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Karina Salim: On screen & in shape

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, June 16, 2013   /  03:05 pm
Karina Salim: On screen & in shape (JP/Andreas D. Arditya) (JP/Andreas D. Arditya)

(JP/Andreas D. Arditya)Budding actress Karina Salim has just entered the world of cinema and is getting involved in more projects.

The 21-year-old'€™s name has been in entertainment news in the past few months, thanks to her first two films being screened in May, namely, What They don'€™t Talk about When They Talk about Love and Pintu Harmonika (Harmonica'€™s door).

'€œI found my way into the cinema world through ballet. I started ballet when I was 5 and then spent the next 15 years doing it.

Each year we would have performances and I would compete with other ballerinas auditioning for the lead role. We would then have acting coaches, usually well known actors from the Jakarta theater scene, so I guess I had a grounding in theater.

In 2010, I joined the musical satire Onrop with director and writer Joko Anwar. Last year, I also acted in Joko'€™s short movie, Durable Love.

Joko later recommended that Mouly Surya [writer and director of What They don'€™t Talk about] audition me. The film was an exciting experience. I had to play a girl with limited sight. I had months of observation and practice for the part.

It was really challenging, because unlike blind people, people with limited vision have active eyes, constantly looking around. I had to practice blank expressions while moving my eyes.

Mouly also decided to include a scene where my character dances ballet, knowing that I'€™m a trained ballerina.

The experience of going to Sundance was also a lot of fun. I got to meet Hollywood actors and take pictures with them, including James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

I'€™ve been increasingly getting busier and busier. I always want to spend my days off with my family, because it'€™s really hard to find the time.

I get to keep in shape with them. My parents are very active; my mother loves yoga and my father biking. You can find me jogging with them at the Senayan sports complex during my leisure time.'€