WAAPA graduate Peter Thurnwald gearing up for second season of Bump
Just two months ago Peter Thurnwald was virtually unknown in the acting world and now he’s gearing up for a second season of Australia’s biggest show.
The 23-year-old WAAPA graduate who recently starred as Lachie Koh in the hit drama, Bump, has come a long way since being adopted as a baby from South Korea.
“It’s so rare to see a lot of Asians auditioning for drama school,” he told AAA.
He dabbled in acting at high school, but it wasn’t until he started studying education and physics at The University of Queensland that he realised his true calling.
I kind of fell into it (acting).
“When I grew up, I never really wanted to do acting actually, I kind of fell into it,” he said.
“As soon as I stepped down on stage I fell in love with it and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh where’s this been for the past 17 years of my life?’.”
Like his character in Bump, he has struggled with belonging and hopes that others feel they can relate to and find representation in the culturally diverse cast.
“I’m adopted South Korean and even then, I’m Australian, I was here since I was basically born but sometimes I feel ... like we’re in this weird grey zone, where we’re not Korean but we’re not Australian,” he said.
“There are so many different types of people in Australia, and that’s what makes us who we are and it was just awe inspiring to see all of that being represented.”