One Piece Director Refused to Make One Blunder While Casting Emily Rudd as Nami in Netflix’s Live Action

Emily Rudd was a fan of One Piece herself and knew what to bring to Nami's role which showed she cared about the part.

One Piece Director Refused to Make One Blunder While Casting Emily Rudd as Nami in Netflix's Live Action


  • One of the most crucial parts of Netflix's One Piece live-action was casting Emily Rudd as Nami.
  • The director Marc Jobst said they wanted someone with enough "depth" to portray Nami's character well.
  • He praised Emily Rudd for having both beauty and "depth of being" which was important for Nami's role.
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One of the most essential cast in Netflix’s One Piece was Emily Rudd as Nami. They really wanted someone with enough depth to play the character, according to one of the show’s directors.

A scene from Netflix's One Piece live-action series
A scene from Netflix’s One Piece live-action series

Netflix doesn’t have a good reputation when it comes to adapting anime from source materials but with the One Piece live-action, the norm has finally been overcome. The fan-loved series performed exceptionally on the platform and even secured one of the top 10 shows for several weeks. One of the biggest reasons for the live-action to turn out so well was the excellent cast. It consisted of Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Zoro, Taz Skylar as Sanji, and Jacob Romero as Usopp.

Also Read: “They still don’t get it”: One Piece Live-Action Fails to Impress Dragon Ball Goku Voice Actor, Calls Netflix’s Adaptation ‘Terrible’ Despite Extreme Popularity


What did One Piece’s director say regarding casting Emily Rudd as Nami?

Emily Rudd doing an action scene as Nami in One Piece
Emily Rudd doing an action scene as Nami in One Piece

Marc Jobst, the director of One Piece, opened up about just how crucial it was to cast Nami for Netflix’s live-action. In an interview with Screen Rant, the director expressed his admiration for  Emily Rudd’s take on the iconic character and said,

“The other lovely thing about Emily is she’s beautiful, obviously, and Nami is a beautiful character, but she has so much depth to her being. We were really keen that all our actors weren’t just beautiful, we weren’t really after that, we were after beautiful spirits.”

He continues that the “depth” was something “you can’t create on the screen,” instead “the screen knows when it’s there.” He emphasized on the part as to why it was “really important” for them to “cast somebody who has depth to them,” for the role of Nami. This was a significant aspect of her role that Jobst couldn’t have compromised at any cost.


Also Read: “It’s a huge f*cking relief”: Man Behind One Piece Live Action Season 1 Makes a Promise to Anime Fans Ahead of Season 2

Why was Emily Rudd the perfect actress for portraying Nami?

Emily Rudd as Nami in One Piece live-action
Emily Rudd as Nami in One Piece live-action

Emily Rudd has been a huge fan of One Piece herself. Out of everyone else, she was the person who knew what to bring to the table with Nami’s role. It was evident that Rudd cared about the role. She also addressed in an interview how she was nervous and excited at the same time regarding certain arcs of the story to see them in the show.

While casting her as Nami, Rudd’s depth was taken into consideration, which was necessary to keep the authenticity of the character. Some people might not consider Nami as an important character but she actually played a crucial role in some of the most integral parts of the One Piece story.


Also Read: “We decided it was too different”: Not Chopper, One Piece Live-Action Had to Skip Another Favorite Animal Character to Focus on Luffy and Zoro


Written by Archak

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Despite holding a degree in Chemistry Majors, Archak found himself as a Journalist. His love for anime and choccy milk is unmatched! When not writing, Archak can be found indulging with motorcycles. After all, four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul!