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Cast of HBO Asia’s new original series Halfworlds can’t wait to ‘kick a**’

BATAM — Trouble is brewing in the world of HBO Asia, or rather, in their upcoming thriller Halfworlds. Although details about the set, costumes and specific storylines can’t be disclosed as yet, a visit to the soundstages and backlot of Infinite Studios in Batam, where parts of the show are being shot, revealed a story set in a dark and mysterious world of humans and demons. And some members of the Halfworlds cast are already itching to get in on the action.

BATAM — Trouble is brewing in the world of HBO Asia, or rather, in their upcoming thriller Halfworlds. Although details about the set, costumes and specific storylines can’t be disclosed as yet, a visit to the soundstages and backlot of Infinite Studios in Batam, where parts of the show are being shot, revealed a story set in a dark and mysterious world of humans and demons. And some members of the Halfworlds cast are already itching to get in on the action.

“My character is more of this street fighter, so I don’t have the skills that the other characters do,” said Indonesian model-turned-actress Salvita Decorte, who plays a street artist named Sarah. “My style is more like street-fighting-tough. It’s not as cool as the other characters, but I can definitely kick some a**.”

She continued: “I’ve got like, three moves. The first time I learned my moves ... I took a whole day to practise my three moves, I saw Reza (Rahadian, her co-star) kicking five guys in three minutes. And I was like, ‘how did he do that!’”

In addition to Indonesian heartthrob Reza, Decorte’s co-stars include Malaysian actor-screenwriter-director Bront Palarae, Indonesian jazz singer Aimee Saras and Singaporean singer Nathan Hartono. All eight hour-long episodes will be directed by renowned Indonesian director Joko Anwar, who also co-wrote the series. And for Reza, who is known in Indonesia for his roles in movies such as Habibie & Ainun, his biggest challenge here is that his lines are in English.

“This is the first time I have done a series in English, so there is a lot of work to do,” said the suave actor, who plays a blade-wielding immortal demon. “It’s not easy to memorise all the lines, but for me, the more important thing is that each character I play has its own originality and background. That’s what makes it fun. It’s still based on our (Indonesian) culture and our own myths, so it’s not that hard to get into character.”

Saras, who plays Pinung, a tattoo artist and Sarah’s friend, also talked about shooting some of her most demanding scenes. “My (most) physical scene is actually tattooing,” the actress quipped. “I am a girl and that tattoo machine is really heavy!”

Halfworlds will premiere exclusively on HBO (StarHub TV Ch 601) at the end of this year.

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