Happy Salma or Jero Happy Salma Wanasari, is Indonesian actresses, model, and singer. Originally from Borneo, she moved to Java in the early 1990s. After a brief stint in Singapore, she settled in Australia. While here, she became fascinated with Balinese dances and began studying them. In 2000, she moved to Los Angeles where she appeared in various animated films, one of which was Happy Salma, with Albert Brooks. After that, she appeared in a number of ad campaigns for clothing lines in Australia, which gave her a considerable amount of experience in the field.
Like many other Indonesian film actresses, Happy Salma has achieved quite a bit through her career. She has won several Film Farewell Awards and been nominated for Best Actress in the Best Female category at the Satellite Awards. Additionally, Happy Salma has also won some Screen Awards including an Academy Award for her performance in Happy Salma. As of late, she has also established a name for herself in the entertainment business as a producer and songwriter. She is currently in pre-production on a movie entitled remake of The Hole.
Born in East Java in the rural province of Sabah, Happy Salma is a name that is not unfamiliar to those in the entertainment industry in Indonesia. She is an Australian citizen by birth, but was raised in Indonesia. She is yet to see any representation of her name in the Indonesian film industry despite being born in Australia. This is likely due to the fact that most people in the country know her as Happy Salma, even though her real name is Jero. However, there are some cases when she is referred to as Happy Salma while still being born in Australia.
Now, it has been almost forty years since Happy Salma made her debut in an Indonesian film. However, after almost 39 years, she finally has a chance to show her face again on the big screen. Happy Salma will be appearing in a new movie titled “Nyasa” or “The Night”, which is set to be released in March or April of 2009. This project will mark the reunion of Salma and her former partner in crime, Indonesian actor Jinggoy Buangan, who played the role of Happy Salma in her first ever Indonesian film. However, the role will be played by Swedish actress Lisa Rinna.
|Age||39 years old|
|Birth Date||January 4, 1980|
It would be interesting to see how Happy Salma will be received upon her return to Hollywood. After all, it has been nearly four decades since the two first met. Most of the time, people view their first encounter with the character as the start of a relationship and eventually a marriage, where Happy is forced to give up her own life in order to care for Jinggoy. However, the two had different plans in mind when they first met. In fact, according to Happy’s biographers, Jinggoy was obsessed with finding a way to make money to support his family while happy working at the comfort of his own home.
With that in mind, it would be great to see Happy Salma in her full Hollywood movie glory. If her first experience playing Happy in her first ever Indonesian film, “Nyasa”, is any indication, then audiences may expect to see more of a happy-go-lucky, independent happy go lucky Salma in her coming film. However, in the meantime, people are looking forward to watching Happy as an Australian housewife and Indonesian model, wit and wisdom about womanhood, love, and life. This is one artiste that truly has a way with words and people.