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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   /   Jul 30,2017   /   0 Comments

During San Diego Comic-Con last week, Rose did a bunch of interviews for different news outlets and magazines. Sioux City Journal have put together some of the information she shared at the convention into a great little article – which you can now read below.

Source | Some actresses have the luxury of preparation. Rose McIver often settles for watching YouTube videos and rehearsing on camera before committing.

It’s just part of her ever-changing world as a zombie on “iZombie.” In the series, McIver’s character, a zombified medical examiner, has to snack on others’ brains in order to stay alive. In the process, she takes on the brain’s personality. And, yes, McIver says, it can be a challenge. In the course of the last season, which just ended, the New Zealand native assumed the mannerisms of everyone from a conspiracy theorist to a dominatrix. “It happens so quickly, you don’t get much prep time,” she says. “I wish I had that leisure. Usually, I email strangers after I hear what I’m going to be doing.”

To approximate the zombie look, McIver has four wigs in rotation. “I have names for all of them,” she says with a smile. “Shirley was a very good one – moody at the start but we got her in line.”

Because she has such a host of identities, McIver says it’s not uncommon for people to give her strange looks. “A lot of people think I went to high school with them,” she says. “I assume it’s that they’ve come across the show.”

One of a growing number of New Zealand performers working in American television shows, McIver says plenty of her friends got involved in the business when New Zealand was a hotbed for American film production. Tax benefits made it ideal; roles in big features like “Lord of the Rings” made it marketable.

Now 28, McIver got her break in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Lovely Bones.” That led to more film and television work and a place in Hollywood. Mastering an American accent was key, she says. “If you can do that, it’s fair game. You’ve done the training and done the hard work and you have what it takes.” Sustaining a career in New Zealand is almost impossible because the film industry is so small. As a result, McIver became so busy in the United States and Canada she didn’t get back for a year and a half. “I was hung out to dry by my family,” she says with a smile. “Now I get back at least twice a year.” So they wouldn’t forget her, she gave her niece and nephew “iZombie” action figures – a strange by-product of a foreign career.

“The reason I love my job so much is I get to play the variety and do a little of everything,” McIver says. “But I’m genuinely terrified knowing what brains I might not have a clue how to perform.” Sometimes, there are fringe benefits. When she was under the effects of a country music brain, McIver rekindled her love for the guitar. “My brother is a talented guitarist. This got me to pick it up again and it was inspiring – stress relieving. There are all sorts of things I’d never explore if it weren’t for this show.”

Before “iZombie” began, writers gave McIver a list of “brains” they were interesting in picking. “You are allowed to veto one.” She chose the “cat lady” brain because “I’m a dog person. They thought it would be a great prank to play on me where I was interacting with, like, seven cats in a bedroom.”

Other brains have enabled her to draw on friends, family and co-workers. A “father-daughter” combo let her play two extremes at once. The trick, she says, is to make people care about her character, no matter what transformation she’s going through.

Renewed for a fourth season, “iZombie” also has prompted fans to wonder what those television brains taste like.

“The brains are made out of gelatin – like coconut agar gelatin,” McIver says. “They’re disgusting. They’re drowned in corn syrup and whatever kind of makes it look good at the time. They’ve gone above and beyond to try to make them delicious.

“In the first season, there was one that was like a milkshake. I had to chug it and you’ can’t spit that. They’re not great but, come on. I get to play a zombie and get through this great show. It’s like, ‘What a self-indulgent problem.’”

Sara   /   Mar 31,2017   /   0 Comments

Source | Liv (Rose McIver) will lead Team Z with more confidence in Season 3 of “iZombie.”

During an interview at the set of the CW series in Vancouver, McIver told Screener that Liv will be able to head the team much better this season because everyone now knows her secret.

“I think Liv has been able to take on a leadership role with this group of people, primarily because now they all show [support],” McIver said. “I think you’re able to lead with much more confidence when you know that the people who you’re working with are all well-informed, they’re all on your team.”

As fans know, Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) was the last main character to discover that Liv is a zombie, and now that the secret is out, viewers could expect a different dynamic between the two when the new season kicks off next week.

