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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.

We aim to bring you all the latest news and images relating to Rose's acting career, and strive to remain 100% gossip-and-paparazzi-free. - Sara, Neide & Emily
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Sara   /   Oct 11,2017   /   0 Comments

Since news are slow at the moment, I decided to share this rare old treat with you all! I recently came across a never before seen interview with Rose from 2009, taken during the “The Lovely Bones” promotion tour. I’m not really sure who the interview was for, but Rose looks so young and cute! I have uploaded the interview to our YouTube account (you can check it out below), and added screen captures to our gallery.

Sara   /   Apr 21,2016   /   0 Comments

We have continued working on our career pages today, and finally completed the pages for all of Rose’s feature films! The new pages are Predicament, The Lovely Bones, Ozzie, Toy Love, Topless Women Talk About Their Lives and The Piano. You can now find detailed information on all the films, including a synopsis, trivia, quotes, promotion information, filming information, links to related press and media pages and much more. We have spent a lot of time gathering all this information, and we hope you’ll have fun reading about Rose’s work. Up next is the television movies she has done, and the remaining short films. Her full filmography can be found here.

After finishing our film pages, we continued working on our iZombie page. This page is a big work-in-progress; we want to have a very detailed and comprehensive archive on the show before the third season starts. Since it’s possibly Rose’s biggest project to date, we want to put a lot of focus on it! We’ve added new information to the main page, added a season two episode guide and started some “Olivia Moore” character pages (so far- biography and trivia, power and abilities, relationships. Coming up are style and look pages). We’ll soon start to create individual pages for every episode, with facts, filming information, trivia, goofs, soundtrack information and much more.

We’ll continue to work on the site content over the next few days, so feel free to come with requests if there’s something you would like to see! We have received a lot of questions about a press archive with interviews, so this is something we will definitely begin working on. Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow.

Sara   /   Apr 13,2016   /   0 Comments

Following our big “AOL Build Presents: ‘iZombie’ with Rose McIver!” photo update yesterday, we have added 8 HQ photos of Rose leaving the studios after her appearance. Thank you so much to my friend Miss Faith for these! She also got us some old candids of Rose leaving the SiriusXM Studios last year, and some “The Lovely Bones” and “Petals on The Wind” stills. Links to all the albums below!

We’ll have a video of Rose’s appearance on the AOL Build live interview show up for you in a few minutes, same with screen captures. Check back later tonight…

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Sara   /   Oct 05,2015   /   0 Comments

Third update today – we promised you big and plenty of updates this week, and we’ll do our best to deliver! Ready for more exclusive photos? In 2009, Rose went on a big promotional tour with her “The Lovely Bones” co-stars, and we’ve updated our gallery with unseen photos from it. We don’t have that many event photos of her from the years before 2013, so it’s always nice to find new additions. We hope you like these, and all the other updates we’ve made so far this week 😉

Sara   /   Mar 17,2015   /   0 Comments

In Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, Rose McIver plays Lindsey Salmon, a young woman carrying the weight of the brutal rape and murder of her older sister Susie. Over the course of filming in her native New Zealand, McIver became friends with the actress playing the forever 14-year-old Susie, Saoirse Ronan. Seven years later, and the two remain close. They do, after all, have a lot in common: both McIver and Ronan began acting when they were still children in English-speaking countries with a much smaller entertainment industry than the U.S.

Now 26, McIver is an industry veteran with a résumé that includes everything from The Piano and Xena: Warrior Princess to Once Upon a Time, Masters of Sex, and indie films like Brightest Star. Tonight, McIver’s new show iZombie will debut on the CW. The premise might sound a little silly—McIver stars as a crime-solving zombie who works in a morgue and eats the brains of murder victims—but, helmed by Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas, the series is clever and fun.

SAOIRSE RONAN: Rosiepops! Can you hear me? You sound really far away.

ROSE McIVER: Yeah, you sound like you’re talking through a hedge. It’s like that Louis C.K. thing—it’s a miracle we can even talk like this.

