Actress Riisa Naka was born in Japan on October 18, 1989. At the 2009 Yokohama Film Festival, she was awarded Best New Talent. In 2008, Naka made her film debut in Hachi One Diver, and in 2010, she portrayed Hana Adachi in Yankee-kun to Megane-chan. Additionally, Naka played the lead roles of cousins Makoto Konno and Akari Yoshiyama in the live-action film Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2010) and the anime film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), which are both based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1967 novel Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo.
Early Life And Career
Naka is three quarters Japanese and one quarter Swedish thanks to her grandfather's Swedish ancestry. Her grandpa loved the Mona Lisa artwork by Leonardo da Vinci, so he gave her the name Riisa in honour of it. After winning the Best New Talent prize at the 2009 Yokohama Film Festival, she shot to fame in the 2008 drama Hachi One Diver. In the 2010 film Toki wa Kakeru Shoujo, Naka acted alongside actor Akiyoshi Nakao. Later, in August 2012, she appeared in the NHK drama Tsurukame Josanin. When the drama's filming concluded in October 2012, they began dating.
It was revealed in the spring of 2013 that Naka and Nakao would wed, and on March 21 of that year, the ceremony took place. At a Tokyo hospital on October 4, 2013, Naka gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy.
She is proficient in swimming, piano, and Japanese dancing.