Ario Bayu: For the Love of Acting
Ario Bayu recently shot to fame as the country’s new bad boy with his role in the film “Catatan Harian Si Boy” (“Boy’s Diary”).
The remake of the 1980s classic saw Bayu racing cars, chasing girls and beating up his enemies on the mean streets of Jakarta. But in reality, Bayu would rather read a book than throw punches and would prefer to take his mountain bike for a spin on the weekend than get behind the wheel of a new BMW.
The 26-year-old took up acting at the age of 15, while at high school in New Zealand, the country where he has lived most of his life. His school offered a range of creative programs, from music to art, photography and drama.
“Science and math were never really my forte. They never really tickled my taste buds, so to speak,” Bayu said. “So when I was in high school, I was referred to the art side of things.”