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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   /   Oct 21,2018   /   0 Comments

We’re being blessed with plenty new Rose content today! Allen Foster for Entertaining Options interviewed Rose about ‘Brampton’s Own’ recently, and you can now read the full article with her quotes below. And I’ll stress it one more time: if you haven’t purchased your own copy of the film yet, make sure to do so – Rose killed it! It’s now available on Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay, DIRECTV, Dish Network, and other popular on-demand services.

Entertaining Options | Rose McIver is from a small beach town located just west of Auckland, New Zealand. She moved to the other side of the world to pursue her acting career. Between Season 3 and Season 4 of The CW’s iZombie, writer/director Michael Doneger (The Escort, This Thing With Sarah) asked Rose if she’d like to appear in a film called Brampton’s Own. The story follows a ballplayer who returns home after spending 12 years pursuing his dream of making it to the big leagues.

Brampton’s Own opened in select theaters on October 19. It is also available at Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay, DIRECTV, Dish Network, and other popular on-demand services.

“The idea of ambition and balancing family and love and the people who matter to you is a really relevant topic for me,” Rose told Entertaining Options, “so the material connected quite well. The story is universal, it doesn’t matter where you are from, when you have chosen a career as your priority for a stretch of time, there are costs to pay.”

Dustin Kimmel, played by Alex Russell (Chronicle, Only The Brave), is the local sports hero, one of Brampton’s own. When he returns home after over a decade of minor league baseball, he feels out of place – everyone else has moved on, but for him, time has stood still. His ex-girlfriend, Rachel Kinley, played by Rose, is engaged to Eddie (Hart of Dixie, Speed Racer), the town’s most eligible bachelor.

“For some artists, your work is your baby. When you make it to the end of your life and you look back, it’s your work that will be your legacy not your children,” Rose noted. “I don’t want that to be myself at all, but playing ball is what gives Dustin great happiness.”

Besides looking at the sacrifices people make to chase a dream, the film explores the power of family, the importance of home, and making the choice to hold on or let go.

At a pivotal part in the story, Rachel is confronted with information that makes her question her life and her engagement to Eddie. She behaves in a way that, on the surface, seems selfish. But Rose defended her character’s actions.

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Sara   /   Oct 21,2018   /   0 Comments

Since Rose is currently on the set of iZombie, where they are busy filming the fifth season of the show, she hasn’t been able to do a lot of press for the newly released “Brampton’s Own” (check out our previous post for screen captures and information!). However, Fred Topel from Monsters & Critics got to do an exclusive Q&A with her over the phone, and they have now shared the full interview! She talks about the film, iZombie, her time on Xena and Legends of The Seeker, how much she appreciate her fans on social media and much more. Check it out below!

Rose McIver first graced American television sets in episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. More recently she’s been on Master of Sex, Once Upon a Time and the lead of iZombie.

McIver got on the phone from the set of iZombie’s final season in Vancouver to talk about her new movie, Brampton’s Own, in theaters this weekend. Alex Russell stars as Dustin, a minor league baseball player who left his home town of Brampton behind.

When Dustin comes back to Brampton, his ex-girlfriend Rachel (McIver) is engaged to someone else. The two reconnect and make each other question what they really want out of life.

Brampton’s Own is in theaters and VOD services now. Since I’ve seen the film, McIver and I did discuss some spoilers about the movie, so if you’re already a Rose McIver fan you may want to just watch the film before you read this.

Monsters and Critics: Is that you singing in Brampton’s Own?

Rose McIver: No, unfortunately it’s not. It was hoping to be but I was on something else at that time, so I couldn’t get to the ADR session. I was very frustrated about that. I would love to sing but she did such a great job, the girl who did it.

M&C: Do you ever long for the smalltown life vs. Hollywood?

RM: Very much so. I’m from a small town. I’m from a little beach town outside of Aukland in New Zealand. So there’s a lot of me that connects to this film and the distance from family and from your old high school friends and what you knew. I moved to the other side of the world, but at the same time, I’m also aware of how much of that is actually nostalgia rather than the reality of what it would be like if you moved home. For me, these things were all things that I think about a lot. I think it is a very massive challenge to navigate as you move to a big city and try to pursue your dreams, is how to not overlook the people that you love and the things that will be there ultimately in the end.

