Rose McIver has spent five seasons dealing with all the ups and downs of being one of the living dead with her “iZombie” series. Her new show, the CBS comedy “Ghosts,” has her among the living, but she’s working in a very supernatural world again. And, like “iZombie,” his new work comes with a lot of dark humor.
In the series, McIver plays Samantha who, along with Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar), a promising chef, leaves town for a huge dilapidated country estate they have inherited. They want to turn it into a bed & breakfast, but that upsets the morale of the deceased residents who now live there.
The series, which premieres with consecutive episodes starting at 9:01 p.m. on October 7 on CBS, is adapted from the 2019 BBC One series of the same name.
McIver credits growing up in New Zealand to giving him a passion for these kinds of roles. Many of her first acting roles were on the sword and witchcraft series “Hercules” and “Xena: Warrior Princess” which were filmed underneath.
“I think I always grew up knowing that as an actor you are blessed to love stepping into this other world no matter what that means,” McIver said. “I mean, even though I was able to play, hopefully, anchored versions and more accented or stylized things, I kind of feel like the best part of the job is getting in and out. dress up and become something that’s not just you everyday.
“So the escape that comes in a show like this, and the humor, especially right now, I just feel like something I want to put on. Something that makes me laugh and something like that is a great escape from what the day has been like.
“iZombie” gave him the greatest opportunity to work in escape entertainment. Her Olivia Moore character was a zombie that took on a person’s personality, memories, and traits when they ate their brain. McIver played a brotherhood guy, killer, racist old man, hopeless romantic, fashionista, and online prankster.
She is not a zombie or a spirit in “Ghosts”, but she is definitely part of the supernatural world. A freak accident gives Samantha the chance to see the ghosts in her new home.
The close-knit and eclectic group includes: a naughty Prohibition-era lounge singer (Danielle Pinnock); a pompous militiaman of the 1700s (Brandon Scott Jones); a hallucinogenic hippie from the 1960s (Sheila Carrasco); an overly optimistic ’80s Boy Scout leader (Richie Moriarty); a 1009 cod-obsessed Viking explorer (Devon Chandler Long); a 90s finance brother (Asher Grodman); a sarcastic and witty native of the 1500s (Román Zaragoza); and a society woman and wife of an 1800s thief baron who is Samantha’s ancestor (Rebecca Wisocky).
Once the ghosts realize that someone can hear and see them, they stop trying to stop the renovations and start pressuring Samantha to give them a connection to the living world they have never had.
There’s a big difference between playing on a zombie TV show and one about ghosts. No one asks you if you believe in zombies, but questions about the reality of ghosts or not always arise.
McIver is still trying to get a feel for what she thinks about spirits.
“I don’t know the long and the short of it. But I haven’t witnessed or experienced anything myself, but a lot of people I love and trust have, ”says McIver. “I am definitely open to this.
“I feel like there are vibes in some places, and this house has a vibe.”
“Ghosts” had McIver back in a genre very familiar to her, but she played roles that had nothing to do with the dead. She had a recurring role in the Hulu series “Woke”, alongside 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 under his belt, McIver keeps returning to the supernatural world.
“Honestly, I’m starting to wonder if I’m ever going to find a regular job without playing someone at least half-dead again. I guess I found my niche, ”says McIver. “I’m really excited to be back in some kind of theme. As much as it is, hopefully, grounded and is that species that we can all relate to as human beings.
“One of the things that excites me the most, and I’ve been very lucky with ‘iZombie’, is seeing people dress up. See people get lost in another world. I think some of the fans of this kind of theme are the most dedicated, creative, and imaginable people. I feel really lucky that this world is taking me back. “