Nicholas Saputra

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Nicholas Saputra
Born Nicholas Schubring Saputra
(1984-02-24) February 24, 1984 (age 34)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Alma mater University of Indonesia
Years active 2002–present
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

Nicholas Schubring Saputra (born February 24, 1984) is an Indonesian actor, model and television personality of German-Javanese descent. He is known for his role as Rangga in the 2002 cult classic romance Ada Apa dengan Cinta?, a role he reprised in Ada Apa dengan Cinta? 2.[1][2][3]

He won Best Leading Role Actor in Indonesian Movie Awards for his role in Janji Joni (2005) and Citra Award for Best Leading Actor in 2005 Indonesian Film Festival for his role in Gie (2005).[2][3]

Saputra is also known as a dedicated environmentalist.[4][5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Saputra was born to a German father and an Indonesian mother, after graduating from SMA Negeri 8 Jakarta, Saputra continued his study in University of Indonesia. He holds a degree in architecture from University of Indonesia.[2][7]


Saputra started his career in fashion industry as run-way model.

In 2002, he made his film debut in the romantic teen drama film Ada Apa dengan Cinta? opposite actress Dian Sastrowardoyo.[8] For his performance in the film, Saputra earned his first nomination in Indonesian Film Festival for Best Leading Actor; in 2005, he starred as the activist Soe Hok Gie in the biographical film Gie.[9] He won Best Leading Role Actor in Indonesian Movie Awards and many other films awards. Saputra made television appearances on Channel V Asia, hosting such segments as The Ticket and Screentime (2007).[10] Later in 2011, Saputra became a sportcaster for Malaysian TV station TV3.

In Pendekar Tongkat Emas, he played the mysterious warrior, Elang, a role that also involved heavily choreographed fight sequences;[11][12] in 2015, he starred in a web series Nic and Mar with Mariana Renata.[13] This is the second collaboration between him and Renata, who previously co-starred in Janji Joni, the series filmed in France and Czechoslovakia.[14]

In 2016, Saputra reprised the role of Rangga in Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? 2.[15] The film received positive reviews and was highly successful at the box office, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time in Indonesia, he also has a role in the fantasy thriller film Interchange, which debuted at the Locarno International Film Festival[16] and the Toronto International Film Festival[17] on the same year.

He co-produced an EU documentary on elephant conservation Save Our Forest Giants (2016) with filmmaker Amanda Marahimin.[18][19][20]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2002 Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?
(What’s up with Cinta?)
Rangga Rudy Soedjarwo
2003 Biola Tak Berdawai
(The Stringless Violin)
Bhisma Sekar Ayu Asmara
2003 Arisan!
Man in the Gallery Nia Dinata Cameo role
2005 Janji Joni
(Joni's Promise)
Joni Joko Anwar
2005 Gie Soe Hok Gie Riri Riza
2007 3 Hari Untuk Selamanya
(3 Days to Forever)
Yusuf Riri Riza
2008 Hulahoop Soundings Nico Edwin Short film
2008 Cinta Setaman
(Love Potpourri)
DVD sellers Harry Dagoe Suharyadi
2008 3 Doa 3 Cinta
(3 Prayers 3 Loves)
Huda Nurman Hakim
2008 Drupadi Arjuna Riri Riza
2011 Sarinah Rana Karr Kwee
2012 Kebun Binatang
(Postcards from the Zoo)
The Magician Edwin
2012 Kita Versus Korupsi
(We Versus Corruption)
Vano Lasja Fauzia Susatyo Aku Padamu segment
2013 Yang Tidak Dibicarakan Ketika Membicarakan Cinta
(What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love)
Edo Mouly Surya
2013 Strangers N/A Edwin Someone's Wife in the Boat of Someone's Husband segment
2013 Sokola Rimba Riri Riza As co-executive producer
2013 Cinta dari Wamena
(Love from Wamena)
Daniel Lasja Fauzia Susatyo
2014 Pendekar Tongkat Emas
(The Golden Cane Warrior)
Elang Ifa Isfansyah
2016 Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? 2
(What’s up with Cinta? 2)
Rangga Riri Riza
2016 Save Our Forest Giants[21] Himself Aditya Ahmad Short documentary film; as narrator and co-producer
2016 Interchange Belian Dain Iskandar Said Malaysian-Indonesian film

