Rose’s new film “Brightest Star” premiered at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in Los Angeles tonight, and we have added photos from the event to our gallery. Many more photos is still to come, but we wanted to share these with you while we went on to collect more. Rose looked stunning, and she definitely stole the red carpet! The actor and actress Rose are posing with, are Chris Lowell and Elvy Yost. They both star in the film with Rose…
Check out 20+ pictures added in our gallery, and return in a couple of hours for additions.
Appearances > 2014 > Jan 29 | “Brightest Star” – Los Angeles Premiere x21
Original Source: We Got This Served!
Date: January 29, 2014
Rose McIver is a young actress who is slowly putting a stranglehold on the television world. She stars on two of the hottest Sunday night programs for very different audiences. In Once Upon a Time’s third season, on a small hiatus but set to return on March 9th, McIver plays the iconic Tinker Bell. She also has a recurring role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, where she portrays Vivian Scully. McIver’s performance as a traditional young woman trying to figure out her own sexual boundaries in a rigid society makes her one of the cable series’ most fascinating characters and has given the New Zealand native a wealth of acclaim.
It has been a long road for McIver, whose first role was in a television commercial at the tender age of two. At three, she garnered a small role as “Angel” in Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning drama The Piano, although American movie audiences likely know her best for her role as Lindsey Salmon, Suzie’s younger sister, in the adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones. As she balances her roles on two of television’s biggest dramas, she also has time for film. In the new romantic drama Brightest Star, McIver plays Charlotte, a driven college graduate who leaves her boyfriend (played by Chris Lowell) aching at his knees. Not one to give up, he sets out to win her back and rekindle that spark of first love.
Recently, I had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with McIver. She spoke about creating onscreen chemistry, the roles that attract her the most and why the characters she portrays in Brightest Star and on Masters of Sex aren’t all that different.
Check it out below and enjoy!
WGTC: When I spoke with [Brightest Star writer/director Maggie Kiley], she told me that when she met with you for the role of Charlotte, she instantly knew you were right for the part. What attracted you to this role and working on this film?
RM: When I read the script, I had been reading for the past few weeks beforehand a bunch of scripts that had this really expository dialogue and I just hadn’t been very inspired by the material I was reading. Then I got Brightest Star, which had a different title at the time. I remember just feeling like I could do all of these things and feel like it was my voice. It was beautifully written. I think a big part of it is the fact that Maggie Kiley is an actor, as well as a director. So that was the immediate draw. And then, just the subject matter, the fact that the story is about these people who think they know what they want and think they know where they’re going and suddenly the ground is pulled out from under them. Becoming an adult changes all of those ideals you think you have. It just felt very resonant and was what I and all of my friends were going through. It made a lot of sense to me.
WGTC: And you could personally relate to the character’s struggles. How much of you is there in Charlotte?
RM: I think a lot of me. I really like the fact that it was in a contemporary time period and playing the age that I was. It definitely eliminates a couple of those elements that can sometimes put filters on the performance. I got to really just engage with as much of me as I could. And Chris Lowell was fantastic in helping to bring that out. He’s somebody who’s also interested in creating a really raw, real chemistry onscreen and building an environment where we’re able to genuinely make each other laugh and genuinely irritate each other so that we don’t have to be manipulating the material.
WGTC: With that sense of chemistry between your characters, when you’re shooting an independent film, you only have so much shooting time to get to know the actor playing the love interest. How did you connect with Chris to create this chemistry and this relationship in such a short amount of time?
RM: Chris and I started an email chain backward and forward between each other for months leading up to the project, which was really helpful. We had talked about the books we like, the films we like, where we grew up and our families, what we might have wanted to do when we were children, all sorts of questions. He then had this wealth of resources to tap into. It helps on set that he knows in-jokes or he knows nicknames that someone used to tease me about when I was little. He kind of drew on that stuff. We worked on doing that a lot. We worked with Maggie in a rehearsal period, particularly in the weeks before production. We spent it talking about the context behind each scene, what we really needed to get out of them and what textures we could find in them as well. We were lucky that although we didn’t a whole lot of time, we had enthusiasm on our side and everybody was invested in trying to tell the best story they could.
WGTC: What did you like the most about working with Maggie on her first feature?
RM: You would never know it was her first feature. She was so centered and knows exactly what is worth fighting for. I think that is a really wonderful attribute for a director. She doesn’t feel the need to over-communicate between takes. She’ll absolutely come and guide you toward what she needs if you feel you’re not delivering. She actually knows which things are worth bringing up and which things, if she brings them up, will clutter the performance and clutter the on-set environment. She’s very deliberate about her words and careful and that’s immensely useful.
WGTC: Maggie told me that directing was something that she was never interested in doing. A few years ago, she got the chance to direct a short and now directing is where she is putting her attention. Would writing or directing be something that interests you in the future?
