As promised, we have even more exclusive high quality photos for you today! Following our Johnny Kapahala update from Monday, we have now added some photos of Rose from her older projects “Power Rangers R.P.M” and “Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off”. These are VERY rare, and most of them you won’t find anywhere else – so get browsing! We are so lucky to have these. We have also added some LQ/MQ stills from “Maddigan’s Quest”, and a stunning shot of Rose filming “Brightest Star”.
We’ll have more exclusives coming up soon, as well as many photos to warm up for the big iZombie season 3 premiere! Keep checking back, and please let us know in the comment section if there’s anything in particular you want us to add.
Hello Rose fans! Yesterday and today were mostly spent just working on random parts of our website, so here’s a little catch up post on what we’ve been doing. We have began working on the filmography section of our site, with “Brightest Star” and “Blinder” being the first two pages added. Here you’ll find information and trivia on the projects, links to related media and press stuff and more. We’ll continue to work on the pages the next coming weeks, hopefully completing one or two films per day. Tomorrow I’ll also continue working on our iZombie page.
As we wrote on our twitter page a few days back, we’ve moved our video archive back to our main page. You can now access it here (it also has a new look, which we think is easier to navigate), and there’s been quite a few new videos added! Check out all the latest additions in the “recent posts” at the left.
Our gallery has been caught up with screen captures of all latest interviews, panels and other videos which we have posted lately, so make sure you take a look at the latest added albums. We have also changed around on our Movie Productions category, and we hope you’ll like the new set up!
We assume Rose will take a couple of days/weeks off to relax now that the second season of iZombie is both completed and done airing, so we’ll take this opportunity to work hard on our site content! If there is anything you would like to see us add or work on, feel free to send us an email. That’s all for today!
We’ve continued to work our way through Rose’s filmography, and today screen captures from her 2013 film (which premiered January 2014) “Brightest Star” have been added to our gallery. Visitors from our old site will probably remember all the promotion work Rose did for this film (which was – a lot -), and now I understand why she was so fond of this film. Her performance was amazing as always, and I hope you will all enjoy these new HD additions to our gallery – which FYI has hit the 30,000 mark 😉
After the heartbreaking end of his first love, a recent college graduate sets out to win back the girl of his dreams only to discover a greater journey awaits him.
So many good new interviews with Rose lately! Here’s an other one, this time from Collider. Rose talks about “Brightest Star”, her shows “Once Upon a Time” and “Masters of Sex” and more.
The indie dramedy Brightest Star tells the story of a young man (Chris Lowell) who’s fresh out of college and devastated because the girl of his dreams (Rose McIver) has dumped him. While trying to transform himself into the man she desires, he starts to find the person he might actually be. From director Maggie Kiley, the film also stars Clark Gregg, Allison Janney and Jessica Szohr.
At the film’s press day, actress Rose McIver spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she came to be a part of this film, what she thought she could bring to this character, working with Chris Lowell, what Maggie Kiley was like, as a director, and what she loves about acting in all mediums. She also talked about the great experiences she’s had working on Masters of Sex, where Beau Bridges and Allison Janney play her parents, and playing Tinker Bell on Once Upon A Time. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
brightest-star-posterHow did this come about for you?
ROSE McIVER: I was given the script, the day before I went back to New Zealand. I was booked on a flight, and I read it and my manager said, “The director is around tomorrow and would like to meet you.” I was frantically packing and trying to get ready to go, but I thought it was definitely worth it, after I’d read the script. So, Maggie [Kiley] and I sat down at a coffee shop, and I just knew, after talking to her for an hour, that I really wanted to do it. She seemed very interested in me, and we both were like-minded, in how we viewed the character and the project. It just was exciting to me. So, she said, “When you go back to New Zealand, can you send a couple of scenes for me to show the producers?” After meeting her, I sent a couple of scenes, as an audition, and it was all go from there. It was just wonderful.
