Acting comes naturally to 17-year-old Caitlin Halderman. “I began in school theatre when I was small,” the Dutch-Indonesian actress recalls. “I’ve always loved the attention I get when I perform. I started modelling when I was 8. I was doing commercials, and then I got an offer to audition for a movie. “And I said: ‘I can’t act. I’m not confident, I just don’t think I’ll make it.’ But I did the audition and it went well. Two weeks went by with no news and I thought it wasn’t meant to be. But then I got a call to get ready. I was excited! It was my first move and I got a main role (as Ayla in Ada Cinta di SMA (2016).) “I felt nervous as I did the readings. The pressure was on. At first, I couldn’t get the feelings of the character. I felt bad. It was my first movie and I didn’t know what I was doing.
They suggested I study some other movies. I learned a lot from that and I did well finally. I fell in love with the film industry. It’s a fun job to do. “I enjoy every movie I’m in. Every character I play is unique. The most challenging role so far was in Forever Holiday in Bali. I spent two months learning the Balinese accent with a voice coach. After the filming was done, I still had the accent! Of course there is Surat Cinta Untuk Starla; webseries and the movie that succeed of becoming one of Indonesia’s box office in 2017. “Acting is not all about glamour.
We have responsibilities. We have our own issues. What makes it hard sometimes is that we’re role models. We have to set a good example and show the public that we deserve to be in that position. “I’m really looking forward to the release of my next film in 2019. It’s a horror-action movie called Dread Out. It’s the first Indonesian film to be based a computer game, and it’s a new genre for me.”
Photographed by Robin Alfian
Styled by Peter Zewet ⠀
Caitlin Halderman is wearing a dress by Eddy Betty / Jewellery by Cartier ⠀
Make-up by Noveo Alexander
Hair by Franciska Natalia
Stylist Assistant Devi Lesmana
Shot on location Da Vinci Indonesia