Maria Ozawa (born January 8, 1986) is a Japanese actress, model, and former AV idol. Early in her career as a model, she also used the name Miyabi.
1986-2002: Early life
Ozawa was born in Hokkaido, Japan. Her mother is Japanese and her father is French-Canadian. Ozawa graduated from Christian Academy in Japan, and has asserted that she has a higher ability to read and write English than Japanese. Ozawa played hockey on a daily basis, and often sang karaoke after classes. She claims that she became sexually active at the age of 13 and learned the "48 sexual positions" from a book she purchased.
In 2002, when she was 16 years old, Ozawa debuted in a 30-second Japanese TV commercial for DARS Chocolate alongside the Japanese pop duo KinKi Kids. Ozawa is featured sharing chocolate with one of the two singers while secretly holding hands with the other.
2005-2007: Career beginnings
Ozawa became acquainted with adult videos (AV) by watching sex tapes she borrowed from a friend's brother. Unlike most AV actresses, Ozawa was not scouted. Instead, she was introduced to the AV industry through a friend appearing in AVs. She began by modeling as Miyabi for the pornographic site Shirouto-Teien.com in June 2005, which resulted in several sets of photographs and a short hardcore gonzo video released in CD-R and DVD-R formats.
She was then signed by S1 No. 1 Style, an AV studio that produces light hardcore pornography. On October 7, 2005, she premiered as Maria Ozawa with the video New Face – Number One Style, directed by Hideto Aki. Ozawa remembers that she was so nervous during the filming of her first AV that she could not look at her co-star in the face. At S1, Ozawa subsequently appeared in one original video per month until February 2007. She was involved in several S1 compilation videos including the company’s entry in the 2006 AV Open, a competition between Japanese AV studios for the best selling video. The S1 video Hyper – Barely There Mosaic, featuring Ozawa along with other AV idols Sora Aoi, Yua Aida, Yuma Asami, and Honoka (plus a short preview for Rin Aoki), won first place.
Ozawa and S1 parted ways in early 2007. Along with Rin Suzuka, Reina Matsushima and Rin Aoki, she moved from S1 with its emphasis on glamour to a new start-up company, DAS. By the end of 2007, she signed (not exclusively) with Attackers, an established AV studio.
Besides adult videos, she has appeared in V-Cinema films, a photobook and several glamour ("gravure") videos. In 2007, she played the character Anita on the popular Japanese TV drama Tokumei Kakarichō Tadano Hitoshi on TV Asahi. In addition, Ozawa was on a 2007 episode of the Japanese variety show Megami no hatena ("The Goddess of What Is That") on Nihon TV as part of a series with AV actresses telling why they went into AV work. She has also appeared on Japanese MTV with the hip hop artist Seamo and in the 2007 music video "Summer Time in the D.S.C." with the Yokohama hip hop group DS455.
Ozawa could be seen in 2007 performing twice at the Shinjuku striptease bar "Shinjuku New Art". She took dance lessons to prepare but was still very nervous. She danced in a variety of outfits, including appearing as a belly-dancer, a geisha and a cowgirl. Three videos were released of her performance and a behind-the-scenes interview.
2008-2009: Rise to prominence
In June 2008, Ozawa changed studios once again, signing with a small studio, Ran-maru which released her first video with them on July 19, 2008. Ran-maru, along with Ozawa's previous studios, S1, DAS and Attackers, are all part of Japan's largest group of AV companies, the Hokuto Corporation.
In August 2008, Ozawa acted in her first mainstream movie, Invitation Only, billed as "Taiwan's First-Ever Slasher Horror". The film is produced by Three Dots Entertainment in Taipei, Taiwan and co-stars Julianne Chu. Ozawa plays a supermodel. She spoke both English and Japanese. Ozawa's professionalism impressed her co-workers and her role was expanded to include further scenes. Ozawa also did a photoshoot for the Taiwanese version of FHM in May 2009.
Ozawa followed up on her Shinjuku experience by starring in a cabaret show, "Tokyo Nights" at the Grand Lisboa Hotel in Macau from August 16 to September 6, 2008 which also featured several other Japanese performers. "Tokyo Nights" received mixed reviews. Promotional materials show her with a temporary tattoo.
2010: Asian celebrity
In November 2010, it was confirmed that Ozawa, who became the most popular porn actress in Indonesia, had arrived in Jakarta for the filming of the thriller Hantu Tanah Kusir. Maxima Pictures reportedly acted with caution and the Islamic Defenders Front failed to learn of Ozawa's visit. Ozawa was set to return to Jakarta on November 29 to promote the screening of the movie, but her visit was cancelled. It was reported that she may have been diverted to Bali to avoid the protests of the Islamic Defenders Front.
From December 2010 to June 2011, Ozawa was featured in twelve photosets at Petter Hegre's Hegre-Art website. In 2011 two more uncensored DVD titles with Ozawa were released: Catwalk Poison DX 02: Maria Ozawa and Encore 20: Maria Ozawa.
In November 2011, Ozawa co-starred with Asami and AV actress Mahiro Aine in Naoyuki Tomomatsu's science fiction V-Cinema release Karei naru erogami-ke no ichizoku: Shinsō reijō wa denki shitsuji no yume o miru ka, which was also released with English subtitles as Erotibot. She was also cast in the starring role for the erotic horror V-cinema feature Tokyo Species which was released on DVD in February 2012.
In 2011, Complex magazine ranked her at #7 in their list of “The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time.”
In October 2012, it was announced that Ozawa planned to engage in the Mainland China entertainment market on a full-time basis and was to sign with the media company Beijing Tuopu Laiyin.
Ozawa visited the Philippines in April 2015 and made a guest appearance on the Manila radio show, Magic 89.9's "Boys Night Out". In an interview after the show Ozawa said she had an agent representing her in the Philippines and would be interested in appearing in a mainstream movie there. She was also the June 2015 cover girl for FHM Philippines magazine. Ozawa returned to Manila in June 2015 for an autograph session for FHM at Resorts World Manila. She also announced that she would be co-starring with Filipino actor Robin Padilla in a horror-action movie Nilalang ("Creature") which was due to start shooting in August 2015. The film was slated to be shown at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, which Padilla withdrew and was replaced with Cesar Montano, the film also stars Yam Concepcion and Meg Imperial. Ozawa said she intended to take acting lessons and learn some Tagalog for the film. Ozawa traveled to the Philippines once again in July 2015 for FHM Philippines at their "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2015" party (Ozawa finished in 16th place after winner Jennylyn Mercado) and the VIP event on July 11 at the SMX Convention Center. Summit Media the publisher of FHM, releases Ozawa's Gravure Book along with Andrea Torres.
Ozawa is open about her private life. She granted several interviews and keeps a very detailed text and picture blog of her life and activities dating back to October 2005.
Ozawa has often expressed unhappiness about the amount of fake online accounts of her that have been created, several of which have many more followers than she has. She has questioned why they don't just make fan pages. Her real accounts are and, which she drew attention to in a recent YouTube post.
In an April 2015 interview, Ozawa revealed that she had only recently reconciled with her parents who had been upset with her choice to do adult work.