Following the debut of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of One Piece, enthusiasts are thrilled to witness their beloved characters come to life. Among the diverse crew that joins Luffy, one pirate particularly stands out amidst the Straw Hat crew and shines as the passionate navigator, Nami.
Portrayed brilliantly by Emily Rudd, Nami is swiftly earning her place as a favorite among fans. With an extended amount of screen time and a more intricate backstory compared to the source material, Rudd’s portrayal of Nami infuses the character with greater depth and personality.
Nami plays a pivotal role in the Straw Hats’ nautical escapades, and there are still many uncharted waters ahead in the series, making it essential to delve deeper into her character and the actor who brings this pirate to life.
But do you know? The actress Emily Rudd, who plays Nami, might consider taking a happy retirement from acting, after One Piece live-action’s success.
Emily Rudd’s Possible Final Acting Role
During a One Piece event in June, Emily Rudd, the actress embodying Nami, engaged in a discussion with Decider where she mentioned that if playing Nami in One Piece were to be her final acting role, she would be more than happy to have it in her favorite series.
“I have never wanted anything more in my entire life. To actually be able to live it is… I truly can’t put it into words. I feel like I’m done. What could possibly be next? If I had to stop here, I’d be like, “This is good enough for me.” I’m really proud of the show we made. We made a nerd show — a good nerd show. A show made by nerds, for nerds.”
She was thrilled to get the role of Nami in One Piece and couldn’t imagine a better role for herself, stating, “I couldn’t have asked for a better cast.” She is obviously not retiring from her acting career, but she was just so excited about playing her best role ever.
Emily Rudd Spent the Most Time on Set with the Pirate Captain
In the discussion, Emily Rudd was inquired about her familiarity with One Piece before trying out for the part. She said:
“I’ve always known about One Piece – it’s a massive IP – but I didn’t start watching [the show] until I met our showrunner, Matt Owens, who has been my best friend for the last six years.”
She further added:
“We are with the same agency and they said, “Hey, you’re both nerds – go have coffee, chat it out.” And we did. He was like, “Yeah, I think I’m going to bring One Piece to Netflix. You should watch it if you haven’t.” And I was like “Okay, yeah, I’ll dive into 1000 plus episodes.” But I did.”
Then she was asked about her favorite companion during the shooting of the live adaptation, and she replied:
“We all kind of spent time with each other equally, but I spent a lot of time with Iñaki [Godoy] and we definitely developed this older-sister-younger-brother dynamic. He’s 19 and I am not, so I felt a little protective of him. But, also he’s so energetic, so playful — it’s infectious. We created silly little bits that we just milked to death. “
Rudd mentioned that she spent the most time on set with Iñaki Godoy, who portrays pirate captain Monkey D. Luffy.
Watch One Piece live adaptation on Netflix.