Full Name: Diandra Paramitha Sastrowardoyo
Nick: Dian / ‘Ndek
Place & DOB: Jakarta, March 16, 1982
Hobby: Anything related to art, writing, traveling, reading, listening to music
Education: Bachelor degree in Philosophy, University of Indonesia
Pasir Berbisik/Whispering Sands – 2001 (Official selection for DC Film Festival USA 2002, Seattle International Film Festival 2002, Best Actress in Deauville Asia Film Festival 2002 France, Best Actress in Singapore Film Festival 2002)
Banyu Biru/Blue Wind (2005)
Ungu Violet/Violet Purple – 2005 (Best Supporting Actress in Asia Pacific Film Festival 2005, Most Promising Talented Young Actress in Asia Pacific Film Festival 2005, Most Favorite Actress MTV Indonesia Movie Awards 2005, Most Favorite Movie MTV Indonesia Movie Awards 2005)
Belahan Jiwa/Soulmate – 2005 (Best International Feature Film in New York International Independent Film & Video Festival 2007)
TV Series Dunia Tanpa Koma/World Without a Coma (2006)
FTV Bukan Kesempatan Yang Terlewat – 2006 (Special selection in Busan International Film Festival 2007 Korea)
- Model in a video for MV Sheila On 7 (‘Jadikan Aku Pacarmu’ and ‘Anugrah Terindah Yang Pernah Kumiliki’) in 2001
- Host for Super Milyarder 3 Milyar Anteve 2006
- Model in a video for MV Peterpan (‘Menghapus Jejakmu’) 2007
- Lux exclusive star by JWT AdForce-Unilever since 2002
- Number #1 Most Wanted Girls 2002 by Hai Magazine
- Best Actress in Deauville Asia Film Festival 2002, France in film Pasir Berbisik/Whispering Sands
- Best Actress in the 15th Singapore International Film Festival 2002 in film Pasir Berbisik
- Best Actress in Bandung Film Festival 2003 in film Ada Apa dengan Cinta?/What’s With Love?
- Most Promising Talented Young Actress in Asia Pacific Film Festival 2005, Malaysia in film Ungu Violet
- Most Favorite Actress MTV Indonesia Movie Awards 2005
- Most Inspiring Women of The Year 2005
- Olympic Games Torch Bearer 2008
- The Ambassador for Young Entrepreneur Indonesia (since 2008)
- Organics Shampoo (for Thailand)
- Panasonic Brand Ambassador
- Mentari Cellular Card Ambassador
- Marc Jacobs
- Louis Vuitton
- Lenovo IT Ambassador
- MDGs Indonesia Ambassador
Touted as the natural Javanese Beauty, Diandra Paramitha Sastrowardoyo might be every Indonesian man’s dream. With beautiful sparkling eyes, long black hair, fairy skin and serene wave, Dian – as people call her – has been one of Indonesian best and favorite actress ever produced. Not only favorite actress among Indonesians but also for Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. Blessed with wisdom thoughts and intelligence, yet she’s still the down-to-earth girl next door we’ve known for years. Starting her career in entertainment world as a teen model in 1996 after won 1st place in Gadis Sampul (Cover Girl) contest, Dian is identified as the revitalize icon of Indonesian film industry along with her partner in the film AADC; Nicholas Saputra.
The granddaughter of famous writer Subagyo Sastrowardoyo and the only child of a couple of teacher (her father was a lecturer in philosophy at University of Indonesia and also a police chief), perhaps that’s where her desirability toward art and philosophy came from. Her name as a young movie star arouse after playing in one indie movie ‘Bintang Jatuh’ (Falling Star) in 2000. The director Rudi Soedjarwo recalled his first impression of this 17 year-old girl as possessing the same spirit and thought as his. He believed that someday this girl would become a big star and a lamp in the dark period of Indonesian film industry at the time.
Rudi was right. The light sparked even more when Dian was picked as leading actor for film Pasir Berbisik that set her up with famous senior actors Christine Hakim, Slamet Rahardjo and Didi Petet. Playing controversial character and quiet hard for a new comer, Dian must enacted masturbation in front of Didi Petet. Her eminence grew like a meteor because of this role, she rewarded Best Actress in "Festival du Film Asiatique de Deauville", France 2002. Also by this film, Dian won Best Actress in Singapore International Film Festival in the same year.
Alongside her international triumphant, her next film ‘Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?/What’s With Love?’ became a huge phenomenon in Indonesian film industry ever with her partner Nicholas Saputra who then became the Indonesian heartthrob. Through AADC her popularity boosted, not only in Indonesia but also in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. Dian turned into the most wanted actress and star of the year that even beat her seniors. She bagged home Best Actress in Indonesian Film Festival 2004.
