Saki Miata

Legal Name: Risako Takahashi McCarthy

Saki is an award-winning actress who received Bronze Award for Best Actress in May 2020 from the Los Angeles Independent Shorts Awards.

Saki is a Japanese-English bilingual talent. She was born and raised in Japan and moved to Michigan at the age of fifteen. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. (Go Blue!) While working as an investment banker in Tokyo, she joined an amateur theater company, Gekidan Kiza, led by her favorite author, the late Shusaku Endo, and that’s where she was bit by a stage bug! She first studied acting at Bungakuza Theatre Company in Tokyo for one year, then moved to Los Angeles to pursuit an on-camera acting career.

Saki’s feature film credits include "The Ultimate Game", "Scorched", "Christmas in Beverly Hills" (Italy). She played a supporting role in a feature film “Stray” (2019) directed by Joe Sill, which can be streamed on Showtime. Saki's television credits include guest starring roles in "South Park" (live action role within the cartoon), "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Wasteland". Her commercial credits include IBM, Comcast, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and JC Penny for US national, as well as Shiseido and WEN Haircare in Japan. Currently, she is featured on IQOS posters in Japan.

In addition to the award, she has received from the Los Angeles Independent Shorts Awards, IndieX Film Fest selected her as one of the eleven nominees for the Best Actress in July 2020, both for her role of Liu in a short film “ROOM 3.” She was also selected as one of the eight nominees for the Best Actress in a Black Film in 2021 at Independent Black and Diversity Film Festival for her role of Aki in a feature film “Hank and Jolene.”

On stage, Saki played a comedic role of Obachan in a musical “Letters To Eve” at the Miles Memorial Theater in Santa Monica, California in the spring and winter of 2017. Saki belonged to The Garage Theatre Company, led by award-winning film and theatre director Robert Allan Ackerman. In March and April 2016, the group produced an ensemble play “Blood” written and directed by Ackerman. Saki played the role of Rei Ninomiya, the mother of the hero boy. Both “Letters To Eve” and “Blood” received rave reviews from numerous stage critics.

For voice-over work, Saki played the voice of the character Vy Le in the English dubbing of a Japanese TV animation series “The Reflection” (co-created by Stan Lee and Hiroshi Nagahama). The English version can be watched on Saki’s voice can also be heard in FCI News Catch Community News segments on KXLA every morning during the week.

Saki launched her own YouTube channel called “American English AHA!” to share with the Japanese audience her method of training the mouth to be able to speak American English. On Tiny Space Productions’ channel on YouTube, she co-starred in comedic short films “Ahhh,” “Smelly Area.” And “Freelance Sportscasters.”

From 2006 through 2011, Saki anchored "JATV News" and covered various topics that would appeal to the Japanese and the Japanese American community in Southern California and Hawaii weekly. She not only anchored but also often produced some segments. Saki continues to emcee as a host of corporate and community live events.

Saki is the owner of Saki LLC, a company that offers translation, interpretation, and other bilingual services. She has connected the superhero creator, late Stan Lee to the Japanese anime production companies and has co-produced “Heroman”. She also connected Stan to an anime director Hiroshi Nagahama and co-produced the television anime series “The Reflection” which aired on NHK in Japan in Fall 2017. She produced the English dub version of the show which can be streamed on Crunchyroll.