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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   /   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 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   /   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.’”

Sara   /   Jul 15,2017   /   0 Comments

Rose is openly proud about being a Kiwi, and has nothing but praise for her home country. It seems to go both ways! We’ve shared a couple of similar articles with you earlier this year, but they’re such cute reads that I wanted to share this one as well. This one’s from the NZ Herald. The photo they’ve used is from the “What We Do In The Shadows” Premiere in 2014.

Jay Ryan, Keisha Castle-Hughes, KJ Apa and Rose McIver are among the Kiwis nailing it overseas.

As countless think-pieces would have you believe, we’re in the midst of an era of peak TV – a second golden age of television brought on by advances in the technology and distribution of television, resulting in an increase in the sheer number of original shows.

Its growth has seen a number of A-list stars make the once-embarrassing jump to TV, but the medium’s rise also heralds an exciting time for new actors seeking a breakthrough, with more opportunities than ever. And in the past few years, many Kiwis have had their breakthrough moments on American screens. Here’s a look at some of our favourite homegrown actors who have found success on the small screen.

ROSE MCIVER IN IZOMBIE
After a star turn as Tinker Bell in modern fairytale epic Once Upon A Time, the golden child of New Zealand TV landed the lead role in The CW’s iZombie, a cop procedural with a twist from the mind of Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars).

McIver plays Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident who eats the brains of her autopsy subjects, enabling her to temporarily inherit their personality traits and memories and use the information to aid police with murder investigations.

If it sounds mad, that’s because it is — but the show’s immense success in the States has propelled McIver to stardom. Kiwi viewers can stream iZombie on TVNZ OnDemand.

Read the full list here.

Sara   /   Jul 14,2017   /   0 Comments

Source | Seattle is going to experience a shortage of brains in Season 4 of “iZombie.”

In an interview with TVLine, executive producer Rob Thomas revealed that the next installment of the CW series will start with a “story about corruption.” While Thomas didn’t offer additional details about the “corruption story,” he did reveal that “there are barely enough brains coming in to feed Seattle zombies” so they are “going hungry.”

It seems, however, that wealthy zombies won’t run out of brains because as Thomas pointed out, “there’s a black market for brains.” The executive producer previously revealed during a separate interview with TVLine last month that Blaine (David Anders) is going to run the black market. In fact, Blaine is going to open a new restaurant called Romeros.

“I will say that Blaine is like a pig in slop this [upcoming] season,” Thomas told TV Guide. “New Seattle is the perfect city for him. When there’s a thriving black market, odds are, Blaine is doing well. And the black market is alive and well in Seattle. Whole brains are worth their weight in gold, and Blaine has a pipeline to them and a handshake deal with Chase Graves (Jason Dohring) to leave him alone. He’s raking it in.”

Obviously, not every zombie can afford the brains from the black market, so it’s very likely that famished zombies would be left with no choice but to harvest brains from the living.

In the Season 3 finale, Chase assured the human populace of Seattle that Fillmore-Grave has no plans to get brains from the living. He, however, implied that if zombies get hungry, they may be forced to kill humans just to satisfy their cravings for brains.

“Rest assured there are no plans to harvest brains from the living. Rather, our brains will come to us from across America,” Chase said in his public message at the end of the episode. “The brains, supplied to us by willing donors upon their deaths, will be processed and distributed to Seattle’s zombie population. But here’s the promise we’re making to the rest of the country. Provide us the brains that we need to survive, and Seattle is where we’ll stay. In the United States, 7,000 people die every day. If just one person in 10 donates his brain, we will have enough that we won’t need to look elsewhere. Should zombies go hungry, however, It’s anybody’s guess where they might turn. Remember, a well-fed zombie is a happy zombie.”

“iZombie” Season 4 will premiere midseason on The CW.

Sara   /   Jul 14,2017   /   0 Comments

We’re all still reeling from the season finale of iZombie, and unfortunately season 4 is still months away. But Rob Thomas has teased the upcoming season, and we’ll be sharing a couple of articles with you guys tonight! They contain minor spoilers, so if you prefer being completely unspoiled once the show return, stop reading now.

Source | “iZombie” won’t return to The CW until next year, but executive producer Rob Thomas has already revealed some juicy details about what fans can expect from the show’s Season 4, episode 1.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly following the airing of the show’s Season 3 finale, Thomas said that next season, viewers will find Seattle as a zombie free city that had sort of declared its own independence.

“It’s like zombies and humans living together in West Berlin in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Thomas said of the show’s new world order in Season 4. “Because, in the three months between the end of Season 3 and Season 4 begins, the U.S. government is going to wall off Seattle so it’s going to have that Berlin feeling. It sort of turns Seattle into this independent quasi-nuclear power: If zombies go flooding out of Seattle, they have the power to end the world, essentially.”

Thomas also revealed that Season 4, episode 1 will open with a montage of how the whole brain system in Seattle works. “Episode 401, the first one back, because I want to illustrate it for the TV audience, we’re going to open with a montage of how the whole brain system works, starting with a guy dying, showing the brain harvesting, showing it going on a shipping container, showing it getting to Seattle, going to a brain processing plant, getting put into to a tube, going to a dispensary, going to a Zombie With a Brain card, and being consumed,” Thomas said. “I think it’s important that the audience knows how it’s supposed to work.”