M&C: That’s a good point that there’s a large nostalgia component. How important is it to move on and move forward, and balance that with looking back?

RM: I have a friend who says people and things are in your life for a reason to cease in their own lifetime. I think sometimes we feel when something has ended, part of the grief is thinking they never existed to begin with. You kind of let it go like it died. It’s actually allowed to have still had the impact that it had at that time. I think their relationship, even though over the course of this film it doesn’t work out, I think it doesn’t detract from the fact that they had something very special at a particular moment. That can still live on.

M&C: Was it refreshing that Rachel was right, she had a sense that Dustin would always choose baseball and she had to be responsible for her own desires?

RM: Yeah. I think that she wanted so badly obviously for it to work out, but you can’t control anybody else’s decisions. She had made an immediate kind of reactionary response and got engaged to the wrong person. So I’m glad that I think she does have a huge amount of growth in the film where she learns that that’s a band aid solution. That wasn’t working either. I hope for her that ultimately at the end of the story, she goes forward knowing that she’s not going to be able to change anybody else and she just has to stay open to the things that land in her life that are right for her. She can see that this wasn’t that thing at this present time. I’m impressed that she’s able to let that go. I know a lot of people who don’t and suffer a lot of pain because of it.

M&C: Do you get offered a lot of romantic comedies where it is about a woman who’s just looking for a man?

RM: Yeah, most of the time. So to me the fact that she actively decides to let this go was very important because I think it’s very easy to find material where the male character’s narrative is just projected onto the women around him. I think this was one where she has her own growth. She has her own vulnerability and story that changes. That was really important.

M&C: Or even where it’s a female protagonist but it’s all about finding a boyfriend or a husband. Those can be fun but it’s nice that there’s a movie like Brampton’s Own too.

RM: Yeah, exactly. I think that we’ve seen enough of the same story told the same way that it’s fun when it’s subverted or reimagined. In this particular instance, just being able to be another character in the story who isn’t just a prop for his own emotional journey is really fantastic.

M&C: How hard has it been to find movies that fit in your hiatus?

RM: Well, it’s not going to be anymore. I finish iZombie in February. Then I’m open to whatever happens next. It has been a bit of a game of trying to work out dates. Also, I like to spend time back in New Zealand when I’m not shooting so this one just came. It was very serendipitous. It was at the right time with the right people. Michael Doneger had so much heart and had a massive team of people who were going to really work because they loved the story, because they loved the simplicity and the lack of big shock factor/blockbuster vibes. That wasn’t what he was going for. It’s a small intimate story that you could watch and connect to. It came up just at the right time. He was such a lovely human so it just worked out great.

M&C: How did the film come your way?

RM: Michael approached me. I guess he knew some of my work and knew Alex Russell, and just pulled us together. It was very fast. We were able to meet up and get to know each other a little bit, but as is the nature of these films, it’s kind of go, go, go and the discoveries happen on camera. We met up and got to know each other. We went for a couple of coffees and to hang out a bit. Then we were shooting. It was great.

M&C: Is there a specific Brampton accent you were doing?

RM: No, no. I think what’s great about the film is it’s not localized. I felt like anybody can watch the film and feel like it’s a small town that they’ve come from. We tried to steer away from that.

M&C: Is it nice to play roles where you have natural hair and makeup?

RM: [Laughs] It is. It’s a shorter time in the chair. It was fun. I really liked it. I managed to steal a pair of jeans afterwards. They were really close to how I like to dress anyway. It was not too much of a distance to leap into a character.

M&C: What kind of jeans were they that you wanted to take them home?

RM: I don’t even know the brand. They had to cut the brand off because you’re not allowed to market anything.

M&C: What sort of fun did you and the cast and crew get up to off camera?