Is it just never an easy thing to do, to put yourself on tape for an audition, or did it make it easier that you had already met the director first and knew what she was looking for, with the role?
McIVER: Yeah, absolutely! When you go in, you’re making choices. That’s what you do at an audition. You hopefully make some strong choices, and you go in with the text and hope that the casting director has been briefed on which direction to push you in. But without that person, sitting there and breathing down your neck, telling you what to do, it is blind. I was just really lucky that the day before, I was able to really clue in on what Maggie was after and what she needed from the character, so that my choices were more informed with that audition.
With something like this, that is such a character piece and a relationship journey, is meeting with the director crucial to making sure you’re on the same page before you agree to play the role?
McIVER: Yeah, definitely, especially with something told out of sequence that’s a subtle piece. It’s very much about the relationship between these characters, so it definitely helps to meet the director and know what their take is, how sensitive they are, and which direction they want to go with the material. I wouldn’t have undertaken this film, which could have been quite ambitious, unless it was with somebody who I really trusted. Maggie did that.
What was it about Charlotte that you saw something in and thought you could bring something to her?
McIVER: I think that thing that happens, when you finish school and all of the ideals that you think you have about the world, and who you’re going to be are suddenly thrown into question, and what you want out of relationships and what you want out of your career and what matters to you is suddenly much more unfamiliar territory. For me, I had just come out of school and I was asking those questions, and I still am, to an extent. I hope I always do. I think it’s important to always explore and ask those questions. So, it just felt like the right time to do something that resonated with me like that.
brightest-star-rose-mciver-chris-lowellHow did you view the relationship that Charlotte had with The Boy (Lowell)?
McIVER: My school of thought, with going into a character, is that you have to understand where they come from and you have to empathize with them. Although some of Charlotte’s choices aren’t in The Boy’s best interests, necessarily, they were in Charlotte’s best interest, at the time. Every decision that she made wasn’t just purely selfish. Nobody acts purely selfishly. Everybody has needs and wants, and she had questions that she needed to answer. So, I understood Charlotte’s perspective. She’d worked really hard towards this career that she was trying to serve. Going in with empathy towards a character is the only way you can approach it.
How did you go about developing this relationship with Chris Lowell?
McIVER: Chris and I were lucky, in that we started emailing each other several months before the project. And the back and forth that we had, we were able to build a connection. It wasn’t so much about building a backstory, as it was about building a genuine connection between us where we understood each other and got each other’s sense of humor. We knew triggers that would make that person laugh, or maybe irritate that person, if that’s what you needed. Just to build something that you can draw from that organically, when the shoot is only 18 days long, is incredibly useful, so we did that. I think it was lucky that Chris and Maggie and I were all on board to be collaborators, in that way. We were all enthusiastic enough. Not everybody you meet wants to put the time into that. I was just very grateful that I had them.
What was it like to actually work with Chris, on set?
McIVER: Chris is such a generous actor. He and I get along incredibly well. We’re great friends. So, when we started working together, we both trust each other and respect each other. I know that I don’t have a perfect performance that I bring to set. I bring ideas to set, and I’m more than willing for those to be affected and be malleable, based on what the other person gives me. I don’t know what another actor is going to give me, on the day, and I don’t want to be so hard and fast in my technique that I’m not open to what’s coming. So, there was a lot of flexibility that we definitely embraced. We were just lucky that we had a similar style of working like that.
brightest-star-rose-mciver-1Did you do much improvisation on this?
McIVER: What’s great about this film was that the script was so well-written. The dialogue was incredibly well-written. Maggie is clearly an actor and comes from a background of having to read other people’s words, and she knows what flows. We didn’t struggle. Maybe there were one or two moments in the process where, for whatever reason, I couldn’t find an organic way to a line. And if I was really up against a wall, I would raise that question. But, I come from a background of reading a lot of really great texts by great people, and when there’s a good wordsmith that you’re dealing with, you want to honor those words. Yes, there is improvisation and there’s flexibility about timing. I’ve never stuck to punctuation, in my life. But, they were deliberated over, for a long time, for a reason. And that line, even though you might struggle with it, in the moment, is serving a purpose in the greater scheme of things, that is probably stronger than the choice you might make, on the day. That happened to be the way this best worked, with those two collaborators.
