Australian actress and model Tiarnie Coupland was discovered at only eight years of age and since then has forged a career as an actress appearing in numerous TV series, short films and commercials. Her big break came when she scored a lead role playing Maddy Kent in the ABC and CBBC children’s TV program The Worst Year of my Life, Again! She starred in season three of the Nine Network series Love Child and was nominated for a Logie for best new talent for that very role. She is also a model and was recently named the new face of jewellery brand, Jan Logan. Here she chats to me about juggling acting and modelling, her biggest pinch-me moment and what she plans to get up to over Christmas.
What is a day in the life of you?
It really depends whether I have an acting or modelling job. So, at the moment I’m working on a series; reading scripts, developing the character and being on set.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on an amazing ABC series, Jack Irish, which I’m very excited about!
Your career began at eight years of age. How did you get your start?
It all started with a TV commercial for the Sunday Telegraph, it was my first audition ever and I got the job! We [in the commercial] had to follow these ‘footsteps’ which led us to a newsagency and the Sunday Telegraph paper.
What does it mean to you to be the face of jewellery brand Jan Logan?
I’m so blessed to be the face of the AMAVI collection. It’s such an incredible honour to be able to stand beside the past faces of Jan Logan. They have all gone on to become some of Australian leading ladies in film and television internationally and locally.
How involved are you with the Jan Logan brand?
They are like family now. I see the whole team at Jan Logan at least once or twice a week at the moment. As an ambassador, I am so grateful that they lend me jewellery for events I attend. I’m very lucky to be able to wear such classic looking jewellery with a modern twist.
Who do you look up to in the industry?
I look up people like Emma Watson and Angelia Jolie. They are both very strong and independent women, who have amazing careers and look like they have a great time hanging out with family and friends.
Did you ever dream that you’d be nominated for a Logie at just 20 years of age?
Not at all! It was such a surreal moment. One that I thought would never happen to me at such a young age.
What has been your biggest pinch-me moment?
Probably being at the Logies and just before the night started. There were a lot of butterflies in the stomach that night. It was almost as if I was frozen in time and everything slowed down.
What are you most proud of in your career?
My proudest moment was knowing that all the hard work I put into Love Child series 3 was recognised within the industry and the viewers of the show. For them to have voted for me as best new talent at this year’s Logies?! I couldn’t be more thankful to them.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I hope that I’m living my best life! That I’m happy and that my career is going smoothly.
What has been your favourite role to date?
Oh that’s a tough one, they have all been so different to each other. No two roles I’ve played are the same.
What would be your acting dream role?
Oh gosh that’s a hard one. I think any young actress’ dream role would be a breakout character in a blockbuster movie. I think when the time comes and I’m reading the script, the role will click with me.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is from my parents growing up. They always told my sister and I to have “enthusiasm, focus and persistence”.
What was it like to work on Love Child?
Absolutely amazing. It was my first role on an adult drama and my character had a lot more depth and emotional vulnerability. I had three women who were motherly figures on set; Ella Scott Lynch, Jessica Marais and Mandy McElhinney–they helped out with some of those scenes where I had to be at my most vulnerable.
What do you like to do to relax?
I like to put on some calming piano music and chill in my room whilst working, or relaxing with mask or eye gels on.
Where is your favourite travel destination?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled a bit when I was younger. I would love to revisit Europe now that I’m older.
What are your plans for Christmas?
Plans at the moment would be to rest up and relax over the Christmas break. Maybe do a couple of day trips up and down the coast of NSW.