Kiwi stars are making it big on the silver screen overseas

Kiwi stars are making it big on the silver screen overseas

Rose is openly proud about being a Kiwi, and has nothing but praise for her home country. It seems to go both ways! We’ve shared a couple of similar articles with you earlier this year, but they’re such cute reads that I wanted to share this one as well. This one’s from the NZ Herald. The photo they’ve used is from the “What We Do In The Shadows” Premiere in 2014.

Jay Ryan, Keisha Castle-Hughes, KJ Apa and Rose McIver are among the Kiwis nailing it overseas.

As countless think-pieces would have you believe, we’re in the midst of an era of peak TV – a second golden age of television brought on by advances in the technology and distribution of television, resulting in an increase in the sheer number of original shows.

Its growth has seen a number of A-list stars make the once-embarrassing jump to TV, but the medium’s rise also heralds an exciting time for new actors seeking a breakthrough, with more opportunities than ever. And in the past few years, many Kiwis have had their breakthrough moments on American screens. Here’s a look at some of our favourite homegrown actors who have found success on the small screen.

ROSE MCIVER IN IZOMBIE
After a star turn as Tinker Bell in modern fairytale epic Once Upon A Time, the golden child of New Zealand TV landed the lead role in The CW’s iZombie, a cop procedural with a twist from the mind of Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars).

McIver plays Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident who eats the brains of her autopsy subjects, enabling her to temporarily inherit their personality traits and memories and use the information to aid police with murder investigations.

If it sounds mad, that’s because it is — but the show’s immense success in the States has propelled McIver to stardom. Kiwi viewers can stream iZombie on TVNZ OnDemand.

Read the full list here.