Ono Machiko chosen to star in NHK morning drama “Carnation”
Ono received the news of her selection on March 3, while she was shopping at a supermarket. Her agency called her to inform her of the good news, and she immediately began crying in the store. Ono previously auditioned for several Asadoras in the past, including “Honmamon” back in 2001.
The subject of “Carnation” was announced about two months ago. The story is based on the life of fashion designer Koshino Ayako, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 92. Although she was a successful designer in Japan, she also single-handedly raised three daughters who followed in her footsteps to become internationally known designers, named Hiroko, Junko, and Michiko.
Ono’s character in the drama, modeled after Koshino, is named Ohara Itoko. She will play the character from her teenage years to her fifties. The story is set in the Kansai region, but Ono will have no problem with the dialect since she is originally from Nara.
“Carnation” is scheduled for broadcast from September 26, 2011, to March 31, 2012.