SECOND TIME’S A CHARM. Hannah Al Rashid is back on DA MAN with stories of a new action movie and her next big step, writes Joezer Mandagi
When I first interviewed Hannah Al Rashid back in September last year, one of the things she said that really stood out was: “When I moved here, I really felt that I have to still be the same Hannah from London.” It certainly appears that she’s still the humble, down-to-earth and no-nonsense actress who thinks nothing of doing her own stunts or her own laundry, and who happily goes everywhere around Jakarta on the back of an ojek or motorcycle taxi.
Today, however, anybody can follow her day-to-day adventures thanks to her new hobby: vlogging. As of the time of writing, her Youtube channel already has three videos. Two of those, unsurprisingly, feature a lot of footage taken from the backseat of an ojek and highlights her fascination with Jakarta and the challenges facing everyday commuters in the city. The third video, however, is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at her involvement in “Warkop DKI Reborn: Jangkrik Boss Part 1.”
“I love comedy,” says Al Rashid, who plays Sophie in the highly successful reimagining of Indonesia’s most beloved comedy group, which went on to become the most successful indonesian movie ever. “What I like about comedy is that however light it is when you watch it, there’s a very tough process behind it,” she adds, before going on how she learned a lot about the actual theories behind comedic timing and reaction from Arie Kriting, who acted as the movie’s comedic consultant, and Pakde [uncle] Indro aka Indrodjojo Kusumonegoro—the last living member of the original Warkop DKI trio.
All that being said, Al Rashid’s next movie appearance might just prove to create an even bigger splash. “In December and January we will be in the middle of production,” she begins. “It’s an action movie that will be really hardcore. I’m working with people that I’ve worked with before, whom I’ve had such great experiences with, and now they’re all gathered in this project.” Then she adds: “For me this is a dream team.”
Read more about Hannah’s upcoming project on the next page.