“They’re on the same page. This is the first time in three seasons … that they’ve been on the same page, so it definitely brings them closer together,” Goodwin said. “It’s been fun and interesting to play.”

But Goodwin pointed out that Clive will need some time to completely wrap his head around the idea that there are actually zombies living among humans. “He’s shocked,” Goodwin said of Clive’s reaction to the big reveal in a featurette for Season 3 of the series. “Zombies don’t exist in the world, and now they do. So he’s still trying to process all of this.”

Meanwhile, according to the overview for the whole season, Liv and Clive investigate the murder of a zombie family that may just set off an all-out war between zombies and humans.

“iZombie” Season 3, episode 1, titled “Heaven Just Got a Little Smoother,” airs on Tuesday, April 4 at 9 p.m. EST on The CW.

Sara   /   Jul 07,2016   /   0 Comments

Hello Rose fans! Earlier today, a new interview of Rose was published on NZ Herald, as a part of a series called “Sitting Room Only”. It’s a very different and fun interview, so make sure you check it out. You can do so by clicking the still image below, and screen captures will be added to the gallery as soon as possible.

Sitting Room Only is a new interview series airing on nzherald.co.nz, directed by Hannah Marshall and produced by Rose’s bestfriend and past co-star Fleur Saville. The intimate series will feature some of New Zealand’s best-known actors and musicians talking about life in Los Angeles and their journey to success. And as one of the most talked about kiwis at the moment, of course our Rose had to be included!

Rose McIver: My early acting was ‘horrific’

iZombie star Rose McIver has been acting since the age of two – featuring in everything from Shortland Street and Power Rangers to feature films like The Piano and The Lovely Bones.

But while film-makers were quick to embrace her young talent, the 26-year-old Kiwi wasn’t so sold on her early performances.

“I was told by somebody that I was prodigious with accents and I was so good at them. I went back and watched a clip… I’m horrific. I’m terrible,” she says in the latest episode of Sitting Room Only.

The actress, who now lives in LA, says people are often quick to assume her career was driven by her parents, but nothing is further from the truth.

“My mum was really hesitant. It was never a focus in our family.

“It was like other people did tennis or singing. I was just allowed to be in a movie.”

McIver’s most recent television credits include Once Upon a Time, Masters of Sex and Play It Again, Dick.

Sara   /   Jun 08,2016   /   0 Comments

Source | Spending recent years toying with morbid humour, New Zealand iZombie lead and Oz Comic-Con guest Rose McIver tells Daniel Cribb why it’s important to laugh when bad things happen.

“I’m currently lying on my parents’ sofa in Auckland,” McIver begins from her hometown. “I’m home visiting for a week and have regressed to behaving like a difficult teenager and demanding coffee from dad and lounging around,” she laughs.

It’s the first time she’s been home for a full week in several years, with an increasingly busy schedule that’s seen stints on show like Once Upon A Time and Masters Of Sex, as well as playing Liv Moore on The CW hit iZombie, so some down time is well earned, especially considering McIver put the final touches on a screenplay a week earlier. “I’m very excited — it’s with a director who actually lives in Australia now, Peter Salmon so it’s sitting in his inbox, waiting to be read,” she reveals.

“Some of the funniest things are borne out of situations that could be quite traumatic or quite morbid and being able to see the light and the dark in those situations is a skill set.”

“It’s a fairly different tone to iZombie; it’s very dark, gritty — there’s definitely some comedic elements, but I wouldn’t call it a comedy. It’s something that I’ve written as a writer, it’s not something for me to act in. It’s been a really good exercise, I hope it gets to come to life soon.”

It could have been quite easy for iZombie to take a similar dark path, with the inevitable element of death a prerequisite for the undead supernatural creature the show utilises, but McIver doesn’t see it as a zombie show, and after only a few episodes it’s easy to see why; you can almost forget that the lead is a zombie with everything else that’s going on. “It’s about a girl who went through an identity crisis and is trying to make sense of the way her life is unfolding and the way her relationships are changing,” McIver explains. “So it’s very relationship and character driven; I think that’s what keep it somewhat grounded and allows us to have some humour, and also high stakes, but also make it accessible and personable.”

