Born in Sagamihara City, Nagayama, who continues to be active in video and stage, is a 43-year-old mid-level actor with 24 years of acting career.
In recent years, he has been active on the front lines of the stage such as Fuji TV's "Oshi no Ojisama" and NHK Taiga drama "Seiten wo Tsuke", but it has not necessarily been smooth sailing so far. The reason why he is able to continue his activities as an actor despite the anguish, conflict, and situations where things don't go his way may be due to his human nature, which allows him to cherish the various encounters he encounters.
- Why did you become an actor?
Nagayama : “At first, I thought I would aim to become a comedian.”
- Not an actor?
Nagayama : Yes. Ever since I was a child, I've always been in a position to make people laugh in my class. That's why I wanted to become a comedian. I was told by people involved that I was suited to be an actor.”
So you decided to become an actor?
Nagayama : Yes. I immediately entered the actor training school.
However, the chance doesn't come right away when he says he wants to do it, and he is scouted by a modeling agency at a fashion show venue he visits while he is busy building connections. From there, I was desperate to get a job with sales and work with the president.
Nagayama : Those days were probably the hardest.
Among them, he challenged the audition he picked up and made his debut. In 1998, it was decided to appear in a serial drama on TV Asahi.
Nagayama : “The experiences and encounters I had on the set of my debut work were very valuable. In particular, the words of Director Wakamatsu still remain in my heart.”
Mr. Setsuro Wakamatsu, who later worked on such works as "The Sun Never Sets" and "White Out", is said to have joined shoulders with Takashi Nagayama, a newcomer who did not know right from left, and called out to him like this.
"What you're doing now is amazing. Don't forget that."
Nagayama ` `I will never forget those words.
He has been with Geei Productions since 2000, thanks to the help of a friend he met in his debut work. Nagayama has a straightforward personality that values connections and encounters, but there are other big encounters for him.
Nagayama “‘The Prince of Musical Tennis’ was very big. My friends, the worldview of the work, and the fans who are still strongly connected to me today. I think I was able to find it. F2 Dreams (a unit in Fuji TV's wide show program), and the encounters I had at that time are still very valuable."
At that time, the name 2.5D musical was not yet known, and some even whispered that it was a "legend".
Even for him, the reality of the corona disaster seems to be harsh.
Nagayama : It feels like I'm being continuously hit with invisible body blows. During rehearsals for the play, it's difficult to communicate with the mask and on-site staff. Instead of trying to break open, we accept it while calmly preparing a breakthrough plan.I wonder if that kind of thing is necessary.For example, workshops, voluntarily moving to find a community, and gain sustenance.”
It's not easy to continue to fight against the invisible corona wreck that continues to hit the entertainment industry.
Even so, there is a work that has borne fruit by cherishing encounters and running without giving up.
Nagayama ``I just finished filming the movie last time, but it was a really hard location from morning to night with a small number of people and a long time in a limited number of days.''
In long shots that do not break down the cuts in detail, the number of lines and arrangements to be remembered at once swells several times. In order to do that with a small number of actors, not only technique and experience, but also concentration and physical strength would be immeasurable. However, the expression on his face as he speaks is filled with a sense of accomplishment and joy.
Nagayama "I can't touch on the content of the work, but it's directed by Jun Akiyama. Mr. Akiyama is a person who paves the way, and I'm always learning about his production skills. During my long relationship, I've been working on making a movie with Takashi. Over the past 17 years, he has fulfilled the promise he made.” He is a director who values the individuality of his actors, and the variety of casting, such as Takarazuka-born actresses and models, is also attractive.”