RM: Writing is definitely something that interests me a lot. What’s fantastic is that Maggie doesn’t have this big, overwhelming ego and sense of need to be the centre of attention. She has this amazing ability to put her own ego aside completely and just focus on the storytelling and focus on the job that needs to be done. I commend her for that. I don’t really have a drive toward being a director at all. Not that I wouldn’t rule it out, but I just don’t think my instincts lie necessarily in a very visual way. But I am very interested in storytelling, narrative and character development, so writing is something that I absolutely want to do.
WGTC: You’ve been acting in film and television from a very young age, going all the way back to Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning film, The Piano. What led you to pursue acting at such a young age?
RM: It was completely incidental at the beginning. My brother got scouted in a bank when he was about 3. My parents, who were just not stage parents at all, really didn’t want us to go down that path. So she let him do this one commercial and I think she thought it was harmless, and it was. And he’s a musician and acted a little bit throughout his childhood. We were never able to take time off school to do it. It was something that was school holidays and weekends. It’s like how other people pursue tennis or ballet. We had acting. It’s just something that kind of happened and we really enjoyed it on our weekends. I’m just grateful that I stayed in school, as well. Knowing what a real high school was like is so useful when you’re trying to play a high-school student. I’m just glad that what started out as a hobby ended up being a passion of mine and that I’ve been able to keep enjoying it.
WGTC: Switching gears for a moment, on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, you play Vivian. Earlier in the interview, you were talking about taking your own experiences in the modern day to colour your performance in Brightest Star. But Masters of Sex is a period piece and the social and sexual climate of the time is very different. How do you prepare for a role in a period piece, as opposed to a contemporary project?
RM: I think the big difference between the two is societal expectations of a young woman. The reason I can relate to Charlotte quite easily is both my parents are artists and I grew up in a family where the idea of being a doctor or a lawyer wasn’t an expectation. It was, ‘Yes, if it happens, that’s great.’ If you end up wanting to do music or write or art, you are equally celebrated for that. And you are also celebrated whether you’re a man or a woman. We’re at a time period now that is not, by any means, entirely equal, but much more open toward that for women to be able to work in those industries.
Whereas, for Vivian in the fifties, to be the daughter of the Provost, she was very much expected to marry a suitable young man and check those boxes. In some way, the context is very different. Charlotte had the freedom to explore different opportunities and different potential outcomes as an adult. But both characters were asking the same questions and they’re both having the same identity crises. Is Vivian’s first love what she’s expecting it to be? Is Charlotte’s first love what she’s expecting it to be? How are those ideals subverted by encountering the real world? They’re different in context and different in freedom, but I think very similar in identity forming.
WGTC: You are a very busy young actress with your television and film work. Going forward, you are bound to get more scripts coming your way. What kinds of projects would you be interested in working on?
RM: I really like questions. I like people who write scripts because they’re asking questions, not because they’re giving answers. It’s something that I look for. My motivation is to get a deeper understanding and exploration of something that I want to know about the human condition. So, that’s what I look for in the material I read. If it’s asking a genuine question about a concept of the world that interests me and also it helps if it’s a context that I find interesting. For instance, 1950s sexual research is a fascinating world to interact with. In the same turn, for me, it is much more about how organic and how much integrity do the characters have and the questions have that the writers raise.
WGTC: And what is up next for you?
RM: I’m looking at a few things at the moment. I’m still working on Once Upon a Time and that’s been keeping me really busy. I’m reading scripts in between today’s interviews, so who knows? I should have some idea very soon. For Masters of Sex, I will be returning for season two. I’m looking forward to that. I go into production in March and I’ll know more about that soon.
That concludes our interview but we’d like to thank Rose very much for her time. Be sure to check out Brightest Star when it hits theatres this Friday!
Original Source: We Got This Served!
Date: January 29, 2014
Maggie Kiley never aspired to be a director, but she says a fluke offer to direct a short film a few years ago opened up a new part of her brain. The recipient of a BFA from New York University, Kiley is already a seasoned actor on the stage and screen. She made such an impression on her professors – among them, actor Clark Gregg, best known as Agent Phil Coulson in The Avengers – that the Atlantic Theater Company asked her to join their ensemble before she even graduated.
As an actor, Kiley starred in We Own the Night for director James Gray and Andrew Jarecki’s thriller All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. She was also one of eight women selected from hundreds of applicants to be a part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. The short film she made in that program, Some Boys Don’t Leave, starred Jesse Eisenberg, whom she had worked with at Atlantic on the play Scarcity. That short film won Kiley several awards at the Tribeca Film Festival and the strong response inspired her to write and direct Brightest Star (formerly Light Years), an expansion on the story and characters from her award-winning short.
Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Kiley for an exclusive interview. During our discussion she spoke about turning her short film into a feature, finding her passion to direct and working with Allison Janney.