RONAN: I know. Mam was telling me about when she moved to New York in the ’80s, and how terrifying that must have been to have no communication with the people that you were going to visit or anyone at home.

McIVER: I always think about the settlers who moved to New Zealand in the 1800s. They hadn’t even been to the place before. They just packed their bags and shipped over knowing they’d never see their family again or be able to speak to them—they’d maybe get a letter if they were lucky. It makes me feel guilty that I even complain about being homesick when I talk to my parents on Skype every week and I go home twice a year.

RONAN: How was it being home?

McIVER: So nice. I spent every day at the beach. I got two and a half weeks. The first week was catching up with a million people, and then the second week and a half was spent at the beach pretty much every day.

RONAN: As we all know Rose, you’re a pretty popular gal in New Zealand…

McIVER: [laughs]

RONAN: I feel like Carrie and Saul from Homeland are listening in to our conversation right now. We’re being bugged, and we have to watch what we say.

McIVER: I know. Don’t say anything wrong, okay?

RONAN: [laughs]

McIVER: I can’t even kick you under the table to stop you from asking things.

RONAN: I’m going to embarrass you big time. Big time. Tell me how you started acting? Did you start when you were quite young?

McIVER: My brother was scouted for a commercial when he was three, and it was just because he could speak clearly and was well behaved, basically. I don’t think he had any amazing acting ability at that age—although he is actually a great actor.

RONAN: He was shit when he was three, but whatever.

McIVER: He was rubbish, but he blossomed. In New Zealand, the acting and film, theater, and television community is so tiny, it was some friend of a friend who made a short film and was like, “Oh, that kid was kind of well behaved, could he be in this one?”

RONAN: “We want the least amount of trouble on set as possible.”

McIVER: I say regularly, I never got into this because I was talented. When I was about five, I could do a vaguely decent American accent—straight through kind of decent—and Hercules needed some kids. I definitely wasn’t a good actor.

RONAN: You were always a good actor. It’s in you. How did you expose yourself to different accents? Was it just from TV and movies?

McIVER: Yeah, a lot of it was television. As you know, I have a flawless American accent. My Irish accent is from being around you.

RONAN: It’s like listening to myself. Am I having an interview with myself, right now? Am I in iZombie? Do I have a new show coming out this month?

McIVER: I think listening to people is helpful.

RONAN: For both of us, in order to have had any kind of career outside of the country that we’re from, it was essential that we were able to do accents. It’s a technical thing. Before I really know an accent well, I find it quite technical—it’s almost like learning a new instrument or something.

McIVER: I think it also helps that the New Zealand accent is so unattractive. I love our country, but it’s a terrible accent.

RONAN: It’s my favorite! That and the Scottish accent.

McIVER: It was a nice excuse to shake it. I’ve been trying to shake it since I was 10.

RONAN: How does it feel now that you’re in L.A.? Do you feel like you’re a Kiwi actress there? I know you’ve got a lot of mates there that are from home and you’ve got a bit of a Kiwi, Aussie community there. Do you feel that you’ve still kept in touch with you’re roots?

McIVER: Yeah, absolutely. I do think of myself very strongly as a New Zealander, but when I moved out to the States I was aware that I didn’t want to just live in a satellite community of only other New Zealanders. It’s nice to have support and I have great friends from home, but I think it’s so limiting not to be able to plug yourself in and actually meet people from the community and the place that you’re living in. [But] I get so much more national pride than I would being at home. I remember I went to some industry event that involved New Zealanders and so they had a thing called a Pōwhiri, which is a native New Zealand Maori welcoming ceremony—the haka is performed. You would have experienced that when you came over. When I saw a Pōwhiri over here, it was so significant and emotional and made me very proud of where I come from. It was interesting being home these last couple of weeks, I just spent so much time outside—there’s a real appreciation for our surroundings. We grew up going to surf lifesaving lessons. You had to do that as part of your school education because it was assumed that you were going to spend a lot of time in the water.

RONAN: Have you felt since you moved to L.A. that it’s kind of been hard to hold on to the true essence of what you do? Or hold on to the reason why you love acting so much? It can be such an industry-focused town, which in some ways is really positive but you can drown in it a little bit. Have you felt that struggle since you’ve been there?

