Johnny’s Jr. talent Jesse Lewis gets first drama lead role
Johnny’s Jr. talent Jesse Lewis will play a university student taking part in a bloody quiz show where contestants are killed off one by one, reports Cinema Today on August 23.
The cast of special drama The Quiz held a press conference on August 21, where Lewis, and other Johnny’s Jr. talents Keigo Hagiya and Hikaru Iwamoto talked about their upcoming show.
The drama is based on a horror mystery novel where 10 contestants compete in a quiz show to win 100 million yen. But it is not as easy as it seems, because for every question one contestant is killed off.
It has been reported Lewis will play the lead character, Shota, a third-year university student.
“I’m so surprised I got my first lead. I hope I can convince people that I can pull off roles like this. I hope I get them sitting on the edge of their seat when they watch this show,” he said.
The talent had also said he had never thought he would be able to be in so many dramas this year, from 私立バカレア高校 (Shiritsu Bakarea Koukou), Sprout, and now The Quiz.
For his co-star Hagiya, who plays a cold-hearted Tokyo University graduate student, the whole drama experience is completely new to him.
“This is my first drama. There are so many things I don’t know but I’ve been getting through it all thanks to the advice the director has been giving me,” he said.
Iwamoto, who plays a national karate champion Riku, said he had a lot in common with his character.
“Riku has a bright personality like me so it’s easy to get into character. I hope we can have fun making this into a great show,” he said.
The three talents also talked about what they would do if they themselves got their hands on the 100 million yen cash prize,
“I’d build a movie theatre inside my house! I watch DVDs with my family when I have a day off so I want to watch it on a big screen,” Lewis sad.
“I’d build a sound-proof room at home and put a drum kit and karaoke machine there,” Hagiya said.
“I’m really into designing lately so I’d like to open up my own apparel shop,” Iwamoto said.
The Quiz goes on air in Japan on September 1.