Director Guillermo del Toro talks about Rinko Kikuchi and her character Mako Mori in Pacific Rim:
"I was very careful how I built the movie. One of the other things I decided was that I wanted a female lead who has equal force as the male leads. She’s not going to be a sex kitten, she’s not going to come out in cutoff shorts and a tank top, and it’s going to be a real earnestly drawn character." Noting that the other actors were exhausted and “destroyed physically” by filming in the intensive Jaeger cockpit harnesses, del Toro said: “The only one that didn’t break was Rinko Kikuchi, the girl. She never complained… I asked Rinko her secret and she said ‘I think of gummi bears and flowers.’ I try to do that in my life now” (x).