Last March, the 21-year-old Tatjana Saphira Hartmann was invited by Tory Burch to attend the grand opening of its new boutique in Hong Kong. Prestige asked her about the experience of meeting the designer and how she expressed herself through art.
What are you currently busy with?
I’ve been travelling, playing tennis and learning to speak Korean. Other than that, I’ve been doing my daily jobs, such as photo shoots, commercial shoots and preparing for my upcoming movie, which the shooting will start around mid-July. It is an adaptation from a famous novel with the 1920’s setting. It is a fiction piece inspired by Indonesian history and I feel so excited.
What do you think is really exciting about acting?
It is something that scares me and somehow that motivates me to keep trying and working on myself, so I can improve and give my best shot. Acting helps me get out of my comfort zone and it has changed me a lot over the years. When I started this career, I had a reserved personality and had difficulties in socialising and opening up to other people. Acting has helped me to break those boundaries.
Has acting set you free?
It has built my confidence to express myself. Acting also taught me about empathy, because I did a lot of different characters with different types of conflicts, which I would not normally about yourself.
What does art mean to you personally?
Art is very important because it’s therapeutic. It helps me to think less of myself, but something bigger. I think art in terms of filmmaking is about collaboration. I am also into drawing, colouring and painting but only for myself and a stress reliever. When I am at home, I would grab a piece of paper or scrapbook then start to draw. It’s a form of self-expression.
You met Tory Burch at the opening event of her new flagship store in Hong Kong last March. How was she in person?
She is very gentle, graceful and nice. Before I flew to Hong Kong, I did some research about her and found that she is an independent woman who fights for her dreams. But on the other hand, she is also an amazing mother who can maintain a balance between her work and raising three children. I love the way she empowers women through her foundation. I met her on International Women’s day, so it was amazing to spend it with such an inspiring woman.
What do you think of the Tory Burch SS18 collection?
It’s unique and a lot of the pieces that I would wear daily. I especially like the cutting; it’s very precise and classy. I love the dresses because they are elegant and versatile.
What does fashion mean to you?
It is the way you express yourself. I think fashion can be an experiment too.
How do you see yourself in the future?
At the moment, I see myself as an actress and want to better at it. I also see myself as a businesswoman someday. Lately, I see my seniors and peers not fully relying on to entertainment industry, but rather making themselves as a brand to build a businesses. That is something that I want to do in the future.
FASHION STORY CREDITS
Photographed by Denny Tjan ⠀⠀⠀
Styled by Peter Zewet⠀⠀⠀
Make-up by Jacqueline Stephani ⠀⠀⠀
Hair by Kristin ⠀⠀⠀
Stylist Assistant Devi Lesmana⠀
Tory Burch is in Plaza Senayan, Pacific Place & tunjungan Plaza 4, Surabaya.