The leading lady gets it all!
Setiap manusia terlahir dan hidup dalam balutan rasa takut. Tapi bagi saya, dari semua hal di dunia, tak ada rasa takut yang seharusnya lebih besar daripada rasa takut terhadap detik demi detik yang berjalan. Jika ditanya mengapa, jawabannya adalah karena waktu merupakan sebuah permainan takdir yang tak akan pernah ada di dalam genggaman manusia, entah siapapun Anda, sekuat apapun Anda, atau sehebat apapun Anda. Waktu memiliki kuasa untuk membangunkan Anda secara tiba-tiba dari sebuah lelap panjang dengan segala bentuk penyesalan. Konon, dari situ baru Anda belajar akan arti sebuah kedewasaan. Banyak yang berpesan untuk tidak menyamakan arti menua dan menjadi dewasa. For the better or worse, kerap kali dua hal tersebut tak jalan saling bergandengan tangan. Salvita Decorte adalah salah satu manusia yang sukses beradu laju dengan waktu. Di umur dua puluh lima, ia telah sibuk dengan sejuta rencana. Mulai dari bayi yang siap ia lahirkan ke dunia, karier melejit yang tengah hangat-hangatnya, hingga mengolah diri menjadi dewasa meski berada di dunia belum terlalu lama. Di tengah sesaknya para wajah itu-itu saja yang terus berputar berirama, hadirnya paras segar Salvita mampu membuat dunia hingar bingar kian menyambutnya dengan gegap gempita. Be prepared, Salvita Decorte is the new primadona!
Saya sendiri pun tak menyangka pertemuan singkat dengan seorang Salvita memberikan banyak pilihan aksara untuk menuturkan gambaran panjang mengenai dirinya. But, whatâ€™s not to like about her? Dengan senyum simpul manis, hidung mancung, tulang pipi tegas, dan relung mata yang dalam, tentu sihir pesona Salvita bukanlah hal yang mengherankan lagi bagi saya, atau mungkin pula Anda. She models, she paints, she lives beyond the borders. Tapi dari semuanya, justru kesan pertama yang ia berikan kepada saya tak lain adalah kesan ramah dan apa adanya, kesan yang tak kerap saya tangkap dari wanita sepertinya. Ternyata kebaikan Tuhan telah menganugerahi Salvita lebih dari sekadar fisik nyaris sempurna. Bercakap sejenak dengannya, mampu membuat saya terpana, kami berada di umur yang sama, tapi memiliki fase kehidupan yang jauh berbeda. She is the leading lady, not only on the show that brings her name to all over Asia, but also in her own life.
Kali ini, saya belajar dari seorang Salvita bahwa kedewasaan adalah sebuah pilihan yang memang tak pernah dapat terukur dari satuan angka. She is young, she is pretty, she is free, but she is ready. Youâ€™ll be seeing this model/actress/artist/mom-to-be more from now on. Salvita Decorte gets her own full world, she is the eye-cather under the spotlight, the it-girl who is ready to ooze her starlight.
Apa kesibukan Anda sekarang?
Sekarang, sih, honestly, lagi slow, karena lagi hamil. But, still working buat photoshoot, tapi milih-milih photoshoot-nya. Karena, I feel my body is not as light as it used to be. Masih casting untuk film juga karena aku harus memikirkan setelah melahirkan dan tahun depan.
Untuk Halfworlds sudah selesai produksinya?
Syutingnya sudah dan baru keluar di sini [Indonesia â€“red] sebulan yang lalu. Every Sunday on HBO Asia. Kami syuting delapan episode and it was in May until July. Syutingnya di Batam. Jadi, mereka membangun replika Kota Jakarta di Batam.
Wow! Itâ€™s a big production!
Yea, itâ€™s the biggest production Iâ€™ve ever been in.
Masih terus casting untuk tahun depan, does that mean that youâ€™re serious about getting into this acting world?
Yeah, because itâ€™s a challenge for me. Aku sudah modelling dari umur 15 tahun, and now Iâ€™m 25. Tapi untuk bermain film, merupakan sesuatu yang harus aku mulai dari awal. Selain itu, juga karena aku enggak pernah study theater or anything formally, in a way itâ€™s been such a blessing and almost a miracle for me to be able to do it because Iâ€™m basically doing it because I wanted to, but a lot of people give me a lot support, so seperti jalannya udah disiapkan untuk aku.
