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Teen bullying, three NIDA alumni on set and Bad Behaviour


Melissa Kahraman and Yerin Ha on Bad Behaviour (2023). Image courtesy of Stan

Whilst there is enough garden variety of movies and tv shows about high school bullying, none of them is set in the Australian bushland quite like Bad Behaviour. The new Stan limited drama series brought three NIDA BFA Acting alumni together: Yerin Ha (Acting, 2018), Tuuli Narkle (Acting, 2018), and Melissa Kahraman (Acting, 2019), as series regulars.

Warning: some viewers might find certain scenes to be triggering or offensive.

We reached out to Yerin (who’s currently on location in Hungary) via Stan publicist, to ask her about thoughts on working with other NIDA alumni.

NIDA: From collaborating on a NIDA stage to working together on set and being on Australian TV, how did working together feel as fellow NIDA alumni?

Yerin Ha: Working together as fellow NIDA alumni, there’s already a shared experience and a language together, which made everything easier and also a lot of fun. You spend a lot of time and effort trying to break the ice, bonding and getting to know fellow cast mates so there is a connection when you’re doing the scenes.


Yerin Ha as Alice

And especially on a show like Bad Behaviour, where you’re dealing with very sensitive topics that could be triggering for people, it was important to know that you could feel safe with one another, but it just quickened that whole process and we just got to enjoy being on set and focus on the work.

It was really gratifying to know that so many NIDA alumni were working on a show together and to see how much we have all grown as actors and human beings.


Tuuli Narkle as Miss Lacey.

Bad Behaviour is streaming now on Stan.

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