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May 27, 2017 – Paris (France)
On May 27, 2017, I had the immense pleasure and the incredible chance to meet Rose McIver.
To begin with, I had the chance to participate in Rose McIver‘s ‘Meet and Greet’ (private session of questions/answers with 10 to 20 people maximum). At first, Rose tried to make us feel comfortable, not stressed. She asked us where we came from, if we were all talking French or other languages. To continue, we went around the table and everyone was able to ask the question he wanted. Here is what we learned.
- She finished filming ‘Brampton’s Own’ 2 weeks before the fanmeet.
- She told us the Netflix movie is a family movie. Its also a Christmas movie. It was very cold to film as there was snow.
- She is actually learning FRENCH, and she actually understand it well! She wants to practice a lot this weekend.
- She told us than the brains taste is very bad. One time, she eated the pizza all around the piece of brains and they tell her, ‘eat the part with the brain’. ahah
- She said that Jennifer Morrison is an awesome director. When, they filmed ‘Demon Days’, it was the first time Jennifer directed something.
- She was sad that Jennifer Morrison’s play opened stage 1 week after she was leaving the US.
The second part of my meeting with Rose McIver was the photoshoot one. What an adorable person is she! I told her in french that I had two pictures with her. I said that I would like a hug for the first one and she was like ‘Oh yeah, of course!’. For the second picture, we took a ‘zombie’ one, it was very funny. She was really, really so sweet.
Now, I will talk to you about this magical moment who happened during the afternoon. I had the immense honor of being part of the second edition of the ‘Fandom United‘. We raised money for a few charities supported by the ‘Once Upon a Time‘ actors, thanks to amazing & very generous donators. We were lucky, during the group photos, to give the check to all the actors. When we waited for the green light, to give them the check, Rose McIver immediately noticed it and told Colin O’Donoghue ‘Oh! What is this check ?!’. When it was time to give them, Rose immediately grabbed it on her hands and said, ‘Woow, it’s amazing!!’ She was really surprised and delighted to see what we had been able to pick up. She added that she wanted to keep it. All the actors were really delighted and it was a very beautiful moment.
The best time for me is the one that will follow. After having done the autograph with Sam Witwer (who is also an incredibly kind & funny person!), It was Rose McIver‘s turn. I was very stressed about giving her the great ‘iZombie Cookbook‘ I had made several weeks ago. The first thing I wanted to do, was to give her this book before asking her for the autograph. I gave it to her and she was like ‘Wooooooow’. I told her ‘I don’t know if you remember it on Twitter’, and she said ‘Yeeeeah, I remember!! You made it? I looooove it, it’s amazing.’. She turned all pages, looked inside and was really delighted and surprised that I offer it to her.
I then asked her if it was possible that she would make an autograph for the site, showing her “rosemciversource.net” which appears at the bottom of iZombie’s recipe book. She then said ‘Oh! Is that you too ?! I’ve heard people saying great things about it.’ and she added something like ‘It’s really nice. It’s amazing!’.
Before meeting her, I heard all the fans say that she was adorable, very nice, listening. And now, I can only approve that. She is an incredably natural, funny person, very attentive, patient. I’ve done a lot of conventions and met a great number of actors and I can tell you that shee’s one of the most amazing actresses I’ve ever met. She is really very grateful, she takes time for all her fans. Actually, I can’t believe I met her and, I can’t believe how generous she was. And all that, is very objective! (ahah) I have seen people have a real heart stroke for her, without being a fan before. If one day, you have the opportunity to meet her. DO IT. You won’t regret it.
February 28, 2021 (Worldwide, Virtual)
After having missed her several times (in Los Angeles, in Paris) these past years, in February 2021 I finally had the opportunity to see Rose McIver again, virtually this time through “Zoom“. It was an exceptional event, I was able to participate in various small virtual meeting sessions with her and other fans.
I participated in a meeting also called “Q&A” where we were only a handful of fans, where I was able to see fans that I already knew thanks to social networks, it was very intimate. The organizer gave enough time to everyone and we could ask all the questions we wanted. We also played a kind of Pictionary online, it was really fun.
I then had a session called “1 and 1” (it’s like a video call between you and the actor). I was really stressed & was afraid of expressing myself badly and not understanding everything because English is not my mother tongue. But I have to say that I’m used to hearing Rose‘s voice and accent in all her interviews so I think it was easier for me. It was absolutely amazing, the wait for all these years was definitely worth it. Rose was amazing and we were able to discuss a lot of things, the time went by way too fast (note to myself, next time I’ll order more call time!). She is really attentive, she’s down to earth and so so kind.
Finally, I had ordered a souvenir video (the actor record himself using the information you sent him; for example, it can be advice for such and such a thing, a message of support, anything). I’ve ordered a video were I introduced myself, my fansite. In addition, I received a second Happy Birthday video, in fact, my husband ordered another video as a surprise for me (the event took place on February 28 and my birthday is on March 13, it was the perfect timing! I received it just in time!).
This was such a memorable experience.
May 6, 2023 (Dortmund, Germany)
I’ll try to keep it short but give you all the details on how amazing, kind, patient Rose McIver is. She is the celebrity who inspire me the most since a decade, and I’m so grateful, so so grateful for this opportunity.
This is not the first time I’m meeting her, as you can see I met her twice before this fanmeet. Once in 2017 in Paris, and a second time through a virtual event in 2021.
The past few years have seen Rose cancel several events she was scheduled to attend due to various career plans – we have missed each other a few times since 2019. And as Rose already said, we would definitely find a new opportunity to cross paths again. So, when I learned that she was coming back only a few hours drive from me, I told myself that I could not miss it.
I went to her autograph session a little earlier than expected and there was only one person talking with her. I waited for this person to finish before entering her queue line, so they can take all time to discuss. Finally, when I arrived and introduced myself as “Stéphanie”, Rose recognized me right away. She asked me a few questions, we talked a bit in french. She told me that her french is not that good, that she still needs to find her words and think about them before speaking (but believe me, her french is impressive!)
I gave her the gifts I bring for her alongside some letters written by fans, she was very grateful for them. She then opened the letter I wrote for her, fully written in French and started to read it and translated it in English. She then made a sign to me to stay on the side while she was talking and signing autographs for the next persons so we can talk a bit more after.
She signed an autograph for the next person and introduced me to her saying that I’m Stéphanie, who runs Rose McIver Source. This fan said that we know each other. I asked who she was and yes, in fact we already talked together a few times on the web (and she’s from Belgium and speak french.) World is so small!!
She asked me if we could take some pictures for her with her phone, so the person who was with her took some photos (she later posted one of them in her Instagram story, she the picture on the left.) We continued talking for a little bit about “Ghosts”, about the season finale coming on May 11, 2023, about her “Ghosts” hair dresser John who speak french with her, about Brandon Scott Jones, about other fans of “Ghosts” (hi Peachy, hi Rebecca!), about my job, and during our conversation she asked me if my husband (who was waiting outside the autograph area could come.) She remembered that he ordered a personalized video for my birthday during this fanmeet in 2021. We kept talking all three together for a moment about anything and everything and after I got my autograph and selfie with her.
Later this day, I went to the photo ops’ session, which was another great moment!
To finish, thanks are not enough for German Comic Con, for allowing us and not rushing this moment. For my husband, who’s my first supporter and who has been by my side for this adventure (and all my adventures.) For people – friends, (who will definitely recognize themselves) who are following my rosemciversource.net journey and who messaged/tweeted me the whole day to see how it was going and who were just so nice and kind with me. I adore you all! For Rose, for being this natural, down to earth, incredible person.