Close-up: An Interview with Tiarnie Coupland

Q: You started acting at 8 years old. What did you love about performing at such a young age?

A: I PRETTY much fell into the industry after being discovered by a few casting agents in Sydney. I always loved performing from a young age as it was just like playing imagination or dress up. Sometimes I would make up skits or copy a section from TV shows and movies I had watched and perform them for my family and friends at school.

Q: How have you found the transition from being a child actor to an adult?

A: IT has actually been very smooth. I am lucky enough that each role I have played has pushed me that bit further. When I am not on set filming, I am busy auditioning.

Q: What have been the biggest challenges for you as a young actor and what advice would you give to up-and-coming talents?

A: MY biggest challenge came after I finished school and being an actor was my full-time job. I did not have five days a week of school to fall back on. I have pushed through that though and learnt that you just need to keep busy by doing short week classes for acting or learning new skills.

Q: You are already an accomplished TV actor and have received plenty of praise for your role in Love Child. What do you enjoy about working in that format?

A: LOVE Child was definitely a massive stepping stone for me – from child acting to a more complex and challenging role and script context.

What I loved about working on Love Child was that everyone was welcoming and a couple of the other actors (Jessica Marais & Ella Scott Lynch) took me under their wing and helped me out a lot.

Tiarnie Coupland in Love Child

Q: On the big-screen, you were excellent in 2016’s Killing Ground. What were your experiences working on the project and with director Damien Power?

A: KILLING Ground was a whole other world for me. Even though it was challenging, I still had a great experience. My character (Em) has a lot of emotional and traumatic scenes in the film, but Damien was always right there next to me after a take to see if I was alright which made it much more comforting during filming. He also liked to workshop the scenes with you, so you also had creative input in developing the character.

Q: Singing is another of your talents. Would you like to explore that career path?

A: I THINK that would be amazing, but at this moment in time acting and modelling are what I am working on. But It is something I enjoy doing on the side for sure.

Q: Who do you aspire to? Is there anyone you admire who is a similar age to yourself?

A: THERE are a lot of people who inspire me individually for different reasons. I know I have a lot of younger fans on my social media (follow Tiarnie on Twitter and Instagram) and I just want to be a great role model for them.

Q: 2017 was a fantastic year for you. What are your ambitions for this year and beyond? Do you have any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

A: THE year 2018 is still young. I would love to get some more acting and modelling jobs and I am currently working on a new role on the second season of JACK IRISH which should air later this year.


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