Over the weekend, actress and singer Erika Sawajiri caused a stir when she displayed prima-donna attitude while at a PR event for her upcoming movie, Closed Note. She was lambasted for it subsequently and is facing the threat of a one year suspension by her company. The video below clearly shows why and the poor girl must be either feeling dead tired or suffering from depression to be behaving like this in public. She looked really scary in the video if looks could kill.
Note her crossed arms, her bored expression, her glare at the off-screen show host, her incredibly short answers (which measured, ends up to 4 seconds of talking) and then lastly, the non-existent traditional bow at the end. Seriously. What kind of Japanese actor/actress/celebrity/anybody doesn’t bow after well, anything?! (I quote from Rikayla@soompi)
Early on Tuesday, actress Erika Sawajiri issued an apology on her official website for her unprofessional conduct this past weekend. She showed up at a PR event for the opening of her new movie, “Closed Note,” but she was visibly upset about something and spoke only three brief sentences during the event. The incident reinforced her negative reputation as “Erika-sama” and drew sharp criticism from the media, other celebrities, and fans.
The actress was vague regarding the reasons for her attitude, but she acknowledged her lack of professionalism and admitted she had betrayed her fans. She also recognized that just an apology would not end the matter, so she plans to make amends for it in the future. Hoping to clear any doubt, her agency asserted that Sawajiri herself had formed the contents of the letter.
“Closed Note” is screening at the Pusan International Film Festival, which opens on the 4th. Sawajiri was scheduled to walk the red carpet with director Isao Yukisada for the opening ceremony and to appear at the film’s showing on the 6th. But due to the incident (which reportedly caused the movie’s website to temporarily shut down after a flood of comments), her agency and Toho decided to cancel her appearance. Yukisada, however, will still attend as planned.
Meanwhile, one of Sawajiri’s responses (“betsu ni…”) during the PR event has become somewhat of a catchphrase among her critics. When the host tried interviewing her, she said ‘toku ni nai desu’ (nothing in particular) and ‘betsu ni’ (nothing). When they asked about her favorite scene, she said “I don’t have any”. They asked how she felt baking cookies for the director and she said, “I didn’t feel anything”.
Original article credited by Tokyograph.
Erika was going to appear on “Super Morning” (TV Asahi) for an exclusive (120min) interview today. It’s the first time that she will speak about the truth behind the recent events. However, it is already known that Erika seems to be going to DENY THE 1YEAR SUSPENSION!…? The trailer for the interview shows that Erika is seemingly body here but soul not here state.
Just fast forward through it. F*ing hilarious. You know, I think I could’ve made a few interviews like that back in college.
Interviewer: Why are you such a bitch?
Me: …. *blind stare*
*2 minutes later..*
Me: … *blind stare*
Me: Whoa dude! I have like, 2 hands. Man I’d eat some pizza with mustard, some doritos with sardines, some ramen, a few dozen donuts…
Seriously, I doubt this clip was aired on tv in it’s integrity. She looks tired, (and that’s from someone who’s at work at 1:30am and got in at 10am). It’s like she was trying to cry to make us say: “poor little girl”. Usually for an interview like that, they have all the questions before even agreeing to film.
Still remember the image of her in 1 Litre of Tears and also her follow-up drama, Taiyou no Uta but since that, have not been following her career. She seems to have grown up too fast or that the image her company is forcing on her isn’t to her liking to contribute to this PR mess that has come about.
It’s apparently not something new and this was coming since her attitude was reputed to be like this, totally different on camera and off-stage. Can’t believe that she played the sweet, innocent girl in 1 Litre of Tears. What a shame. Pretty girl, nasty attitude. Hope she manages to find her way out of this mess and learn. More information can be accessed @ Soompi Forums.