Robert Piper: What inspires you?
Rose McIver: I am inspired by working professionals who find lots of time for family and friends. It is easy to get caught up in a career, and I personally aspire to maintain strong connections with the people who matter most to me. I think having healthy relationships makes me feel much more confident and available to do good work as an actor.
RP: How do you stay healthy?
RM: I make time to exercise at least four times a week. I mix up running, yoga, barre classes, and rock-climbing to get a full workout. I also follow my mum and dad’s nutritional advice and eat a variety of colors on my plate. Plenty of fruit and vegetables.
RP: What is one of the hardest obstacles you’ve had to overcome in your life?
RM: I really struggled moving from New Zealand to the United States. I still have very strong ties to my home, and it took me a couple of years to feel settled in Los Angeles. Fortunately, I have a great group of friends and found the places where I enjoy spending my time. Finding beaches to get to made me feel much more plugged into the environment here.
RP: How do you stay balanced?
RM: I always find time to read novels and poetry as well as scripts; I like to enjoy different kinds of storytelling. I spend time at the beach and with my loved ones. I like traveling to unfamiliar places to challenge my perspectives and glean wisdom from other ways of life. Exercise is great for endorphins, and I come from a very outdoorsy upbringing, so that means a lot to me. It is so important to remember that, while I love my job, there are other fantastic avenues to explore in my life.
RP: What projects are you working on?
RM: I am mere days away from finishing shooting our first season of iZombie. It’s a zombie drama-comedy written by the wonderful Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Rob Thomas. I am so excited for it to start airing on March 17 on The CW. It has been a wild ride, and I think we’ve made something really special.