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Rose is known for her roles in projects such as "Once Upon a Time", "Maddigan's Quest" and "Power Rangers R.P.M", and can currently be seen in the CW television show "iZombie" as the lead character Olivia 'Liv' Moore.

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Sara   /   May 10,2015   /   0 Comments

There are so many different takes on zombies today. What sets the iZombie story apart from others?
I feel like iZombie is a world that acknowledges that zombies exist in pop culture. And it looks at the trajectory of zombie movies like Night of the Living Dead and 28 Days Later and acknowledges them in a way I think we haven’t seen before. So it lends itself to being a lot of fun and lighthearted.

You’re in a zombie apocalypse and you have to leave your house right away. What article of clothing do you grab first?
A bike helmet. I would rather be running in my thermals with a bike helmet than anything else, because that’s what zombies are going to be going for, so it’s for protection.

Liv solves homicide cases by inheriting memories. If you could solve any real-life case or mystery, which would it be and why?
Well I think in moral terms it would be nice to get inside a missing person’s case, but for pure sensationalist curiosity, I think it would be really interesting to know what happened with Marilyn Monroe.

Liv has a signature beauty look (pale skin, dark eyes). What’s your go-to look in real life?
I think good skin is always appealing, so actually a skincare regime would be my go-to favorite thing, like a nice moisturizer. I’ve been loving Kate Somerville lately. I think it’s nice to see people’s real beauty and who they are. In my own life, when it’s not for photo shoots or anything else, I think it’s nice to have quite a minimal look.

What has been the most exciting part of joining the cast of Masters of Sex?
Allison Janney—I’m a huge fan of hers. I think she is so endearing and smart and beautiful and surprising as an actor. You know, she makes really great choices. Whenever I work with her, I feel very inspired, and it’s a good reminder of the ability for it to be a creative process.

The show takes place in the ’50s. Are you inspired at all by the fashion of that era?
Very much so. My body type in general doesn’t lend itself to model-ish clothes and big baggy T-shirts and things like that. I tend to look a lot better with tapered waists and very feminine designs, so working on a show based in the 1950s is just a godsend for that reason.

You were a Power Ranger at one point! What was the best part about playing the Yellow Ranger?
Well it’s safe to say that I wasn’t inspired by the fashion of the Power Rangers; I was very ready to see the death of my yellow spandex suit. But the best part was it had a large stunt component. That was really great to develop a strong understanding of martial arts and being able to keep on top of that physical acting ability. But also, just working with friends. It shot in New Zealand about a half an hour away from where I lived, and I was working with people, a lot of whom I had know since I was 12, so it was a great group of people and very fun.

Describe your personal style in three words.
Feminine. Practical. Fresh.

What are some of your favorite places to shop (in the U.S. and New Zealand)?
In New Zealand, my favorites are Juliette Hogan and RUBY. I absolutely love their lines; they have brilliant stuff. In terms of out here… I mean, all sorts. I walked into Barneys the other day, and that’s a dangerous place for me to be. I like little boutiques as well, like Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake, and there’s another one called Bucks & Does. Both carry a great range of designers and some braver choices that I wouldn’t necessarily make walking around a department store.

Is there a piece you are wearing over and over right now?

Yes, a red playsuit from RUBY, which is the New Zealand label I was talking about. It’s great, because in L.A. it’s supposed to be spring, but it’s 86 degrees today, so I am very happy that the piece is light and almost like you are wearing nothing at all. It’s great for those long freeway drives in the heat.

What’s your favorite weekend escape?

I really like Point Mugu, which is north of Malibu. There’s a little campsite up there that my friends and I discovered a couple of years ago, and we were actually back there last weekend camping. It’s really cute. It’s quaint, right next to the water, and only an hour and a half outside the city, so you can’t justify it being too far. I really like spending time at the beach. I grew up near the water at home, and it feels very good for me.

I read that you write from time to time. What do you like to write?

My long-term goal is I would love to write a novel. I am an avid reader myself of fiction, and that’s something I’d really like to do. I’ve written a film called Crystal that we’re hoping to make within the next couple of years. It’s something that I would just be acting as a writer and a producer on. I am not going to be in it, and I think that was a wise decision for the first script, to write something where there is no agenda for you or how you want to portray yourself or a character that is particularly fascinating for me to play, but just characters that I’m interested in and empathize with, and just working on developing those.

In terms of writing a novel, what kind of genres are you interested in?

Well, I love people like Jonathan Franzen and Wally Lamb and Donna Hart; those are some examples of novelists that currently inspire me. And Margaret Atwood. Just contemporary authors who write and understand the human condition and write with a lot of empathy. I really like that Wally Lamb is fascinated by women’s penitentiaries. He works a lot with the New York correctional institute and the female prisoners and gets them to tell their stories and curates and edits these amazing pieces. I just think empathetic stories where we understand people’s transgressions and backstories and who people are and where they come from and why they make the decisions they do, that’s something that really interests me.

What are you currently reading?
I just finished a book called The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan that is this really harrowing, fascinating story about Australian POWs working in the Japanese empire building the railway train to Burma. It’s just an amazing, very textured story of these two men from other sides of the world trying to be good people but making bad decisions at times. Again, it’s all about empathy and why people make these silly, horrific choices in life but believe they are doing the right thing. I absolutely loved it, but it’s very dark, so I’m actually on the lookout for something that is a little lighter, just something really funny. I do like to read funny novels. I remember this guy, Mil Millington, who writes really funny novels, so I’m going to have to find one of his.

You’ve played a wide range of characters in your career. Is there something you haven’t done yet that you would like to?
Yes, I would like to play a villain. I’ve never played a true villain. That’s something I’m actually looking at for a couple of [projects] right now, so it’s very much on the horizon.

Do you have a favorite villain?
Javier Bardem was pretty good in [Skyfall]. And people like Tilda Swinton are wonderful; she does that very, very well.

What is your TV guilty pleasure?
You know what, I tuned in to one of the most shocking, ridiculous reality shows I’ve ever heard of—it’s almost like a car accident I couldn’t look away from—called Bridalplasty. I have to confess I watched two full episodes. It’s brides competing, and the winner gets drastic plastic surgery. I couldn’t believe it. That was one of those things that is totally salacious, and I watched it fascinated and kind of in shock.

What song are you listening to on repeat?

I’ve been doing a little bit of a throwback with Blaze Foley, an old country singer. The song is “If I Could Only Fly.” It’s really sad but beautiful.

Interview from Fashiondesain

Sara   /   Feb 02,2014   /   0 Comments

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.

Sara   /   Nov 17,2013   /   0 Comments

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.

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