Mackenyu Arata is an American–Japanese actor born in Los Angeles. Both fluent in English and Japanese, he began acting in his teens. His career took off in Japan in 2015 when he starred in three supporting roles in TV Mini-series and as one of the leads in the live action movie Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future. He relocated in Japan in 2017 to pursue acting. In March 2017 he won the Best New Talent Award at Japan Academy Prize for his role in Chihayafuru and was nominated for his role in the film for both the 41st Hochi Film Award and the 71st Mainichi Film Awards.
He started to expand his acting opportunities in Hollywood with a lead role in the series ZAPS, Inc. (2017) and the supporting role of Ryoichi in the science fiction film Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018). This year he relocated back to the United States to pursue more global acting roles.