April 11, 2008

'Oh $#&%!' Foul-mouthed starlet Sawajiri's Career Crisis

Having snuck off to London for three months with a boyfriend more than twice her age, actress Erika Sawajiri announced her return to Japan by proclaiming "Oh shit" after dropping her make-up kit at Narita Airport. If she's seriously thinking about her career prospects, Shukan Bunshun says she might use exactly the same phrase.
"She's having a great time taking things easy over there in her 'trial marriage.' She came back to Japan for work, but will go back to London in the middle of April," a reporter says. "This time, she's gonna stay there for a really long time."

Sawajiri, 21, has been living in the British capital with Tsuyoshi Takashiro, a hyper-media creator (whatever that is), who at 43 is 22 years older than her. Sawajiri's career has virtually been on hold since September last year, when she threw a tantrum at a news conference where she was supposed to be promoting her new movie. Her petulant display caused an uproar in the media, and though she quickly went into damage control and apologized, she's since done little work.

"There were reports of her going crazy at the Led Zeppelin concert in London in December and then she flew off to Britain not long into the New Year. Since then, she hasn't tried to hide her relationship with Takashiro and has had no problem being photographed with him," another celebrity beat hack following Sawajiri in London says.

"She's using a pricey apartment Takashiro is renting as her base and going to English classes every day. She's also going out doing a lot of shopping and taking in the tourist traps. She went and saw a lot of old English castles and has flown over to Spain. Takashiro has apparently got a lot of bases in Europe where he can do his work and she's apparently gone on a trip to the Caribbean with him, too."

Takashiro is actually a bit of a celebrity in his own right.
"The apartment they're living in is in a pricey area of London. They're paying about 700,000 yen a month in rent. They're not showing any concerns about money, shopping at an exclusive supermarket near their place, eating out a lot and staying in five-star, luxury hotels despite having their own apartment," the hack says. "Takashiro's connections have seen her go out to quite a few parties at night. And he's always with her when she goes out to buy clothes for the dos. Sawajiri does things at her own pace and is not scared to speak her mind, but Takashiro just stands by, gently grinning."

What remains uncertain is whether Sawajiri is taking a break, or deliberately holding back on more work to show she is reflecting on her bad behavior last year.

"Actually, she hasn't got any TV or movie work in the pipeline at all. The only work she does have is for a few existing contracts for commercials," a TV industry insider tells Shukan Bunshun. "The situation is totally dependent on whether Sawajiri wants to do more work or not. Her talent agency is waiting with bated breath."

Several offers made to Sawajiri were withdrawn following her hissy fit, and though the spoiled brat act was not generally seen as being career-threatening then, things have changed now.

"Her agency is pretty keen to get her a high profile job she can use for a 'comeback' appearance, but life is so good for her at the moment, I doubt she's in a hurry to do it," an entertainment beat reporter says. "Considering she was a good money earner for them, I guess the agency would be pretty peeved."

A reporter for a women's magazine, however, says Sawajiri should think deeply about what she's doing.

"If nothing else, her time away from the limelight has showed the entertainment world here that it doesn't really need Sawajiri," the women's gossip rag hack tells Shukan Bunshun. "There are loads of actresses similar to her popping up all over the place."


Anonymous April 11, 2008 at 5:19 PM  


Anonymous April 11, 2008 at 7:36 PM  

Actually...I know this is rather blasphemous to say this here but...I do agree with the final comment. Although it'd be nice to have Erika back, it hasn't really changed without her either. She really will be forgotten if she doesn't come back soon.

Anonymous April 11, 2008 at 7:53 PM  

Weekly Bunshun is one of the most respected weeklies (the other being Weekly Shincho) as opposed to other tabloid weeklies.

That was from the April 10 issue, correct?

I read that issue, and although not understanding the language, I know there's always something right about their reports.

Many believe this gal is to be toast very soon because of all these misdemeanor. Guess Bunshun justifies that.

Anonymous April 11, 2008 at 8:10 PM  

Proper family disciplines (shitsuke) are necessary to bring up the young properly.

It is annoying to see this gal going down like this. People have expections on her, but she didn't care and went her own way.

Some may wonder how Lilac taught her little Daughter about life etc.?? As opposed to the late Yoshimasa, Lilac let this one loose. What the hell!!

C'mon Lilac, if you still have the conscience and cherish your misguided demoiselle, then DO SOMETHING to help her get through -- before it is all too late!!

Anonymous April 12, 2008 at 1:45 AM  

Keep your comment to yourself about how people should teach their children. Erika is not an 18 year old, she's 21. She can make decisions on her own. If she doesn't want to stay in the industry, despite all the people who doesn't want her to, then by all means she's going to do it.

Just think back to when your mother, family members, and most of your friends telling you not to date this girl/guy - did that stop you from actually going out at least once with that person? Be real.

Anonymous April 12, 2008 at 1:55 AM  

hehe so true (to the comment above). its still a shame if shes going though

Anonymous April 13, 2008 at 1:01 AM  

She shouldn't have been in the industry in the first place if she was going to turn out like she did. What's the point? What's the point of making a career in entertainment, then ruin it? That's just pointless. Be real, she needs to get a hold of her own life since it seems like it's spiraling into non-existence.

Anonymous April 13, 2008 at 7:04 PM  

to the person above....you know, people so change over time. After all it is her life afterall. Acting is only a job to her. I'm sure many of you agree that there are times that you are tired of your job...

Tony April 13, 2008 at 9:47 PM  

I agree with the person above :)

Anonymous September 1, 2008 at 7:38 PM  

all you guys don't know anything! that's because she's an actress and your not.STOP BEING SO JEALOUS LOSERS!!

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