McIVER: You said it. It is a total dichotomy. On the one hand it’s the most meetings and auditions you can have about great projects—it’s rife with opportunity—and so part of me get’s really excited about that. But the other part is that Hollywood is where entertainment and art meets commerce, and I think you can feel that as well. It’s a business. It’s not just artists roaming around, creating stuff they love, it’s thinking about box office and thinking about audiences and the ability to get in magazines and all of these kinds of things which in New Zealand hadn’t occurred to me.

RONAN: Well, it’s not really a priority at home, is it? New Zealand doesn’t rely on show business in the same way Ireland doesn’t.

McIVER: Yeah, exactly. But at the same time, you realize that the fact that they’ve generated this industry here has created an ability to make a lot more work. If you move here, and you want to work in this scene, you have to understand it and be able to make sure that it serves you and it serves your art. It’s about understanding it and not being walked over by anybody or taken advantage of.

RONAN: Yeah, and I do think it’s incredibly important as well to get to that stage.  If you started when you were quite young—like we have—you get to that stage in your career and your personal life as well where you have to have a little bit more of an industry mind. You have to be aware of how it operates in order to survive.

McIVER: When I first moved to L.A., everybody gave me the impression that this was “my time” and I had to really focus and make the most of opportunities. And you start working on various shows or you get some momentum, and then this is the time that you really have to capitalize on. Now I’ve got the show coming out, and I’m so excited about it, but you can continue to be wrapped up in, “This is the only opportunity, this is the only moment,” and I think it’s really important to draw a line at some point and say, “I need to look after myself and my family and my personal life as well.” I don’t think [people in] other industries are asked to compromise quite in the way that we are in terms of time away.

RONAN: You come from an artistic background—your dad’s an artist isn’t he?

McIVER: Yeah, Dad’s a photographer and Mum’s a ceramicist. Mum and Dad live on a cliff by the beach and they’ve got chickens, which is just the most ludicrous existence. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. Mum puts these great red gumboots by the door to scare the chickens away. Apparently the spotty red gumboots or Wellingtons—what do they call them here?

RONAN: I call them “wellies.” But you’ve got mad names for everything over there. What do you say for flip-flops?

McIVER: Jandals. The one that I keep saying without thinking—and I always get a laugh out of it—is “chilly bin” for a cooler.

RONAN: [laughs] What?

McIVER: A chilly bin!

RONAN: I don’t know what that is Rose.

McIVER: Because it’s cold!

RONAN: When is the show coming out?

McIVER: It comes out on March 17th.

RONAN: Patty’s day!

McIVER: Yeah, exactly. You’re not allowed to have a Guinness before you concentrate on my show.

RONAN: I’m going to be on a different time zone, so please don’t put that kind of pressure on me. I’m going to be pissed by the time I watch your show: “It was amazing! You were so good in it!”

McIVER: [laughs]

RONAN: So you shot that up in Vancouver. What was it like growing up in New Zealand, moving to a place like L.A. a few years ago, and then spending months and months on end in a fabulous place like Vancouver?

McIVER: The only hard thing was that it was just after I’d started to feel like I had my feet on the ground in L.A. and built a bit of a community. That’s the life of an actor!

RONAN: Don’t I know it!

McIVER: But as far as somewhere else to have to go, it’s great. Vancouver is a lot like Auckland; it’s a city on the water, people do lots of different jobs. One of my childhood friends lives up there, and she’s in finance and works nine to five. For me it’s like, “That’s great! I don’t have any friends in Hollywood who work nine to five!” I knew her when I was three ’til seven, and our mums stayed friends. When I was going up to Vancouver to shoot, my mum was like, “You should go catch up with Eden!” and I was like, “Mum, that’s like an awkward blind date. We’re probably going to hate each other. What if she’s a bigot or something?” Now I have a friend in Vancouver who has nothing to do with acting.

RONAN: Aww. So will you fill me in on what the show is about? For all the readers out there, Rose and I actually talk about once a week, but we haven’t properly discussed the show.

