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Maudy Ayunda’s trans­for­ma­tion & more

At the age of 21, Maudy Ayunda has ac­com­plished many things. She is an ac­tress, singer-song­writer, the new­est and youngest brand am­bas­sador of L’Oreal In­done­sia and a Univer­sity of Ox­ford grad­u­ate. Her grad­u­a­tion for her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in phi­los­o­phy, pol­i­tics and eco­nom­ics will be held in Septem­ber. “Over­all, it was a time when I adapted to new things, talked to my friends about the philoso­phies of life and I got to know my­self more. It was more than just three years of aca­demic ed­u­ca­tion, but a time for self growth.”

Maudy trans­formed from child ac­tor to teen idol af­ter play­ing the lead and singing the sound­track of the two-part ro­mance movie, Per­ahu Ker­tas (Pa­per Boat), in 2012. Her lat­est song, “Jakarta Ra­mai” (Crowded Jakarta), tells of the lone­li­ness felt by res­i­dents amid the cap­i­tal’s hus­tle and bus­tle. Maudy plans to re­turn to In­done­sia’s en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try for the next two years be­fore pur­su­ing her mas­ter’s de­gree in the US. “I feel like I still have so much to ex­plore with my mu­sic

Three words to de­scribe my­self ...

Bal­anced, in­quis­i­tive, mul­ti­fac­eted.

My best traits ...

Hope­fully my grounded-ness.

And my worst ...

Over­think­ing.

Knowl­edge for me is ...

The ul­ti­mate en­abler.

Mu­sic is ...

The sound­track to my life.

My mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tion is ...

Singer-song­writ­ers who have their own style.

The best song I ever wrote ...

My first one ever (about a zookeeper).

An al­bum I lis­tened to lately ...

Jhené Aiko.

It would be a dream come true to star in a movie with ...

Jen­nifer Lawrence!

My best ex­pe­ri­ence in Ox­ford ...

Late-night con­ver­sa­tions with my friends about philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions in life.

When the go­ing gets tough, I ...

Write a song about it.

I would never ...

Get a tat­too.

My big­gest achieve­ment so far ...

Jug­gling school and a ca­reer.

The cra­zi­est thing that I have ever done ...

Fly­ing back to In­done­sia for three days in the mid­dle of term for work.

I laugh at ...

My own silly blun­ders.

And cry at ...

The thought of los­ing loved ones.

Three things I can’t live with­out ...

Seafood, my san­ity and a good pair of sneak­ers.

I still need to learn ...

How to med­i­tate and achieve mind­ful­ness.

My en­ter­tain­ment ca­reer gave me ...

Early professionalism.

Peo­ple would be sur­prised to know ...

That I can eat ex­cep­tion­ally spicy food and love it.

The best ad­vice some­one gave me ...

You can’t please ev­ery­one.

If I could change some­thing from the past, I would ...

Worry less.

One thing that I would change about In­done­sia, or the world ...

Dog­matic per­spec­tives.

My life motto ...

The uni­verse con­spires with us.

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