On September 30th, it was announced that AKB48’s Kitahara Rie will be starring in Fuji TV’s upcoming reality TV show, ‘Terrace House‘.
‘Terrace House’ will take place at a “share house” where 3 men and 3 women live together. It will portray the friendship, romance, dreams, envy, and setbacks that are present in the lives of these young people.
Kitahara uploaded a video message onto AKB48’s YouTube channel, where she stated, “Of course we will be sleeping in different rooms,” and revealed, “When a man and woman who just met live under the same roof, naturally a new romance may develop… Honestly, by accepting this job, I may cause fans to experience complex feelings…”
However, Kitahara decided to take the challenge, “I don’t think an idol has been involved in a project like this before. I felt this was a good chance.” She also expressed, “I was very happy to be recommended by Akimoto-sensei. I said, ‘Please let me do it!’”
Ota Masaru of Fuji TV’s management division commented, “Share houses have become a boom among young people today. It’s a very interesting phenomenon. Strangers living together? In a generation where we respect ‘individuality’ and ‘privacy’, why do these people choose to live in share houses?”
He continued, “By capturing the chemical reaction that comes into view due to sudden cohabitation, I feel we will be able to see the true form of young people of the social networking generation.”
Fuji TV will air ‘Terrace House’ every Friday night from 11:00 pm starting on October 12th. You can take a look at Kitahara’s video message below.