On July 25, 2014, Rose and her iZombie co-stars headed to the San Diego Comic-Con to promote their upcoming show! Fans of Rose and/or the original comics were really excited ahead of the big event, knowing we would finally get the first gossip and clips of the new show. People showed up dressed as Liv, and there was a lot of great iZombie merchandise everywhere. Here you can learn more about the event!
When it was announced Rose would attend the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, the excitement was high. They were currently working on the first season of iZombie, and fans were looking forward to receive more information about the upcoming show. It was apparent that it already had many fans, even before the pilot episode had aired! Rose went to San Diego with her co-stars David Anders, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and Malcolm Goodwin, and the show creators Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas. 2014 was a very important year at the convention for the iZombie creators and cast. It was during this weekend we first got a real idea of what the show would be like, and we got to know the other cast and the characters.
In their iZombie panel we learned a lot of fun facts, such as; Rose was the 100th actress to audition for the part! We also found out more about the show premise, the weekly format and how Rose found it easy to play a zomibe, but difficult to play a med student because of the vocabulary. The reviews were clear; this was a group of actors with a lot of charm, and they did an amazing job at building up the hype around the show.
We were also given a galore of photos, making the weekend even better! Rose seemed to be everywhere this weekend, attending interviews, photoshoots, parties and fan signings. She also showed up in different outfits for each event, so we were blessed with a great collection of photos. Rose kicked off her first convention by attending an iZombie fan signing and panel, before later appearing at the Batman 75th Anniversary And ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Unveil ‘Cape/Cowl/Create’ Art Exhibit At the convention. She wore different outfits to almost all of the different events – let’s take a look at her 2014 SDCC looks…
SCC 14: An Extended Look at iZombie
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, and David Anders brought an extended look of the series to Comic-Con. There were initially going to air the pilot, but recent casting changes altered their plans. The 10-15 minutes of footage introduced the basics of the series and showed it’s a zombie show unlike any other.
Since Veronica Mars alums are involved, let’s address the elephant in the room. iZombie definitely has similarities to Thomas’ previous series about a sarcastic teenage detective. Rose McIvers plays Liv Moore, a med student who became a zombie during a wild party on a boat. The preview showcased the character’s humor, how she’s dealing with the changes, and how she develops psychic-ish powers. When she eats a corpse’s brains, she channels that person’s memories and even physical abilities. She uses her skills to help catch murderers. She’s so charming that I already want to be her best friend.
The dialogue was snappy, smart, and reminiscent of Mars, but Liv is clearly a different person. She’s surrounded by a pal and co-worker in the morgue who figures out her secret and wants to help cure her (Rahul Kohli), a detective who seems to believe and put stock in her psychic skills early on (Malcolm Goodwin, who channeled Shaft for the role), an ex-fiancé she still loves (Robert Buckley), and of course, there’s a villainous zombie (David Anders). Liv will be solving a mystery of the week, but the series has bigger arcs.
Rob Thomas said “People often put Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the same category, and I would say that iZombie falls closer to Buffy.” He stated there will be more action in iZombie than in Veronica Mars, but that they definitely will be living in a dramatic world with a sense of humor.
The television show is similar to the comic it’s based on, but it’s by no means a straight adaptation. They took the general idea from the iZombie comic and added more. They had Liv work in the police morgue so she has a constant supply of cases to solve and brains to eat. Thomas confirmed that iZombie will be a straight zombie show without incorporating other monsters seen in the comics.
While Liv is dealing with her zombie problems, her humanity is still there. One scene featured Liz weighing a brain and mixing it with noodles and hot sauce for lunch. It’s one of many moments that showed the endearing side of the character. McIver says, “What’s fun about this character is that she’s still trying to be a human.” She added playing the zombie side of Liv is easier than portraying the medical student part.
As far as the powers she gains when she eats the brains, Thomas said both personality and physical traits from the corpse transfer. “If she ate the brain of a concert pianist, she’s going to be able to do that. She also picks up some negative traits. She becomes a kleptomaniac in the pilot. She’s always inheriting some qualities of the deceased.” He stressed that the memories and powers she receives from any given brain never completely takes over Liv’s free will, and that she’ll retain everything from a given brain for as long as she keeps eating it.
Liv doesn’t have it easy. She will have to fight to keep her zombie desires under control. We saw a peek at her going full zombie in the preview, but she’s able to pull back. Thomas said the change is triggered by adrenaline, and she won’t be able to turn it on and off. He made compared the effect to what the Bruce Banner goes through with Hulk. Apparently, the line “Liv Smash” got cut from the pilot episode.
As mentioned, the series does have a mystery of the week vibe, but that’s not all. Thomas emphasized there will be cases to investigate but that they want to deliver on the zombie premise. There will be big zombie plotlines like finding the survivors of the party massacre when Liv turned and Liv figuring out she might be the lynchpin in preventing the zombie apocalypse.
And if blood and guts isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry. Thomas said, “We’re never going to be The Walking Dead in terms of gore. It will not be shotgun blast to the head after shotgun blast to the head.”
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What we learned
– Rose likes the tone of the show and is excited about it.
– Rose says playing a zombie is fun, playing a med student is hard.
– we can expect only zombies in #iZombie. No vampires, werewolves, etc.
– Rose McIver was the 100th actress to audition.
– When Liv gets hungry her makeup gets darker.
– There will be a big zombie season storyline in addition to a weekly murder mystery.
– Rob: We want her to be super pale but still be attractive. #ZILF
– Liv can’t control herself when she turns into a full zombie.
– Liv solving murders brings meaning to her life.
We’ve put together a youtube playlist with all the available interviews of Rose at the convention! You can watch it below.