Check it out below and enjoy!
WGTC: How did you decide on Rose McIver and Jessica Szohr? I recognized Rose from her role on Masters of Sex, which I really enjoy.
MK: She also had a great part in The Lovely Bones, and I knew her from that. I did meet a lot of great women for the role of Charlotte. Rose has a very vulnerable, present quality to her work and she’s a beautiful person inside and out. It was really instantaneous for me when I met with her, I felt like she was it. I actually had a reference photo for a costume choice for Charlotte that I had pulled and she looked exactly like the girl from the picture, which was kind of unexpected. And Jessica’s just so special in her style, her sensibility, her passion. It’s important for me as a female director to write and develop characters for women that are really three-dimensional and textured. Both Jessica and Rose are the kinds of actors I felt could bring their whole selves to each of those parts.
WGTC: My favourite scenes, naturally, featured Allison Janney, who elevates anything she appears in. Just having her presence automatically makes a scene better and she brings out the best in Chris [Lowell] as well, as those are some of his strongest scenes too. It’s a nice balance, as her character’s cynicism and his idealism brings a good dynamic to their scenes together.
MK: Working with Allison is fantastic. She is obviously an incredible actor. I will admit, I was a little intimidated. We shot her scenes at an observatory in Connecticut and I had to go in the car up there with her and I was very nervous. Immediately, she put me at ease and was such a real presence. What struck me most – she comes to do this role of probably two days of work, but she approached it like she was doing Shakespeare. She really came at it with such insightful observations and really specific questions. There was a wonderful astronomer at the observatory, I think he was 85, and she talked to him at length. She wanted to make sure that she completely understood all the pieces of the telescope she was working with. It was really wonderful to watch her work and it was a great experience for me to get to direct her.
WGTC: It’s really inspiring to watch an actor immerse themselves in a role, even if just for a few days work.
MK: She took it so seriously, as you would expect she would. But it was still quite impressive.
WGTC: You also assembled Clark Gregg, who was one of your acting teachers, for this film.
MK: Clark and I are both members of the Atlantic Theater Company, which is an off-Broadway company that William H. Macy and David Mamet formed. He was my acting teacher in college and we have remained friends and contemporaries. He’s someone I really look up to and he’s mentored me quite a bit. He’s a wonderful filmmaker on his own.
WGTC: As a director, did he give you any good advice for Brightest Star?
MK: He did. He was great on set because he was really paying attention to what lenses we were using and how we were framing things. That part of his brain is clearly at work as much as his actor brain. He’s been nothing but supportive to me, so if anything, he gives me a good kick in the ass to keep at it and work through the hard stuff. He also brought so much to that character. It was really fun watching him figure that out.
WGTC: Were you always interested in pursuing directing?
MK: No. I acted and I studied only acting in college. I came out to Los Angeles and I was still acting and someone asked me to direct a short film for them. I approached that with great hesitation and trepidation, and I loved every second of it. It was a wonderful discovery for me, of this other side of my brain I didn’t know I had access to. I mean, I absolutely love directing. Coming from acting and knowing actors and being on set, that part feels familiar. Understanding all the other elements – the visual side – has been really exciting for me, bringing all those worlds together.
WGTC: Are you working on anything currently?
MK: Yeah, I have a new movie we’re prepping and we’re shooting in March in Michigan. It’s called Dial-A-Prayer.
WGTC: To refer back to one of the running jokes in the film, are you a Mets fan or a Yankees fan?
MK: [laughs] I am a Yankee fan. My co-writer is too, but he gets all the credit for all the Mets jokes.
That concludes our interview but we’d like to thank Maggie for her time. Be sure to check out Brightest Star when it arrives on iTunes and in theatres this Friday.
We promised a huge treat on twitter, and here it is! Our gallery has now been re-opened in a brand new format, and it’s full of gorgeous Rose McIver photos for you all to enjoy. There’s HQ photos from all her events, photoshoots, screen captures and so much more! We have spent weeks collecting all these photos, and we’ve even spent quite a lot of money. Therefore, we ask that NONE of our photos are re-posted anywhere without our permission, as there’s quite many exclusive photos there. Other than that, you are free to use them for graphics and media – and you are very welcome to link our albums if you want to share some of the photos!
A HUGE thank you goes to my friend Lora for a lot of our event photos. Every one should visit her site – it’s amazing! Enjoy the photo gallery, and keep in mind that a lot is still to come. We will soon have screen captures from all of Rose’s films and TV series, as well as many more photoshoots and event pictures, stills and promotional images and more. To visit our gallery, click on one of the thumbnails below (which are some of our favourite Rose pictures – which ones are yours? Leave a comment with your favourites!)
