Rose McIver

The iZom­bie star solv­ing crimes one brain at a time

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GENRE SLICE & DICE

“My manager sent me iZom­bie and from the ti­tle I as­sumed it would be along the lines of The Walk­ing Dead. I was sur­prised when I got home and read it and it was this bizarre zom­bie/ com­edy/ pro­ce­dural. They sub­vert the zom­bie genre quite a lot.”

HERO OR VIL­LAIN?

“I’ve al­ways been drawn to come­dies with a strong sense of tragedy at their cen­tre. I only re­cently watched Buffy The

Vam­pire Slayer and I feel like Liv is a cross be­tween Buffy and An­gel, just as a zom­bie. I think what is ap­peal­ing with Liv is she is cyn­i­cal and jaded. Although she main­tains some sar­casm and her dark sense of hu­mour, she’s got a pur­pose.”

GOTH GUISE

“We’re play­ing that she’s able to pass off as a hu­man as her fam­ily and friends still be­lieve she is hu­man. But she’s un­healthy. I lose all my pig­ment and I have white hair and very white skin. I have dark cir­cles un­der my eyes. The more hun­gry I am and the longer it’s been since I’ve had a brain I get veins and put on the con­tact lenses.”

DEATH BE­COMES HER

“[ Liv] comes out of med­i­cal train­ing and that’s no longer her world. Now, how do you find [ your place]? Which I think is a very hu­man and re­lat­able story. It just so hap­pens that hers is mag­ni­fied be­cause she lost her life. It’s about the strug­gle with fam­ily, and de­cid­ing where to live and to still en­gage with school friends. Liv re­alises in the first episode that she is able to help bring jus­tice to peo­ple who died so she finds iden­tity in it all.”

FIND­ING YOUR I NNER UN­DEAD

“It was in­cred­i­bly chal­leng­ing in think­ing about it in the weeks lead­ing into shoot­ing. Luck­ily the first time that I had to play a zom­bie was in the mid­dle of the night, shoot­ing in the cold in the woods and I was cling­ing to the roof of a car. My brain was mush and it was a re­lief be­cause stuff just hap­pened. I had no in­hi­bi­tions and played around and found the thing that worked.”

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