Sunday, June 27, 2010

Horikita-Maki Model Celebrities Japan

Maki Horikita

Maki Horikita 2007
Birth name Marina Hara (原麻里奈, Marina Hara)
Born October 6, 1988 (1988-10-06) (age 18)
Tokyo, Japan
Maki Horikita (堀北真希, Horikita Maki, born October 6, 1988, in Kiyose, Tokyo) is a Japanese actress, an occasional radio variety show host
and advertising model.

Maki Horikita started her acting career in 2003 as a U-15 idol and has since starred in a number of Japanese television dramas, TV and
magazine ads, and films. Her breakthrough portrayal was her role as Nobuko Kotani, a shy and emotionally turmoiled character from the
2005 Japanese television drama, Nobuta wo Produce. She starred in this drama alongside Japanese idols Kamenashi Kazuya and
Yamashita Tomohisa. She is currently considered a young prominent Japanese figure.[1]

Stage Name: Horikita Maki
Birth Name: Hara Marina
Nickname(s): Makimaki, Homaki, Horikittie (Given by Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun)
Debut: 2003
Genre: Advertising
Modeling Material: General
Debut: 2003
Date of Birth: 6th October 1988
Place of Birth: Tokyo Prefecture
Blood Type: B
Height: 160cm (5'2")
Vital Statistics:
Bust: 78 cm
Waist: 58 cm
Hips: 83 cm
Family: Parents and two younger sisters
Hobby: Piano, reading books/manga
Favorite Authors: Ekuni Kaori, Onda Riku and Alex Shearer
Favorite Manga: Seito Shokun!
Favorite Anime Show: One Piece
Favorite Subjects: English, Japanese and History
Favorite Overalls: Kimono and Yukatta
Favorite Artists: SMAP, Exile, Hirai Ken, SPITZ and Godspellers, Arashi
Favorite Food: Western Food
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Special/Personal Skill: Piano
Talent Agency: Sweet Power

Horikita Maki was born the eldest of three girls on the 6th of October 1988 in Kiyose, Tokyo, Japan. She tends to be boyish during her
childhood days, like in middle school, she enjoyed playing basketball or baseball with her friends on holidays. While she was in junior high,
she preferred to play Dragon Ball with the boys more than playing with the girls. This was because with the girls, she couldn’t play the
princess the way she wanted in the princess make-believe games.

In her junior high years, she served as student council vice-president and vice-captain of the basketball club. She was also described as the
“Boss of 3-C” in a number various writings. This was in recognition of her status as class leader. As she became more active in the
entertainment industry, she put her club and council activities on hold. Being unable to meet her many commitments, she finally withdrew from
her school activities after much deliberation, concentrating plainly on her studies and career.[2]

Later in 2003, Horikita started to model for various advertisements and star in TV dramas and films in supporting roles. She gained much
recognition from her back to back TV dramas, Densha Otoko and Nobuta wo Produce in 2005.

Her exemplary portrayal in Nobuta wo Produce as the shy Nobuko Kotani, bagged her a Best Supporting Actress award in a Japanese
award-giving body. On the other hand, the chemistry between her character, Nobuko, commonly called as Nobuta, and Kusano Akira, played
byJapanese male idol Yamashita Tomohisa, was recognized as well, leading both of them to star in another drama, Kurosagi, in which
Horikita bagged another Best Supporting Actress award from the same award-giving body.

She is very much into reading too, having served as a special judge in a children's literature contest on March 2007[3] where Japanese idol
Ueto Aya was the previous special judge from the said event. Horikita was also applauded by about 2,000 attendees of her movie's,
Argentine Hag, premiere screening after reading an excerpt from the original novel by Banana Yoshimoto[4].

Currently, Horikita is a well adored U-20 Japanese idol, constantly appearing as a cover girl in numerous teenage magazines.


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