Like everything is so easy for you?
Itâ€™s not easy! I still get criticized. Iâ€™m a first-timer, obviously Iâ€™m not as good as the people who have studied or have been here for a long time.
How did you get into this acting world in the first place?
It was something that I always wanted to do, but never had the courage to do it. Karena, dari dulu aku merasa aku enggak pernah sekolah akting formal and if I wanna do it, I donâ€™t wanna be shit in it, I wanna do it properly. That made me scared to try. Since the last two years, I started casting, and a lot of directors, writers, people in the industry really supported me and really helped me get into it. Jadi, yang dari pertama aku mulai with a small character in Mantan Terindah, I thought might as well just do it for the experience because aku enggak punya formal training, so pengalaman bisa jadi training aku.
I guess dari kecil aku ingin sekali ikut teater, tapi aku lahir dan dibesarkan di Bali. There is no world for theater and movie in Bali. The world is beach and surfing, so I never got the pathway. Ketika aku di Jakarta dan mulai casting, finally I get to do it. Itâ€™s something yang dari dulu aku inginkan tapi enggak pernah tercapai. Also, I think acting is another form of art.
And you paint as well.
Yes, but itâ€™s more like a hobby.
Salvita, what is your biggest fear in life?
Hmmmâ€¦. Hahaâ€¦. I havenâ€™t thought about it. For me, when I think about losing people I love, thatâ€™s the most excruciating, I canâ€™t even begin thinking about it because I have lost my father. So every time I think about it, itâ€™s something that I really fear. People say, â€œYea, people pass away, they die, thatâ€™s okay, like itâ€™s the way life isâ€, but I canâ€™t think about it because I find myself spiraling into a very dark place every time I think about it. Also probably I think everyoneâ€™s fear is dying and having a lot of regrets for the things they havenâ€™t done, which I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s possible to not have, because thereâ€™s so many things you wanna do. But I think if you know that youâ€™ve tried your best and you know that youâ€™ve tried, then I think it okay.
What about future? Are you scared of what might happen in the future?
Takut, sih, iya, tapi enggak takut seperti Iâ€™m gonna be depressed thinking about it. Takut karena you never know what can happen, but itâ€™s exciting and interesting to see whatâ€™s gonna happen. Itâ€™s a mystery that you can not solve right not. Like, I never foresaw myself to be in this position now. And yet I am here and Iâ€™m quite content.
Being a mother isnâ€™t an easy thing to do.
Hahahaâ€¦ how far along are you?
My baby is 7 months.
Two months left. How are you preparing yourself to be a mother?
I must say, before I got pregnant, I always thought, â€œOkay, if Iâ€™m pregnant Iâ€™m gonna be the type of pregnant lady who does yoga every dayâ€, but of course in reality, that doesnâ€™t really quite work out. Iâ€™m preparing myself more into the basic stuff like watching birthing baby with my partner. I havenâ€™t even thought about baby shower, which I just thought about it today, which I have to do it soon. Iâ€™m just taking one step at a time, right now I just need to concentrate on my body, especially that Iâ€™m planning to give birth at home in Bali. So Iâ€™ve been watching lots of natural birth videos. Hahahaâ€¦. Sometimes can be quite scarring, sometimes can be quite beautiful too.
Are you nervous?
Ummm… Yea, Iâ€™m not gonna lie, but at the same time, most women has to go through it, so it can not be just as bad as they say it is. They also say itâ€™s the most beautiful thing ever, but Iâ€™m not gonna lie to you, itâ€™s painful. But I think when you think the pain is gonna be that much, but when youâ€™re actually in it, you donâ€™t think about it that much that youâ€™re in pain, but you donâ€™t really feel it. So I think when Iâ€™m in there doing it, giving birth, I know Iâ€™m gonna be fine.
Youâ€™re 25. Baru saja terjun ke dunia acting. I think 25 years old is really young forâ€¦
Yes, babies. Why now?
