iZombie 101 "Pilot" - Olivia "Liv" Moore (Rose McIver) © 2014 The CW Network, photo by Cate Cameron

Based upon DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint of the same name, iZombie stars Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) as Olivia ‘Liv’ Moore, an over-achieving medical resident who is unexpectedly turned into zombie. Now one of the undead, Liv is trying to blend in and look as human as possible, her appearance passing for ‘Goth.’

Liv takes a job in the Seattle coroner’s office, where she can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses. But with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories, and begins to experience the violent visions from the point-of-view of the murder victims.

Rose McIver came to the TCAs in January to speak about iZombie, which can been seen on The CW on Tuesday nights at 9 pm.

Can you talk about the make up for this?

iZombie – Rose McIver at The CW’s 2015 Winter TCA Session for “iZombie” at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California ©2014 The CW Network, photo by Greg Gayne

Yeah. We have a two-hour process. We’ve kind of refined it down to about an hour and a half now. But it’s a wig. It is airbrushing any skin that’s exposed.

So I’ve been fighting for skivvies and long sleeves. And I’m covered in this white and translucent makeup, and then there’s a lot of smoky eye work.

The team that has created it has done such a good job, and I feel like when I put that on, it really does do a lot of the work for me in terms of making the character.

With the cartoon interstitials that introduce the acts, is it tricky to match those or is that something that you fall into fairly fast once you realize how the process is going to go?

The comic book panel is always one of the setups when we know we’re shooting an act out, and also [for] the visions.

So when I go in and out of a vision and when we do the comic book [panel], those are specialty shots that we just line up, and we don’t really do the rest of the scene with them, so it’s kind of an isolated thing.

iZombie 101 “Pilot” – Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver) ©2014 The CW Network, photo by Cate Cameron

What is it like to be the new Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany, because you’re going to be doing a lot of different characters, even though you may not be cloned?

iZombie 102 “Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?” – Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver) ©2014 The CW Network, photo by Cate Cameron

Yeah. As an actor, that was always why I started out doing this, I wanted variety and I wanted to be able to play all these different characters and live a whole bunch of lives.

So it’s kind of the dream job in that sense where I’ve been able to try my hand at all different styles, characters and genres.

Going to work every day it feels like you’re working on a bunch of different shows. It’s a pleasure, and it keeps it really alive.

I hope that translates, because we definitely feel like every day we go to work it’s a new experience and it’s something new we’re discovering.

You’ve been everything from Tinkerbell to a Power Ranger, and now you’re a zombie. What’s it like to do these really extreme roles one after another very quickly in your career?

iZombie 102 “Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?” – Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver) ©2014 The CW Network, photo by Diyah Pera

Well, with those particular roles, I’ve really loved that I’ve worked in these genres or these kind of specialty worlds where I get to know a whole new universe.

I’ve had the most amazingly supportive audiences that have been very welcoming about me stepping into cult favorites. These shows have these big followings.

Our show  has this kind of mythology behind it, but a real humanism, hopefully, that we’ve all worked on bringing to life.

It just feels like it’s its own universe, and I feel like it has that potential to have that same reach and that same, hopefully fandom, but enthusiasm behind it.

Will there be a companion cookbook with this series?

I’m campaigning for that. We still haven’t got the recipes for it, but we are very interested in that idea.

And I’m also looking to be an ambassador for a line of sun block!

iZombie 102 “Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?” – Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver) ©2014 The CW Network, photo by Diyah Pera

iZombie – Rose McIvar Soundbyte

After the panel, Rose was asked how she felt the first time she saw herself in the makeup – click here to listen to her answer.
iZombie star Rose McIver on her makeup

Judy Sloane

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