KELLY TAN­DIONO

Up­town girl

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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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