Birth Name: Frances Rose McIver
From: Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Birth: October 10, 1988
Working On: iZombie
Debut: The Piano (1993)
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Rose Frances McIver (most known as Rose McIver) is born on October 10, 1988 in Auckland (New Zaeland). She is best known for her role as Summer Landsdown in 2009’s ‘Power Rangers: RPM‘ and ‘Lindsey Salmon’ on the supernatural drama film ‘The Lovely Bones‘. Most recently she was seen as as TinkerBell on ‘Once Upon A Time‘ and Vivian Scully on ‘Masters of Sex‘.
Born in October 1988, she was raised in Titirangi (a suburb in the Waitakere Ward of the city of Auckland) with her father, John George Whitfield McIver -a photographer- and her mother, Annie McIver (born Coney) an artist. She has an older brother, Paul McIver, who is salso a musician and a former actor.
As a child Rose was talkative and precocious. She began acting at the age of two, after following her older brother Paul’s example and appearing in a television advertisement.
“My parents were very hesitant at first,” she says. “They didn’t want us to be out there as working children but we enjoyed it, so they thought, ‘what’s the harm?‘”
Mum and Dad keeping an eye on her education as she steadily progressed, with no acting training, from job to job. It’s no surprise Rose wound up in the arts. Mum Annie is a ceramicist; Dad Mac is a photographer. The floor of their Titirangi home was always cluttered with sculptures; the walls groaning with paintings, the camera quickly becoming a familiar piece of equipment.
Rose McIver began acting at the age of two (in 1990), after following her older brother Paul’s example and appearing in differents television commercials.
At the age of three, she played an angel on ‘The Piano‘. She can’t remember her first “acting” gig at the age of two, but she remember filming ‘The Piano‘. She said ; “I remember being desperate for the toilet and they said I wasn’t allowed to because it looked cute and my character needs to go to the toilet. So they kept it in, it was a bit of method acting. I remember feeling the injustice even at that age.“
By the age of four she had appeared in her first short NZ film ‘The Joker – A Domestic Faerie Tale‘ by Aileen O’Sullivan, played a Hydra in a ‘Hercules‘ tele-movie, and already had one classic on her CV – a small role in a scene of The Piano saw her on-stage in angel wings, being forced to learn method acting as a performer needing to go to the restroom.
After ‘The Piano‘, Rose’s screen credits began to accumulate. She had a recurring role on long-running soap ‘Shortland Street‘, appeared in further incarnations of the Hercules franchise (including winning a juvenile actress award for spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess) and played preppy schoolgirl roles in a number of American family productions shooting down unde and and without forgetting to mention a few Disney films.
Locally, she joined Danielle Cormack for the first of many roles in hit movie ‘Topless Women Talk about Their Lives‘, and in 1998 had a big part in short film ‘Flying‘, playing a girl who finds a kindred spirit in her dying grandmother.
At 17, Rose got her big break, winning the starring role in post-apocalyptic fantasy series ‘Maddigan’s Quest‘. Rose learnt tightrope and juggling before spending four months of her summer holidays playing Garland Maddigan, part of a travelling circus troupe — and the last member of the family line. Winner of a 2007 NZ Screen Award for Best Children’s Programme, ‘Maddigan’s Quest’ aired among other places in England, Australia and the United States.
Rose followed it with neighbours-at-war tale ‘Rude Awakenings‘, which offered a welcome and rare chance to play nasty — donning spectacles and colouring her hair to play manipulative teen “Constance Short”. “That’s what I like about acting,” she told Herald writer Rebecca Barry Hill. “You can step into someone else’s personality for a while and then leave it and not have to treat people like that.“
In 2009 (the year that will change her lie forever) McIver scored a role in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold novel ‘The Lovely Bones‘. Over the course of the film her (American) character aged eight years; she played “Lindsey Salmon”, sister of the girl around whom the story revolves. American website Movieline called her character “one of the film’s more grounded and enjoyable elements: part Nancy Drew, part budding action hero”. Her role included a nail-biting scene (shot in both Philadelphia and New Zealand) where Lindsey’s suspicions lead her to sneak into the house of the suspected killer.
After shooting ‘The Lovely Bones‘, Rose could have moved to Los Angeles, capitalising on the acclaim she received playing the grieving teen forced to grow up after her sister is murdered and her family life begins to crack. Instead, she enrolled at the University of Auckland to study psychology, anthropology and linguistics, subjects with the potential to inform her acting. She also sought out local projects, to stay close to friends and family.