It’s a style she attributes to showrunners Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero, who have given a completely original spin to the comic book-based series. “It’s almost like [Thomas] in his own life is quite comfortable with the darker side of things, and that can be a lovely balance. Some of the funniest things are borne out of situations that could be quite traumatic or quite morbid and being able to see the light and the dark in those situations is a skill set, and it’s really accessible for an audience.

“We’re working with a morgue consultant, who we put past every single question about how we would deal with a body in certain situations and she has such a dark sense of humour herself; she’s so, so funny and I find that very appealing that, you wouldn’t want it to be borne out of disrespect or anything, but bad stuff happens — that’s life and how things go and if you can’t find a way to laugh about it, then what a miserable way to exist.”

Sara   /   Apr 30,2016   /   0 Comments

Source | “iZombie’s” game-changing season 2 finale introduced several new exciting storylines for the show’s season 3, but does this mean the CW series is moving away from the procedurals?

“I think now that our show is going into the third season, there’s room to shake the structure a little bit and play outside the box,” series actress Rose McIver told Comic Book Resources.

However, the 27-year-old actress — who plays Liv Moore on the series — noted that the show’s procedural aspects will always be important to the premise of the program.

“There are certainly great things about it being a procedural as a device for her being able to eat those brains each week, and for it to hang on these very specific story hooks can be fantastic, too,” she said. “I think it could kind of go either way at the moment, and I feel like story-wise and character dynamic-wise, relationship-wise, there’s really, really interesting stuff coming to play with.”

During a sit-down interview with Showbiz Junkies at WonderCon last month, McIver’s co-star Robert Buckley was asked the same question, and although he couldn’t really tell whether fans can expect less procedural episodes next season, he did say that “big changes” are coming,

“I really can’t give you a very informed answer because I don’t know what they have in store,” the 34-year-old actor, who plays Major Lilywhite on the series, said when asked if the show is moving away from the procedurals. “But going off of the script, [season 2 finale] is a game changer certainly in several ways. In the procedural aspect, I don’t know if it’s going to be a game-changer there. But in the relations between the characters and the dynamics of those relationships, absolutely. Big changes.”

Would you like see “iZombie” move away from the procedurals and become a full-fledged serialized show? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments below!

Sara   /   Apr 21,2016   /   0 Comments

We’re already dying for the third season of iZombie to start, after the cliffhanger ending last week! Luckily we’re already starting the get some scoop on the new season, so hopefully the wait will seem a little bit shorter … Rose recently talked with Comic Book Resources, and gave them some of her thoughts on the future of the show – you can read the article below.

Source | Rose McIver is gearing up for the third season of the zombie detective show “iZombie,” which is created by Rob Thomas.

For the next season, McIver believes that the show is going to shake the characters up and let them experience things far beyond their usual set-up.

“I think now that our show is going into the third season, there’s room to shake the structure a little bit and play outside the box,” McIver told Comic Book Resources. “But there are certainly great things about it being a procedural as a device for her being able to eat those brains each week, and for it to hang on these very specific story hooks can be fantastic, too.”

All of the major characters – from Liv to Major Lilywhite (Major Buckley), Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli), Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin), and Blaine DeBeers (David Anders) – all have experienced personal challenges when it comes to zombies. Season 3 will only take their personal challenges up a notch, according to McIver.

“I think it could kind of go either way at the moment, and I feel like story-wise and character dynamic-wise, relationship-wise, there’s really, really interesting stuff coming to play with,” she said.

McIver hopes that season 3 will let them explore their musical talents.

“Liv has sung a bit and Blaine has sung a bit. I want, like, a full musical episode,” said McIver. “I want there to be just like brains, maybe something contaminated where everybody has to eat it and the whole episode is done in song.”

McIver also hopes that the brains she will consume for the third season will taste better. Earlier, the actress told the Observer Culture that the most “appalling” thing she ever ate as Liv was a “stew” made out of gelatin.

