Actress turned lawyer slash entrepreneur, now that might sound a bit much of a plate for you, but the 31-year-old Nadia Saphira handles everything well. She once played as Milly in the telly adaption of Ada Apa Dengan Cinta in early 2000s, followed up a series of hit movies like Jomblo, Coklat Stroberi, Cintapuccino, and Under the Tree. Given up all the spotlight, Nadia chose to pursue her master’s degree in the University of Westminster, London, in 2013.
So whatever has changed since then for Nadia?
“Well, I quit acting in 2010, and then moved to London to take a master’s degree on law. Afterwards, I went to Le Cordon Bleu, a cooking school and went back again to jumpstart my career in Law for about 4 years or so, then I started my other business like Breathe Studio. In Breathe Studio, we specialized in pilates and core strengthening. There is a lot of work out here that is good for your alignment for your strength, toning the body and everything.”
Why breathing and core exercise though?
“When I was in London, I really love pilates classes because the one that they have there is less boring. They also have a big class, capable of having around 12 pilates reformers there. Once I got back here and had a career in law as an associate, it’s different. Salary wise, it’s different than being an actress. When I was still an actress, I can afford doing pilates private classes. Pilates classes can cost IDR 700 thousand to 1million per one class, so I decided to have something like the one in London with affordable price.”
In terms of the process of having the studio, have you any difficulties?
“It took me 11 months to actually find a place that I really love. I think to find a property around this area (Senopati) is not that easy. And bringing the machines from the US, I learned a lot about air fright, tax and everything. And the third one is about finding the trainers, I have to try the work out, at least the suitable exercise based on each trainer and developing the classes for each.”
What is it about pilates that you’re really fond of doing?
“I like a work out that focuses more on alignment and toning the body, I’ve been trying to stay on the same weight for the past 15 years. I think everybody’s need for their body type is different. When I was 15 years old, I was diagnosed with light scoliosis, the doctor said I should do pilates to help better my alignment. I used to have the worst hunchback ever when I was younger, so I think pilates has really helped me.”
People say, being healthy affects your inner beauty. Do you think so?
“To me, inner beauty is about accepting beauty, accepting other, and to actually take a few seconds before responding to something,—and meditating. What I learn from meditating is that: your emotion and your thought are always different. Your reaction when you find out about something is not always aligned with your real thoughts; like when you’re in the right mind to solve the problem. I think inner beauty has to come from both sides. You have to be happy, you have to be honest, you have to be able to say what you want, and listen to people with your heart and with your mind.”
Now how about your beauty routine.
“I do facial on monthly basis, laser every once or twice a month in my beauty clinic: ID Beauty Clinic. On daily basis, I start with moisturizer, eye cream, sun block, and at night, I use lavender mist, night eye cream, serums, and a night cream from ID beauty clinic. And on top of that, I also apply vitamin C.”
For someone who’s really into balanced life between health and career, could you give tips to those who want to do the same?
“Healthy for me is start of everything. For me, I love meditating, I love yoga, I love to drink healthy juices, I eat vegetables, but healthy is all about balance as well.”
“I think if you go too much on the healthy side and forget to have fun, it’s not healthy as well. Because your body needs to have fun, your mind needs to relax or have a good time, so it’s all about balance. People are paying too much attention on image and branding, so I think you should just let loose, let go, just being healthy, be yourself.
“People nowadays are all about “I’m healthy “, but when they come home, they would eat instant noodles in the middle of the night and would drink alcohol. If you want to be healthy, you have to be balance, just keep it light. It’s okay to cheat once or twice, I do that too sometimes but I try to keep it balance. Though I work out 3 to 4 times a week, drink juices for 3 times a week—not everyday, because sometimes I’d cheat as well.”
Writer: Ervina Michelle Liem
Editor: Galuh Tathya
Photographer: Vicky Melly
MUA: Nadia Renata
Stylist: Salsabila Sari
Digital Imaging: Dela Naufalia
Wardrobe: available at The F Thing
Location: Breathe Studio, Senopati