Ja­panese model Rila Fukushima is cin­e­matic and enig­matic in po­tent colour and fluid form.

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YOU OPENED THE LOUIS VUIT­TON 2018 RE­SORT SHOW AT THE MIHO MU­SEUM IN KY­OTO. HOW IM­POR­TANT WAS IT FOR YOU TO BE PART OF SUCH A BEAU­TI­FUL SHOW­CASE OF YOUR HOME AND CUL­TURE? “It was such an hon­our to be a part of once-in-a-life­time event in my home coun­try, and to walk the LV show by Ni­co­las Ghesquière. It was truly an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me. Fash­ion shows are not some­thing I nor­mally do, so I felt tremen­dous re­spon­si­bil­ity in ad­di­tion to be­ing a bit ner­vous. It was also my first time [at the Miho Mu­seum], and I felt over­whelmed to be there for such a spe­cial oc­ca­sion. It was breath­tak­ing.” HOW DID YOU EN­JOY THIS SHOOT WITH VOGUE AUS­TRALIA AND JACKIE NICK­ER­SON? “It was a lot of fun! Won­der­ful staff, and Jackie was truly a joy to work with. Her point of view was very fresh, and it was very dif­fer­ent from any other shoot­ing I’ve done.” YOU MADE YOUR FILM DE­BUT IN THE WOLVERINE ALONG­SIDE HUGH JACKMAN IN 2013. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? “It was such a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence. He is the most down-to-earth per­son I have ever met. De­spite his ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent and ex­cep­tional work ethic, he does not act like a big movie star at all. He truly cares about ev­ery­body in the cast and crew, and his fam­ily. He is quick to help peo­ple in need of help and gen­uinely wants ev­ery­body to be happy.” WHAT DID YOU EN­JOY MOST ABOUT FILM­ING THE WOLVERINE IN AUS­TRALIA? “The peo­ple – ev­ery­body was very friendly and re­laxed. I was very ner­vous and ex­hausted with the hard film­ing sched­ule. Ev­ery­thing was new to me, my act­ing and stunts … but ev­ery­body in the pro­duc­tion made me feel at home. Na­ture, great food and friendly staff. I loved be­ing near the ocean, too.” YOU ALSO AP­PEARED AS A RED PRI­EST­ESS IN GAME OF THRONES AND IN GHOST IN THE SHELL PLAY­ING AN­OTHER FAN­TASY CHAR­AC­TER. DO YOU EN­JOY THESE TYPES OF ROLES? “Yes, but I en­joy watch­ing ac­tion/fan­tasy even more. My all-time favourite is Star Wars! I cer­tainly do en­joy those roles, but I want to try drama, and com­edy is some­thing some day as well.” DOES BE­ING AN AC­TOR HELP WHEN YOU ARE MOD­EL­LING? “I think so, and it works the other way around. Hav­ing a mod­el­ling back­ground helped me a lot when I was act­ing in front of a cam­era.” HOW IM­POR­TANT IS IT TO BE A FE­MALE ROLE MODEL? “I never con­sid­ered my­self as a role model but if, through my work, I could some­how give a lit­tle courage to a girl who is un­sure about her­self, that would make me happy.”

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