Mini Bio (1)
Tao Okamoto was born on May 22, 1985 in Chiba, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Wolverine (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Hannibal (2013). She has been married to Tenzin Wild since 2016.
Spouse (1)Tenzin Wild (2016 - present)
Tao started modeling as a teenager in Japan, when she was 14 years old. In 2006, she made a decision to move to Paris and develop her career on an international level. Soon after that, Tao made her debut on the European runways, breaking barriers as one of the very few prominent East Asian models of that era. Through her long catwalk career, she has walked for numerous top brands, including Alexander Wang, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Ralph Lauren, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Personal Quotes (16)
I was living in Paris for, like, a year and a half, and I couldn't speak French, so it was just hard to get a baguette or a pastry or whatever. All the stores close at 6 o'clock, and they're not very into hospitality, so it's not a convenient city. It's so pretty, though, but I was raised in Tokyo, so it was hard to understand.
I remember when I saw X-Men (2000) the first time, I was living in England as an exchange student, and my first boyfriend, who's an Englishman, made me watch the movie... He was very jealous that I liked Hugh Jackman so much.
I used to have a very difficult childhood because I was always the tallest girl in school, and everybody was staring at me and saying, 'You are very different.' Now, different is good.
I remember when I was little, much younger than I was when I started modeling, people always said, 'Oh, you should be a model.' But I didn't like people telling me what to do... But I didn't plan to transform into an actress, either. It just happened.
I was chosen for The Wolverine (2013) because there weren't any other Japanese actresses available who could speak English. With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Hannibal (2013), I got the roles as a result of previous work I'd done, not just because of my nationality.
I started modeling with a very negative part of me - I didn't really like myself or how I looked because I was very tall for a Japanese girl.
I started to model because I thought I could use it as an excuse to others, like, 'Yeah, I'm tall because I'm a model.'
Most of the time, as a model, I feel like I'm just a doll. They control how I should move.
Hugh Jackman is just the nicest person in the world. I know everybody says that, and it's almost boring to hear, but he is really, really perfect.
I always admired Hugh Jackman as an actor in movies but also in theatre because I'm a big fan of Broadway musicals.
I've always loved fashion and, of course, enjoyed my experiences walking on runways, but I love watching the shows as well! Now I understand more why it's such a big deal for the industry and why people work so hard before and during fashion weeks. It's interesting to see the same things from a different angle.
My character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) isn't supposed to be Japanese, but director Zack Snyder said he'd seen me in The Wolverine (2013) and had to get me in the film somehow. Hearing that was like music to my ears.
I'm not good with blogs and social networks because those things come and go. By the time I am used to one thing, a new type of social media is already trending.
Japanese people are not known for expressing their feelings through singing and dancing, but I like to sing a lot. I don't just sing to myself in the shower. I sing everywhere.
Modeling is exciting, but I certainly felt frustrated that I couldn't speak out or express myself. I always wanted to express my desires in some other medium.
That's my dream: one day, I want to standing on the stage on Broadway. I sing; my dancing is terrible, but I can be trained. That's my dream. That's something I really want to work on.