From reel to real life, Malaysian actor Iedil Putra and Indonesian actress Prisia Nasution - both 32-years-old - found love on the set of Dain Said's upcoming film, "Interchange".
Iedil plays Adam, a forensic photographer who has to face dead bodies as part of his job. He then tags along Detective Man (Shaheizy Sam) as they both investigate a series of murders that are taking place in Kuala Lumpur.
Adam soon meets a mysterious girl named Iva, played by Prisia Nasution, who is also his neighbour. They both start falling in love, but there is a darkness surrounding them which involves the said murders, black magic and a supernatural being called Belian, played by Nicholas Saputra.
With such a dark subject matter surrounding this supernatural crime thriller, it's amazing how Iedil and Prisia managed to find love and tie the knot earlier this year!
We talked to the wonderful pair at the world premiere of "Interchange" at the Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland, where they divulged details on how they first met, what is was like working with Dain Said and how they embodied their characters in what promises to be an exciting film.
Cinema Online: What made you want to take on the lead role in "Interchange"?
Prisia: I knew of Dain and his crazy ideas! When he delivered the premise of the story I was blown away. You only get to play a role like this once every 10 years maybe?
Iedil: I have to admit that I'm a fanboy of Dain [laughs]. The opportunity to work with Dain is a dream come true. Knowing the story and what it stands for, made me drawn to it even more.
Would you say that your role in the film is more different or similar to your past roles?
Prisia: This is the first time that I'm getting to play an old soul trapped in a young body. It's completely different from my previous work.
Iedil: It's definitely very different. I don't think I've played a role like this before. It's a challenging but wonderful experience.
Did you take inspiration from other actors or movies similar in style to "Interchange" for your role?
Iedil: What's great about the whole process is that Dain guided us. There was a lot of discussion and a lot of reference given in terms of literature. For my character he gave me some books, some films to watch too. It was also trying to understand the idea of existential angst that is not very normal for someone in Malaysia. It's such a western ideology but I guess that's the fun of it. It's trying to incorporate that for the local landscape by matching it with local culture and mystic.
Prisia: For me, Dain kept saying Femme Fatale and I didn't really get it. Hopefully I managed to deliver what he wanted. I asked him for references but he said he can't borrow me his DVD's on that genre because others who borrowed them never returned it to him! [laughs] What I can say is that Eva is very sensual and interesting, and she has this thing about her where she is never afraid of death.
On a more personal note, congratulations on your marriage! Can you share how that happened and how and when you guys first met?
Iedil: We met for the first time during the rehearsal process. The first time that I met her I had a meeting with Dain. So when you see an exotic girl, as a guy I was like 'who is this chick?'. I guess subconsciously we both felt it. It was only after the whole shooting process I felt like I was missing something. It could have been me just missing the shoot, but when I dug deeper I realised it was her. Not the character, but the actual person. So one thing led to another and here we are in Locarno! [Laughs]
Prisia: The funny thing about me, every time something happens to my character in the film, it happens to me in real-life as well. Same goes with "Interchange". My character meets Adam and the chemistry started since reading I guess. I mean back then he had a girlfriend and I had a boyfriend, and at that point we understood each other as actors I guess.
What are your upcoming projects that we can look forward to?
Iedil: This is the only thing that I'm looking forward to this year! [Laughs] Oh and I also star in the September release, "Pekak" and then in November I will be Tokyo for the staging of "Nadirah" under Asian Cafe Theatre section. Jo Kukathas is going to direct it!
Prisia: I have several films that I have shot and they're not out yet. In September I will be shooting in Australia with an Australian cast.
"Interchange" comes to Malaysia this 1 December 2016.