“Brightest Star”, Rose’s new film, is to be released January 31 (you can read more about it here). The promotion for the film kicked off today, and Rose is currently being interviewed by WhatsUpHollywood! We added to the gallery a photo from the set, and we will post video clips and more photos later.
… A little later: Today’s the cinema premiere of “Brightest Star”, according to various sources on twitter. We will post photos here the minute they’re released! We have also added an other photo from an interview with Prodigy PR.
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@imrosemciver and #chrislowell from #brighteststar They are funny and cool! Chatting with @imrosemciver from #brighteststar movie at hospitality of junket. She is really nice and down to earth! Cool!
SOURCE | Rose has been acting since she was two years old. You might know her as Tinkerbell from ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Lindsey from The Lovely Bones, or two completely opposite roles: The Yellow Ranger from Power Rangers R.P.M or Vivian Scully from Masters of Sex. Rose recently finished her newest movie, Brightest Star, which is due out on January 31. I got to talk to her about the new movie, her accent and all sorts of other good stuff. Check it out:
Hello Rose! How are you?
I’m great. I’ve lost my voice a little bit, so you’ll have to bear with me.
That’s ok! We’ll start with your voice, actually. You’re from New Zealand, but use an American accent for a lot of your films, including Brightest Star. How did you go about creating such an amazing American accent?
Well, I think growing up in New Zealand all of our film and television was really American or British — like we had a little bit of local film and TV. My brother and I, that’s an older brother, we both kind of had a natural ear and realized it would be useful. The music we listened to had singers with American accents, too.
How difficult is it to switch back and forth from one to the other?
It’s natural, like riding a bike. You sort of get used to it.
In between takes, do you go back to New Zealand accent?
Yeah, I go back to my New Zealand accent. Some people try to keep the same the whole time, but that’s never really worked for me. I feel like I’m posing.
Speaking of accents, I just watched a great video from BriTANick called “Dinner Party” where you surprise everyone by switching accents from American to New Zealand. First of all, I just thought it was hilarious. Second, how did you get involved in a project like that?
Actually Chris Lowell, who I worked with on Brightest Star, is really really good friends with the BriTANick guys. They were in LA and asked if I would be a part of it and I, of course, was thrilled to.
You’ve been acting since you were 2, so I’m guessing you’ve been in some pretty odd things. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever been in?
I’ve done some of those 48 hour films, and some have been completely bizarre. I did one and it didn’t even have a narrative … it didn’t even have a title! It was just thrown together over a weekend, just very unusual.
Is there a particular point in your career where you thought “Wow, I’ve really made it?”
I don’t know. I feel lucky to be able to do what I do. And each time I get a part I think “great, I hope that keeps happening”. I think when you start to feel on top of the world too much you stop doing good work, and stop enjoying it.
I saw an interview where you said you went into the Tinkerbell interview not knowing what the part was, just that it was a fairy. What was it like to find out what the part really was?
Oh, it was great news! It’s fantastic to know you’re going to be playing somebody who’s already idealized and who children love, and who you love. It also means there was a lot of material I could look at. And it was a good challenge, so I was thrilled.
Does that sort of thing happen often, where the part people audition for is actually much bigger than advertised?
Sometimes. Sometimes they’ll give you like a fake script rather than the real script just to protect the project. So you don’t always know the material, but this was a particularly unusual case.
Let’s talk about your new movie, Brightest Star. How did you get involved with that project?
I met with Maggie Kiley, the filmmaker, in LA — actually, the day I was due to go back to New Zealand. I had been away for 3 months and had read the script the night before and said I loved it, and I asked if there was a chance I could meet tomorrow. And we managed to make it all work. We met up for lunch and were just completely on the same page with the character, and the story, and the reason the whole story was being told. And I flew back home and went over the audition scenes, and it all went from there!
What kind of things did you do to create that character of Charlotte?
Well a lot of it … I emailed Chris Lowell a lot. We emailed back and forth to try to build a relationship, since we’d only a few days to actually do that in rehearsal time. So we just spent like, a month, emailing once a week or so building this relationship that we could draw from on script, and that kind of kept going until the end of the script. So from emailing back and forth we had a bit of jokes, kind of a familiarity around each other… I think that was a very useful resource.
What’s it like working with Chris Lowell?
He’s great. He’s hilarious — he’s a really good friend of mine now. He’s professional and always has his lines learned, but has a good time with it.
Without giving too much away, what’s your favorite scene from the movie?
The mac and cheese scene.
The mac and cheese scene? I look forward to seeing that!
*Laughs* Yes, that’s what it became known as from us.
I noticed on everything I could find on the movie, his character is just listed as “The Boy.” Does he have an actual name in the movie?
No, he doesn’t. He’s supposed to be universal, like more than just one person… what we go through. Or for me that’s how I interpreted it anyway. So they didn’t tie it down to a name in particular, just kind of the voice of the audience.
