Karen Fukuhara on her ‘Suicide Squad’ Audition

Karen Fukuhara 'Suicide Squad' Audition

Not many actors have their first acting role as one of the supporting roles in a major comic book blockbuster, but Karen Fukuhara is not a typical actor. After spending her teenage years as an entertainment television host for Japanese programming, she drew on her years as an on-camera personality and her martial arts background to make a break into acting. That’s when she landed the role of the superhero (or is it supervillain?) Katana. She spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her fearless approach unique audition process and who she learned the most from on set.

On her audition for her first-ever role, Fukuhara admits an audition gaffe might have been what won her the role. She explains, “My manager got me the first audition, which was a little bit of sports fighting, martial arts and acting. It was taped. With the second audition, David [Ayer, Suicide Squad director] was in the room. They were very secretive with the script so I didn’t read anything that was from the original script. I don’t know what it was from. I remember the room wasn’t very big, and they had big photo lights on either side of me. During my sword-fighting portion of the audition, I tried to calculate my arm’s length and the sword’s length so I wouldn’t hit those things. But it was cutting it really close, and when you’re in the zone, you can’t really be careful because you’re going all out. I hit one of the lights, and I remember hearing the casting director and David gasp. But I just kept going with it, and I think that’s what David liked, that I didn’t stop in the middle.”

Of all her co-stars, she cites Joel Kinnaman, who plays Squad commander Rick Flag, as her mentor during the production. She explains, “He’s someone who comes onto set and just knows what he has to do. His homework is done at home, and he’s very confident with his choices. His advice was to take a risk with everything.”

Leave a Reply

William H. Macy: “This may sound pretentious, but I am getting better at what I do every day”
"I love the fact that I work every day." - William H. Macy
Luke Hemsworth on ‘Westworld’: “It was a no-brainer to me. I was absolutely going to jump onboard”
"As an actor, if you're given very little information about what's going on, then you're forced to make it up." - Luke Hemsworth
Khary Payton on His ‘Walking Dead’ Audition: “It was one of the more substantial auditions I’ve ever done”
"I always say I’m in the hope business. You’ve got to stay hopeful. You’ve got to get up off your behind and try again..." - Khary Payton
Hayley Atwell’s Best Career Advice: “I’d say the main thing is: show up. Show up and be professional”
Atwell reflects on her career and recounts why she wanted to become an actress since she was a child and what was the best career advice she ever received.
Mike Colter on Playing ‘Luke Cage’: “I was looking at it from the standpoint of an artist”
Colter says that it didn't take long for him to understand the importance of the character in comic book history.