McIVER: In our personal chats, we talk about love, life, and laughter.

RONAN: Let’s not go into the nitty-gritty of it, please.

McIVER: [laughs] The show is about a girl, Liv, who I play, who is turned into a zombie about six months prior to the show beginning. Nobody knows she’s a zombie, and she gets a job at a morgue so she can eat the brains of people who have already died. She’s ethical like that—she doesn’t want to kill people.


McIVER: Within the first episode, her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti—best character name in television—finds out that she’s a zombie and agrees to help her try to find a cure. He also encourages her to use her newfound skills for good. She is able to help solve people’s murders because when she eats these brains, she can see what happened to that person before they died.

RONAN: That’s so cool.

McIVER: She becomes a socially response zombie.

RONAN: [laughs] The best kind of zombie. I didn’t know this, but isn’t the creator of the show the creator of Veronica Mars as well? The one Kristen Bell is in?

McIVER: Yeah. Following in some enormous footsteps right there. I wish that she’d been rubbish, but she’s so good.

RONAN: Everything she touches turns to gold, and she can’t help that. As golden as her hair.

McIVER: On top of everything else, she just has to be a lovely person too.

RONAN: Yeah. She’s got lovely hair. And she was in Frozen! She’s Anna! You can’t really top that, to be honest. Although I love Idina Menzel, I would have liked to have seen more performances from Kristen Bell when Frozen came out. I think she’s got an amazing voice. You’ve got a great voice. You used to sing to me, in a non-romantic way.

McIVER: Maybe I was trying to seduce you and you just missed it completely.

RONAN: It was definitely more romantic than sexual. It was tender. I remember we were in a shopping mall shooting something for The Lovely Bones, and you just came up to me out of the blue—I think I was a bit tired—and you started to sing Sinead O’Connor, randomly. [laughs] Ah, the good old days. It’s funny—I think about this sometimes, I’m actually older than you were when you did The Lovely Bones.

McIVER: I know. That’s so weird! You’re my little sister. I see you wearing these modern women’s skirts and things.

RONAN: I’m not a skirt-wearer.

McIVER: Fine, long trousers and a nice turtleneck.

RONAN: [laughs] Slacks! I wear a lot of slacks now! With loafers. I basically wear exactly what I wore in The Lovely Bones. Those yellow bellbottoms. I was trying to come up with questions for you—I got a few example questions, but I wanted to come up with my own. I was thinking about Monty Python and the Holy Grail, when everyone asks, “What is your name? And what is your favorite color?” So Rose, what’s your favorite color?

McIVER: Oh my god, what a segue! Sounded very natural. It’s a tough call. Green or blue. I just can’t decide. And it’s not turquoise; it’s not between the two. It’s one or the other.

RONAN: And why have you picked those colors? Are those colors that you respond to or do they represent who you are?

McIVER: They are fresh and alive and I feel like I respond when I see them. If I see too much blue, though, I think you can get melancholy. I think there’s a reason that those things are linked. After too much blue you need a little green to see some fresh trees coming through.

RONAN: You’re very good at this; you’re very good at these interviews.

McIVER: If you could do a different career, what would it be?

RONAN: When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a waitress or a hairdresser, and for a long time I was an actress who wanted to be a waitress. But then I grew out of that. Since I’ve started to do publicity, I’m really fascinated by radio broadcasting. I think it’s really fun. I’ve always really liked using my voice and using that as an instrument.  That’s something I’d like to do.

McIVER: We should do a top-secret podcast and we’ll just do different voices and not tell anybody who it is.

RONAN: I’ll be you and you be me. [in a New Zealander accent] “Yeah, so I love New Zealand, and I go back there as much as I can.”

McIVER: [laughs] [in Irish accent] “Top o’ the morning to you. Saoirse Ronan from Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.”

RONAN: You always sound like a little chipmunk whenever you do my accent! A little Irish chipmunk.

McIVER: “I don’t sound like a chipmunk, Rose, what are you talking about?” I know you think you sound like Morgan Freeman, but you don’t.