When asked if they’ve already cast the star for that public service announcement montage, Thomas said: “We want Laura Linney. She is the perfect person to help ask America for brains.”

“iZombie” Season 4, episode 1 will also reveal Ravi’s (Rahul Kohli) fate after he took his newly-formulated zombie cure and asked Liv (Rose McIver) to make him one of the undead. “I’m not saying he is a zombie,” Thomas told TVLine. “That will be revealed right away [in the Season 4 premiere]. We will not make the audience wait for that, and we will promise that [the cure] did not kill him. [Laughs] Ravi will be around for Season 4. The results will be fun. We’re actually pretty excited about what happens to Ravi.”

“iZombie” Season 4 will premiere midseason on The CW.

Sara   /   Jun 18,2017   /   0 Comments

We’ve all been frustrated by the lack of recognition for Rose and her outstanding performances in iZombie week in and out – but she’s starting to receive more these days! During season 2, we managed to get the hashtag #RoseForAnEmmy pretty active on twitter, and it was clear a lot of people agree with us. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that she’ll receive her much deserved Emmy nomination this year as well, but lets get the hashtag active again, as Rose deserves it for her incredible work on the show! And make sure you vote, vote, vote. Even if she won’t make it this year, it could definitely help her for the next one.

Sean Stangland from Daily Herald has made an article on some actors and actresses he feels the Emmy voters should really consider, and Rose made his list. You can view the full article at their website here, and I’ve posted the parts including Rose below!

The long buildup to Sept. 17’s Emmy awards began this week as online voting opened to members of the Television Academy. Between now and June 26, 22,000 industry professionals will decide the nominees in more than 100 categories, and you can see every entity submitted for nomination this year at emmys.com/ballots/2017.

The PDF file listing all eligible actors is 438 pages long, and if you look at them all — and I did — you learn some interesting things, like the fact that “Bates Motel” co-star Vera Farmiga will compete in the supporting actress category this year. Here are some long, long, long shots on the submission document whom I’d love to see get nominated on July 13:

— Rose McIver, “iZombie” (The CW): As I said in this column a few weeks ago, this season has been a tour de force for McIver as Olivia Moore, an undead medical examiner-turned-detective who takes on the personality traits of the people whose brains she consumes. In May 30’s “Twenty Sided, Die,” Liv becomes the most animated, committed Dungeon Master in the history of “Dungeons & Dragons,” to hilarious effect. McIver competes in the drama category, but hers is one of the funniest performances on TV. (Source)

Emily   /   May 06,2017   /   0 Comments

As we posted earlier this week, Rose is starring in a new film titled Brampton’s Own. Deadline has reported that Rose will star in the film with Alex Russell. We have also learned a little more about Rose’s character! She will be playing the former girlfriend of Alex Russell’s character, a minor-league baseball player and is now engaged to Scott Porter’s character, a dentist. Read more below and hopefully we’ll get some more news about the project soon.

Source | Chronicle‘s Alex Russell and iZombie‘s Rose McIver are set to star in Brampton’s Own, the sophomore directorial effort from This Thing With Sarah writer-director Michael Doneger. Scott Porter, Spencer Grammer, John Getz and Jean Smart are also in the pic, which starts shooting this week in Los Angeles. Russell stars as a recently retired minor-league baseball player who returns to his small hometown in hopes of repairing the strained relationships between him, his family and old friends including a former girlfriend (McIver) now engaged to the town’s popular dentist (Porter). Doneger is producing via Cloverhill Pictures with Perspective Pictures’ Mark DiCristofaro. Sammy Aaron, Glenn Edwards, Morris Goldfarb, Jonathan Marcus, Andrew Schaeffer and Ari Spar are executive producing. Russell is repped by UTA and Mosaic, McIver by UTA and Principato-Young, Smart by WME and Untitled Entertainment, Porter by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Grammer by UTA and Untitled, and Getz by SMS Talent and The Beddingfield Co. Doneger is repped by APA.

Sara   /   Apr 11,2017   /   0 Comments

Source | “iZombie” Season 3 has released two episodes in which fans have been treated to more zombies and eating-brains moments including worst car accidents. However, recent spoilers suggested that the cast will be having a new addition to make the story more interesting.

Rose McIver, who plays the role of Liv Moore shared that a new mystery character is set to join the series. However, it is really still a mystery not just to the fans but as well as to the other casts.

“Every time [showrunners] Rob Thomas and Diane [Ruggiero-Wright] bring back characters they’ve worked with before we know it’s because they really love the experience of working with those actors and, so it’s always a gift when they arrive on set,” McIver said. “He’s got some great ideas for his character. I can say it’s not something you’ve seen him do before, and you’ll be very interested, and Liv is still trying to wrap her head around quite where he fits in into the bigger picture.”

The 28-year-old actress also teased fans that the brains she will be eating this season will include more complicated characters. She revealed that Liv will be eating a “dominatrix brain,” adding that it was one of the funny episodes.

Moreover, the actress revealed about her views on Blaine (David Anders) saying that it was an opportunity for Blaine to change after all the things he has done before when he was a zombie but she felt like Liv doesn’t trust her even if his memories were all deleted and that he is ready to commit with her best friend, Peyton.

Meanwhile, “iZombie” Season 3 episode 3 titled “Eat, Pray, Liv” which was directed by Mairzee Almas is scheduled to air on The CW on April 18. It will show Clive getting into questioning after a murder of a family and his past connections and history will be revealed.