RM: We were filming in an ice cream store so that was just dangerous. There was lots of ice cream. There was a beautiful outdoor area with lights everywhere. You’re doing night shoots somewhere and there’s gorgeous lights, it almost feels like you’re at a bizarre party. It was just like a very mellow, nice social hangout, very, very social. Jean Smart was such a trooper. We got to hang out and have a glass of wine afterwards, it was lovely.

M&C: What town were you filming in?

RM: We were in Los Angeles. It couldn’t have been more convenient. It was down the street from home.

M&C: That’s so unusual to film movies in L.A.

RM: Yeah, yeah, crazy but it worked out. They did a great job of finding good locations in Los Angeles that were available. It was wonderful.

M&C: What sort of things are you looking for after iZombie?

RM: I’m not sure. I just did a musical back in New Zealand that will be coming out in February so I’m thinking about the music side of things again a little bit too. I’m just open.

M&C: Has it been bittersweet filming the final season of iZombie?

RM: Yeah, it has been. It’s great that we know it’s ending so we can tie up loose ends, but I love this cast and crew so much. I will miss them very, very much. Yeah, we’re halfway through today actually, halfway through the season.

M&C: Can it ultimately have a happy ending for Liv?

RM: Yes, for sure. I think you make your own happy endings. I think she’s got some great people in her life. I don’t know exactly how it’s being worked out but I can see where they’re heading. I’m a big champion of it. I think it will be a beautiful outcome.

M&C: Does the iZombie fan base come and support you for other projects like Brampton’s Own?

RM: Yeah, I’ve been so lucky. There’s a couple of really amazing social media accounts, these fan accounts that have just been incredibly supportive of my career. They’ve gone back through the archives and found films that I did back in the day. They always alert people to what’s coming out. They’ve just been amazing and they’ve supportive Brampton’s. That means a lot. It’s an independent film and you really appreciate people talking about it. It’s a word of mouth kind of story. It feels to me like the kind of film you watch at home on a date night while the kids are asleep. It’s not a film you have to see in the theater. You can really make a night of it and get the value of the film in your living room. It’s the kind of thing where when these fan accounts talk about the show, I know that really helps. It helps get the message out and helps people see it, so I’m very appreciative.

M&C: Do you ever go back and watch your old Xena episodes?

RM: I haven’t. Sometimes I’ve seen clips of them. New Zealand was like the sword and sandals capital. We had all of those shows shooting there. Any New Zealand actor that ends up having a career internationally, you’ll be able to dig through and find them on Spartacus or Legend of the Seeker which is one I did.

(Read the rest of the interview at the source here)

Sara   /   Oct 17,2018   /   0 Comments

We have our first ‘Brampton’s Own’ review! Rick Bentley has reviewed the film for Norwalk Reflector, and his verdict is that the film is “a refreshing love story in a feature film world where this kind of sweetness isn’t always embraced.” He particularly praises Rose’s performance, stating “The secret weapon of ‘Brampton’s Own” is McIver, one of the most underrated performers working today”! We love to see Rose getting the recognition she deserves, and hopefully more people will be introduced to her talent with the release of the film later this week. ‘Brampton’s Own’ will be released in select theaters and digitally on October 19 (this Friday) – make sure you go see it if it’s showing in your area, or purchase your own copy online if it’s not!

Norwalk | It’s unusual outside the Hallmark and Lifetime cable channels to find a movie that embraces romance with intelligence. Too often, feature films start out with a romantic edge but either give way to deep psychological trauma or an overindulgence of sex.

“Brampton’s Own” never falls into those dark areas, but instead looks at love through the perspective of two likable people who should be together but must find a way to overcome a major obstacle. The script by writer/director Michael Doneger examines whether or not it’s possible for true love to be trumped by ambition.

The film looks at what happens when Dustin Kimmel (Alex Russell) faces the harsh reality that after 12 years of playing baseball at the minor league level, his chances of making it to the major leagues have become increasingly more fleeting. After another heartbreak, Kimmel decides to return to his small hometown of Brampton, where he was a sports hero.

He discovers that almost everyone he knows, including his mother (Jean Smart), have moved on with their own lives. His high school sweetheart, Rachel Kinley (Rose McIver), has made some monumental decisions that don’t include him. Kimmel faces a crossroad of whether it is his fate to continue to chase his baseball dream or shift his energies to winning back the heart of the woman he still loves.

