Maki Horikita (堀北 真希 Horikita Maki born October 6, 1988) is a Japanese actress. She debuted in 2003, and has starred in ‘numerous Japanese television dramas, television and magazine advertisements, and movies. Horikita’s popular roles include the introverted high school student Nobuko Kotani in Nobuta wo Produce, the cross-dressing sports fan Mizuki Ashiya in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, and a town doctor during Japan’s post-war era Umeko Shimomura in Umechan Sensei.
Maki Horikita (whose real name is Marina Hara) was born on October 6, 1988 in Kiyose, Tokyo, Japan. She is the eldest of three daughters. Considered a tomboy in her childhood, Horikita enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. She even became the vice-captain of their basketball club in junior high. Despite her boyishness, Horikita looked up to her mother. This was revealed when she appeared in an episode of KAT-TUN’s now-defunct variety show Cartoon KAT-TUN where she mentioned that she liked imitating her mother when she was younger.
Print & TV endorsement
Apart from modeling for photobooks, Horikita appeared in magazines and television advertisements. She is best remembered for her television commercials for Fujifilm (where she appeared alongside Japanese idol Tomoya Nagase) and Lotte. She is also a staple image endorser for Suntory and NTT DoCoMo. In 2008, Nihon Monitor recognized Horikita as one of Japan’s top endorsers during its annual Most Popular Personality in TV CMs.
Movies and television
Horikita had been casted in several drama series and movies since 2003 but her roles in Densha Otoko and Nobuta wo Produce became her breakthrough performances. Her promising portrayal of the titular character in Nobuta wo Produce won her a Best Supporting Actress award from Japan’s Television Academy Awards. It was also around this time that she won the Newcomer Award from Japan Academy Awards for her role as a student apprentice in Always: Sunset on Third Street.
In the following year, she won her second Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Kurosagi. Months later, she was given the lead role for Teppan Shoujo Akane and the role of a bully who is behind a class rebellion in Seito Shokun! where she co-starred with her agency senior Rina Uchiyama. She was also cast in the horror movie, One Missed Call: Final, the last installment of the One Missed Call franchise with agency colleague and best friend Meisa Kuroki and South Korean actor Jang Keun-suk.
Soon after, Horikita was awarded her first Best Actress award for her role as Mizuki Ashiya in the Japanese drama adaptation of the gender-bender manga Hana-Kimi, or Hanazakari no Kimitachi e. In the same year that Hana Kimi was filmed, Horikita also starred in the Taiga drama Atsuhime with Aoi Miyazaki. In the same year, she played the lead character who has multiple personality disorder in the suspense movie Tokyo Shōnen and reprised her role as a student apprentice in Always: Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi, the sequel to her breakthrough movie. Horikita’s exceptional work was recognized by Vogue Nippon which identified her as one of the eleven Women of the Year in 2007.
On October of the following year, she was once again seen on television opposite Yuzu’s lead vocalist Yujin Kitagawa, leading the cast of Fuji TV’s golden time slot in the drama Innocent Love. Towards the end of the year, she had been cast as Naomi, the female protagonist of Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shite or DareKiss (based on Gabrielle Zevin’s popular novel, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac) a Hollywood-Japan collaboration film directed by internationally acclaimed director and self-confessed Japanese culture fanatic Hans Canosa. It was revealed that one-third of her lines in the movie were in English.
As soon as the filming for DareKiss ended, Horikita had gone on to appear in two television dramas: Atashinchi no Danshi in 2009 as an adoptive mother of six young men (played by Jun Kaname and Mukai Osamu among others) and Tokujo Kabachi!! in 2010 as an administrative scrivener opposite Arashi’s Sho Sakurai.
In January 2011, Horikita starred in the movie adaptation of Into the White Night, a widely read novel that was adapted into a television drama in 2006 starring Haruka Ayase and Takayuki Yamada. Produced by WOWOW FILMS, the movie was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama category.
In 2012, Horikita was offered to lead the cast of an NHK asadora named Umechan Sensei . The morning drama featured Horikita as Umeko Shimomura in her carefree teenage years until she blossomed into a dependable town doctor during the Showa era. For the first time in nine years, NHK recorded an average audience rating past 20% for an asadora time slot when Umechan Sensei garnered an average audience rating of 20.7%.
After the success of her asadora, Horikita has continued accepting lead roles in more television and movie projects like in the evening dramas Miss Pilot in 2013 and Masshiro in 2015 as well as in the film Mugiko-san to in 2013.
Radio and voice acting
Horikita was one of the six female celebrities taking turns to host Girls Locks!, a segment of the Japanese radio program School of Locks from the radio network Tokyo FM. When she was the host, Horikita provided book recommendations to her listeners and called selected letter-senders to discuss the questions they wrote in their letters. Her stint was at ten in the evening, every third or fourth week of the month. She took turns with Erika Toda, Yui Aragaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Nana Eikura, and Kii Kitano until she left the program in 2009.
Horikita had also ventured into voice acting, debuting as an anime voice actress for one of the characters in Nobita and the Green Giant Legend 2008. Her highly featured project as a voice actress was for Professor Layton in which she provided the voice of the main character Luke.
In early 2009, she also dubbed a character from the Belgian 3D animated movie Nat’s Space Adventure 3D/Fly Me to the Moon. She dubbed the voice of the protagonist who is a young male fly who was determined to explore outer space.
