an exclusive with hidetoshi imura + his time on 'the office'
First and foremost- how was your experience working with the cast? I’m personally a huge fan of the show- who was your favorite cast member to work with?
I learned a lot and it was a priceless experience working with the cast. I use a lot of what I learned in my acting today. During my time on the show, I really loved working with Craig Robinson because I remember he was very kind to me even though I wasn't a "big name" actor compared to many of the cast members on the Office. He was very friendly from the start and helped me in many ways whenever we were working together. He really is the best!
Your “heart surgeon” scene with Craig Robinson (Darryl Philbin) is a franchise staple! What has to be your favorite scene from The Office overall?
I'll just be honest and say the "heart surgeon" scene with Craig Robinson because at the time I never expected anyone would really care about the scene. However, over time this scene slowly became my favorite because it seemed to make people laugh and they seemed to really enjoy it! I am just glad people get a good laugh out of that scene.
What’s the biggest takeaway you’ve received from the show?
The fan's laughter and enjoyment of the show is what makes everything worth it. It's not about the money or the fame, but rather how much I can brighten someone's day doing what I love through this media. Even though admittedly I did not appear on the show often, I am just grateful I was able to have an impact on a lot of people with the time I had.
I keep up with you on Instagram + I saw you were shooting a movie at Spiderman’s Director’s house!? Is that true? Tell us a little bit about what you were working on!
My big secret! It is true, I was shooting a movie at the director's house but, I cannot reveal anything about it- yet.
“The Office” Funko Pops were just recently released + I hear we’ll be seeing your character! Can you confirm? If so, what were your initial thoughts?
It is true! My character will become a Funk Pop! At first, I was taken back, but I feel honored to have a Funko Pop made for my character.
Any upcoming projects?
I am currently working on a few projects with a couple of people with no exact release date. However, I do have an on-going web series on Youtube called "Bear Tours" that I made with my friends. It is a comedy series about Hide working at a traveling agency. I hope you take a look and enjoy the series! It is good series, the best!