There is a range of emotions in this relationship. As an actor, do you personally enjoy the more playful scenes and moments, or do you enjoy the more emotionally intense stuff?
McIVER: I think you can’t really reach the emotionally intense stuff without having built a genuine light, playful, connected energy, to begin with. The fact that Chris and I have this really great chemistry and this dynamic between us that we enjoy so much means that when it comes to subverting that, there’s something at stake and there’s something we don’t want to lose, and that makes it more painful, and that makes us more invested in that performance.
brightest-star-rose-mciverWere you surprised at how, even though this is a story that’s very specific to these characters, it really does feel universal when you watch it?
McIVER: Yeah. I think that’s what drew me to the project, in the first place. So many people I know were asking big existential and identity questions that, when I read the script, it felt like it had fallen in my lap as an opportunity to explore those.
There are still so few female directors compared to male directors. What was it like to work with Maggie Kiley, as a director?
McIVER: I’ve thought about that a bit. I’ve worked with female and male directors. I’m lucky like that. So for me, I’ve just always known that women were more than capable of being able to direct. It’s great to meet Maggie, who is incredibly professional at what she does, but I’m not surprised by it, at all, and I wish other people weren’t. She deserves plenty of opportunities to show that. She’s incredibly communicative, she’s sure-footed, and she doesn’t have a big enough, crazy ego not to let other people’s voices matter. She listens, and that’s essential for a director. She’s got the whole skill set.
At this point in your career, what do you look for, in a script?
McIVER: The reason I feel like I act is because you get to live a million different lives in one. I don’t have to go about my life, just being easy-going New Zealander Rose. Sometimes I can inhabit a feisty, vicious character. Sometimes I can inhabit a painfully shy British girl, or whatever it might be. I’m able to step into these other parts of myself. I feel like, as long as I keep doing that in my career, and I keep tapping into different parts of the human condition, that’s all I ask for.
masters-of-sex-rose-mciver-1What’s it been like to be a part of Masters of Sex and do a show about a subject that people are still somewhat afraid to talk about, even though they’re fascinated by watching it?
McIVER: To me, it’s fascinating because it is something that has existed forever, and it’s something that people have had hang-ups about or questions about forever, as well, but it had only begun to be discussed openly in the ‘50s and onwards. Even then, we look at things today and there’s a lot of questions that still can be raised, and there are things that people still feel uncomfortable to talk about. So, it’s interesting to put it in a ‘50s context, where everybody has these societal expectations that are really obvious, and the characters struggle with it because of that. Looking around today, while people are more politically correct about it, there’s still the pressure and there are still the same questions. We’re on our way to understanding those sides of ourselves, in a public forum. We owe a lot to people like Masters and Johnson for generating that conversation.
What has that cast been like to work with?
McIVER: Insane! They’re so good. Allison Janney is in Brightest Star, and she’s playing my mom in Masters of Sex. Chris has also worked with her on The Help, so we both have two Allison Janney credits to our name, and we’re fighting for the third. I love her so much. I think she’s a brilliant actress. I really look up to her. It really is a great cast. We’re so lucky. It’s nice that nobody that I worked with lauds their ability above anybody else. There are newcomers and seasoned professionals alike. And everybody knows that to service the project the best that you can, you create an environment where nobody is intimidated and everybody does the best work that they can.
once-upon-a-time-rose-mciverWhat’s it like to get to play a character as iconic as Tinker Bell on Once Upon A Time?
