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“As a university student, I never even imagined that I could be an actor. Because, to me, they only existed on screen,” says Yuki Furukawa.

Now a well-established actor, Furukawa is largely known for his portrayal of Naoki Irie in “Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo,” a television series based on Kaoru Tada’s romantic comedy manga series “Itazura na Kiss,” which aired in 2013. His portrayal of Naoki — a cocky, smart and charming high school student — won the hearts of many girls, gaining him an army of fans across Asia.

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