Oshima Yuko in mini December 2013: Interview translation
I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! I got this over the break, so I thought I’d share. Enjoy!
Pink text: ”Knits are definitely cute. This one’s colors are a little fancy, but pairing it with black bottoms balances it out well.”
Pink text: ”I love this outfit!! Sort of oji-kawa (ojisan kawaii). I dress like this normally too. By putting on make up, you add femininity to the rough look and I like that.”
Pink text: ”This knit is really loose and I love the patches on the elbows! Tying a shirt around the waist works too, and I love how casual the sheep skin footwear is also.”
Pink text: ”I like stripes. The outfit is a little on the dressier side, but wearing sneakers makes it casual. Showing a little ankle is the point here!”
Interviewer: Did you buy any fall items?
Yuko: I bought a lot of knits, the theme for this shoot. Lots of different kinds, like short sleeves with a collar. And I bought a hat with a wide brim. It’s wine red. And what else? What’s the trend? Houndstooth?? (laughs)
I: (laughs) Too much, too much!
Y: I know, right! It’s cute, but I thought it might not be popular with the guys (laughs). I don’t have the courage to wear it. But when Tomochin released a single in June, she had a houndstooth outfit, and I was thinking, “Why houndstooth?” but it turns out that the fashion leader was incorporating what was coming next (laughs). I understood why later! Tomochin looks good in it, but if I wear it, it would look conservative. It’s best to wear what suits me.
I: For you, I think the sports mix or army style that mini recommends would look nice!
Y: They’re cute! Like sweats and sneakers. Pretty much all the AKB members wear wedge sneakers. Practice scenes and making footage are filmed, so we have to look cute (laughs).
I: Do you still like sneakers?
Y: Yes!! I wear different kinds, but the ones I’ve been wearing the most recently are my Converse. Since I’m small, I look more balanced with shoes that aren’t too chunky.
I: What kind of make up are you thinking about for this fall?
Y: Make up where the eye shadow is dark and you don’t put too much eye liner. I tried not to put too much on in the summer, but in the fall, you tend to wear clothes with deeper colors, so I want to match with that. I say that, but I don’t really like make up (laughs). If possible, I want to be without it (laughs).
I: But I don’t think you’d look that different without make up!
Y: Mmmmm… I would look a little tired (laughs). Complexion is important, isn’t it? I truly believe that mascara and blush are magic. I wouldn’t know what to do if they were to disappear from the world!! Since putting on mascara lets light into your eyes!!
I: What do you do on your off days?
Y: I’d go watch a stage production or a movie. Most recently, I saw a movie called Magic Mike. It’s about a male stripper (explosive laughter). There have been stories about show girls like Chicago or Burlesque, but there wasn’t one about show men. It caught my interest, so I watched it and a buff man was stripping (laughs). But there’s a story to it and it’s about this unsuccessful guy who goes through a lot of things to finally make it. I like muscles, so I enjoyed it! But maybe I made a mistake in watching it alone in the morning (laughs).
I: The hot new drama Ando Lloyd finally started. How do you feel?
Y: This came to my mind as were were shooting yesterday too, but she has Kimura Takuya-san for an older brother and Shibasaki Kou-san for a sister-in-law. How lucky is this girl!!
I: Great eye candy (laughs).
Y: They’re both really nice, and Shibasaki-san is a frank person. She takes care of me on set. When shooting for the cover of Koisuru Fortune Cookie, I had my hair black, super straight, and with bangs. I was actually trying to emulate Shibasaki-san. Though at that time, I didn’t know that I would get to work with her. I told her that and she was really happy, like “Oh really~?! Thank you~!!” so I gave her a copy of the CD (laughs).
I: It must be fate!!
Y: I still haven’t been able to give Kimura-san a copy yet, so I’d like to next time. Kimura-san knew about Not Yet, which surprised me! But he said, “There’s 3 of you, right?” I don’t know who he eliminated in his head… (laughs). I’ve actually met Kimura-san when I was little. When I was a child actor, he was filming in the studio next to mine, and he held me in his arms. I had totally forgotten about it, but my parents told me and reminded me. I feel really honored to be able to work with him now. I myself don’t know how the story is going to turn out, but it will showcase a world that hasn’t been shown in dramas, so I hope everyone watches it.
I: The movie SPEC is also opening too!
Y: “Ah, SPEC is really going to be over with this. …Or is it?!” is what people are going to think. With the ending… Ah~ I have to be careful not to give away spoilers (laughs). What should I do!! The final cut hasn’t been released yet (as of September when this interview took place), so I haven’t seen it either, but Director Tsutsumi has an amazing perspective of the world, so please check it out at the theater!!