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Super Maki, the queen of Japanese endorsements, reinvents herself for a three-week stint as the sword-wielding, tough-talking Joan of Arc

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Maki Horikita says she enjoys time off from her work to clear her thoughts.

26 November, 2010

Perched meekly on a sofa in an Omotesando lounge, a dainty Maki Horikita is revealed as a shy but determined character as she prepares for a new challenge in an already award-winning career.

Dressed in vibrant blue, she looks sparkling compared to the intentionally scruffy images of her in the past. She is preparing for her upcoming role as Joan of Arc in a play of the same name at Akasaka Act theater, running from November 30 until December 19.

It’ll be the first time Horikita, 22, steps into live performing, having established herself as one of Japan’s most dependable TV drama and film actresses.

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18 November 2010 @ 09:53 pm

Actress Maki Horikita to play the legendary French martyr largely unknown in Japan

Though widely known in the West, St. Joan of Arc is an obscure historical figure for many people in Japan. Maki Horikita, who portrays the 15th-century French war heroine in the upcoming TBS stage production "Jeanne d'Arc," rises to the challenge of making Joan's tragic life story relevant for a Japanese audience. It is also the first-ever stage performance for Horikita, who, at 22, is one of the few young actresses in Japan with a solid reputation for her craft.

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30 June 2010 @ 05:55 pm

On June 30th, actress Horikita Maki held a press conference for her upcoming debut role as the French heroine in the play Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc). She commented to the media, “I’m not confident at all yet and very nervous, but I’m going to work hard so I can stand on the stage with confidence.”

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