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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   /   Mar 31,2017   /   0 Comments

Last Sunday, our favorite fairy Tinkerbell returned to Once Upon a Time! This is something we have been eagerly awaiting for months now, after it was announced Rose would return for an episode. Unfortunately, we have to say we’re disappointed – all she got was a short scene, which was far from satisfying after waiting almost 3 years. Tinkerbell is one of the more interesting characters in our opinion, and Rose portrays her so well… We definitely wanted more! But it was still very nice to see her back in this role, as it was the one which really made her popular internationally.

HD Screen captures from her scene can now be found in our gallery, and we added the clip to our video archive as well. Some graphics will be added later! We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Sara   /   Oct 10,2015   /   0 Comments

The day is finally here, and we here at Rose McIver Online wants to wish her a Happy, HAPPY birthday!! We’ve been celebrating here at the site for over a week now (make sure you browse through our last 2-3 pages in the news archive to see all the updates), and continue today… For the special occasion, we’ve created our own birthday video for Rose; a video showcasing some of her career moments from 1994 to 2015. As well as some of our favorite Rose clips! It’s 15 minutes long, and packed with great Rose clips. We hope you enjoy it – and we would appreciate all help trying to share this with Rose on twitter! We’d love it if it got to her, so she could see how much we adore her. Have fun watching!

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Sara   /   Apr 07,2014   /   0 Comments

Captures from tonight’s Once Upon a Time episode is up in our gallery; they’re in HD quality, so I hope you’ll like them. Come back tomorrow, as we continue the Tinkerbell celebration then! (Sara might even have some updates for you before the rest of us wake up, so just keep refreshing the page really…) Good night Tinkers! We have had so much fun tweeting and celebrating both #AskRose and #Tinkisback with you this weekend.

Sara   /   Apr 07,2014   /   0 Comments

What an amazing episode! Rose did amazing as Tinkerbell, and it was so nice to have her back on the show. We promised a celebration on twitter, and here is the first of many posts! Ann and I have created some new Tinker icons for our icon vault. I hope you like them!

Sara   /   Apr 06,2014   /   0 Comments

The return of our dear Tinkerbell is just a couple of hours away! Remember, the Tinkers fandom will try to trend Tink is back tonight. Head over to twitter for more information. A new promo for tonight’s episode is online now, and it features Tink – watch it below. Looks like it’s going to be epic!!

Sara   /   Mar 09,2014   /   0 Comments

Rose McIver is sprinkling her pixie dust all over Hollywood these days.

After a winter break, Sunday marks the return of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” on which the New Zealand native charms as Tinker Bell, the feistiest fairy in the Enchanted Forest. The iconic character is a contrast from McIver’s role on “Masters of Sex.” On the Showtime series set in the 1950s, she plays Vivian Scully, the daughter of the university’s provost (played by Beau Bridges) and an impeccably dressed and tressed candy striper who seems hell-bent on landing a doctor husband.

Further, the 26-year-old is currently shooting “Petals on the Wind,” Lifetime’s upcoming TV movie sequel to its hit adaptation of V.C. Andrews’s “Flowers in the Attic.” She’s playing the starring role of Cathy, taking over for “Mad Men’s” Kiernan Shipka, who played the younger version of the character in the first film. “Petals” picks up 10 years after the first film.

While it seems she’s suddenly everywhere, McIver isn’t exactly a newcomer. At the age of 3, she appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “The Piano” and her memory of the experience is a funny, leg-crossing one. She’s also spent time fighting crime, TV style, as a Power Ranger, wearing the yellow suit for the series in 2009. So we hit her with some Big Questions…

1. There have been many famous Tinker Bells. Who and what inspired your version on “Once Upon a Time?”

What was great was when I auditioned, I didn’t know it was for Tinker Bell. I thought I was just auditioning for a fairy. Because of that, I didn’t bring any of those ideas to my initial performance. So it’s been a nice fusion of a completely original portrayal of a fairy, and merging in some of the original ideas of Tinker Bell. When I looked into J. M. Barrie’s creation of her, he envisioned her, because of her pint size, to only be able to house one emotion at a time. So she’s either incredibly jealous or incredibly elated or incredibly encouraging. That’s been fun being able to have an almost manic element to her, where she can flip and become very stroppy at the drop of a hat. She doesn’t symbolize one thing or one virtue; she’s much more three-dimensional than I had expected.

2. And, of course, your Tinker Bell has a cool New Zealand accent. How did you convince them to keep it for the part?

What’s cool is because the story is universal — everybody from all different countries grew up reading it — the “Once Upon a Time” creators were open to keeping it a really universal and global production. The characters can be from all over the world; they’re not locked into being American or British. They have Australian accents on the show, and now, this is the first Kiwi accent that they’ve had. It’s a nice way to unite and tie in audience members from all over the world into a very universal subject matter.

3. Your “Masters of Sex” character, Vivian, is one of the most marriage-minded girls we’ve seen on TV. She’s 18, but so excited to walk down the aisle that she ruined her own marriage proposal.

I know [laughs]. But I feel like I do know those girls. It seems like a dated idea, but when I look around at some of my friends, it’s an absolutely essential thing for them in their lives that they really have counted down the days, and almost spoiled the moment, because it’s so anticipated. But, yeah, it’s funny — in some ways, it’s such a 1950s show, and it’s really presenting people’s images and understandings and psychology at that time. But when you look around, some of people’s mindsets today can still be very comparable. On the show, you see everybody wears 1950s costumes and speaking sometimes in a dialogue that feels a little out of date. But the things that they’re talking about are still issues that I feel are not necessarily resolved today, and they were generating a conversation that is still very much in the works. It’s not something that’s irrelevant, which is great.