The only way this kind of sweet romance can work is if the main players are so likable there’s an investment in what decisions they make. Both Russell and McIver prove up to the challenge, making the characters feel real.

The secret weapon of ‘Brampton’s Own” is McIver, one of the most underrated performers working today. Through her work on “iZombie,” she’s shown a chameleon-like ability to play anything from an old man to a magician. Here, McIver brings a sweetness and strength to Kinley.

At the heart is the romantic dance is the couple, but Doneger layers the film with other relationships, including the connection between a mother and her son. Smart finds a way to play a mom who has a great love for her son while also willing to be the voice of reason. Casting Smart was a smart move by Doneger.

Doneger’s writing gets a little scattered when the story shifts away from the star-crossed lovers. But when he brings the focus back to them, the story works. Doneger doesn’t give into the standard ways of thinking about love and the labors when it is lost. Doneger respects the audience enough to take some big chances.

“Brampton’s Own” is miles away from having the scope of a “Bull Durham,” but it is a refreshing love story in a feature film world where this kind of sweetness isn’t always embraced.

“Brampton’s Own” will be released theatrically in limited markets Friday but also will be available on digital platforms and through local cable providers.

Sara   /   Oct 17,2018   /   0 Comments

Hello Rose fans! The sequel to Rose’s much talked about Christmas film “A Christmas Prince” from last year now has a release date. Entertainment Weekly exclusively announced earlier today that Netflix will release the film (titled “A Christmas Prince 2: The Royal Wedding”) on November 30, 2018. We also got the first production still of Rose, which is now available in our gallery! Read on to learn the synopsis of the much anticipated sequel.

EW | Hallmark and Lifetime aren’t the only networks in the Christmas TV movie business. Netflix, which first hung out its stocking last year, is upping its mistletoe-and-merriment quotient this year, and you can get a first look at its offerings below.

The streamer’s slate is highlighted with the sequel to last year’s buzzed-about A Christmas Prince. Airing Nov. 30, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding takes place a year after Amber (Rose McIver) helped Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) take the crown, and the two are preparing for a Christmas wedding… but everything is thrown into the air when Amber questions whether she’s ready to play queen, and Richard must deal with a “political crisis that threatens to tarnish not only the holiday season, but the future of the kingdom.”

Sara   /   Apr 26,2018   /   0 Comments

As we’ve written several times here at the site in the past, last year Rose teamed up with Emirates Airline for a promotional campaign titled “Roam the World with Rose“. She traveled to several European cities, including the beautiful Czech capital Prague. She has written a piece for the NZ Herald about her time in the popular city, which you can now read below! For more information about the campaign check out our page here, or our news archive here.

A guided tour and a ballet performance were perfect for an unplanned visit, writes Rose McIver.

I knew painfully little about Prague before my arrival in the city. So I decided to take that “when in Rome” adage and run with it in the Czech Republic’s capital. To get to know the city, its history and culture, I signed up for two events. The first was a guided walking tour through Prague Castle, hoping it wasn’t going to be too academic or dull. Fortunately, Martina, the guide was a personable local with a gift for storytelling and, because of this, I found the information much easier to absorb. I wished I’d been on more tours of this nature in my travels and highly recommend it, although it’s worth noting there are both good and bad versions, so reading reviews online beforehand will save you from a dreary tour.

One thing you can’t be saved from though, is the weather. We had a great deal of rain while we walked, so everyone in our small group bought souvenir store umbrellas, which flipped inside-out at the first gust of wind. Looking at the rubbish bins stuffed with dodgy umbrellas I was reminded immediately of Wellington, and Cuba St’s own Brolly Graveyard bins. Still, the inclement Prague weather helped set the scene for a moody, medieval history lesson and was actually very refreshing after a morning of hot sun.

