Julie Estelle

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Julie Estelle
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Born
Julie Estelle Gasnier

(1989-01-04) January 4, 1989 (age 30)
ResidenceJakarta, Indonesia
NationalityFrench
Indonesian
Alma materLycee International Francais de Jakarta (2007)
Occupation
Years active1998–present
AgentICM Partners[1]
Known forJulie Estelle

Julie Estelle Gasnier (born January 4, 1989) is an Indonesian actress and model best known internationally for her roles in slasher and martial arts films, such as Ladya in Macabre (2009), Hammer Girl in The Raid 2 (2014) and The Operator in The Night Comes for Us (2018). She won Best New Actress at the 2015 Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards.

Early life and education[edit]

Julie Estelle was born on January 4, 1989, in Jakarta, Indonesia to an Indonesian mother and French American father. Estelle graduated from Lycee International Francais de Jakarta majoring in Business.[2]

Career[edit]

2005 - 2011: Career beginnings and breakthrough[edit]

Estelle rose to stardom at 15 years old after debuting in a 2005 romance film Alexandria, taking on the role of a 20 year-old college senior. For her acting in this film, Estelle won The 2006 MTV Indonesia Awards "Most Favorite Rising Star".[3] In 2006, Estelle starred in a blockbuster horror film Kuntilanak (The Chanting) and its two spin-offs in 2007 and 2008 respectively.[4] She was featured on the cover of Playboy Magazine's Indonesian edition for July 2006 issue, right after she turned 17.[5]

In 2010, Estelle dipped into her first action film genre in The Mo Brothers' mega blockbuster slasher film Macabre.[6] The following years, Estelle played in numerous local TV series and movies. At 20 years old, Estelle was the seventh-highest paid actress in Indonesia.[7] In addition to modelling career, she also appeared in several music videos.

2012 - present: International breakthrough[edit]

In 2012, it was announced that Estelle has joined Gareth Evans' action crime film The Raid 2, the sequel of 2011 hit The Raid: Redemption. She was cast as Hammer Girl,[8] a merciless female assassin who uses claw hammers as her signature weapon and is proficient in Silat Harimau.[9] Evans was impressed with her audition and decided to cast her in spite of her lack of martial arts background.[10] For the role of Hammer Girl, Estelle learned pencak silat from Yayan Ruhian, the co-choreographer of the film.[11]

In 2014, Estelle attended Sundance Film Festival for The Raid 2 world premiere. Justin Chang of Variety praised Estelle, "Two particularly nasty assassins, the aptly named Baseball Bat Man (Very Tri Yulisman) and Hammer Girl (Julie Estelle), feel straight out of the Tarantino playbook, particularly in a climactic endgame whose red-walled production design seems to be channeling Only God Forgives." [12][13]

For her performance in The Raid 2, Estelle received the Best New Actress award at Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards at The 2015 Shanghai International Film Festival.

In 2016, Estelle reunited with Iko Uwais and Mo Brothers of Macabre for another action thriller Headshot. Estelle walked the red carpet of Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of Headshot in Midnight Madness programme in September 2016.[14] In the same year, Estelle starred in a drama Letters from Prague, as a woman trying to fulfill her deceased mother's last wish to deliver a box filled with letters from her past to an old guy lived in Prague. The film was selected as the Indonesian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.[15]

Estelle garnered wider international critical acclaims for her role as The Operator in Timo Tjahjanto's 2018 action thriller The Night Comes for Us. The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on 22 September 2018,[16] and was distributed by Netflix.[17] Kieran Fisher of Film School Reject wrote, "Her role was that of a background player, but she certainly made a memorable impression and further proved that she could get mix it up with the best of them", and "The actress boasts such a commanding screen presence and effortlessly compelling aura that she could become a household name in the West if she picks the right roles."[18]

In November 2018, Estelle joined ICM Partners as her representative agency in the U.S.[19] In December 2018, Estelle was cast to play the leader of rebels in an American-Indonesian joint production action film Foxtrot Six.[20] The film was released in late February 2019. The Jakarta Post praised her performance in the film, "She is the best performer of the film as she rarely comes off as awkward even when delivering the film’s forced dialog and her character also being the most interesting."[21]

Personal life[edit]

