Due to severe high-blood pressure awhile ago, the 33-year-old actor Dallas Pratama fell into a coma for a month. Eager to make a comeback in the showbiz industry, the star of Serigala Terakhir showed us how work hard never fails us, that everything is possible. Letter F had the chance to talk with the 6ft-tall actor as he shared his memorable moments.
He initially started his career by being a model, but once he tasted the bittersweet experience of being an actor, he got hooked and realized that he found his true calling. In the span of 8 years, Dallas has starred in more than 10 films, 10 film television titles, and two major soap operas under his belt. Currently, he enjoys his new role as a father. He prefers shooting films or TVs that is less than a week so he could spend more time with his family.
In Serigala Terakhir, Dallas plays as Jago, alongside Vino G. Bastian, Fathir Muchtar, Dion Wiyoko and Ali Syakieb in 2009. It was his first step to be recognized as one of the new promising actors in Indonesia. The film has four nominations in Indonesian Film Festival 2009; Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Artistic Layout and Best Sound. However, his first role was in Punk In Love movie as the drunkard Andra.
So from Punk in Love and Serigala Terakhir, tell us – have you always wanted to be an actor?
“Actually, Punk in Love and Serigala Terakhir were released in the same year. Prior of being an actor, I worked in a hotel, and was also salesperson. Little did people know, I studied at Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Bandung and went to Yogyakarta to work in one of the most expensive hotels in the world. Afterwards, I switched my job as a marketing officer at one of the biggest real estate properties in Jakarta. One day, I was strolling at the mall with friends when a scout from modelling agency asked me to join with them.”
“After several considerations, I asked permission to my parents, my mother said to me, “No matter what you do, do it wholeheartedly. Don’t do it because people tell you what to do, do it because that’s where your passion lies, and everything will fall nicely into their piece’.”
“I knew nothing about modelling, so I had to learn from scratch, especially about posing. I had to always keep my body in shape when I was a model, and that’s when I thought to myself, why not explore other possibilities. And after more than 6 months mingling in the modelling scene, I moved to another agency that allows me to learn about modelling and acting classes. I met Fedi Nuril in a casting session during a movie and he suggested that it’s about learning by doing. He told me to participate more in film casting, so I did. Surprisingly, I got the role in Punk In Love, but I didn’t have any lines there! (Laughs) I got hooked though, so I started to participate in more casting film process and landed myself a role in Serigala Terakhir.”
So your most memorable movies in the eyes of public were Punk in Love, Serigala Terakhir, and Taring. But which has the most memorable experience?
“There was a fighting scene in Serigala Terakhir, sort of a gang brawl, that took five days of shooting only for one single scene. Due to many factors, from the heat to the diet –since we were all topless so we had to look fit on camera-, each of the actor felt fatigue and had to rest, one by one. First, it was Vino, Fathir, myself, Dion, and Ali. We were most probably dehydrated. That was the most memorable experience ever for me.”
When your learned acting, you likely have one actor that inspires you. Who’s your inspiration?
“I adore Johnny Depp, he’s versatile. Any kind of role he was in, he played them all so very well. I really like his role in Pirates of Caribbean and Sweeney Todd. Although I have to admit lately his films weren’t memorable enough. ”
Any hidden wishes that people aren’t aware of – acting wise?
“To be honest, I always look up to Vino Bastian and Fahrani. And I’m thrilled with the fact that I was in the same movie with them, and also Tora Sudiro –which thankfully I was able to work with him in a comedy movie titled Perempuan-Perempuan Liar. “
How about wildest dreams?
“I really want to get a role as a lunatic, a person who has lost his mind with no regards about what’s good and bad. People who have lost their mind due to various reasons, they sometimes don’t have their clothes on and often dig in the trash can to find something to eat.”
What is the hardest character in your opinion?
“Aside from being a lunatic, I think I’d like to play a religious character. I think it’s going to be exciting and thrilling at the same time. Because I can expand my knowledge about the religion, and as an actor, I can learn something new through my acting. And I think it’s good.”
As an actor who has starred in various movies and worked with various directors, who’s your favorite?
“I like Garin Nugroho, Joko Anwar, Up Avianto – I love their works. On international level, I would love to work with Tim Burton!”
Last question: any quotes to live by?
“I always live based on this simple quote, “Everything is possible”. Don’t give up easily, put your heart into it, keep doing what you love to do, because when you work hard, you will reap its rewards.”
Writer: Adhinda Latifa
Photographer: Vicky Melly
MUA and Hairdo: Nadia Renata
Stylist: Hilarius Matthew
Videographer: Iqbal Syafei
Video Director: Mario Raymond
Digital Imaging: Dela Naufalia
Graphic Design: Rusdah Ulfa