Hailing from a long line of samurai warriors on both her mother’s and father’s sides – Kiki Sukezane has mastered the art of synchronising her heritage with her passion. She will star in the upcoming movie Earthquake Bird alongside Alicia Vikander. We look forward to an incredible performance from this next fresh face
If you think Kiki Sukezane has a familiar face, that’s because you might have watched her performance as Miko Otomo, more familiarly known as Katana Girl, from the second instalment of the popular TV series Heroes Reborn. Since the miniseries ended in 2016, Kiki has continued to take on projects that would constantly challenge her abilities. Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Kiki comes from a long line of samurai warriors. Little did she know that her expertise in samurai arts would help her take on an important role in the TV series Heroes Reborn. Although she had always known that she wanted to join the entertainment industry, the dream to pursue acting wasn’t one cultivated from young for the actress.
Her inspiration to pursue this career only started when she decided to go on a self-discovery journey to Tanzania at just 20 years old. “When I was 20, I travelled to Tanzania by myself for a month. I wanted to discover a world that I hadn’t seen before, hoping for a new life experience. I met an American man who was working in South Sudan, whose mission was to help people survive. This encounter motivated me to pursue a career as an actor in order to have a platform that will eventually allow me to give back to the world,” she tells me. “I returned to Japan shortly thereafter and attended acting school for a couple years in Tokyo, before moving to Los Angeles.” It was a risk on Kiki’s part to move to Hollywood with only two low-budget domestic films under her belt and a small vocabulary of English that she had learned during her exchange year in South Dakota.
The risk paid off when she was first casted in Heroes Rebornand then later in another TV series, Westworld. Her small role in the HBO production quickly landed her another gig in the Netflix series Lost in Space. Her role as Aiko Watanabe on the online platform earned the heart of many leading producers to extend her recurring role for another three more episodes. Currently, Kiki is working on her role as Yuko in the second season of the Netflix original series The Terror: Infamy alongside the very notable George Takei. ” George Takei has definitely inspired me. Not only has his influence given me a deeper awareness on the Japanese Internment camps through his involvement in our show, The Terror: Infamy, but I’ve learned so much from him on set and admire his incredible work ethic.”
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