McIVER: It’s one of those things you think about, as a child. Who really is going to end up playing Tinker Bell on a TV show for their job? It’s a fantasy. I’m really grateful. I’m lucky. It’s nice to be working on something that people back in New Zealand have been watching and enjoying. It has such a dedicated, supportive fan base, which I’m really grateful for. And it’s a lot of fun. Flying around in a harness and working with the wonderful cast in Vancouver, I’ve been very grateful.
Was it challenging to find a way to really own that character?
McIVER: That’s what Once Upon A Time is about. There are these fantastical characters inhabited by humans, and we’re working to make sure we keep them really grounded. What’s useful is that the story does all of the fantastical work for you and brings about this sense of magic and surrealism, and what you’re supposed to do, as an actor, is come in and make sure the character is still three-dimensional and relatable. To be honest, I think my work was just in being genuine.
Have you had any particularly surreal moments on that set?
McIVER: Yeah. I think I have those quite regularly, on some of the things I’ve done, over the years. I did Xena and Hercules and Power Rangers and Legend of the Seeker. I’ve done these things that have a fantasy element, and you look around at the world that you’ve created and that you’re a part of, and it’s so funny that you get to go to work to do that. I get up in the morning and go put on spandex or wings. It’s the make-believe side that you think about when you’re a child and you imagine what acting is. To be able to experience some of that is just joyous.
Is it important to you to find a balance between film, where you can tell the entire story of a character, and TV, where you can take an on-going journey?
McIVER: Yeah. More and more, these days, television is working with great writers that are able to develop long-term arcs for characters that are still as complicated and interesting as they can be in feature films. It used to be that sometimes there was a lot more padding in television, and that’s not the case anymore. I think there are really, really good opportunities to delve deeper and deeper into a character, over multiple episodes. The great thing about being an actor in a film is that you’re able to start knowing exactly where you’re going to finish, and really paint something in between. You can work to know the arc you need to build. Whereas in television, it is open-ended and you’re constantly guessing. There are pros and cons to both. It’s great to do theater, as well, and have the live response and know what that can bring to a performance. I like to juggle as many mediums as I can.
Brightest Star is now playing in theaters.
Added to the gallery screencaptures from the “Brightest Star” interview Rose and Chris Lowell did earlier this week. Linnea posted a video + the text interview earlier today, click here to see it! It’s a must see, Rose and Chris where hilarious. They have amazing chemestry! Have fun browsing through the photos…
He’s in Love, but No Closer to Figuring It Out
‘Brightest Star,’ a Story About 20-Something Relationships
Young people’s romantic relationships may be more vaguely defined than they were in the days of chaperones and ritualistic courtship, but that doesn’t mean that movies about those relationships are well served by being vague. “Brightest Star,” an uninvolving film by Maggie Kiley, gives us a story of love among 20-somethings without telling us enough about the main characters to indicate why we should care about their perfectly ordinary entanglements.
The film focuses on a young man (Chris Lowell, of the new sitcom “Enlisted”) who becomes love-struck when he lays eyes on a fellow college student, Charlotte (Rose McIver). What’s the attraction, other than her good looks? We don’t know, because Charlotte isn’t on screen long enough for us to learn much about her. The two converse in vacuous snippets (“If we were a color, what color would we be?”), and even those are fairly sparse, since large chunks of time must be devoted to watching Mr. Lowell’s character be morose for no apparent reason.
Anyway, Charlotte eventually ends their relationship, and Our Hero instead falls into one with Lita (Jessica Szohr), while continuing to pine for Charlotte. Besides his inexplicable ability to attract pretty women, he defies all trends for this demographic group by being able to land jobs effortlessly, whether as a sandwich maker or as a junior executive. Allegories involving astronomy, baseball and sandwiches are hinted at but are no better developed than the characters. (source)
As you know, Brightest Star is out in theatres today! We informed you earlier this week about an interview with “We got this covered!”, and they have now released a video. Watch the interview below!
