Plenty of people have seen the extremely popular Japanese drama, Hana Yori Dango. The pretty Inoue Mao (井上 真央), born January 9, 1987, was the main actress of the drama. She has been acting for a long time, starring in small roles ever since the young age of five. But it was in 1999 in the drama, Kids War (キッズ・ウォー ～ざけんなよ～) that audiences began to really take notice of the rising star.
In 2005, Mao dominated the screens with Hana Yori Dango (花より男子) where she starred as Makino Tsukushi (牧野 つくし) alongside the band, Arashi’s, member Matsumoto Jun (松本 潤). The drama was hugely successful (note: see JDrama section for Ratings & Review) and the sequel, Hana Yori Dango Returns (花より男子 ~リターンズ~) aired in 2007 under great anticipation.
Mao enrolled in Meiji University at the age of 19 where she studied theater and literature. Her second major was Chinese. She graduated in 2009. In 2007, just a few months after the second season’s release, it was announced that due to the success and popularity of the drama, a movie would be made, named Hana Yori Dango Final (花より男子F (ファイナル)). The film did not follow the manga’s storyline, but was popular all the same.
Inoue Mao has been involved in a great variety and abundance of work. She’s filmed many dramas, films and commercials.