Apinya “Saipan” Sakuljaroensuk burst into the limelight when she debuted in the movie Ploy, directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. Despite being in her first movie, she outshined the central roles of heavy hitters including Lalita Panyopas and Ananda Everingham, and won awards for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at the Thailand National Film Association Awards and Asian Film Awards. Her brilliant portrayal of the unique character turned her into an overnight success and the rest is history. Notable also was her portrayal of Poupee in Lee Chatametikool’s debut feature Concrete Clouds. This too won her accolades as Best Supporting Actress. Since then, Apinya has starred in a number of commercials, music videos, television shows, and movies across genres from horror and thriller to comedy and romance. Her ability to naturally and almost effortlessly play complex, unique, and sometimes controversial roles that are a departure from the monotony of characters often seen in Thai media is exemplified in 1448 Love Among Us, which premiered in 2014 and explores themes of love and sexual relationships between two women. Her most recent movie, Grace, which premiered earlier this year, also sparked controversy and criticism for (some say) gratuitous violence and aggression. Apinya’s body of work over the past decade, some of which is internationally recognized, is proof that she is one of the true talents in an industry that produces an abundance of superstars often short on real talent.