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Petals on the Wind

Rose McIver as Cathy Dollanganger

Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Release Date: 26 May 2014 (USA)
Country USA
Language: English
Run Time: 85 min
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Directed by: Karen Moncrieff
Written by: ayla Alpert (teleplay), Virginia C. Andrews (novel)
Casting: Heather Graham, Rose McIver, Wyatt Nash, Bailey De Young, Nick Searcy, Dylan Bruce, Will Kemp.


A decade after Cathy, Christopher, and Carrie escaped from their grandparents’ attic at Foxworth Hall, Petals on the Wind continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they attempt to put their sordid past behind them, but soon discover certain secrets can’t be left behind. When Cathy finds herself in an abusive relationship with a fellow dancer, Julian, Christopher and Cathy are forced to face the forbidden feelings they developed for one another while coming of age during captivity. But when tragedy strikes the Dollangangers once again, Cathy returns to Foxworth Hall to confront her grandmother and seek revenge on her mother with a plan to seduce her husband Bart. When Christopher runs to Cathy’s side, the two are determined to start over again – together.

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Exclusive Q&A with Rose McIver

How familiar were you with the Flowers in the Attic series before taking on the role as Cathy? Did you watch Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic and/or read the books?

I had not read the books, although I had heard of them. In preparing for the role of Cathy I watched the first film, and had lengthy discussions with both the director Karen Moncrieff and my acting coach Miranda Harcourt about Cathy’s emotional journey. Kiernan Shipka did a fantastic job creating the character.

There is also a large ballet component in the film so I went back into barre classes and working with our fantastic choreographer Kitty McNamee.

Describe your character Cathy in 3 words.

Brave, conflicted and maternal.

If you could change one thing about her what would it be?

Her tendency to rely on men to make her feel complete.

What was the most difficult scene(s) to shoot?

The dance sequences were very physically taxing but also a lot of fun. Poor hair and makeup departments had to deal with me sweating off all their efforts to pretty me up!

Did Heather Graham or Ellen Burstyn offer you any advice while on set?

Not specifically. I tend to learn a lot from working with people just by watching their processes and openness as an actor. I was a big fan of Ellens already so it was an honor to work with her.

What’s your favorite scene in the movie?

The sequence with Olivia’s character when Cathy finally addresses how damaging her childhood was.

Are there any fun facts about yourself you’d like to share with fans?

If I had never been an actor I would have loved to teach elementary school. I think it’s an incredibly honorable job and I find it so refreshing and rewarding to work with children and their brilliant imaginations.