That’s really cool! Are you doing anything to celebrate the release?
I’m really looking forward to getting back with everyone for the dinner and premier. It will be wonderful!
Anything else you want to share about the movie?
Just that I’m so excited for it to be coming out. I’m so proud of Maggie. I think she’s a very sensitive filmmaker and has beautiful quiet energy that you feel through the film, and I’m just excited for her that this is getting in the cinemas now!
Awesome. Okay, I’ll end with a couple completely random questions. First, when people find out you’re from New Zealand, how often do they ask if you like Lord of the Rings?
Probably 9 times out of 10, and the other time will be asking about Flight of the Conchords.
My next question was going to be “what’s your 4th favorite New Zealand guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo?” but I guess you beat me to it!
Have you ever done anything with the guys from Flight of the Conchords?
Yeah, I have. Jermaine and I were in a film together a few years ago called Predicament. Maybe 4 or 5 years ago … and we had a lot of fun on that. He’s a great friend, and it was a wonderful meeting. I’m a huge fan!
Okay, last question. Is there a question you hope someone would ask in an interview but no one does?
Oh gosh… that’s such a clever question! And I don’t have an answer for it … one day I’ll think of something!
When we headed to Neverland on Once Upon a Time, we knew that things wouldn’t be as we expected. In fact, while we did meet most of our beloved characters, they didn’t turn out exactly as we remembered them. Take for instance poor Tinkerbell who is not even technically a fairy anymore, having lost her wings due to her trying to help Regina. But her story is not yet over.
TV Equals got a chance to talk to the lovely Rose McIver who plays the iconic Tinkerbell in Once Upon a Time and according to her, there is not only much to learn about her past (and specifically her relationship with Hook), but there is still hope for her to regain her wings and maybe take a trip to Storybrooke.
Find out everything she had to say below, and don’t miss Once Upon a Time on Sundays at 8pm on ABC.
How did you go about creating the character of Tinkberll because she’s so different than what we’ve come to expect of her?
Rose McIver: What was quite liberating was that I didn’t know that I was auditioning for Tinkerbell when I went into the room. So I didn’t bring any of those prior expectations or any apprehension to the character. I went in and read for a fairy. So it was kind of fun. I just played like a street smart, fun party girl, and then I got a call from my agent telling me that I got the role of Tinkerbell. So they don’t necessarily tell you who you’re going in for. Then when I knew I was playing Tinkerbell, I was able to infuse the character elements that I could research with what I had gone in and played in the room without having had that idea. So it was a nice kind of combination.
Is Tinkerbell going to stick with Emma and everyone else, or could her loyalty shift to Peter Pan now that he’s so powerful? Where does she stand at this point?
Rose McIver: I think although Tinkerbell obviously has an alliance with Pan and has history with him, what he’s become and what he’s trying to do, she understands the vast negative repercussions that are going to happen not only for Henry and the team, but for her as well and Neverland. So I think she knows that the team are out to do the right thing and wants to stand by them. I think it’s just probably a little more complicated for her given that she has history with this character.
Are we going to find out more about that history with Peter Pan and how that relationship came about and what she’s been doing on Neverland all this time?
Rose McIver: What’s funny with the show, the way that it’s written is so out of sequence that chronologically you don’t know what’s going to happen. So we’re learning bits and pieces in flashbacks as we speak. I just shot an episode last week that will shed a little light on Tinkerbell’s back story, but yeah, we only learn it in pieces as we go as well. So it’s quite a lot of fun to pick up each episode and learn backwards where you’re from and where you’re going.
Are you allowed to tease that flashback and what it was about?
Rose McIver: We explore a little more about how Tinkerbell knows Hook.
How much about Peter Pan do you think she knows? Are you aware of that, or have they told you?
Rose McIver: She’s obviously been in Neverland with him for a long time and knows his brain and she speaks several times about what Pan is capable of. So, yeah, she does know large amounts of where he’s from and what he’s been up to, but at the same time, as I said, we only really learn as we go as well. Little bits and pieces are revealed each episodes, and so there’s still just lots that we’re just working out as we go, what the creators have up their sleeves and the actors don’t yet know about.
What do you think drives Tinkerbell at this point? What does she wish for?
Rose McIver: I think she wants a home, she wants her wings back. She wants her identity, and having a family of people that have come into her world and sort of swept her off her feet and swept her into chaos and adventure provides a suggestion of that. It suggests that she will be able to maybe find a hint of self again feeling very lost for a long time.
Do you think there’s hope for her to get her wings back?
Rose McIver: I hope so. She wants to fly again. It’s where she belongs. She’s a fairy. Although you can understand where the blue fairy came from and removing them, but also Tinkerbell was pretty justified in her behavior with Regina and it would be lovely to see her get her wings back.
How is her relationship with Regina going to evolve? Does she still want to help Regina be a happier person?