RONAN: Okay, the last question that I wanted to ask you before we wrap up is what are you going to make me for dinner when I come and stay at your house in three weeks time?

McIVER: What don’t you like?

RONAN: You should know this. We’ve been friends for about seven years now.

McIVER: We’ve always been in random hotels! This is one of the first times you’ll be able to stay and I will be able to cook for you.

RONAN: Well, what are you going to cook for me?

McIVER: Alright, cheeky! I was going to do a roast chicken.

RONAN: That sounds nice.

McIVER: I made Pad Thai while I was in New Zealand.

RONAN: Oh did you? You do know I love Thai food.

McIVER: Yeah, I do know that. We’ve had that together.

RONAN: We are friends.

Sara   /   Jun 03,2012   /   0 Comments

This isn’t exactly news, but we wanted to share it with you anyway – an old video from when Rose and Saoirse Ronan were at the Alexa Chung Show have been uploaded online! You can watch it below. Photos from the day can be found here.

Sara   /   Feb 19,2010   /   0 Comments

The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s surprising best seller, is at least five films in one and therefore the perfect film for these credit crunch times. Over its 135 minute running time — it carries this load lightly — Jackson manages to squeeze in a touching teen romance, a gripping portrait of a serial killer, a family falling apart drama, an expressionistic after-life fantasy, a police procedural flick and, in one gripping set-piece, a fantastic retread of Rear Window. Jackson may not keep all these multiple plates spinning successfully, but this is bold, daring original filmmaking, with arguably more emotional and intellectual meat to chew on than either the Rings trilogy or Kong.

The Lovely Bones, both book and film, opens with a close-up image of a snowman trapped in a snow globe. The image reverberates around the entire movie. From Susie Salmon sitting on her heavenly gazebo narrating her own life following her brutal murder, to her father Jack (Wahlberg, good hair) building intricate model ships inside delicate bottles to her mother Abigail (Weisz) keeping Susie’s room in pristine untouched condition to her killer George Harvey (a terrific, meticulous, barely recognisable Tucci) carefully tending to his miniature doll house, these are characters looking to build ideal worlds but who eventually become ensnared by them, unable to move on, tethered by their pain. If this makes Lovely Bones sound like a draining downer, it shouldn’t: it is poignant, gripping, emotionally alive (but never sentimental) and gorgeous. All this from the man who brought you Meet The Feebles.

With its heady teen protagonist and themes of murder intertwined with the fantastical, on paper this felt like Jackson returning to the intimate, small-scale milieu of Heavenly Creatures (the fascination with the afterlife connecting with the real world also touches base with Jackson’s forgotten flick The Frighteners). Eschewing Sebold’s almost comic vision of the afterlife as a kitsch heavenly high school, Jackson’s vision of “the in-between”, a holding pen between Earth and Heaven, is a cornucopia of digitally enhanced vistas, flower iconography, quickly shifting landscapes and startling memorable images: a horrific bathroom vignette, a fleet of ships in bottles bobbing on a sea, a gazebo planted firmly in the middle of a midnight lake with the moon as a clock. Occasionally it strays deep into Rainbow Brite territory but perhaps that’s the point. Accompanied by Brian Eno’s lovely ambient noodlings, this is Jackson seeing and feeling purgatory through a 14 year-old’s subconscious, a 48 year-old man fluent in the language of ‘70s tween dreams.

But the best stuff doesn’t have a single pixel in it, meaning the afterlife segments eventually feel like stop-gaps. A heart-stopping piece of detective work by Susie’s sister Lindsay (Rose McIver who grows in stature throughout the film) is brilliant suspense cinema. The first half an hour is terrific stuff, sketching Susie’s life — all Partridge Family posters, Snoopy pendants and dreams of being a photographer — in the warm, faded tones of a ‘70s photograph. There is a lovely discussion between Susie and her boozy grandmother — Susan Sarandon in comic relief mode — about the thrill of first kisses and Susie’s subsequent crush on English hunk Ray is movingly etched, further enhancing the heartbreak of her life cut short. Saoirse Ronan may be the nemesis of spell check but she is emerging as a Jodie Foster for the noughties, making Susie spirited, smart, intense and adorable.