In Indonesia when someone is on the top of popularity, sometimes it hard to keep their idealism on track as offers from soap operas a.k.a sinetrons accost. However the Louis Vuitton brand fan has a principle that film is not a field to earn her life. “Once you consider this as a career, you’ll get satisfy easily when you reach the target. And I don’t want to be that person. I don’t want to be stagnant,” she happened to say. The philosophy girl also believes that film has energy to inspire people. “If money were my intention to play a film, the consequence is: the (film) quality will depend on how big my own sake were.”
Clutching one blockbuster movie and 2 international awards in her hands, the smart girl chose to take a break and study of philosophy in one of best university in Indonesia; University of Indonesia, instead of playing more movies. Her hobby in reading literatures especially written by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and her interest in metaphysic, which derived from her Buddhist father, made Dian left faculty of law and moved to philosophy faculty at the same university. Since she has a talent in writing, GADIS – a teen magazine that discovered her – hired Dian as a columnist for her own special column titled Kata Dian (‘Dian’s Says’) between her studies.
In 2005 Dian came back to silver screen and played the more mature film ‘Ungu Violet’, which brought her to Asia Pacific Film Festival in Malaysia and awarded Most Promising and Talented Young Actress 2005. By ‘Ungu Violet’ she won Most Favorite Actress in MTV Indonesia Movie Awards 2005 as well. At the same year she played another controversial character as a split personality disorder woman in a psychodrama film ‘Soulmate’ which won Best International Feature Film in New York last year.
Because of her intelligence and beautifulness, Dian was selected as one of the LUX Star Icons together with other talented gorgeous Indonesian women Tamara Bleszynski and Nadya Hutagalung. Not only Unilever who fell in love with her personality and appearance, Dian has been the favorite for Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs as well as she’s the only Indonesian actress who was invited to their parties abroad. And now in 2008 Dian got the honor to be one of the international stars as the Olympic Games Torch Bearer recently.
Having all that, Dian still has some dreams to pursue. One of them is to become a director and the other one is to have her own production house. In addition, she’s running herself designed clothing-line under her own brand titled ‘D-Sash’. Without a doubt, the meteor girl will never stop shining.
Interviews & Articles
Who doesn’t know Dian Sastrowardoyo? The bachelor degree in Philosophy from University of Indonesia still has heaps of activities. In addition as one of the ambassadors of MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) for Indonesia, Dian is also the icon of beauty soap that tells girls to express themselves through fashion statement. To Whatzup, Dian talks many things about fashion, beauty and creativity.
What’s self-expression through fashion statement?
That’s actually a moment to celebrate creativity for the ‘comes back’ of fashion trend in Indonesia. And what’s more important, the fashion trend followers must very confident with their skins and themselves.
It’s likely the trend tends back to 80’s. Is it connected to social condition?
In social point of view, modern people prefers graph mode. There are lots of graph forms, for instance in Club 80’s and Goodnight Electric band. They have graph visual logos; they want high-tech feat. However, to avoid consumerism trend the 80’s teen generation tried to get new cool clothes by using their old clothes. They wanted to have new look without purchasing. So they recreated old clothes to be new ones.
What kind of youngster fashion you like?
I’m so fond of street wear. I prefer the real teen clothes. So it must be Fashion Street, something that people wear in reality. I’m interested in punk, the punk kids’ phenomena, and why they wear it on the street.
What about your style?
I’m open-minded to any kind of fashion style because I feel confident wearing anything. I take care of my skin very well so that I can wear any style and still look good.
If wee see the advertisements, beauty is habitually visualized with white skin and long straight hair. What do you think of it?
I think skin is the basic element of woman’s beauty. Skin must be taken care of so it won’t be difficult to find dress. But I’m not talking about skin color. White skin doesn’t mean healthy skin. Once again, beauty is not about color. As long as you treat your skin very well, it will look light.
Fashion and idealism for youngster, are you digging it?
It’s because I like to pay attention on fashion. The most interesting is what’s hiding behind the fashion itself. Something personal is actually political. For instance, nowadays teenagers wear kafiya (grids scarf) from Arab. They think it’s their personal style yet at the same time it’s a political action. Just like in 70’s when people wore rudebra and thought it was their personal style. It wasn’t. It was a political action against America’s policy in Vietnam. At the moment I use personal style for political action too, which is: say no to consumerism lifestyle. I challenge people’s creativity to create the new fashion style, not just buy new clothes. There’s idealism in it to make youngster not giving up against capitalism. Some teenagers today wear holes t-shirts without realizing there’s a politic behind it. They don’t realize they celebrate creativity and against capitalism.