Although I was expecting one enormous building; the castle is in fact a collection of buildings. Chapels, cathedrals, banquet halls and guard’s quarters were among the huge collection of structures that made up the castle. Martina told us a couple of tragic tales about the martyrs and saints recognised in Prague, but I will spare you the gruesome details. The architecture of the castle represents almost every era of the last millennium, having been built over a very long period of time. It includes Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles.

The second thing I did was go to a ballet, because I knew it would be a good opportunity to be entertained without having to deal with the language barrier. It was a wonderful reminder of the power of the body to communicate when words can’t. I danced as a child, and whenever I see dancers perform, I immediately light up and feel like a little girl again, wowed by the grace, discipline and sensitivity to music.

This production was a selection of dances from Swan Lake, and it was a nice, packed theatre. The principal dancers were extraordinary, both as athletes and artists. And while the language barrier didn’t dissipate, learning how to say “hello”, “please” and “thank you” in Czech did make the journey immeasurably more pleasant.

Locals appreciate it, even if you run into a dead-end as soon as someone takes the conversation further. Thank goodness for phone apps, such as Duolingo. I’ve been fortunate to try out my newly learned Czech phrases and have the opportunity to explore Europe and highly recommend finding the time in your busy lives to make the easy journey and investigate it for yourselves.

As New Zealanders, I feel like we have an eagerness to celebrate different cultures, art, history and the way the world influences us. Travel helps us to develop empathy and understanding of others, and it provides education and incredible memories to bring home and share. | NZherald

Sara   /   Apr 22,2018   /   0 Comments

Hello Rose fans! Last month, Shout!Takes shared an interview they did with Rose about “Power Rangers”. As you all know, Rose played Summer Landsdown (Ranger Yellow) in the 17th season of the show called “Power Rangers R.P.M”. It’s nice to hear her talk about some of her older projects, as we rarely got proper interviews with Rose back in those days! She talks about her character, the audition process, her training for the part and more. Listen to the interview below.

This week saw the fourth season debut of iZombie, but before she was sautéing brains, Rose McIver was kicking butt as Summer Landsdown in Power Rangers RPM. In this episode of Shout!Takes, the down-to-earth star talked about her character, working on the hit franchise in her native country New Zealand, and the loving Power Rangers fans. Listen below, on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcast provider.

Sara   /   Apr 05,2018   /   0 Comments

Hello Rose fans! We finally have some proper news on Rose’s upcoming film “Brampton’s Own”, with Nashville Film Festival announcing that it will premiere during their 49th Annual Film Festival! No words on whether Rose will attend yet (she’s currently in New Zealand, filming her upcoming musical “Daffodils“), but we will keep you posted. The festival runs through May 10 to May 19, you can read more about it below.

The 49th Annual NASHVILLE Film Festival continues its expansion of film screenings with an international roster of twenty-eight Special Presentations, Animated Feature, Spectrum and Spectrum Q films including the world premiere of BENCHED, produced by Robert Deaton and George Flanigen, ON CHESIL BEACH, starring Saoirse Ronan, fresh off her award winning role in Lady Bird, HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, starring Timothée Chalamet, whose role in Call Me By Your Name was critically acclaimed, BRAMPTON’S OWN, starring Rose McIver, Spencer Grammer and Jean Smart, as well as the 50th anniversary screening of ROSEMARY’S BABY, starring Mia Farrow, and a special screening of JURASSIC PARK, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, BD Wong and Samuel L. Jackson. Other leading talent include Daveed Diggs, Alexander McQueen, John C. McGinley and many more. Below are the 2018 selections in the categories:

Special Presentations

Benched (World Premiere) – Based on the hit play “Rounding Third”, BENCHED is the tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches through an entire season, from their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game. Cast: Garret Dillahunt, John C. McGinley, Directors: Robert Deaton, George Flanigen, Producers: Lindsey Clark, Brandon Gregory, Fred Roos (USA)

Blindspotting (Tennessee Premiere) – Lifelong friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about the intersection of race and class, set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland. Cast: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Director: Carlos López Estrada, Producers: Keith Calder, Jess Calder, Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs (USA)

Brampton’s Own (World Premiere) – A struggling minor league baseball player retires and woefully returns to his small hometown, carefully dodging old wounds until confronted with THE ONE that hurts the most – the girl that got away. Cast: Rose McIver, Spencer Grammer, Jean Smart, Scott Porter, Alex Russell, Riley Voelkel, Director: Michael Doneger, Producers: Mark DiCristofaro, Michael Doneger (USA). | Continue to source for the full list of films.

