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Erika Sawajiri is a popular Japanese actress, singer and model

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BirthdayApril 8, 1986
NationalityJapanese
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StateTokyo
SpousesTsuyoshi Takashiro (m. 2009 – div. 2013)
Known asErika, Kaoru Amane
Birth PlaceNerima, Tokyo
Height161cm
GenderFemale
FatherYoshikatsu Sawajiri
MotherLila Sawajiri
Sun SignAries
Born inNerima, Tokyo
Famous asActress
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Who is Erika Sawajiri?

Erika Sawajiri, fondly known as Erika, is a popular Japanese actress, singer and model who is known for her roles in films such as ‘Pacchigi!’, ‘Helter Skelter’, and ‘Shinobi’. She started off as a model for teen magazines and later began to appear in different variety shows before she was cast as a regular in TV dramas. She also tried her luck at becoming a gravure idol. She made her movie debut in 2002 and has played lead roles in a number of commercially hit movies. Erika has been the recipient of several acting awards, including winning the Japan Academy Awards twice. She is also an accomplished singer who first signed up with Avex and was later affiliated with Sony Music Entertainment. Her debut single climbed the charts to rank # 1 and was even certified platinum. She has often been in the headlines because of her relationship with Tsuyoshi Takashiro and her vocal disapproval of talent agencies who restrict their clients. She made a comeback after a long hiatus after a public fallout and currently has several projects lined up for release. She remains among the most beautiful and versatile actors in Japan today.

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Early Life & Childhood

Erika was born on April 8, 1986 to Yoshikatsu and Lila Sawajiri and is the youngest of the three children of her parents. She was born in the Nerima-ku region in Tokyo. While her father is Japanese, her mother is Algerian.

Her father owned professional racehorses, and Erika often indulged in horseback riding as a child. Her father died of cancer and later one of her brothers die in a traffic accident. These unfortunate incidents ensured the family looked out for each other, and remain closely in touch with each other. Erika’s surviving brother is also an actor.

Career

Erika Sawajiri began her career by successfully passing the Stardust audition after completing her elementary schooling in 1999. She went on to become a part of ‘Angel Eyes’ and started working as a model for teen magazines such as ‘Cutie’ and ‘Nicola’. She also briefly worked as a bikini model.

Eventually, she began to gain attention through different variety shows and started appearing as a regular on the news program, ‘Harajuku Launchers’, in 2001.

In 2002, she made her movie debut in a film titled ‘Mondai no nai Watashitachi’. Alongside films, she continued working in television, including Fuji TV’s ‘Visual Queens’, NTV’s ‘The Yoru Mo Hit Parade’, CX News’s ‘Chou VIP Fortune no Tobira’, and CBC’s show ‘Bijou Dokyuu’.

She received her first break in the main role when she was cast in the TBS drama ‘Hotman’ in 2003. This served as her launchpad into mainstream television.

2005 proved to be the most crucial year in Sawajiri’s career as her first hit movie ‘Pacchigi!’ was released. Other notable movies from this year include ‘Shinobi’ and ‘Ashura-jô no hitomi’, both of which received critical acclaim.

She was cast in the lead role in the TV series ‘Ichi Rittouru No Namida’ ('One Litre Of Tears'). Erika played play the role of Aya, a teenager who suffers from a terminal disease. The plot revolves around Aya and her family.

In 2006, she was seen in the movies ‘Sugar & Spice’, ‘The Angel's Egg’, and ‘Ghost Train’.

In 2007, she acted in the movie Closed Note’ and thereafter went on a long acting hiatus. The hiatus was trigged by her terse response to a reporter’s question, which received wide criticism in the media.

Erika later postes an official apology on her agency’s website. After some time, there were rumors that her talent company, Stardust Promotions, would end the contract with Erika. The cause for this termination was citied to be Erika’s substance abuse, but her mother denied such allegations.

She started her singing career under the pseudonym ‘Kaoru Amane’. Her first single ‘Free’ was released in 2007. It was ranked number 1 and was certified platinum. Meanwhile, she stated her desire to comeback into acting.

In 2010, she refered to the original incident of 2007 saying that she was forced to apologize by her agency and spoke out against the might talent agencies hold in Japan. This received both positive and negative press.

She made her comeback with ‘Helter Skelter’ in 2012. This action film directed by Mika Ninagawa saw Erika in the lead role of Liliko. The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.

Her performance in the movie ‘Helter Skelter’ won her the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the Japanese Academy Awards.

From 2012 to 2018, she would also work for different TV dramas, including ‘First Class’ (2014), ‘Ōoku’ (2016), and ‘Haha ni Naru’ (2017).

She has four releases scheduled in 2018 titled ‘Impossibility Defense’, ‘The Cat in his Arms, ‘Taberu Onna’, and ‘Million Dollar Man’. With her successful resurrection as important actress, Erika continues to remain an active part of the entertainment industry.

