“I grew up camping”: Emily Rudd and her One Piece Character Have a Significant Connection Which Proves Why She is Perfect for Nami

Emily Rudd's dedication and skillset show how the One Piece showrunner's hit a homerun casting her in the role of Nami

“I grew up camping”: Emily Rudd and her One Piece Character Have a Significant Connection Which Proves Why She is Perfect for Nami

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  • According to One Piece Live-Action actress Emily Rudd, she was born to play her character Nami
  • She has been a camper since childhood and she knew about navigation which made her understand the role.
  • Emily Rudd has been one of the most loved characters in One Piece Live-Action.
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One Piece Live-Action has been a big success, and fans have embraced the first successful live-action anime. The adaptation is laudable and well-liked by all One Piece fans, whether for the VFX, storyline, or characters.

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Nami, who serves as the navigator for Luffy’s crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, is one of the most prominent characters in Season 1 and the character was played by Emily Rudd who nailed the role. As a longtime One Piece fan, Rudd recognized the importance of representing Nami and the Straw Hat Pirates.

Emily Rudd as Nami in One Piece
Emily Rudd as Nami in One Piece

Rudd’s portrayal of the role was spot on in many ways because according to her, she and Nami shared a deep connection that made her understand the role and helped her establish a connection with Nami easily.

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Emily Rudd and her Connection with Nami

In an interview with GamesRadar+, Emily Rudd explained how she has been kind of a navigator her whole life. She has been camping since childhood and that helped her connect with the character and understand it easily. She said:

“I am super good at it. I’m kind of like the default person that, if we’re in a new city, people are like ‘Hey Em, can you navigate us’ because I’ve just… I grew up camping. And so we have the paper maps, and it’s like – when I say ‘camping,’ I mean, like ‘middle of nowhere, the bathroom is a hole in the ground somewhere in the forest,’-type camping.”

Actress Emily Rudd
Actress Emily Rudd

Also, Rudd’s steadfast dedication to the part is one of the most astounding aspects of her quest to become Nami. Rudd’s involvement with One Piece extends beyond her role as an actress; she is a die-hard admirer of the manga series. Long before the live-action series was announced, she had been working towards her ambition of playing Nami.

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Emily Rudd Believes She Was Born to Play Nami

Emily Rudd’s hiring as Nami in Netflix’s live-action One Piece is a great example of her steadfast dedication, a deliberate long game that paid off spectacularly. Rudd also mentioned that she worked extremely hard to be like Nami and that she sought to persuade as many people as possible to cast her in the role of the popular navigator. She had always been the family’s navigator, and she believed she was born to be Nami.

“I was always the person that was told by my family to navigate us. So, I guess I was born to be a navigator. I was – I was born to be Nami. Let’s say it! I’ll say it.”

Emily Rudd as Nami
Emily Rudd as Nami

The role of Nami changed Rudd’s life and her belief in herself and dedication to the role was witnessed by the fans in the series. Plus her experience with camping and navigation certainly helped her to become one of the most loved characters from the One Piece Live-Action.

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