Talia Rowley chases acting dreams

Talia Rowley. Photo: Supplied
Talia Rowley. Photo: Supplied

A FORMER Redlands girl is carving out a career in film and script writing.

Talia Rowley has been featured in web series Killa Kafe.

The series was premiered on Thursday last week at Sydney and could hit festival trails soon.

The dark comedy is about a cafe that serves customers coffee with the chance to have troublemakers in their life executed.

Rowley said she was shocked to see herself on the big screen for the first time.

The 26-year-old plays the part of Jane Doe – a corporate woman killing her way to the top.

Rowley watched the series with other cast members at its premiere.

“It is the first time that the whole cast had seen the series,” she said.

“I was pleasantly surprised. We had a musical number in the last episode.”

Rowley, who has an agent, said she became interested in acting after an impromptu skit she performed at school drew shrieks of laughter from classmates.

“There was a moment in year eight I had to pick between drama and textiles,” she said.

“I was going to pick up sewing but then I had a drama class and made everyone laugh a lot.

“I pulled out of sewing at the last minute.”

Rowley said she finished studies at film and television school Screenwise last year after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Screen from Griffith University.

She had since begun working on an Instagram comedy short series and was also setting up a website to help inspire young kids to try out the performing arts.

“The website which is in its final stages and focuses on Aussie content for kids,” she said.

“I'm so proud to have written a catalogue of scripts that kids will be able to utilise both in the classroom and beyond.

“This comes off the back of having recently written and directed a travelling theatre piece for kids, performed at the Myer Sydney City store over Christmas as part of their entertainment program.”

Rowley, who attended Carmel College as a teen, said her Instagram short series would feature herself as different characters.

“I'm very much looking forward to showcasing my versatility,” she said,

“Inspiration for the piece has certainly come from comedy greats like Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Lilley and Sacha Baron Cohen.

“We clearly need to put more females on the map in this department though.”

For more information about Talia, visit taliarowley.com.