The Jakarta Post
US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan (middle) during the shoot of sinetron 'Dunia Terbalik'. (instagram.com/duniaterbalikrcti_mncp/File)
US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan starred in a sinetron (soap opera) Dunia Terbalik (Upside Down World) episode, which aired on Wednesday evening on a local channel.
According to a teaser posted by the sinetron's Instagram account, Donovan acted as himself, a US Ambassador to Indonesia, who visited Cikadu village where the story takes place. He was also said to have become friends with ustad (Islamic teacher) Kemed (Idrus Madani), one of the characters.
“I really appreciate the actors and crew who have to work very hard every day,” he told Warta Kota after shooting in Bogor, West Java, adding that it was also important to respect the traditions and become a part of Indonesia.
He also jokingly said that acting was more difficult than his duties at the US Embassy in Indonesia. “It’s very difficult, so I’m looking forward to returning to the embassy to do my actual job,” he laughed.
One of the regular casts of the sinetron, Indra Birowo, said that Donovan seemed to understand the storyline of Dunia Terbalik, therefore it was easy for him to participate in the shoot as he only had issues with blocking in front of the camera.
Meanwhile, another regular actor Bengbeng told Warta Kota, “I just saw that ‘Pak Dubes’ didn’t have any difficulties. Perhaps he had been trained at his office, so there's no trouble during [the shoot].”
Dunia Terbalik is a comedy sinetron that is aired daily. It follows the villagers of Cikadu where many female residents work as migrant workers abroad. The drama arises as the wives become the breadwinners of their families and their husbands have to take care of the house and their children. (wir/kes)
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