4. Your character’s parents are played by Beau Bridges and Allison Janney, making it the second time you’ve worked with Allison, who also appeared in the movie “Brightest Star.” What have you learned from her?

Allison is definitely one of the people I’ve looked up to most since starting work in the United States for sure. I just really admire her choices. I admire how down-to-earth and grounded she is. She’s incredibly professional. I really look up to her a lot And she’s a lot of fun. She knows that she’s lucky to do what she does for living. As for this role, it’s really inspiring to think that it doesn’t matter how experienced you are, you can still take new roles and push your boundaries, and find new characters to play. So that’s been something I’ve looked up to.

5. Any funny reactions to the title of the show from people who didn’t know the premise — that it’s a show about sex research pioneers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson?

My mom and dad [laughs]! I told them on Skype. I remember vividly — I was so excited and I phoned to say, “Guys, you’ll never believe this. I got the role in this great cable show. It’s called ‘Master of Sex.’” And I just saw their faces drop. I hadn’t thought about the fact that to phone my parents on the other side of the world, who let their little girl go live in Los Angeles, to get that phone call and not know the context was probably pretty terrifying. But when I told them it was about Masters and Johnson and the research and explained the role, they were really excited for me. But certainly, the title has a shock impact that can be little throwing to some people. And I have to explain to people that Vivian is not one of the racy subjects or part of the experiments. She’s the virgin and everything comes with that [laughs].

6. Do you still have your yellow Power Ranger costume and, if so, please tell us that you wear it in public from time to time? Or Halloween?

I wish. I absolutely wish. It’s funny, I was in Austin around Halloween this year for the Austin Film Festival and I saw a bunch of people dressed up as Power Rangers walking down the street in a drunken state. I never realized going into that project how much of a cult following it had. In New Zealand, it’s actually banned on screen for being too violent — weirdly because compared to some of the other stuff that’s on screen. I mean: It’s rubber monsters! What’s the risk of that being carried out in the playground? [Laughs.] So I didn’t realize its impact until coming and spending time in the States. It was so much fun to make. It was a job where I worked with five of my best friends, they had a lot of New Zealand cast on the show, and we flew around and fought rubber monsters for months on end. It’s kind of a dream gig. And, no, I never have dressed up as a Power Ranger for Halloween. I feel like I spent enough time in that spandex to last a lifetime.

7. Were you a girl who had V.C. Andrews books on her nightstand?

I actually had never read these books, but so many of my friends and family had, so I wasn’t unfamiliar with the series. The limited time between casting and when production began meant that reading the books was not a realistic goal if I wanted to juggle all the other preparation I wanted to do as well. I spent a lot of time doing ballet, developing Cathy’s emotional arc throughout this story, and building relationships with the cast and crew I would be working with. And I always work via Skype with a coach and mentor back in New Zealand — Miranda Harcourt — so I made time for that as well. Unfortunately, reading the books will have to wait.

8. You’ve just started filming, so how is it going? And, because it’s an intense role, what do you do to shake it off at the end of the day?

So far I have been really enjoying finding the truth in each scene. Because Kiernan Shipka already did a fantastic job bringing Cathy to life, I am able to draw from her performance as well as creating the character with the supremely talented director I’m working with, Karen Moncrieff. [As for shaking it off], hot baths! Not only is the emotional component of this project really taxing, but there is also the physical component of ballet training. So I have been making sure I find time to wind down with a hot bath and a cup of tea at the end of long days. It also helps that my fellow cast and crew have a great sense of humor and strong work ethics, so we are able to keep spirits up in a wonderful way.

9. Your biggest movie role that Americans will probably know was in fellow New Zealander Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones.” What was that experience like?

I remember that it was my first time working abroad. I remember how thrilled I was to be coming with a group of awesome filmmakers from my own country who hadn’t worked directing and making films abroad either. Although they were so experienced and capable, it was their first time adventuring overseas to make a project like that. So there was something really nice about embarking on it with a bunch of other people on their first adventure like that too, and we made something that I feel is really special. I made some lifelong friends on it, and I learned a lot. It was quite hectic — it was during the writer’s strike. And it was everybody working away from home, but I was just lucky that I had such a positive experience and met wonderful people and learned a lot.

10. What, if anything, do you remember about being in “The Piano”?

My most vivid memory, it’s actually one of my first memories, I was three and I was the youngest angel in the show production. And I remember being absolutely desperate for the toilet. I needed to wee really badly. So I was crossing my legs when I was walking down. I remember just thinking: This is so unjust that this little girl is desperate for the toilet. And they’re saying, “Aww — it looks really cute! She looks just like a girl in a school production. Keep her like that.” And I remember being like, “Oh, I will never let myself need to go to the toilet like that again.” That’s the only memory I have!

11. You started acting so young. When did you decide for yourself, “Hey, I love acting. I’d like to keep doing this forever”?

Well, to be honest, it’s still a decision that I make every day. I don’t ever want to feel like my whole life is laid out before me and I know exactly what’s gonna happen. That would be so boring. What I love about my work is the variety and not knowing what’s coming next, and being able to embrace something for a period of time and know something new is going to follow. I also know that I want to do other things in my life as well. I’d love to write, and I think about teaching. But at the moment, what feels right is acting. I’m really fortunate that I am in continuous work and I love what I do. And I think that there’s a reason that it keeps happening. So while that keeps happening, I will be thrilled — and feel lucky — to keep doing it.

“Once Upon a Time” returns Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. (Original Source)

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   /   Jan 31,2014   /   0 Comments

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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.

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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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