Sebold purists may carp that Jackson soft peddles the pivotal act of murder but, while he is not graphic, Jackson nails the emotional violence through both Harvey’s quiet insistence and telling images of creepy antique toys. Despite strong performances and moments from Wahlberg and Weisz, the movie doesn’t do full justice to the crumbling relationship of Susie’s parents — it occasionally feels glossed over, hinting at things but never paying them off. If that means there is a Director’s Cut on the way, then all the better. Spending more time in Susie Salmon’s sometimes harrowing, sometimes beautiful, always compelling world is something to rejoice in.(source)

Sara   /   Jan 26,2010   /   0 Comments

Thanks to MissRonanVideos, we have a clip of Rose and Saoirse at MuchOnDemand! Read what she writes about it and watch it below.

Saoirse Ronan and Rose McIver make a stop at MuchOnDemand while in Toronto. Sorry, but I can’t get Part 1. Thanks to Seb for getting this video!

Sara   /   Jan 20,2010   /   0 Comments

The Lovely Bones is the new movie from director Peter Jackson, based on the book by Alice Sebold. Here Paul Byrne talks to the young cast of the movie for

Sara   /   Jan 10,2010   /   0 Comments

Rose McIver was a fan of Alice Sebold’s book, The Lovely Bones, before tackling the role of Lindsey Salmon in the film adaptation. Lindsey’s the older sister of murder victim Susie Salmon (played by Saoirse Ronan), the 14 year old girl through whose eyes we witness the affect her death has on the people she loved.

The Lovely Bones, adapted for the screen and directed by Peter Jackson, is a tale of love and loss, and as McIver explained in our one-on-one interview, the book (and the film) deal with varied expressions of grief.

“For me, the movie’s really about the acceptance of a variety of forms of grief. I think that that’s something that Peter and Alice and everybody who was involved in this understood. There’s not one way that people deal with things. There’s jealousy and there’s laughter and there’s revenge, and there’s all sorts of things that people bring to the table. And I think the film really accepts all of those different things as part of the grieving process.”

Exclusive Rose McIver Interview – The Lovely Bones

What did the book mean to you?

Rose McIver: “Well, because it was kind of the first book that I’d read with actual subject matter and I was going into high school myself, that was a really deeply affecting book for me. I thought that the characterization and the novel and the originality of the way it’s told just really, really made it special.”

Where you attracted to the character of Lindsey when you were reading the book?

Rose McIver: “I found her a fascinating character. I thought she was incredibly challenging and really admirable, actually. But no, I had no ideas that I would ever play her or anything.”

When you got the part, did you go back and look at it again or did you just kind of put that aside?

Rose McIver: “Yes. I’ve reread it several times, actually, since auditioning for it and then being cast. And it’s kind of this wonderful resource that fleshes out your character, you know? You’ve got the story and so much to kind of look back at and use to inform your character.”

Do you think the way that she’s written and the way that she actually comes to life on the screen are very similar?

Rose McIver: “I hope so and that’s what I’ve tried to do, certainly. I mean, although the film adaptation is always going to be different to the book, the heart of the story is very much the same. And I really do hope that I bring Lindsey, as the book character, justice.”

The film captures the tone of Alice Sebold’s book. Did you see that in the script?

Rose McIver: “I couldn’t really imagine it not doing it, but I think it was really hard to tell until I’d seen the finished product. I didn’t really know what to expect, and especially since all the heaven stuff, I wasn’t involved in that and I hadn’t seen the shooting for that, so there was a lot of the film that was new to me, actually. But reading the script, I definitely thought it was true to the story.”

You’re 21 and you had to play someone who’s 11 at the beginning of the story.

Rose McIver: “I did, but we did shoot two years ago or something now, so I was 19. It was a bit of a lean, but I mean I have been all of those ages before. It’s not like I was trying to play something above 21 or whatever. So they’re all ages that you have been and been through, and with the help of makeup and costume it’s not too much of a stretch.”