Honestly speaking, in my teenage years, aku selalu pikir Iâ€™m never gonna have a baby young, because my mom had me when she was 39. And then when I turned 23 that changed completely. I started dating my husband like two years ago and already from the start, baby was one topic we constantly talked about. Until we both changed and he said, â€œOkay letâ€™s have it nowâ€. A lot of people and my agent bilang, â€œKenapa, sih, sekarang? Kamu baru selesai syuting Halfworld. You just started movies. Why? When youâ€™re pregnant, you canâ€™t work for a while, terus punya anak nanti ribet!â€. And I said, â€œOkay what if I have it when Iâ€™m 27, still after that I can not work, I might as well have a baby now, when Iâ€™m done, I can still go back to work. Itâ€™s not the end of the worldâ€.
Itâ€™s not the end of the world?
No, itâ€™s not! Haha…. Itâ€™s a beginning of a new life but itâ€™s not the end of the world.
How do you think youâ€™re going to raise your child?
I donâ€™t wanna be a neurotic mom, or mom-to-be. I was born on an island, raised in an island. Sometimes I think being born in an island is better than in the city, especially in Jakarta. If you have the support, you have the nanny, and your family is here, maybe itâ€™s nice. Kids in Jakarta, their playground is mall, indoor, our lives are always in a car. So for me being an island hippie, my husband calls me â€œisland hippie girlâ€, thatâ€™s not something I want for my kid. But my husband, heâ€™s brought up in the cities, heâ€™s older than me by nine years, he said, â€œI live in the city my whole life, and I turned out okay, youâ€™re just being a Bali hippie!â€, so it really depends on how you make the best of it. But I want my kids to love the outdoors. And I think also, freedom is an important thing. But I can say that now, you never know what youâ€™ll become; I might become a neurotic mom. Aku inget di Bali, I was allowed to draw on walls at my house. Jadi, kalau aku mau lukis di tembok, enggak apa-apa, karena bapakku juga gitu dan ibuku juga. I think that was very important for me now as well, in a way if you wanna do something, you just should do it, sort of. You should at least try it. If you have creative ideas, go for it. If it doesnâ€™t work out, chances are it doesnâ€™t always work out the first time, but eventually it will. Now like I wanna make this jewelry brand, Iâ€™m not scared to try it.
Tell me more about your childhood.
Aku lahir di Bali. My parents are artists. Which was difficult, my dad didnâ€™t live with me, he lived in a different house. Because he was an artist and artists are eccentric people. Tapi ketika aku kecil, it was nice. I remember when I was 6, I was allowed to walk to the beach by myself, now you wouldnâ€™t let your 6 year old walk alone to the beach in Bali. There was a lot of creative energy in my house.
Would the 5 year old you be proud of who you are now?
Yes, but I do have one thing that I think I could be working on more as a creative person, itâ€™s been so long since Iâ€™ve painted on a canvas and only got myself to blame for that, but really thatâ€™s something that I really wanna have more in my life. Other than that I think the little me wouldnâ€™t want me to live in Jakarta. Hahahahaâ€¦.
Apakah Anda takut menjadi tua?
Hahaâ€¦. Sometimes that hits me. But as much as I am scared of getting old, I think everyone has that moment in life.
And youâ€™re 25!
And Iâ€™m 25! And that started when I was 22. When I started modelling, in the models apartment, I was the youngest, and then suddenly I am the oldest. Well, I think you can grow old gracefully as well. You can see people who embrace growing old versus people who hate it and want to be young again. I want to be those people who embrace it.
Whatâ€™s your opinion on getting plastic surgery to fix aging?
I support plastic surgery if thereâ€™s something wrong with your health wise. Hahaâ€¦ Also maybe, when you have four kids, of course your breasts are gonna get saggy, and if getting fake boobs can make you feel better about yourself and it makes your partnerâ€™s life more exciting, then go for it. But no offense, personal opinion only, anyone whoâ€™s 17 and get her lips, their whole face done, their tuck done, I donâ€™t include that as aging gracefully. I havenâ€™t thought about getting plastic surgery.
(to be continued)
Teks: Andreas Winfrey / Foto: Torik Danumaya
Read more aboutÂ Salvia DecorteÂ in our Volume XCVII “The New Age Issue”!