Rose McIver: She knows Regina better than anyone else in some ways. She’s seen her fall and she’s seen her be more vulnerable than a lot of other characters have. So she has a special connection with her, and definitely a desire to see her fulfill who she could be. Understandably she was really hurt by her as well. So there’s more of a complication than she just wants Regina to do well, but I think in the long run she cares about her a lot and definitely hopes that they’re able to get Henry back.
If there was a relationship that was going to come out of them saving Henry, could that mean Tinkerbell would go to Storybrooke at some point?
Rose McIver: I think you’ll start to know a little bit more about that in the next couple of weeks.
Is there a moment that stands out for you so far since being on ‘Once Upon A Time’?
Rose McIver: We had a couple of night shoots which weirdly were incredibly cold by a river and kind of harrowing in some ways, but there’s another side of it, which I said to somebody that it feels like a school camp. You are all huddled around a heater in a tent, and you get this real camaraderie when you’re on location and everybody who I’m working with is so lovely, and so I’ve really enjoyed that. That was actually for the scene that aired on Sunday night, of us approaching Gold and Regina, and talking to them. I enjoyed shooting that scene just for the sense of being on set and the quite a bit of conflict, the drama that was in that scene, was great.
If you could talk to Tinkerbell, what would you tell her?
Rose McIver: I would say don’t let go of who you were, and it’s the advice that she gave to Regina. It is possible to love again and it’s possible to find a happy ending. And Tinkerbell was so busy looking for it for other people that it’d be nice to see that happen for her.
If you could guest star on any other show, which one would it be?
Rose McIver: I think at the moment it would be something a comedy. My friend, who I’m working with on ‘Once Upon A Time’ was on ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ and she said that was a lot of fun. Something like that would be great.
Thanks for your time, and I can’t wait to see that flashback episode.
Rose McIver: Yeah, get excited. It is a good one. It’ll definitely get people talking.
In a rare achievement for any actor, Rose McIver is currently starring in two television airing on the same night. Sunday nights belong to Rose as she rules the screen as both Tinkerbell in ONCE UPON A TIME and as Vivian Scully in Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX. Fans may not even recognize her in the two roles as they are so dramatically different. But the gifted young actress is ruling Sundays between the two roles, and she is having the time of her life. In a recent exclusive interview, Rose talked about the fun of portraying Tinkerbell and Vivian, as well as previewing what is next for her characters on both shows.
What drew you to the role of Tinkerbell on ONCE UPON A TIME?
ROSE: I had watched a couple episodes of ONCE UPON A TIME and it looked like a lot of fun and I had gone in to meet the casting director beforehand and was not told that I was auditioning for the role of Tinkerbell. I was told that I was auditioning for a role as a fairy. They can be quite cryptic sometimes as they don’t want spoilers out there about who is coming. So I actually did not know I was auditioning for it. Then I got this call from my agent and found out I got the role of Tinkerbell. So that was a bit of a pleasant surprise. Then I went up to Vancouver the following week and it’s been a good, fun ride so far.
This particular version of Tinkerbell is a little different. For one, she doesn’t have her wings at the moment and she seems a bit cantankerous. What is that like to play?
ROSE: It’s a lot of fun. What I think is nice about Tinkerbell is she’s very scrappy and moody, but well-intentioned. I think everything she does comes from not a bad place. She tried to save somebody’s life by helping Regina (Lana Parrilla) fall in love, and because of that got sorely reprimanded by the Blue Fairy. So I think that she knows that she was trying to do the right thing and feels a little like the world has been unfair to her, and I thin her being cantankerous comes from that — which I can completely understand. She’s quite justified. She’s lost her wings, she’s lost her identity. The goal is to get them back. And you’ll have to watch the show to see if that will happen or how that develops. But I can completely understand where she’s coming from. You have to playing a character. You have to empathize and understand why they do the things they do. I know that in the earliest creation of Tinkerbell in the story of Peter Pan and Wendy, Tinkerbell was pint-sized and was only able to have one emotion at a time. So she could either be incredibly jealous or incredibly angry or incredibly forgiving and those things moved the thematic breaks through her. So I tried to use a little bit of that in my performance playing Tinkerbell in ONCE UPON A TIME. Not entirely because they like the characters to be very grounded and quite a lot more real than we have seen them in various forms. But there’s definitely elements of Tinkerbell that are quite thematic.
What would you say has surprised you in playing this version of her?
ROSE: I think her being so close to the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla). I obviously did not see that coming from the earlier stories I had read. So her kind of being a girl’s side-kick was quite new. Then there’s some interesting things with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Pan (Robbie Kay). The relationships with both those characters is a different from the original idea in the story and fairytale. So I think there’s a lot of surprises in store for the audience.
