Strong jawline, bright smile, and an overall charming look and personality is the 29-year-old English Indonesian actor Richard Kyle. Recently, the actor was part of MNC Pictures’ The Professionals cast, alongside Arifin Putra, Fachri Albar, Lukman Sardi, and Melayu Nicole.
His face was instantly recognized thanks to Nivea Men ads “Muka Kaku”. With a tall figure, Richard easily stands out among the crowds. Currently, Richard is honing his acting skill through several projects, from the recent Jakarta Undercover, The Professionals, Ini Kisah Tiga Dara, My Trip My Adventure, to OKJek.
Prior to having a career in Indonesia, Richard lived in Australia where he also pursued his studies in cinematography and TV programming. Richard was just minding his own business with strolling around the city when a person handed him brochure to be a model, simply because Richard has a distinctive way of walking, labeled his walking as “grand”. His name grew big as a celebrated model in Australia, as well as in Thailand, where his parents live. As a model, this big motorcycle fan has been featured in many ads and magazines from Vietnam, Korea, Hong Kong, and to European countries.
And amidst his back and forth hectic schedule, BOmagz managed to interview with the rising actor and international model.
Tell us about your role in the movie The Professionals and what made you decide to be a part of it?
“I play as Joe. Joe is a brave person, he likes to fight and he loves boxing. When I received the script, I decided to give it a go. In the first casting scene, my interpretation of the character was wrong, honestly the team didn’t like my acting. They said I had to be more funny, the director advised me not to think about Joe as the badass, just relax, as if you’re playing a game. And that’s where I felt more relaxed and the second casting was more fun because I was confident. In the second casting, I kind of understood the story and his character.”
What do you like about this movie and why people should watch it?
“I like how the movie has different characters, that it’s a character-driven movie. It’s not just action movie, it’s more of a fun popcorn film that has a good storyline.”
Any interesting story you’d like to share from behind the scene?
“There was this one scene where we were on our way to exit the building, it was all about smoke bombs, running, and getting away from the bad guys, you know. And then we were supposed to get inside the car and driven by Sophie (played by Melayu Nicole), but the car just won’t start. We had to retake like 3-4 times, that was funny.”
So what it is about acting that intrigues you the most?
“Since I’m still new, I’m still making my way of becoming a real actor. I think I like acting because we can play with the characters.”
“I don’t have to be myself, I like to explore, what I can do with this character, what I can do that’s different that makes it better, to see how I relate to other characters. I like the idea that we can play with the roles and be completely different. During the filming process, I usually study acting by watching my fellow co-stars.”
Could you share to us your favorite movie?
“Lost In Translation, I really like it because the movie is very realistic. I relate to the film so much. I love Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and I really love Sofia Coppola.”
Oh, have you watched Her by Spike Jonze? Some said that it’s how Spike replied to her ex Sofia’s Lost In Translation.
“Yeah, I think that Sofia learned a lot from Spike and now she can portray her style of directing in her films. Spike is also my fave director.”
Last but not least, as a guy with a tight schedule in between modeling and acting, do you ever get down? And what do you say to yourself?
“To be honest, I don’t get sad easily. Well, I do, but it doesn’t last long because even when I’m down, I’m still a positive person. I’m happy with life.”
Photos courtesy of MNC Pictures and @richo_kyle31