On the Couch with Tyallah Bullock

Tyallah Bullock AAR On the CouchWho is Tyallah Bullock?
Tyallah Bullock is a proud Aboriginal/Chinese (Yorta Yorta) performer and graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at the Victorian College of Arts, graduating in 2022. Her main acting credits include Ruth in Climbers (dir. Monique Marani), Marianne in Tales from Vienna Woods (dir. Mark Wilson) 14 in Wolves (dir. Yoni Prior), Bea in Here There Be Monsters (dir. Drew Macdonald), Sasha in Slaughterhouse (dir. Georgina Naidu), Mila in Babyteeth (dir. Georgina Naidu) and Clara Makin in Hatpin the Musical – Queensland Premiere’ (dir. David Harrison). She was also the winner of Best Actress at Tropfest 2019 and winner of the Paul and Donna Dainty award for Excellence 2022. Represented by Nathan Culliver Management.

At a more personal level my pronouns are She/They. My go to coffee order is a latte. Favourite food is Mexican. I love being immersed in nature and if I could describe myself in a few words, it would be awkward, shy and dedicated.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I love what I do now but if things were different, I’ve always had a love for and deep connection to animals. I would love to be involved in some capacity working with animals either at a Zoo, rehabilitation centre or in Marine Biology. I would of course need to retrain. Observing animals’ way of life is very beautiful to me and having the opportunity to be part of their world and learning from them would be incredibly special.

Who inspires you and why?
I deeply look up to Viola Davis. The way she views the world and how actors connect and draw from it is something I completely connect with. The creative sense of life that she uses and grounds herself with is something I want to incorporate in my acting and personal life. She inspires me to be more emotionally intelligent and apply my human experience more deeply into my work as an actor every day. My sister also inspires me every day, she is the bravest human in my life and I want to work harder every day because of her.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
There are so many big issues in the world now that it can seem overwhelming emotionally to see all this pain in the world. But it’s important to stay educated and take action. I think that each of us needs to find the cause or purpose that we can focus on making contributions locally and collectively in our environments and lives now. We need to take actions and be in conversations when we can be.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I actually love my country. I love exploring new parts of this land that I call home every chance I get. I’ve been recently exploring Victoria more as it’s honestly all I can afford but I love seeing all the little spots. I think it’s important that we appreciate our own country and all it brings as one of the most special countries in the world. But I would also love to see Scotland!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I love taking my mates to my favourite coffee shops. Nothing can beat the simplicity of going to a coffee shop and having a yarn. My go to coffee shop at the moment is Officer Coffee, really good team of people.

What are you currently reading?
I have dyslexia so I find reading a little difficult, but I have begun reading, Women Don’t Owe you Pretty.

What are you currently listening to?
I’m currently listening to a lot of Billie Eilish. Her new album is magical.

Happiness is?
Knowing that what you have, right now is enough.

What does the future hold for you?
All I can hope the future holds for me is being content and fulfilled in everything I do. Whether that’s me as Tyallah the actor or Tyallah the human. I just want to live deliciously always.

Tyallah stars as Mae & Malcolm in Macbeth (An Undoing) – which will be presented in an Australian premiere season at the Malthouse Theatre from 5 – 28 July 2024. For more information, visit: www.malthousetheatre.com.au for details.

Image: Tyallah Bullock (supplied)