From March to December 2009 at the age of 21, she played “Ranger Yellow/Summer Landsdown” in the television series ‘Power Rangers: RPM‘ for 32 episodes.
Next, the actor was juggling university studies with time in theTaranaki. This time she was cast as a teen caught up in blackmail in Ronald Hugh Morrieson tale ‘Predicament‘. Filming took place in July and August 2009 in the towns of Hawera and Eltham. The double-act took its toll on her grades but this didn’t faze her. The idea was to explore topics that interested her rather than ace them. She said ; “I crave knowledge. So studying seems like the obvious thing to do while I can, while I have no dependents.” Since then she has cameoed as a cheerleader in Madeleine Sami showcase, TV comedy ‘Super City‘.
About her ‘two lifes’ she said ; “It’s nothing exceptional,” she says of her life growing up in front of the camera. “Some kids played hockey in their school holidays and I just worked. Acting was always more of a hobby than a serious pursuit.“
“Rosie is surprising as an actress,” says director Peter Jackson. “As funny and light-hearted as she is in person, she can summon real depth and strength to a performance as an actor. She’s able to bring true grit to a character and there aren’t many young actresses out there who can do that.“
In March 2010, Rose starred in ‘That Face‘, her first professional theatre role, a challenge she’d long been hoping to take on. The long rehearsal process, the exploratory work nailing a character, was a new process for an actress used to relying on instinct.
2011, saw Rose co-starring in based-on-a-true-story talefilm Tangiwai – A Love Story. Playing the love-struck fiancee of Kiwi cricketer Bob Blair (Ryan O’Kane), her character boards the ill-fated train on Christmas Eve in 1953. Dominion Postreviewer Linda Burgess praised McIver (and O’Kane’s) performances as “consistently excellent”. By the time Tangiwaihad its television debut on 14 August 2011 McIver was in Los Angeles, attached to one prospective film and hunting for more — appreciative that thanks to The Lovely Bones, “when I go into a room of people there’s at least a glimmer of recognition.”
Since then she played ‘Brigdet Byron’ on the hit series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘.
In 2012, she has been cast as the lead character in MTV’s ‘Cassandra French’s Finishing School for Boys‘ (based on the book by Eric Garcia) and produced by Garcia and Krysten Ritter. But unfortunately, the pilot was unsold.
During the past two years, Rose has put her studies at the ‘University of Auckland’ on hold, and has traveled to Los Angeles for a couple of projects. She played ‘Sammy Walton’ on the Australian film directed by Richard Gray ‘Blinder‘ & more recently she has been cast opposite Chris Lowell in the indie film ‘Light Years‘ who became ‘Brightest Star‘.
In 2013, she has been cast as a recurring character, ‘Vivian Scully’ on Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex‘ (based on the book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson). The drama was filming in New York in March 2013, and the first season has been broadcasted in September.
In July 2013, it was announced that Rose landed the role of ‘Tinker Bell’ for a multi-episode story arc on the hit serie, ‘Once Upon a Time‘.
In February 2014, Rose was cast as the adult ‘Cathy Dollanganger’ in the Lifetime television film ‘Petals on the Wind‘ (adapted from the book on the same name by V. C. Andrews). She started directly the filming which lasted from late February to 21 March 2014.
In March 2014, Rose was announced to star in CW’s new series ‘iZombie‘ from Rob Thomas as ‘Olivia Moore/Liv”
In 2014 she won her first stateside starring role, in CW’s series ‘iZombie‘ from Rob Thomas alongside Robert Buckley (Liv’s love interest), Malcolm Goodwin, Aly Michalka and David Anders (who has played alongside her in ‘Once Upon A Time‘). Based on the comic strip of the same name, the series sees Rose playing “Liv Moore”, a trainee doctor who becomes a zombie, then starts eating the brains of murderers, which allows her to take on their identities and help solve crimes. Rose was craving some comedy; she told website Collider that as a little girl, she wanted to “live a million lives in one. That’s why I became an actor. And Liv gets to do that. She gets to experience things from different perspectives.“
Always in 2014, Rose was announced to make some appearances on ‘Play It Again, Dick‘ from creator Rob Thomas and following Ryan Hansen’s character Dick Casablancas. The series will also feature : Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Daran Norris, Francis Capra, Kyle Gallner, Christopher B. Duncan and more. ‘Play It Again, Dick‘ will premiere on CW Seed, The CW’s online distribution platform, on Sept. 15.