Rose McIver spent five seasons dealing with all the ups and downs of being one of the living dead on her series “iZombie”. Her new show, the CBS comedy “Ghosts”, has her among the living, but she is once again working in a very supernatural world. And like with “iZombie”, her new job comes with a lot of black humor.
On the series, McIver plays Samantha, who moves out of town with Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar), an aspiring chef, to a huge dilapidated estate they inherited. They want to turn it into a bed and breakfast, but that’s disturbing to the spirits of the deceased residents who now call it home.
The series, which starts on October 7 at 9:01 p.m. on CBS in consecutive episodes, is an adaptation of the BBC One 2019 series of the same name.
McIver credits her for growing up in New Zealand, for having a passion for these types of roles. Many of her early acting jobs were in the sword and witch series Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess, which were filmed Down Under.
“I think I grew up appreciating that as an actor, you had the opportunity to go into that other world, whatever that means,” says McIver. “I mean, as much as I hopefully got to play some grounded versions and some elevated or more stylized things, I feel like the best part of the job is being able to dress up and become something that ain’t just you every day
“So, the escapism that comes with a show like this, and the humor, especially right now, just makes me feel like something I want to put on. Something that makes me laugh and something like that is a great escape from whatever the day may have been. “
“IZombie” gave her the greatest opportunity to work in escapist entertainment. Her character, Olivia Moore, was a zombie who took on a person’s personality, memories, and traits when they ate their brains. McIver played a liaison man, murderer, racist old man, hopeless romantic, fashionista, and online prankster.
She’s not a zombie or ghost in Ghosts, but she is definitely part of the supernatural world. An unusual accident leaves Samantha with the ability to see the ghosts in her new home.
The close-knit, eclectic group includes: a cheeky Prohibition-era lounge singer (Danielle Pinnock); a pompous 18th century militiaman (Brandon Scott Jones); a 1960s hippie who loves hallucinogens (Sheila Carrasco); an overly optimistic ’80s scout troop leader (Richie Moriarty); a cod-obsessed Viking explorer from 1009 (Devon Chandler Long); a chic ’90s financial brother (Asher Grodman); a sarcastic and witty 16th century native (Román Zaragoza); and a 19th-century society wife and wife of a robber baron who is Samantha’s ancestor (Rebecca Wisocky).
As soon as the ghosts realize someone can hear and see them, they try to stop the renovations and start pushing Samantha to give them a connection to the living world they never had.
There’s a big difference between starring in a TV show about zombies and one that deals with ghosts. Nobody asks if you believe in zombies, but questions always arise as to whether ghosts are real or not.
McIver is still trying to decide how she thinks about ghosts.
“I know the long and the short. But I haven’t seen or experienced anything myself, but a lot of people I love and whom I trust, ”says McIver. “I’m definitely open to it.
“I feel like there are sure to be vibes in some places, and this place has an atmosphere.”
McIver has “Ghosts” back in a genre that is very familiar to her, but she has played roles that had nothing to do with the dead. She had a recurring role on the Hulu series “Woke” opposite Lamorne Morris and starred in the Netflix films “A Christmas Prince”, “A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding” and “A Christmas Prince: A Royal Baby.” “.
Despite a wide range of roles, McIver keeps returning to the supernatural world.
“To be honest, I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever get a regular job if I don’t play someone who is at least half dead again. I think I’ve found my niche, ”says McIver. “I’m really excited to be back on a genre topic. As much as it is hopefully grounded and is this species that we can all identify with as humans.
“One of the things that excites me the most, and I’ve been so lucky with ‘iZombie’, is seeing people dress up. To see how people get lost in another world. I think some of the fans of this type of topic are the most dedicated, creative, and imaginable people out there. I am really happy that this world would take me back again. “