It was a lot of fun talking with Chris Lowell and Rose McIver earlier this week, who were in Los Angeles to promote their latest film Brightest Star. Co-written and directed by Maggie Kiley, Lowell stars as The Boy (we never learn his real name) who, as the film begins, has just been dumped by the love of his life, Charlotte (played by McIver). The story goes back and forth in time as we see how these two became patiently entwined while in college and what later led them to split up.
The Boy, however, refuses to believe that their relationship is over and does everything in his power to win Charlotte back. His plan is to transform himself into the man that she desired him to be, but in the process he comes to wonder if he is compromising his values and neglecting his true desires in life.
During our exclusive video interview with Lowell and McIver, they spoke about the challenges of making this film on a schedule of just 18 days, what it was like to work with co-stars Allison Janney and Clark Gregg, how they managed to have such great chemistry and more.
Check it all out in the video below and be sure to catch Brightest Star as it’s now in theatres.
This modestly scaled drama has a shot at a brighter future than most under-the-radar indies.
Maggie Kiley’s first feature, “Brightest Star,” has all the trappings of a contemporary romantic comedy, but also the good sense to strive for a deeper examination of a young man’s search for his place in the universe. Expanded from Kiley’s 2009 short, “Some Boys Don’t Leave,” which starred Jesse Eisenberg, the full-length pic toplining smallscreen star Chris Lowell (“Veronica Mars,” “Enlisted”) premiered at the 2013 Austin Film Festival under the title “Light Years.” It’s a modestly scaled drama that’s a solid fit for day-and-date VOD and limited theatrical release, with a shot at a brighter future than most under-the-radar indies.
Opening with a young man (Lowell) passed out on the floor of an apartment, abandoned by his ex-girlfriend, Charlotte (Rose McIver), the storyline unfolds along two timelines. In the past, the pic tracks his pursuit of dream girl Charlotte, which begins in a college astronomy class and ultimately fizzles when she tires of his slacker tendencies. In the present, the young man starts dating the apartment’s new tenant, a hipster songstress (Jessica Szohr) whose businessman father (Clark Gregg) provides him with a cushy management job just to keep his daughter happy. Past and present collide when the young man uses his new position to reconnect with Charlotte.
In a way, “Brightest Star” mines some of the same road-to-adulthood territory as Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig did in “Frances Ha,” but with the gender reversal of a female filmmaker and male protagonist. The balanced point of view (Kiley collaborated on the script with Matthew Mullen) lends the work a fresher perspective than that of a typical sad-sack dude drama, although Kiley falls notably short when it comes to fleshing out supporting characters and illuminating the specifics of the world they inhabit.
The best example of the film’s at times frustratingly vague approach is that Lowell’s main character never merits a name (end credits simply call him “the Boy”). Fortunately, Lowell’s considerable charm goes a long way toward filling in the gaps and the story’s emphasis on self-discovery over romantic couplings supplies enough interest to sustain the brisk 80-minute running time.
It also helps that Kiley observes her characters with a consistently non-judgmental eye. Pic’s portrait of courtship veers toward the cutesy (bonding over baseball teams and mac ‘n’ cheese) and the dual love interests would benefit from sharper writing, but McIver at least hints at the more complicated woman lurking beneath the surface of her boyfriend’s blind affection. A late-arriving Allison Janney practically walks off with the movie as an astronomer who gently nudges the hero to face his problems rather than run from them.
Tech package is straightforward, though d.p. Chayse Irvin does a respectable job differentiating the visual motifs of various timelines. Soundtrack blends predictably angsty indie rock with trendier electronic pop tracks. (source)
Added to the gallery 63 high quality photos from the “Brightest Star” premiere in Los Angeles! Thank you so much to my friend Lora for these adds. Rose looks so beautiful!
Rose wears: A printed Haute Hippie high-low dress, style (hair & make-up) by Devon Nuszer & Aaron Barry. Shoes: Wild Diva.
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