Megumi Odaka Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Feb 08, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Dec 06, 2023
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About Megumi Odaka

Megumi Odaka is a former Japanese idol, actress, and singer. She began her acting career in 1987 after winning the Toho Cinderella Audition. Her film debut was in 'Princess From The Moon', where she played the role of a blind girl named Akeno. This performance won her a Japanese Academy Award for Rookie Of The Year.

Odaka is also popular for playing the character, Miki Saegusa, in six Godzilla films between 1989-1995, making her one of the few actors to play the same role in more than one original Japanese release of a Godzilla film.

Her character, Miki Saegusa, has made the most appearances in the franchise. After the Godzilla 'Heisei' series ended in 1995, Odaka retired from films but has made appearances on stage and at Godzilla conventions.

Megumi Odaka: Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Megumi Odaka's net worth?

Megumi Odaka's net worth is estimated to be between $1-7 million as of 2023.

How much does Megumi Odaka earn per year?

As of 2023, exact details of Megumi Odaka's annual earnings have not been publicly disclosed.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Megumi Odaka?

Megumi Odaka is 5 ft 2 in (157 cm) tall.

How old is Megumi Odaka?

Megumi Odaka was born on May 9, 1972. As of December 2023, she is 51 years old. Her zodiac sign is Taurus.

Childhood And Education

Megumi Odaka was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. There is no publicly available information about Odaka's parents or siblings, but she is the niece of actress Mayumi Shimizu. From a young age, Odaka showed an interest in the performing arts. She began taking singing lessons when she was two or three years old, and by the age of four, she was learning classical ballet and taking Electone (electronic organ) classes.

Odaka's early education was marked by health challenges. She suffered from a stomach disease and low blood pressure while in junior high school. Despite these obstacles, she graduated from Horikoshi High School.

Odaka's acting career began when she was 12 years old, starting as a voice actress for children's TV shows in Japan. She also pursued a career in singing and released several singles and albums throughout the late '80s.

Her breakthrough came when she won the grand prize at the 2nd Toho Cinderella Audition, which led to her acting debut in the film 'Princess From The Moon' in 1987. This marked the beginning of her successful acting career, most notably her recurring role as Miki Saegusa in six consecutive Godzilla movies.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Megumi's partner?

Megumi Odaka is married to actor and director Akihiro Ugajin. She has participated in Ugajin's theater class U-Gakkyū since 2012 as an actress and assistant director.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Odaka is best known for playing Miki Saegusa in six Godzilla films. The first Godzilla film in which she acted, 'Godzilla Vs. Biollante' which was released in 1989. Initially afraid of the Godzilla suit, Odaka soon befriended fellow Godzilla actor Ken Satsuma. Her performance was well-received, and this led to her reprising the role in the film 'Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II', which was released in 1993, as well as more Godzilla films in the series. Megumi Odaka's character became one of the series' most iconic figures.

In addition to her acting career, Odaka also had a singing career, releasing several singles and albums throughout the late '80s. She starred in the TV series 'Hana No Asuka-gumi' in 1988. However, due to health issues, Odaka declined a role in a stage adaptation of 'Phoenix' ('Hi No Tori') in 2000 and announced her retirement.

Since her retirement, she has taken on various jobs, including office work and cosmetics sales. Despite her retirement from films, she has made appearances on stage and occasionally participates in Godzilla conventions.

What awards has Megumi Odaka won?

For her performance in 'Princess From The Moon', Odaka received a Japanese Academy Award for Rookie Of The Year in 1988.

 

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Megumi Odaka Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Megumi Odaka

Date of Birth

1972-09-02

Nationality

Chinese

Place of Birth

Beijing

Age

Height

165 cm

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Actress

Education

Horikoshi High School

Net Worth

4000000

Partner

Akihiro Ugajin
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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