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2002 "Tentang Seseorang"
("About Someone")
2003 "Tak Mampu Mendua"
("Unable to Hesitate")
2003 "Debaran Cinta"
("Love Beat")
Siti Nurhaliza
2008 "Ingat Kamu"
("Remember You")
Duo Maia
2008 "Shadows" Nidji
2008 "Pernah Muda"
("Ever be Young")
Bunga Citra Lestari
2016 "Kali Kedua"
("Second Time")

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipients Results
2004 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Leading Actor Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? Nominated
MTV Indonesia Movie Awards Most Favorite Actor Biola Tak Berdawai Nominated
2005 MTV Indonesia Movie Awards Most Favorite Actor Janji Joni Won
Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Leading Actor Nominated
Gie Won
2006 MTV Indonesia Movie Awards Most Favorite Actor Won
2007 Indonesian Movie Awards Best Actor Janji Joni Won
Favorite Actor Nominated
2008 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Leading Actor 3 Doa 3 Cinta Nominated
2009 Indonesian Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
Favorite Actor Nominated
2012 Maya Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Postcards from the Zoo Nominated
2014 Indonesian Movie Awards Best Actor 'What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love Nominated
Favorite Actor Nominated
Best Chemistry (shared with Ayushita) Won
2015 Indonesian Choice Awards Actor of the Year Himself Nominated


  1. ^ Simajuntak, Tertiani ZB (29 April 2016). "'Ada Apa dengan Cinta 2': Long-awaited sequel doesn't disappoint". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Observing Nicholas". New Straits Times. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Exclusive Feature: Nicholas Saputra". DA MAN. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "First Annual Coral Triangle Day June 9". Ecology. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Rahmiasri, Masajeng (21 June 2016). "Nicholas Saputra invites you to help protect Sumatran elephants". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Artarini, Isyana; Budhi, Oki (30 June 2016). "Nicholas Saputra tentang Rangga, puisi, gajah, dan pacar" [Nicholas Saputra about Rangga, poetry, elephant, and girlfriend] (in Indonesian). BBC Indonesia. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Tracy, Mariska (15 April 2013). "Nicholas Saputra Ingin Bekerja Sesuai Passion" [Nicholas Saputra wants to work according to passion] (in Indonesian). Gadis. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ada Apa Dengan Cinta' Sequel to Hit Screens in April". Jakarta Globe. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Edwards, Russell (21 October 2005). "Gie". Variety. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  10. ^ Johan, Rizal (24 August 2007). "Nicholas' screentime". The Star. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  11. ^ Yuniar, Nanien (11 December 2014). "Nicholas Saputra belajar menjadi "setengah atlet" [Nicholas Saputra learned to be a "half-athlete"]. Antara News (in Indonesian). Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  12. ^ Afrisia, Rizky Sekar (11 December 2014). "'Pendekar Tongkat Emas': Pencarian Pahlawan Asli Indonesia" ['Pendekar Tongkat Emas': The search for Indonesian native heroes] (in Indonesian). CNN Indonesia. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Meodia, Arindra (12 March 2015). "Nicholas Saputra dan Mariana Renata bertemu lagi di "Nic and Mar"" [Nicholas Saputra and Mariana Renata meet again in "Nic and Mar"]. Antara News (in Indonesian). Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  14. ^ Bohang, Fatimah Kartini (12 March 2015). "Rangga "Berpaling" dari Cinta di Drama Line 'Nic and Mar'" [Rangga "turned away" from love in drama Line 'Nic and Mar']. Kompas (in Indonesian). Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  15. ^ Wreksono, Asmara (23 April 2016). "Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?': 14 years later". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  16. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (13 July 2016). "Locarno reveals 2016 line-up". Screen Daily. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  17. ^ Kumampung, Dian Reinis (12 August 2016). "Film Terbaru Nicholas Saputra Masuk Festival Film di Toronto" [Nicholas Saputra's latest film entered the film festival in Toronto]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  18. ^ Putra, M. Andika (22 June 2016). "Peduli Gajah Lewat Film Dokumenter 'Save Our Forest Giants'" [Caring for elephants through documentary film 'Save Our Forest Giants'] (in Indonesian). CNN Indonesia. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  19. ^ Rahmiasri, Masajaeng (21 June 2016). "Nicholas Saputra stars in EU documentary on elephant conservation". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  20. ^ "Nicholas Saputra Luncurkan Film tentang Perlindungan Gajah" [Nicholas Saputra releases a film about elephant conservation] (in Indonesian). Tempo. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  21. ^ "Save Our Forest Giants". YouTube. EU in Indonesia. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 

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