I know that the characters are fictional.
But the emotional damage they cause is real.
Host: Is it true that your “first time” was Morikawa-san?
Fukuyama: Well, yeah. The first time I was cast as part of the main pairing in a BL work, Morikawa-san was my partner. I was so nervous about it that when I went to greet Morikawa-san, I ended up saying, “Please be gentle with me!”.