In the classic story, Tinkerbell was kind of in a tug-of-war between Hook and Pan. She was aligned with Peter Pan, but Hook was always after her. Is Tinkerbell still in the middle between the two in this story?
ROSE: She definitely has relationships and ties to both characters in this as well. But I think they are not necessarily in the way you’re going to expect them.
Her relationship with Hook in this version seems a bit laced with history. Do they have some sort of long-standing history that we’re going to find out about?
ROSE: We do. We find out some of it. I don’t know all of it yet. That’s what is exciting about working on a show like this. You know nothing and they surprise you with each script that you are given. So it has been development a lot more different than I was expecting and who knows what is to come.
Do you ever have an inclination like you just want to smack Pan in this particular version? He just seems like he is so insidious.
ROSE: Yeah, I do! (Laughs) Except Robbie Kay is a sweetheart and an absolutely lovely actor to work with. He’s got that great thing that when he’s on screen, you resent him and you cannot believe what he’s doing. But as soon as the camera stops rolling, he’s an absolute darling and you wouldn’t wish a bad thing upon him. It’s a nice fusion.
Which character would you have liked to have had more scenes with or are hoping to have more scenes with?
ROSE: That’s tough because I am involved with a part of the show which has a very ensemble element. They are all banding together to work to get Henry back. So I was actually able to work with a lot of the other cast. You know who I haven’t seen on screen and who I would love to interact with is Joanna Garcia [Swisher], who is playing Ariel. I think that would be a lot of fun. I really love her as a person and think she does a great job with the character. So fingers crossed that can come up in the future.
What can you tease about what is upcoming on ONCE UPON A TIME?
ROSE: You know what? That’s a dangerous question! You’ll see a lot more of Tinkerbell. You’ll see her in different contexts and in different time periods.
Turning to MASTERS OF SEX, it must be interesting for you to be on two different shows airing on the same night.
ROSE: It’s been a real blessing actually. Both premiered on the same date, so it was an exciting weekend for me knowing that those two shows were going to air. I have just enjoyed them both so much and in different ways. I mean, they are obviously vastly different. I filmed MASTERS OF SEX earlier in the year, so I wasn’t filming them simultaneously, which has actually been great. With such different characters to jump between, it’s been nice that since I’ve been playing Tinkerbell that I’m only playing Tinkerbell and I’ve been able to embrace it. Then Sunday nights I catch up on what I was doing earlier in the year in the 1950s in the study of sexual behavior and development.
These roles are so diametrically opposite. How do you go about selecting your roles?
ROSE: That is really what is the attraction — just going for things that are so opposite. Something I haven’t done before. I think every actor really craves variety. Most actors that I know, that’s what drew them to this job in the first place: the love of being able to house a different character for a period of time and be somebody else, then change into somebody completely different. To learn about a context and a time period and an environment. So it’s been wonderful to play these two characters. I was again looking for something that was along an entirely different line.
When you first saw the script for MASTERS OF SEX, what drew you to the role of Vivian?
ROSE: My audition scene for it was the scene where she’s explaining to Haas (Nicholas D’Agosto) that she remembers him from her birthday, and I thought, “This character is really interesting.” She’s a young girl. She’s the daughter of a man in power in the story. There’s great stakes because of that and because she’s trying to enter into a relationship with someone who is a dangerous character. He’s a playboy. He’s a womanizer. And specifically I wanted to know with her belief in marriage and her belief in relationships, how much she was really behind it or whether that was something society had pushed upon her. So I think it plays with those idea. It’s not definitive. It’s explorative and I really liked that.
It’s hard to describe the relationship between Vivian and Ethan. How would you describe it having played the character?
ROSE: I think they are a heartbreaking combination between somebody who does really have the world ahead of her. She has not yet had an experience to steer her away from the idea that you can be with your first true love. She’s quite doe-eyed about it in some ways. So while she does play with elements of manipulation and understanding her father’s role in Ethan Haas’ life, I think she is very out of her depth and doesn’t really deserve what she is walking into — that he is in love with another woman and is very explosive. So it doesn’t bode well for her character. There’s things coming up in the next couple of weeks which are very developmental for her storyline. It’s a very heartbreaking period. Very star-crossed lovers.
Because the show is based on real people, you’re not quite sure as you are watching it, how much you should be rooting for them.
ROSE: It’s a nice fusion of historical research and the whole premise of the show is obviously based around that — those studies. The drama and the narrative does kind of stray from that in some moments. Like my character is not part of the historical story or the biography that was written about them. So there’s some license. It’s nice to play a character that serves themes and ideas and still be very creative and express whatever the story needs for her to help the other characters. There’s a license of freedom because she’s not based on a true person that is quite luxurious.
If you could give Vivian some advice, what would it be?