Major Works

Erika’s most notable performance is as Liliko in her comeback film ‘Helter Skelter’ in 2012. The live action movie was an adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki’s psychological horror manga directed by Mika Ninagawa.

Personal Life & Legacy

Erika Sawajiri married the writer-filmmaker, Tsuyoshi Takashiro, on January 20, 2009 at the Meiji Shrine. Their marriage was in the news as she is 20 years younger to Tsuyoshi Takashiro.

In 2013, Erika and Tsuyoshi announced at a press conference that they are officially divorced. Erika Sawajiri later visited Takashiro’s parents to apologize for their failure to continue the relationship.

Erika considers her mother her biggest influence and has often stated that she always consults her before making a big decision. The duo remains very close to each other, often appear together in public conferences.

Erika is known for being one of the most outspoken actresses and this has often put her in the negative limelight. However, her fearless attitude continues to win her many fans.

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Erika Sawajiri biography timelines

  • // 8th Apr 1986
    Erika was born on April 8, 1986 to Yoshikatsu and Lila Sawajiri and is the youngest of the three children of her parents. She was born in the Nerima-ku region in Tokyo. While her father is Japanese, her mother is Algerian.
  • // 1999
    Erika Sawajiri began her career by successfully passing the Stardust audition after completing her elementary schooling in 1999. She went on to become a part of ‘Angel Eyes’ and started working as a model for teen magazines such as ‘Cutie’ and ‘Nicola’. She also briefly worked as a bikini model.
  • // 2001
    Eventually, she began to gain attention through different variety shows and started appearing as a regular on the news program, ‘Harajuku Launchers’, in 2001.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, she made her movie debut in a film titled ‘Mondai no nai Watashitachi’. Alongside films, she continued working in television, including Fuji TV’s ‘Visual Queens’, NTV’s ‘The Yoru Mo Hit Parade’, CX News’s ‘Chou VIP Fortune no Tobira’, and CBC’s show ‘Bijou Dokyuu’.
  • // 2003
    She received her first break in the main role when she was cast in the TBS drama ‘Hotman’ in 2003. This served as her launchpad into mainstream television.
  • // 2005
    2005 proved to be the most crucial year in Sawajiri’s career as her first hit movie ‘Pacchigi!’ was released. Other notable movies from this year include ‘Shinobi’ and ‘Ashura-jô no hitomi’, both of which received critical acclaim.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, she was seen in the movies ‘Sugar & Spice’, ‘The Angel's Egg’, and ‘Ghost Train’.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, she acted in the movie Closed Note’ and thereafter went on a long acting hiatus. The hiatus was trigged by her terse response to a reporter’s question, which received wide criticism in the media.
  • // 2007
    She started her singing career under the pseudonym ‘Kaoru Amane’. Her first single ‘Free’ was released in 2007. It was ranked number 1 and was certified platinum. Meanwhile, she stated her desire to comeback into acting.
  • // 2007 To 2010
    In 2010, she refered to the original incident of 2007 saying that she was forced to apologize by her agency and spoke out against the might talent agencies hold in Japan. This received both positive and negative press.
  • // 20th Jan 2009
    Erika Sawajiri married the writer-filmmaker, Tsuyoshi Takashiro, on January 20, 2009 at the Meiji Shrine. Their marriage was in the news as she is 20 years younger to Tsuyoshi Takashiro.
  • // 2012
    She made her comeback with ‘Helter Skelter’ in 2012. This action film directed by Mika Ninagawa saw Erika in the lead role of Liliko. The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.
  • // 2012
    Erika’s most notable performance is as Liliko in her comeback film ‘Helter Skelter’ in 2012. The live action movie was an adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki’s psychological horror manga directed by Mika Ninagawa.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, Erika and Tsuyoshi announced at a press conference that they are officially divorced. Erika Sawajiri later visited Takashiro’s parents to apologize for their failure to continue the relationship.
  • // 2018
    She has four releases scheduled in 2018 titled ‘Impossibility Defense’, ‘The Cat in his Arms, ‘Taberu Onna’, and ‘Million Dollar Man’. With her successful resurrection as important actress, Erika continues to remain an active part of the entertainment industry.

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Erika Sawajiri's FAQ

  • What is Erika Sawajiri birthday?

    Erika Sawajiri was born at 1986-04-08

  • Where is Erika Sawajiri's birth place?

    Erika Sawajiri was born in Nerima, Tokyo

  • What is Erika Sawajiri nationalities?

    Erika Sawajiri's nationalities is Japanese

  • Who is Erika Sawajiri spouses?

    Erika Sawajiri's spouses is Tsuyoshi Takashiro (m. 2009 – div. 2013)

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    Erika Sawajiri's height is 161

  • Who is Erika Sawajiri's father?

    Erika Sawajiri's father is Yoshikatsu Sawajiri

  • Who is Erika Sawajiri's mother?

    Erika Sawajiri's mother is Lila Sawajiri

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    Erika Sawajiri is Aries

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