Are you the trend fashion devotee?
I love fashion, but there’s a huge different between trend setter and fashion victim. But people might not see this. For those who don’t know the history, extreme style may look like fashion victim without knowing there’s idealism behind it. I think fashion doesn’t just belong to rich people. For me fashion is an art, not glamorize. Fashion is the expression of heart. I want to show that to Indonesian youngsters. Their paradigm of normal fashion is what they see in sinetrons. I’m not up against it but I want them to at least have idealism. We may tag on the trend but don’t be the industry slave. Everyone has idea and they must express it through fashion. Talk through fashion, and it’s one of ways to make Indonesia has character. As long as fashion has possibilities for us to create our own, we don’t need to steal our parent’s budget to follow the trend.
What’s creativity according to you?
Creativity is to decline stagnancy. For me, creativity is genius because brain works.
What’s your opinion about side stream turn to main stream? Isn’t it potential to become an industry?
I think it fine and in fact it can be a positive propaganda. And as long as youngsters want to make their own and celebrate creativity, it’s really good.
April 26, 2008
Suryalive | Jakarta – It’s been quiet some times young actress Dian Sastrowardoyo talking about her desire to continue studying. After graduating from University of Indonesia last year, Dian happened to say she wanted to take master degree.
Eight months after the graduation, Dian recalled her dream. “I’m preparing myself for master degree,” she said last Wednesday (4/23). One of her arrangements is waiting for registration date and chooses for the most apt place related to her previous major study.
The cast of Cinta in the film ‘Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?’ said she wanted to enter the international class in her preceding campus. However she’s still looking for the most suitable one.
“I’d like to take culture study,” smiled Dian. If her desire is true, Dian will definitely not study in Indonesia.
“I don’t think we can develop if we study the culture in here,” she said with no intention to look down Indonesian universities.
No matter where she’ll be studying, she admitted she’s made her mind, even if she must go abroad. “I’ve got to be ready,” she said. And while waiting for the registration, Dian still accepts job offers. Although most of them are off-air, she said the offers increases significantly compare with time when she was still a student.
“No offers from TV presently,” said Dian. She admitted she’s just finished her brand new film, but unfortunately she’s hesitated to tell further about it.
“Just wait. It’s in editing process by now,” said the girl who occasionally takes the job as a model in music videos. After Peterpan’s ‘Menghapus Jejakmu’, Dian will appear in Keyla’s new video.
JAKARTA, Thursday – Young actress the winner of Best Actress in Indonesian Film Festival 2004, Dian Sastrowardoyo (26), said she’s jobless at the moment. At the same time she’s facing 2 options, whether to keep staying in Indonesia or go abroad. Is Dian’s career dimming?
Well, apparently she’s not totally jobless. Dian explained that she accepts off-air jobs more often and seldom appears on TV. "I have many off-air jobs right now, products promotion, and it’s just no job on TV,” she said in the middle of her duty as Mentari Ambassador in ITC Roxy, Central Jakarta last Wednesday.
Dian also admitted she’s just finished her new film. But she refused to tell further. “It’s in editing process,” said the model in Peterpan’s music video ‘Menghapus Jejakmu’ and in one new band’s music video Keyla.
Apart from off-air jobs, Dian is busy preparing her comes back to campus as well. Yup, the bachelor degree in Philosophy from University of Indonesia with GPA 3.19 determines to pursue her dream, which is taking master degree. “I’m preparing myself for the master degree,” she said.
However, Dian hasn’t decided yet which campus she wants to enter. She’s considering to take international class in her former campus or abroad.
April 23, 2008
Jakarta – The Olympic Torch Relay around the outer ring of the main Stadium Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Tuesday (22/4) left an impression for actress Dian Sastrowardoyo. Why not, without having any achievements in sport, she unexpectedly was selected as the Olympic Torch bearer. It’s all because of Lenovo, an IT company who chose her as the Lenovo Ambassador and also one of the sponsors in Beijing Olympic Games.
“I feel very happy. I carried the torch and the entire world saw it,” said this girl. When she found out she’d became one of the Olympic torch bearer, Dian exercised jogging right away. She tried the street in Depok but apparently it wasn’t too friendly trail. ”I’ve moved to the side, but I still almost got hit by bus too,” she said, so then she preferred exercising indoor with treadmill. Since she thought she would run for 200 or 300 meters far, Dian prepared herself seriously. “But in fact it was only for 70 meters, I didn’t even had sweat,” she chuckled. It was because the route that was supposed to be from Town Hall to Senayan, changed to be circling the Main Stadium Gelora Bung Karno. This was upon China government request via the ambassador Lan Lijun, for safety reason.