I’m looking forwards to there being no more disappointments. Faye Couros (Faye Couros)
Courtney Miller, who plays Bella Nixon on Home & Away, draws on her own life experiences to appreciate her character as she deals with the complexities of teenage love, social media, and body confidence.
Courtney, who is 23 years old, has certainly known a thing or two about life.
It’s most definitely a combination of her work as an actor on Home & Away, her degrees in counselling and psychology, and her personal experiences that have given her a unique perspective on humanity.
From how people respond in such circumstances to why one person may find a task more suffocating than someone who is confronted with the same problem.
On the episode, her character Bella is going through some growing pains as she navigates her boyfriend Nikau Parata’s modelling and fashion path, played by Kawakawa Fox Reo.
Bella is trying her best to be a supportive partner, but Courtney tells Girlfriend that she is anxious because she does not want to lose Nikau.
She puts on a brave face because, at the end of the day, this is a world she needs to enter for her photography.
They’re on their own emotional path, so we’re lying to each other and pretending things are well just to keep moving forwards, Courtney said.
Courtney has had to deal with a variety of difficult subjects since portraying Bella, including self-harm, sexual harassment, death, and mourning.
As an actress, it’s crucial to empathise with the character without passing judgement, so Courtney uses her degrees and experience working with the Lifeline mental health helpline to get into Bella’s brain.
I consider myself very fortunate as an actress to be able to discuss these issues and bring them to life; she [Bella] has experienced self-harm, sexual violence, loss, and grief; it’s a true journey as an actor.
Still, with a background in counselling and psychology, I’ve been able to better understand why Bella is behaving the way she is and to solidify her feelings. Since some of the plots are too massive, and I’ve never been through them as a human, it’s given me a better understanding of how she’ll feel and why her feelings are valid, said Courtney.
Bella and her boyfriend Nikau are dealing with social media and body confidence, in addition to the nuances of youthful love.
All can relate to falling down a pit trap and scrolling into oblivion until our perception of a balanced body image is completely distorted.
It’s a difficult situation to be in, particularly if you’re trying to break into the fashion industry like Nikau and Bella are.
Courtney has a primarily healthy experience with social media, either because she is a little older or because of her tendency to rely from context as a result of her psychology studies.
I make every effort not to make it my life. Courtney explained, “I don’t even update it in the morning because I have other stuff to do.”
But that doesn’t mean she isn’t sometimes distracted by Instagram’s propaganda.
When we asked if she ever finds herself contrasting, she said, “Every time, every time, it’s like propaganda, because you can’t get away from it.”
On Home & Away, tackling body confidence is territory that isn’t too far removed from Courtney’s personal experiences.
Since, like other people, she has had depressive thinking loops, but she has learned to use perspective to help her get out of them.
I think I’ve always been aware of my body since I was a kid, and I’m not sure where it comes from. I’ve always had little problems, but they’ve never taken over my life.
And much of the time, I tell myself, this is how you look, so don’t worry about it.
Courtney’s way of thinking demonstrates that she uses healthy thinking processes to deal with difficult circumstances, which are attributes that may have come in handy during her time at Lifeline.
Courtney gained real-world exposure while working with Lifeline during her second degree in therapy. When we asked her what people should think when they call the helpline, she said, “When they call the helpline service, they should expect…
People used to call me to complain they didn’t know what to say, and I’d tell them they didn’t have to.
And people are really sure that this programme is for people who are in desperate situations, which is completely false; it is for any situation, and it is a support helpline for any sort of problem you are facing, as Courtney explained.
In terms of her own mental health struggles, she has been fortunate in that she can depend on her mother for support.
I’m very fortunate that I have a decent friendship with my mother; I can go to her for something, and she taught me how to handle situations on my own. In other words, if I’m anxious, I’ll go for a walk, eat enough and keep my whole body system in order, talk it out, and not put it down.
Courtney said, She taught me contact, and communication is my go-to.
Good communication skills are essential for successful marriages, but when someone young is learning the laws of marriage, problems are bound to arise.
Bella’s friendship with Nikau on Home & Away is acted with the maturity that comes from Courtney and her co-star Kawa.
Kawa praised Courtney and how they formed their characters through conversation and character analysis in an interview with Girlfriend.
Kawa said, “We had a couple of talks with Courtney about what we thought, and she is very great and quick to work with.”
Courtney says she’s glad they were able to take this approach because it allowed their characters to develop an equal and supportive relationship, which is powerful to watch.
Most young people, like me, have seen turbulent partnerships in which the power balance is off or you are not your best self in the partnership, among other problems. However, I believe Bella and Nikau have a fair and loving friendship, which is rare, according to Courtney.
Courtney has had to deal with heartbreak in her own life, but she has learned one crucial and undeniably real lesson as a result of facing the extremely difficult obstacle.
I believe I am still having minor self-doubts, and I believe I am learning to be a strong woman in this world, particularly in the last three years, where I have been heartbroken and have chosen men who do not treat me well.
Finding my value inside that and discussing those issues with my psychiatrist. Which is, for me, boys,’ Courtney said.
Courtney hopes that by getting herself up and recovering after learning this life lesson, she will find her equal.
However, I believe that knowing my worth and meeting someone who is fair to me and treating me well is something I must wait for in my life.
It’s just sadness right now, so I’m looking forwards to the day when there’s no more disappointment, Courtney said.
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