Sophia Latjuba

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Sophia Latjuba
Born (1970-08-08) 8 August 1970 (age 46)
West Berlin, West Germany
Residence Jakarta, Indonesia
Nationality Indonesian
Other names Sophia Müller
Education Senior High School 3 Jakarta [1]
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s)
  • Indra Lesmana (m. 1992–93)
  • Michael Villareal (m. 2004–14)
Children 2
Awards 1994 BASF Award for Best Album Arrangement.

Sophia Latjuba (born 8 August 1970), currently known as Sophia Müller, is an Indonesian actress and singer.

Biography[edit]

Latjuba was born to Azzizurrahman Latjuba, a Bugis-Javanese, and Anna Muller, a German-Austrian, in West Berlin, West Germany, on 8 August 1970.[2][3] In her youth, she moved back to Indonesia with her father; she later reported that she felt closer to him than her mother.[4] She graduated from Senior High School 3 Jakarta.[5]

Latjuba made her film debut in 1987 with Bilur-Bilur Penyesalan (Stripes of Regret), while still in high school. She later appeared in numerous films, culminating with Kuldesak, directed by her then-sister-in-law Mira Lesmana which she appeared in for free, in 1998.[3][6] During her film career, Latjuba was considered a sex symbol;[2] Bruce Edmond, writing for The Jakarta Post, described her as being "many an Indonesian man's fantasy woman" at the time.[4] She also released several albums, including Hanya Untukmu (Only For You), which won the 1994 BASF Award for Best Album Arrangement.[3]

When preparing his 2002 cover album Dekade (Decade), Chrisye approached Latjuba to perform two duets, "Kangen" ("Longing") and "Anggrek Bulan" ("Moon Orchid"), with him on the album; Latjuba accepted. She later performed in the Dekade Concert with him.[7][8]

On 22 December 2008, Latjuba moved to Los Angeles, United States, citing rising intolerance in Indonesia[2] and overcrowding in Jakarta.[4] After taking a break from acting,[2] she began auditioning for film roles in Los Angeles and taking acting classes to improve her professionalism.[4] As of April 2012, she still lives in the city, in part because her daughter is studying performing arts there.[9]

On October 2012, Latjuba had changed her name to Sophia Muller.

Personal life[edit]

Latjuba's first marriage, in 1992, was to jazz pianist Indra Lesmana;[10] the couple had one daughter, Eva Celia. Her second marriage, on 30 April 2005, was to American national Michael A. Villareal, with whom she has another daughter.[3][9] After formally divorced in USA, both legalized their divorce at the South Jakarta Civil Court and was approved on 17 September 2014 by the judge.[11]

Filmography[edit]

  • Bilur-Bilur Penyesalan (Stripes of Regret; 1987)
  • Rio Sang Juara (Rio the Champion; 1989)
  • Valentine Kasih Sayang Bagimu (Valentine, Some Love For You; 1989)
  • Ketika Cinta Telah Berlalu (When Love has Passed; 1989)
  • Pengantin (Bride; 1990)
  • Taksi Juga (Taxi Too; 1991)
  • Catatan Si Boy V (Boy's Diary V; 1991)
  • Kuldesak (1998)
  • Tetangga Masa Gitu? (2014)
  • " Comic 8 Casino Kings Part 1(2015)
  • " Comic 8 Casino Kings Part 2(2016)

Discography[edit]

  • Senyum Yang Hilang
  • Lihat Saja Nanti
  • Hanya Untukmu
  • Hold On
  • Kabut Di Kaki Langit
  • Tak Kubiarkan

References[edit]

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