It wasn’t a stretch on film because you look exactly the age you’re supposed to be.

Rose McIver: “Thank you.”

You’re welcome. How easy was it for you to go connect back with those years, because it has been a few years now?

Rose McIver: “Yes, it has. It actually wasn’t too bad at all. I did really specific kinds of things that I associated with each year. Like I had sort of memories from my years of 13 and 14 and things, and thought about objects that I associated with them. And then a lot of it is really with the help of the makeup and the costume team. I had wefts, hair wefts and braces and all sorts of things to really stick me outside my age as I was now.”

Were you involved in the choice of costumes and hair styles for the younger Lindsey?

Rose McIver: “Well, I trusted them a lot, so basically no. I mean if there was anything that I didn’t feel would work, I’d say something. But no, I felt like I was in very safe hands.”

When you’re taking on a character like this where there are millions of people who adore the book, did you feel an extra weight on that set realizing what people were expecting of you?

Rose McIver: “I don’t think I thought about it actually once I was cast, and once I was in Peter [Jackson’s] hands. I really, really trust him as a director and I don’t think it would have helped my performance to be concerned with those sorts of things, so I just [did] the best that I can.”

You said you trusted Peter as a director. I admire Peter the man…

Rose McIver: “Isn’t he wonderful? He’s so down to earth and so personable. He’s wonderful.”

Is he like that on the set?

Rose McIver: “Yes, he is. People say, ‘Were you intimidated to be working with Peter Jackson on that?’ He couldn’t be intimidating if he tried. He’s so friendly and so welcoming. No, he’s wonderful.”

Does he storyboard everything out for you?

Rose McIver: “Well, I mean we had the script to work from, and with each day we’d rehearse a little before. We had a couple of weeks of rehearsal as well before we started the production. But, really, he knows exactly what he wants for each scene. There are a lot of directors who I’ve worked with who have great ideas and they bring a lot of things to the table, but Peter knows exactly what he wants. And once he’s delivered that, you can rest assured because he will get it.”

Was it tough to find Lindsey? Was she a character who was really hard to get into?

Rose McIver: “No. I wish I could be as brave as her and I think she’s somebody I really look up to, actually. And in that scene [no elaboration on what scene as we don’t want to spoil the film for readers who haven’t seen it], I think I’d be a crumbling mess in that situation. I wish I could be like Lindsey – absolutely.

I think she’s far more kind of savvy and aware of her role in the family than I would be. But I didn’t find her hugely hard. Because it’s a character that I did look up to, I think it was relatively easy to step into the role.”

I always felt, in reading the book and also in seeing the movie, that she’s just wise beyond her years. Is that kind of how you saw her?

Rose McIver: “Yes, absolutely. I mean, she does kind of grieve in her own way quietly, but she realizes that she is going to have to be the glue that holds the family together. She really sticks to that which is just… That’s why I say I wish I could be like that, but I wouldn’t be probably strong enough emotionally for myself.”

Was it more challenging for you to actually play her at the beginning when she was younger, or as she grew up and grew into herself?

Rose McIver: “I think having those really distinctive kind of like the hair and the teeth and the costumes and things, like I very much knew what I was stepping into each day and I didn’t find it hugely challenging. I think once we’d created the look for the character, that really helped.

With Saoirse [Ronan] and with Mark [Wahlberg] and Rachel [Weisz], we worked on creating a super family. It was really just about believing that each time, and that was kind of easy.”

You had the rehearsal process before shooting to try and get that family bond going. But did you also do things off the set as a family unit, in addition to the rehearsals?

Rose McIver: “Peter really works to create a happy, positive atmosphere on set, especially when it’s a story that does have such dark elements. We had a lot of fun – all things considered – on the set. We laughed, and we all got to know each other pretty well. And I think really it was just incredibly fortunate that everybody was so open and willing to connect with each other. The sense of family actually came about pretty naturally.”

And you were working opposite Saoirse who is closer to the age that she’s playing. Did that also help you connect to Lindsey’s younger years?

