Tetris Interview – Ayane Nagabuchi Reveals Funny Key Detail About Portraying Akemi Rogers

The funny detail that Tetris Star Ayane Nagabuchi learned from Akemi Rogers that helped her get into character.

Tetris has graced the world and has everyone rotating and dropping their blocks for how great it is. The story of the world’s most beloved puzzle game is now streaming on Apple TV+. It is a wild story of rebellion, that takes place in this crazy pocket of history that is known as 1984. Henk Rogers makes a few trips to Soviet Russia in order to bring Tetris to Nintendo, which would bring it to the world. Luckily he has the support and guidance from his wife Akemi, or else Henk might have been completely lost, and we’d never experience one of the greatest games ever.

Tetris Interview with Ayane Nagabuchi

We were fortunate enough to sit down with Tetris star Ayane Nagabuchi, who portrays Akemi Rogers in the film. During our interview she tells us how playing a real person is different than a fictional character and a funny key detail the real Akemi Rogers, shared with her that helped her get into character.

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The Illuminerdi: Can you tell me a little bit about portraying a real person versus a fictional person? How did you go about that?

I took it really seriously because there is a real Akemi Rogers, and then luckily I could to talk to her before the shooting. We talked about so many things for one and a half hours. And then I knew what she felt at that moment, what she was thinking at that moment. It was a really big deal for me that I could talk to her. I could really talk to her. I could really talk to the real person and it was a really big thing for me. Then I could bring her character into my character, like, directly.

Ayane Nagabuchi, Akemi Rogers in Apple TV+’s ‘Tetris’

The Illuminerdi: After meeting her, were there certain things that changed?

Was there something very important that you realized or that she said that you really wanted to bring into the film? She told me really specifically. Specifically, she told me she has four kids…

Yeah, so Henk was literally the eldest son to Akemi. Yeah, that’s how I approached it in the film. He was like all over the place and he was really childish. So she told me Henk was really the first child for her.

Ayane Nagabuchi, Akemi Rogers in Apple TV+’s ‘Tetris’

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Husbands being seen as the first child in a relationship is not an entirely new phenomenon, but still always fun to hear about. It really adds layers to Ayane Nagabuchi’s performance and wonderful to see where she is pulling her inspiration from.

Tetris releases March 31, 2023, exclusively on Apple TV+



Release Date: March 31, 2023, exclusively on Apple TV+
Director: Jon S. Baird
Producers: Gillian Berrie, Gregor Cameron, Matthew Vaughn, Len Blavatnik
Production Companies: Marv Studios, Access Industries
Distributed by: Apple TV+
Music By: Lorne Balfe
MPAA Rating: R
Cast: Taron Egerton, Nikita Efremov, Sofia Lebedeva, Anthony Boyle

“Tetris” tells the unbelievable story of how one of the world’s most popular video games found its way to avid players around the globe. Henk Rogers (Taron Egerton) discovers Tetris in 1988, and then risks everything by traveling to the Soviet Union, where he joins forces with inventor Alexey Pajitnov (Nikita Efremov) to bring the game to the masses. Based on a true story, “Tetris” is a Cold War–era thriller on steroids, with double-crossing villains, unlikely heroes, and a nail-biting race to the finish.

What do you think about the Tetris movie? Did you have any idea of the crazy road bloacks that almsot prevented the game from being shared with the world? Have you ever thought about how different cultures watch movies? Let us know your thoughts and impressions about the movie on social media!

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Professional Nerd | Amateur Human | Creative/Content Director The best way to describe Kevin Fenix is the kid you never tell what the buttons do in video games so you have a chance to win. Being 6’ 4” and Asian, he never really fit in, so he got comfortable standing out. Not only is it easy to find him in crowds, he dabbles in the culinary arts, does a little stand up and improv, and can honestly say Spider-Man is the Jesus-like influence of his life. Kevin Fenix loves dogs, movies, television, comics, comedy, and to shoot people… with video.