusen though. And WTF is up with the media calling her out on her weight gain?? She’s been getting raps for her “chubbier cheeks.” WHATEVER, Japan, WHATEVER. Hope this thing blows over soon.
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