“It was like brain mixed in with packet stew sauce, this thick kind of brown gravy. That was pretty awful,” she recalled.

“iZombie” season 3 is slated for the 2016-2017 roster of The CW.

Sara   /   Apr 13,2016   /   0 Comments

Yesterday/earlier today, Rose did a video interview with Entertainment Weekly about the season finale of iZombie. You can watch the video below, and screen captures are in our gallery! If you haven’t watched yesterday’s episode yet, be aware that there is spoilers in both the video, and article below.

Warning: This post contains spoilers from Tuesday’s season finale of iZombie. Recap here.

iZombie’s second season ended with, well, an apocalypse. And not everyone made it out alive.

Fans said goodbye to Drake, Vaughn, and even Rob Thomas — the singer, not the showrunner. But some good came out of the hours as well: Liv and Major fought side-by-side, Ravi and Peyton rekindled their romance (before things got complicated with Blaine), and Clive finally found out about zombies.

But what comes next for Liv and Major? And who is this Vivian woman? We sat down with iZombie’s Rose McIver to talk all things finale.

Though a premiere date has not yet been set, iZombie will return for season 3. (Source)

Sara   /   Apr 12,2016   /   0 Comments

Earlier today, Rose was on People Now answering questions people have sent in over twitter live! You can watch the video below – Rose’s part starts at 15:18. Enjoy! Screen captures will be added shortly.

Sara   /   Apr 12,2016   /   0 Comments

Desperate times call for desperate measures — and when you’re a zombie in need of brains, where do you go?

Star of hit CW show “iZombie” Rose McIver joins the PIX11 Morning News to talk about Tuesday night’s special, this season’s exciting plot, and the show’s fans.

Sara   /   Mar 29,2016   /   0 Comments

Feasting on brains hardly seems like leading lady fare, but Rose McIver is more than eager to dig in. In fact, the 27-year-old actress relishes her monstrous starring on role iZombie (a hit TV series in its second season on CW, based on the cult Vertigo/DC comic book of the same name). That’s because it allows her to delve into the minutia of being undead—from hiding her zombie affliction like a secret identity to turning cerebral cortexes into appetizing snacks to contending with colleagues who mistake her postmortem paleness and chilly demeanor as an “emo-goth” act.

During a recent phone interview, the New Zealand-born actress dropped her convincing onscreen American accent, letting her charming Kiwi lilt shine through while explaining the series’ unique take on the well-trodden zombie genre: “We wanted to have a little bit of the gore and psychological stuff, but we also wanted to have a laugh about it and be self-aware.”

Several of those humorous elements have made iZombie a hit with critics and audiences—be it the apt naming of McIver’s character, Liv, or how the character watches Night of the Living Dead to research her affliction. The former owners of the brains she devours aren’t Liv’s prey, per se. Instead, they are murder victims for whom she seeks justice—while also keeping her supernatural cravings at bay—by nibbling on their neural pathways in the morgue (where she works) and, in turn, absorbing memories about their killings. Temporarily succumbing to those victims’ whims—like the kleptomania of the woman she tries to avenge in the pilot—is a side effect that is unfortunate for Liv, but entertaining for the audience.

Taking on those new characteristics from episode to episode is one of the challenges that keeps McIver so engaged with the role. However, she says, the difficulties lying in that task are different than one might expect. For instance, Liv isn’t completely transformed into the person whose brain she eats, meaning McIver isn’t playing a new character in each episode.

“I think part of the challenge is maintaining Liv each week, and her integrity,” McIver says. “So I try to find different ways to incorporate the characteristics of each person whose brain is eaten by Liv, but still have the audience invested in Liv as a character.”

Striking that balance sometimes requires McIver to draw on other talents. In one such episode, Liv began spinning expert pirouettes after devouring a ballerina’s brain, a plotline that the writers developed upon learning about the actress’ dance studies as a girl back in Auckland. But sometimes the learning curve on iZombie is far steeper, requiring McIver to study up on casino jargon when Liv gobbled up the mind of a gambling addict, or to spend time researching with one of the Real Housewives after her character ate the brains of an uppity lady who behaved like a reality TV star.

