Get your mind outta the gutter, I’m talking about baseball.
Our featured celeb for today is the ever popular J-pop idol who is not only dominating the domestic music scene and small screen but also the big screen on the international scale.
I am talking about the dreamy singer, actor, and host … Kamenashi Kazuya (亀梨和也). Kame was recognized by his talent agency at a very young age. In fact, he was picked up by Johnny & Associates at the age of 12.
His rise to stardom began in 2001 when he debutted with the J-pop group KAT-TUN as their co-lead vocalist. Although the group was meant to be a brief stunt to showcase trainees from the agency, the group quickly grew in fan-base and is still very much active after 13 years.
The group served as the perfect launchpad to get Kame into the small screen. Now, he has an impressive resume on both small and big screens. His resume includes leading the live adaptation of Drops of God (神の雫), portraying as Bem in Humanoid Monster Bem (妖怪人間ベム), and more recently the internationally acclaimed Vancouver no Asahi.
Like Kevin Costner, he must have been ecstatic to star in a movie about his favourite sport in the baseball drama Vancouver no Asahi. Kame was destined to be with baseball. In fact, he is named after a character from the baseball manga Touch. His passion got him as far as the junior world league until he had to give up the dream to pursue the career he has since built.
Next up on his agenda are the release of a new movie, Joker Game, and a new drama, Second Love. Insistently, he will be co-starring with Japanese beauty Kyoko Fukada in both productions. And to top it off, KAT-TUN will be releasing their latest single called “Dead or Alive” in January which will serve as the theme song for Joker Game.