Rose McIver: “Yes, absolutely. And it helps that she’s a lot more mature than me.”

Is she really in real life?

Rose McIver: “She can be. She can be pretty wise, that one. But, yes, she really behaved it as well, so being her younger sister at the start definitely helped. But I had to outgrow her, and so it was pretty essential that there was that change, you know? That I’m the younger sister and I look up to her and then I continue to grow and achieve on Earth what she could only wish for, really.”

How do you handle the American accent?

Rose McIver: “Well in New Zealand we have a lot of American film and television, so it’s really something that I’ve been exposed to for a long time. And it’s just, I don’t know, I guess it does come fairly naturally to me.”

Have you ever had to tackle anything other than American?

Rose McIver: “What have I had to do? Yes, a couple of English accents, which we get a lot of television and films so that’s not so bad.”

Is a British accent easier than American or more difficult?

Rose McIver: “Probably on par, really.”

When you’re doing a character who’s American, do you revert to your natural accent in between takes?

Rose McIver: “Absolutely. No, I’m very much a Kiwi accent person normally. It’s quite funny when we were shooting because everybody was from all over the place, so English and Irish and, you know, we all had these bizarre accents kind of between takes that completely clashed. And then every time we rolled, we were an American family.”

Susan Sarandon provides great comic relief at times in this. Was it kind of hard to play against a character who’s that over the top?

Rose McIver: “No, actually she really loved it. So, you know, when she was enjoying it and she really embraced the role, it was really easy to play against. I mean she was just a hilarious glamour-gran with a drink in her hand at all times. I had some of my funnest stuff actually shooting with her.”

So this actually was a pretty light-hearted set, despite the fact it’s such dark material?

Rose McIver: “Yes, it was. I mean in the six or seven-month shoot or whatever we had, the amount of screen time that you create is so minimal in comparison to the amount of time you all spent together. We really got to know each other so well and we had so many enjoyable times that, yes, the darker stuff really doesn’t feel so significant in retrospect, you know? I don’t look back and think, ‘Oh, it was traumatic,’ at all.”

And working with Stanley Tucci, you don’t have too many scenes with him – it’s more like you’re in one room and he’s in the other, which was my favorite scene of the movie. What was he like? He’s such a nice man and he’s playing this total evil character.

Rose McIver: “Stanley is a chameleon. It’s ridiculous. He’s so friendly and kind, and I really appreciated him. As soon as I met him I thought, ‘This is such a nice man,’ and then he just transforms onscreen and he’s terrifying. But I think the person who played Mr Harvey had to be it, you know? You couldn’t work with anybody that bad naturally. He is just really brilliant and it’s been wonderful to see him again, actually, with all the press as well.”

You look like an athlete when you’re running down the street in this. Are you athletic in real life?

Rose McIver: “I run, so that was semi-natural for me. And the first kind of few times we were shooting I was like, ‘Yes, this is cool! This is fun,’ and then after about take 20 I was pretty over it. But no, I do run in my own time. I’m incidentally sporty, but I’m not a soccer player at all, so you’ll notice the soccer doesn’t really show me onscreen. Minimal – it’s minimal.”

You actually take a lot of time off between projects, don’t you?

Rose McIver: “Yes, absolutely. I’m studying at the moment. I’m at university, so that keeps me pretty occupied. I just finished my second year there doing linguistics and psychology, and I kind of just work when there’s work and keep busy otherwise.”

Have you seen the film with an audience?

Rose McIver: “I have. The London premiere was the first time that I saw it with an audience. I’d seen the screening beforehand, but I took my mom and dad to the premiere there, which was wonderful.”

How was the experience of watching it with an audience?

Rose McIver: “Well for me it was only the second time that I’d seen the finished product, so I think really I was still ingesting a bit of it myself. I think probably the next time I watch it I’ll be able to see the audience’s reaction a little more.”

Do you normally watch films you’re in?

Rose McIver: “I can kind of just, you know, separate myself from the work quite well. So yes, I do tend to – especially if it’s something like The Lovely Bones, which I’m so proud to have been a part of.”