Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Koale, who is of Samoan descent, regularly performed in church productions before becoming associated with Massive Company, a professional contemporary physical theatre ensemble group. With Massive Company, he performed in the acclaimed productions of “Havoc in the Garden” and “The Brave.” Prior to landing his first major studio film role, Koale worked locally in New Zealand, starring in Tusi Tamasese’s critically acclaimed “One Thousand Ropes,” and he appeared on the television series “Shortland Street” and “Harry.”
Koale will make his Hollywood film debut as a lead in the upcoming feature film “Thank You for Your Service,” set for a wide theater release on Oct. 27. Directed by Jason Hall, Koale stars opposite Miles Teller in the war drama about a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggling to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they left the battlefield. Koale portrays Solo, based on the real-life soldier Tausolo “Solo” Aieti, who saved two comrades in Iraq but struggled to cope with the death of a third who died in combat.
Recently, Koale shot the independent feature “Ni’ihau,” based on a true story set during World War II when Shigenori Nishikaichi, an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot, crash-lands on the Hawaiian island of Ni'ihau. Also, Koale stars in the short film “Manurewa,” which was selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.
Currently, Koale resides in Hawaii. His birthday is Oct. 26. Follow him on Twitter @BeulahKoale and on Instagram @BeulahKoale.