On 22 August 2015 Horikita’s management agency announced that she had married actor Koji Yamamoto earlier that day. The couple became close in May 2015 when playing the role of lovers in the theatrical production Arashi no Oka and had commenced dating in June.
|2003||Dōbutsu no Oisha-san||Tamako Anzai||TV Asahi|
|Keitai Deka Zenigata Mai||Mai Zenigata||TBS|
|Koi Suru Nichiyōbi “Densha”||Chikako Imamoto||BS-i|
|2004||Ningen no Shōmei||Sayaka Koori||Fuji TV|
|Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro||Misuzu Inamine||TBS|
|Division 1 Houkago||Mayuko Michida||Fuji TV|
|Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi||Yuka Tamura||Fuji TV|
|2005||Nobuta wo Produce||Nobuko Kotani||NTV|
|Densha Otoko||Aoi Yamada||Fuji TV|
|Akechi Kogoro VS Kindaichi Kosuke||Marina Saegusa||TV Asahi|
|2006||Teppan Shoujo Akane!!||Akane Kagura||TBS|
|Densha Otoko Deluxe||Aoi Yamada||Fuji TV|
|Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi||Yuna||Fuji TV|
|Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi||Arisa Kubo||Fuji TV|
|2007||Koi no Kara Sawagi Drama Special:Love Stories IV||NTV|
|Galileo||Remi Morisaki||Fuji TV|
|Deru Toko Demasho!||Kamei Shizuka||Fuji TV|
|Hanazakari no Kimitachi e||Mizuki Ashiya||Fuji TV|
|Seito Shokun!||Juria Kimura||TV Asahi|
|2008||Danso no Reijin||Yoshiko Yamaguchi/Ri Kouran||TV Asahi|
|Innocent Love||Kanon Akiyama||Fuji TV|
|Hanazakari no Kimitachi e SP||Mizuki Ashiya||Fuji TV|
|Tokyo Daikūshū||Haruko Sakuragi||NTV|
|2009||Atashinchi no Danshi||Chisato Mineta||Fuji TV|
|Chance!||Tamaki Kawamura||Fuji TV|
|Wagaya no Rekishi||Namiko Yame||Fuji TV|
|Tokujo Kabachi!!||Misuzu Sumiyoshi||TBS|
|2012||Umechan Sensei||Umeko Shimomura||NHK|
|2013||Miss Pilot||Tezuka Haru||Fuji TV|
|2014||Oyaji no Senaka Episode 5||Mifuyu Marui||TBS|
|2014||Matsumoto Seichō Drama Special: Kiri no Hata||Kiriko Yanagida||TV Asahi|
- Cosmic Rescue (2003)
- Seventh Anniversary (2003)
- Shibuya Kaidan (2004)
- Shibuya Kaidan 2 (2004)
- Sekai no Chuushin de Ai o Sakebu (2004)
- Hirakata (2004)
- Yogen (2005)
- Gyakkyou Nine (2005)
- Hinokio (2005)
- Shinku (2005)
- Always Sanchōme no Yūhi (2005)
- Haru no Ibasho (2006)
- Trick Movie 2 (2006)
- Keitai Deka The Movie (2006)
- Chakusin Ari Final / One Missed Call: Final (2006)
- Argentine Baba (2007)
- Koisuru Nichiyoubi Watashi Koishita (2007)
- Always Zoku Sanchōme no Yūhi (2007)
- Kurosagi (2008)
- Tokyo Shonen (2008)
- Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2009)
- Ōoku (2010)
- Into the White Night (2011)
- Korede Iinoda!! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio (2011)
- Always Sanchōme no Yūhi ’64 (2012)
- Kenchou Omotenashi Ka (2013)
- Mugiko-san to (2013)
- A Samurai Chronicle (2014)
- Professor Layton series (Japanese) – Luke Triton
- Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney – Luke Triton
|2005||27th Yokohama Film Festival||Best New Talent||Always: Sunset on Third Street||Won|
|2006||47th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nobuta wo Produce||Won|
|Elan d’or Awards||Newcomer Award||Herself||Won|
|10th Internet Movie Awards||Best Newcomer||Always: Sunset on Third Street||Won|
|15th TV Life Annual Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nobuta wo Produce||Won|
|TV Navi Drama Awards||Best Newcomer||Won|
|29th Japan Academy Awards||Rookie of the Year||Always: Sunset on Third Street||Won|
|43rd Golden Arrow Award||Newcomer Award||Herself||Won|
|48th Blue Ribbon Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Always: Sunset on Third Street||Nominated|
|49th Television Drama Academy Awards||Kurosagi||Won|
|MTV Student Voice Awards||Best Teen Actress||Herself||Won|
|2007||54th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actress||Hanazakari no Kimitachi E||Won|
|4th Beauty Week Award||The Best of Beauty||Herself||Won|
|Vogue Nippon Awards||Women of the Year||Won|
|2008||17th TV Life Awards||Best Actress||Hanazakari no Kimitachi E||Won|
|11th Nikkan Sports Annual Drama Grand Prix||Won|
|31st Japan Academy Awards||Outstanding Performance by an
Actress in a Supporting Role
|Always: Sunset on Third Street 2||Nominated|
|5th Cotton USA Awards||Miss Cotton USA||Herself||Won|
|19th Japan Best Jewellery Wearer Awards||Best Jewellery Wearer||Nominated|
|2009||Vogue Nippon Awards||Best Leathernist||Won|
|2010||9th Ms. Lily Awards||Miss Lily 2010||Won|
|Gold Dream Awards||Culture & Entertainment Category||Won|
|2012||16th Nikkan Sports Annual Drama Grand Prix||Best Actress||Umechan Sensei||Won|
|16th Nikkan Sports Spring Drama Grand Prix||Won|
|16th Nikkan Sports Summer Drama Grand Prix||Won|
|74th Television Drama Academy Awards||Won|
|Fountain Pen Best Coordinate Award 2012||Fountain Pen Best Coordinate Award||Herself||Won|
|2013||2nd Best Beautist Awards||Actress Category||Won|