ROSE: “Tread carefully. Guard your heart. You don’t know the big wide world as well as you think you do.” But also, “True insight comes from within.” You only learn those things as you learn them. From everyone I know that I interact with on a day to day basis, you can’t really tell someone else how to do something or how to feel. They have to go through the fire to get through to the other side. I’m not hopeful for her, but I hope she’s stronger from what she experiences.
What was it like working with Allison Janey and Beau Bridges?
ROSE: Those two in particular, I just have so much respect for. With them playing Vivian’s mom and dad, I felt Vivian was from pretty good stock. I was really fortunate. Allison is somebody I look up to a lot as an actor, and as a woman, I think she has a really good handle on her life and on the way she works professionally. So it was incredibly nice to go to work everyday.
Any teasers on what’s upcoming for Vivian on MASTERS OF SEX?
ROSE: Vivian is incredibly fixated on the idea of a relationship and marriage. I think that these things are cooking and heating up to a point where something’s going to give. It’s going to change one way or another. In these next couple of episodes, there’s some very big changes that happen, and how she handles those will be very interesting, very telling.
We caught up with kiwi actress Rose McIver! Rose has graced our screens in shows such as Power Rangers and Super City and has featured in films like The Lovely Bones and Predicament.
You’ll also see Rose in the latest season of Once Upon A Time and the new Showtime series Masters of Sex.
This November you can see Rose in the New Zealand short film Dangerous Ride directed by Linda Niccol as part of the Show Me Shorts Film Festival.
Dangerous Ride is a high stakes drama about a sex offender in rehabilitation and a young girl, that turns all expectations upside down.
Rose spoke to us about her experiences working on Dangerous Ride and what’s next for her:
DANGEROUS RIDE IS QUITE A GRIPPING SHORT FILM “ CAN YOU TELL US WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE ROLE?
I first learned about this role through my dear friend, Miranda Harcourt. She introduced me to Linda and I immediately thought- this is a woman with vision and who is sharing a unique story. I like explorations of characters who have committed crimes and are portrayed with empathy and understanding – not just demonized. I felt like this film would do that.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CHARACTER’S PURPOSE IN THE FILM?
I understood that my role was playing a well intentioned character who unwittingly is testing and compromising the man she meets. She has needs and is craving validation.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE TAKES AWAY FROM THE FILM?
I hope that the audience takes away a three dimensional perspective of ‘perpetrators’ and second chances.
HOW LONG DID DANGEROUS RIDE TAKE TO FILM?
We filmed dangerous ride over the course of a week on the beautiful Kapiti Coast.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES WORKING WITH DIRECTOR LINDA NICCOL?
Linda is fantastic to work with in her capacity to build relationships an create a sense of family in the work environment. For starters – we filmed this project in her family beach house. Immediately it felt easier to occupy the space when she was so familiar with it and trusted us so much. She gives you creative license which I feel gives me confidence and the ability to bring my best work and imagination to a project.
CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT ACTING IN SHORT FILM PROJECTS?
The most valuable thing about working on short films, for me, is the burst of intensity that the cast and crew summon for something they truly believe in. Because there is a short duration and a distinct arc for the story, everyone dedicates themselves 100% and keeps enthusiastic and motivated. I find it is harder to achieve that shared energy on a project of longer duration.
YOU HAVE HAD A HUGELY SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN YOUR CAREER – CAN YOU TELL US A HIGHLIGHT, A LOWLIGHT AND A TRIBUTE FOR YOUR 2013 YEAR SO FAR?
HIGHLIGHT: 2013 highlight so far: after filming my first week on Once Upon A Time, I was traveling through an airport and spotted two girls with tinker bell backpacks . Knowing that I was playing such a beloved character and seeing that in an organic sense was really rewarding.
LOWLIGHT: 2013 lowlight: missing out on a dear friend’s wedding because of a work commitment. I really struggle with that stuff.
TRIBUTE (A SPECIAL MENTION OF OR DEDICATION TO SOMEBODY): My special mention would have to be Olivia Tennet. She and I have spent so much time together in the states and i am so proud of her achievements in the film Blood Punch which is coming out in the Austin film festival next week. It’s such a great, entertaining film and was a collaboration between her, Milo Cawthorne, Fleur Saville, Cohen Holloway, Ari Boyland and our dear friends out here in LA- Eddie and Maddy.
WHATâ€™S NEXT FOR YOU?
At the moment I’m airing on a show called Masters Of Sex and another one called Once Upon A Time. I also have a film coming out called Light Years, and am currently waiting to see what comes through next. It has been a very lucky year!
ANY LAST WORDS FOR YOUR KIWI FANS?
Even though I’ve been working in the states the past couple of years I still call New Zealand home and I am so grateful for support from any kiwi fans! Thanks so much guys.
Actors Bob Morley, Rose McIver and Anna Hutchison attend Australians In Film’s screening of Revival Film Company’s “Blinder” at Los Angeles Film School on April 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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