4 Things To Know About Actor And Ocean Activist Nadine Chandrawinata

By Chong Seow Wei

Nadine Chandrawinata went from beauty pageant winner to environmental activist. Here's four things to know about the 2021 Gen.T honouree

Tatler Asia

Nadine Chandrawinata is an Indonesian actress and film director whose love for the ocean extends beyond diving. 

In 2008 the Indonesian Gen.T honouree began her journey as an environmental advocate, as a coral reef ambassador for Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries—a role she continues to hold today. She also started her own campaigning group, Seasoldier, to raise awareness of the country’s plastic pollution in the ocean, as well as other issues such as mangrove deforestation and illegal dolphin capture.

Since it started in 2015, Seasoldier has established a presence in 15 locations across Indonesia, including Bali, Lombok, Medan and Bandung. Here's four things to know about Nadine Chandrawinata.

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Her big break was as a beauty pageant winner

In 2005, Chandrawinata was crowned the winner of Puteri Indonesia, one of the country’s major national beauty pageants. She later went on to represent Indonesia at the Miss Universe pageant in 2006. That same year, she made her film debut in a supporting role in Indonesian film director and screenwriter Upi Avianto's drama, Reality, Love, and Rock'n Roll.

Her affinity with nature shapes her movie career

Chandrawinata has worked on three films, all of which are anchored in stories about the environment. In the award-winning The Mirror Never Lies (2011), on which she was a producer, the story follows a young girl from the Bajau ethnic group—known to be sea nomads—who lost her father at sea and tries to use mirrors to search for him. 

In 2015’s Sagarmatha, Chandrawinata starred as Shila, who embarks on an adventure with her best friend Kirana to Sagarmatha, a national park in Nepal that's home to Mount Everest, to fulfil their promise to each other of climbing the world’s tallest mountain. 

In her latest film, Labuan Hati (2017), she played a character who chooses Labuan Bajo, home to the Komodo dragon, as a final dive spot before she gets married.

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She is a certified rescue diver

Chandrawinata has been diving since 2006 and has explored numerous waters since, including those of Iceland, New Zealand and all across Indonesia. She often shares her ocean adventures with her 1.9 million followers on Instagram, and counts Indonesia's Raja Ampat islands as one of her favourite places to visit; pre-pandemic, she’d visit the archipelago and stay for at least two months. Her favourite dive spots there include The Passage, Blue Magic and Manta Sandy.

Her family is also famous

Born to a German mother and Javanese-Chinese father in Hannover, Germany, Chandrawinata has younger twin brothers, both of whom are also actors. Three years ago, she married fellow actor Dimas Anggara. The couple are now expecting their first child together.

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