But one of the funnest—and strangest—skills she has learned is how to stomach the ugly, squiggly fake cerebellum that the scripts call for her to chomp on. For McIver, accomplishing that feat was mind over matter in every sense of the word. “It’s often made from clumps of gelatine, bits of corn syrup, and vegetable juice,” she said of the phony brains made for the series, adding: “During my last episode, the crew made a concoction of bread crumbs and mushrooms—with bits of fake brain in the mix, of course. It was actually pretty delicious. After we finished the shoot I kept eating it, which everyone found to be pretty hilarious.”

[Note: This article first appeared in Under the Radar’s Best of 2015 print issue, which is still on newsstands now. This is its debut online.]

(iZombie airs Tuesdays at 9/8 Central on the CW.)

Feasting on brains hardly seems like leading lady fare, but Rose McIver is more than eager to dig in. In fact, the 27-year-old actress relishes her monstrous starring on role iZombie (a hit TV series in its second season on CW, based on the cult Vertigo/DC comic book of the same name). That’s because it allows her to delve into the minutia of being undead—from hiding her zombie affliction like a secret identity to turning cerebral cortexes into appetizing snacks to contending with colleagues who mistake her postmortem paleness and chilly demeanor as an “emo-goth” act.

During a recent phone interview, the New Zealand-born actress dropped her convincing onscreen American accent, letting her charming Kiwi lilt shine through while explaining the series’ unique take on the well-trodden zombie genre: “We wanted to have a little bit of the gore and psychological stuff, but we also wanted to have a laugh about it and be self-aware.”

Several of those humorous elements have made iZombie a hit with critics and audiences—be it the apt naming of McIver’s character, Liv, or how the character watches Night of the Living Dead to research her affliction. The former owners of the brains she devours aren’t Liv’s prey, per se. Instead, they are murder victims for whom she seeks justice—while also keeping her supernatural cravings at bay—by nibbling on their neural pathways in the morgue (where she works) and, in turn, absorbing memories about their killings. Temporarily succumbing to those victims’ whims—like the kleptomania of the woman she tries to avenge in the pilot—is a side effect that is unfortunate for Liv, but entertaining for the audience.

Taking on those new characteristics from episode to episode is one of the challenges that keeps McIver so engaged with the role. However, she says, the difficulties lying in that task are different than one might expect. For instance, Liv isn’t completely transformed into the person whose brain she eats, meaning McIver isn’t playing a new character in each episode.

“I think part of the challenge is maintaining Liv each week, and her integrity,” McIver says. “So I try to find different ways to incorporate the characteristics of each person whose brain is eaten by Liv, but still have the audience invested in Liv as a character.”

Striking that balance sometimes requires McIver to draw on other talents. In one such episode, Liv began spinning expert pirouettes after devouring a ballerina’s brain, a plotline that the writers developed upon learning about the actress’ dance studies as a girl back in Auckland. But sometimes the learning curve on iZombie is far steeper, requiring McIver to study up on casino jargon when Liv gobbled up the mind of a gambling addict, or to spend time researching with one of the Real Housewives after her character ate the brains of an uppity lady who behaved like a reality TV star.

But one of the funnest—and strangest—skills she has learned is how to stomach the ugly, squiggly fake cerebellum that the scripts call for her to chomp on. For McIver, accomplishing that feat was mind over matter in every sense of the word. “It’s often made from clumps of gelatine, bits of corn syrup, and vegetable juice,” she said of the phony brains made for the series, adding: “During my last episode, the crew made a concoction of bread crumbs and mushrooms—with bits of fake brain in the mix, of course. It was actually pretty delicious. After we finished the shoot I kept eating it, which everyone found to be pretty hilarious.”

[Note: This article first appeared in Under the Radar’s Best of 2015 print issue, which is still on newsstands now. This is its debut online.]

(iZombie airs Tuesdays at 9/8 Central on the CW.) (Source)