Sara   /   Feb 19,2018   /   0 Comments

As you all know, Rose is an ambassador for Emirates (you can read all about her work for them at our page here). NZ Herald have done a cute little interview with her about her holiday experiences, which you can read below!

NZ Herald | Rose McIver is an ambassador for Emirates.

What was your greatest holiday?
Piha. Pretty much every summer growing up — often staying at the Peach family bach. So many wonderful memories.

And the worst? Well it was still a brilliant holiday, but my poor mum broke her shoulder visiting me in Canada last Christmas. That was a little rough.

If we bump into you on holiday, what are you most likely to be doing? Slip, slop, slapping. Eating a Nice Block. Having a swim in the surf, but only ever waist deep — watching out for those rips.

If we could teleport you to one place in New Zealand for a week-long holiday, where would it be? God, we are spoilt for choice back home but today I’ll say Hahei.

How about for a dream holiday internationally? I’m very keen to see Morocco. I love the food and the design I’ve seen from there, and would love to meet the people behind them.

What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done when travelling? I left my passport in the toilets in Dubai when I was 18. I was on the way to Europe. An incredible woman who was cleaning the bathroom saved the day and raced it to the gate just in time for me to board (not in time to prevent my first-time-solo-traveller panic attack).

Aisle seat or window seat? Window. More leaning options.

Complete this sentence: I can’t travel without … Mosquito repellent and sunscreen. I am a heavy doser and really dread the imminent studies coming out showing what all the chemicals do to us.

Sara   /   Sep 12,2017   /   0 Comments

While we eagerly await season 4 of our favorite show, articles teasing the upcoming season is starting to trickle in. Below you can read an iZombie article ComicBookDC recently posted, where they share parts of their interview with Rose from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con!

Comicbook – In an increasingly polarizing world, iZombie star Rose McIver says she is proud of being part of a show that uses a fantastical world of sentient zombies to comment on the current political environment without being condescending or cruel.

Following the end of season 3, zombies have been revealed to the world, with Seattle being the zombie capital of the United States and a call out for brains from around the country to satisfy the needs of its population. While Seattle has a democratically-elected mayor (also a zombie), its primary authority will be Chase Graves, the corporate executive and military contractor played by Jason Dohring.

“The show has hinged on [zombies] being a secret for so long that [going forward], how was that going to transpire? What happens season 4?” McIver said during a recent conversation with ComicBook.com, suggesting that life under Chase Graves, who is the de facto leader of Seattle’s zombies, is not in Liv’s comort zone at all.

“It’s sort of an authoritarian dictatorship, which obviously she doesn’t respond to, but she also knows that zombies and humans co-existing is an incredible stretch,” McIver added. “How do we find a way that makes everybody feel safe, that makes nobody feel marginalized? It’s so on-point politically right now, it’s something I’m really proud to be a part of that in a comedy, zombie, fun show, still kind of is making comment about how we treat other and how we respond to having to coexist and tolerate and understand each other’s opinions.”

“We’re going to pick up next season three months later, and the United States has walled off Seattle like it’s West Berlin,” showrunner Rob Thomas previously told ComicBook.com. “Chase is hanging on by a very thin thread; it’s like every day is the Cuban missile crisis. Brains are coming in, but they aren’t getting as many as they expected, and zombies are hungry. In fact, the opening sequence in season four is going to follow a brain from the moment a man dies somewhere in Texas to the moment it reaches the brain tube and is ingested by a Seattle zombie. In fact, it’s even going to start earlier than that. We’re going to see a commercial on TV; we want to get someone like Laura Linney making a commercial pleading for the people of the United States to sign their brain donor card.”

While there is no firm premiere date yet for season 4, iZombie will return in early 2018 on The CW. The first three seasons are currently available on Netflix.

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.’”