In iZombie Rose McIver Devours Her Brainiest Role yet
New Zealander Rose McIver, 26, looks awfully alive for someone playing undead, New York Times correspondent Kathryn Shattuck writes. “In iZombie, her new [television] series, she’s a vision of iron deficiency – ghostly pallor, under-eye circles the colour of eggplant, brittle platinum bob – as Olivia Moore, a Type A medical student turned zombified coroner’s assistant with a taste for human brains.
“But at a recent interview in New York, McIver was aglow, her wide blue-grey eyes set off by a flannel coat designed by Juliette Hogan, a fellow New Zealander who has been dressing McIver since she was cast in her breakout feature-film role at 19 in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.”
The Times asks McIver about zombie brain ingredients.
“We did this stuff that was like fondant icing in the pilot,” McIver explains. “‘But in the end the thing that looked most convincing and tasted bearable was coconut agar-agar, which is like gelatin. We drown it in corn syrup – this pink, sticky, bloodlike fluid – and it’s pretty disgusting, to be honest. I’m supposed to look like I’m savouring it.
“‘Most of the time, I have a spit bucket. Each week I consume the brains in a different cuisine, like in chow mein noodles or a salad.’
“[McIver] has appeared as a libidinous candy striper in Masters of Sex and a moody Tinker Bell in Once Upon a Time. Critics have responded affectionately to McIver’s star turn as an all-too-human monster, with Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times calling iZombie “ridiculously likable.”
McIver is originally from Auckland.
Original article by Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times, March 27, 2015.
Photo by Luc-Ricard Elie.