Estelle is the second daughter out of three sisters. Her elder sister, Catherine Sharon Gasnier [id], is a TV host and actress.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1998 Daun di Atas Bantal Little girl Cameo
2005 Alexandria Alexandria Jasmina
Dealova Amanda
2006 Kuntilanak Samantha
2007 Kuntilanak 2
Selamanya Aristha
2008 Kuntilanak 3 Samantha
2009 Macabre Ladya
2010 Aku atau Dia Novie
2011 Cowok Bikin Pusing Cecile
2012 Brokenhearts Olivia
2014 The Raid 2 Hammer Girl First film with Iko Uwais
2015 Filosofi Kopi El
City of Blood Tun
2016 Headshot Rika Second film with Iko Uwais
Letters from Prague Laras
2017 Gerbang Neraka Arni Kumalasari
2018 The Night Comes for Us The Operator Third film with Iko Uwais
Milly & Mamet Alexandra
2019 Lagi Lagi Ateng Cemplon
Foxtrot Six Sari Nirmala

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animation April O'Neil (voice over) Indonesian version
2008 Melamar Peramal
2010 Amanah Dalam Cinta 54 episodes
2011 Kasih dan Cinta 25 episodes
2012 Dewi Penjaga Rindu
2013 Aprilio dan Julie Julie 39 episodes
2015 The East Claudia, herself Supporting role and guest star

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist/Band Ref.
2007 Ketahuan Matta Band
Akal Sehat ADA Band
Cobalah Mengerti Peterpan
2008 Takkan Ada Aku Lagi Ello
2009 Hafizah Sembilan Band
2011 Bidadari William Gomez
2013 Letoy Blackout

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 MTV Indonesia Movie Awards Rising Star Alexandria Won
2007 Jakarta Film Festival Best Actress Selamanya Nominated
2014 Yahoo! Celebrity Awards Most Stylish Actress N/A Nominated
Indonesian Choice Awards Actress of the Year The Raid 2 Nominated
Maya Awards Arifin C Noer Award for Brief Appearance Nominated
2015 Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best New Actress Won
i-Cinema Awards Most Favorite Female Actress Filosofi Kopi Nominated
2016 Indonesian Movie Awards Best Actress Letters from Prague Nominated
Most Favorite Female Actress Won
Best Chemistry (with Tio Pakusadewo) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Julie Estelle bergabung dengan Agensi Hollywood". Media Indonesia (in Indonesian). December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Maharrani, Anindhita; Gestina Rachmawati (October 3, 2008). "Julie Estelle Stop Lawan Kuntilanak" (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  3. ^ "SHOWBIZZ - Julie Estelle". Viva.co.id (in Indonesian). Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Yazid, Nauval (April 12, 2008). "Julie Estelle: The making of a star". Jakarta Post. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  5. ^ Exeter, Mal (May 17, 2010). "Julie Estelle Exclusive". Da Man.
  6. ^ "Julie Estelle goes back on her word". Jakarta Post. January 14, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  7. ^ Exeter, Mal (May 17, 2010). "Julie Estelle Exclusive". Da Man.
  8. ^ "BERANDAL (aka THE RAID 2) Announces New Cast, More Ass Kicking". Twitchfilm. December 20, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "Julie Estelle akan Perlihatkan Silat Harimau". Entertainment.ghiboo.com (in Indonesian). December 27, 2012. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "Julie Estelle jadi "hammer girl" di "The Raid 2"". Antaranews.com (in Indonesian). December 20, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "JULIE ESTELLE KETAGIHAN BELAJAR SILAT!". Antaranews.com (in Indonesian). February 5, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  12. ^ Chang, Justin (January 22, 2014). "Sundance Film Review: 'The Raid 2: Berandal'". Variety.
  13. ^ Balderston, Michael (July 10, 2014). "The Scene at Sundance Film Festival: Parties, Panels and Premieres (Photos)". The Wrap.
  14. ^ Miska, Brad (September 6, 2016). "Ultra-violent 'Headshot' Trailer Takes Aim at TIFF". Bloody Disgusting.
  15. ^ Simanjuntak, Tertiani (September 23, 2016). "'Surat dari Praha' to represent Indonesia at Oscars". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  16. ^ "World Premiere: The Night Comes For Us". Fantastic Fest. September 23, 2018.
  17. ^ Miska, Brad (September 26, 2018). "Netflix Brings the Action This October With 'The Night Comes For Us'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  18. ^ Fisher, Kieran (October 21, 2018). "Julie Estelle Should Be a Huge Action Star". Film School Rejects. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  19. ^ "Julie Estelle bergabung dengan Agensi Hollywood". Media Indonesia (in Indonesian). December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  20. ^ "Foxtrot Six". IMDb. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  21. ^ Amirio, Dylan (February 22, 2019). "'Foxtrot Six': Another intense action film with stellar cast". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved February 22, 2019.

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