As of May 2017, he is officially known as Arata Mackenyu – not ‘Chiba’ or ‘Maeda’ as he was previously called by the Japanese media. He also announced that Top Coat will handle all his acting commitments. If previous performances in Chihayafuru, WOWOW’S Yume wo Ataeru (with Komatsu Nana), and Aogeba Toutoshi are any indication of his competence and commitment to his acting career, then we’re all in for an adventure!
While it seems that the locals (including his co-stars in TBS drama Aogeba Toutoshi: Murakami Nijiro, Taiga, and Kitamura Takumi) were fascinated with his command of the English language, and amused with his Beverly Hills high school education, any ‘special treatment’ – if any – ends there. [see interview excerpts in this video.]