Kelly Tandiono is stepping away from the runway in pursuit of silver screen success. The statuesque beauty talked about her love of acting and her plans to launch a lingerie line that’s comfortable as well as sexy
Kelly Tandiono’s almond eyes, strong, almost ice-queen-like, gaze and statuesque figure are among the hypnotising qualities that have made her a runway star. With 10 years of local and international experience in the modelling industry, the sultry 176-cm-tall beauty believes it is time to take up a new challenge.
“i’ve been modelling since i was 18, and while i will still be doing it, i think it’s time for me to learn something new,” she explains. “acting pushes me to my limits and i’m the type of person that is always up for new challenges.”
in her third and latest movie, Negeri Tanpa Telinga, Kelly plays a seasoned political lobbyist who notoriously uses her allure to get her way. The drama flick sees Kelly involved in racy scenes with three different men, including veteran hunk Ray sahetapy.
“at first, i wasn’t comfortable with it,” admits Kelly of shooting lurid love scenes. “But i’m trying to be professional. i realised that such scenes were a significant part of the role i was playing. The movie is about power, sex and money, so the racy scenes were an important part of the plot.” Being the candid Kelly that she is, discussing the way sex scenes are made for the cinema screen does not make her uncomfortable. “The real challenge was doing it with three different people for one movie,” she chuckles.
as a movie starlet, Kelly looks up to sahetapy as an actor. “i learned a lot from Ray,” she says. “The most important lesson i took from him is the way to convey emotions to the audience. For example, you don’t always have to scream to show that you’re angry. you could be whispering, but with the right intensity, audience would feel your anger. Knowing how to control your emotions is an actor’s weapon.”
Kelly is anxious to avoid typecasting. Her tomboyish nature motivates her to take on roles that are out of her character - a lady in love for instance. “i’d like to try to be a girly girl in a romantic drama,” she giggles. “i think that’d be very challenging for me because i would have to go out of character! The hardest part, i imagine, would be to create instant chemistry with a stranger. oh my! i think it’d be easier for me to kill someone in a movie than to act that i’m in love!”
But according to Kelly, it is the effort to stray away from one’s character that makes the acting process addictive. “i can be a completely different person through acting, and that’s very thrilling,” she notes. “i like it when the director tells me to cry, be happy and go into multiple emotions in such a short time span. it’s an unbeatable sensation, a satisfaction i get from staying in character.”
The dynamics of acting is the decisive factor that has convinced Kelly to slowly step away from the runway and climb her way up to the silver screen. “in the modelling industry, people already know my signature look that’s so Kelly, with the strong gaze and fierce stare”, she says. “But in acting, i get to put myself in someone else’s shoes and, strangely, i can express myself better.”
Kelly will be busy throughout 2015. she will be working on two new movie projects and a musical. The last will see her returning to the stage after years of singing hiatus. she was a choir member and a singer in a pop band during her high school days in singapore, performing at the indonesian embassy for the independence day celebrations, among other gigs.
Her enthusiasm for acting does not mean that Kelly will cut her ties completely with the style scene. Fashion is, after all, her first love. as 2014 drew to a close, she was preparing the launch of her own lingerie and swimsuit brand, in collaboration with a fellow model. The idea of a lingerie line came to mind in 2013, when Kelly realised that most intimate clothing items for women restrict and confine the body for the sake of a better visual illusion, putting comfort in the backseat. “i realised that there was a gap in the local lingerie market,” she says. “Most innerwear products do not really care about comfort. i want to design comfortable lingerie products that look beautiful at the same time.”
always on the go and continuously pushing her limit, it is only apt that Kelly is our it Girl for 2015. “i think that what makes me an it girl is the fact that i’m more than just a pretty face,” she smiles. “i have goals, and i go the extra mile to make them come true.”
“I can be a completely different person through acting, and that’s very thrilling”
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