Rose McIver and Robert Buckley get together for a photograph while attending the premiere of their brand new show iZombie held during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Austin Convention Center on Monday (March 16) in Austin, Texas.
The 25-year-old actress and Robert, 33, were joined by their co-stars David Anders, Rahul Kohli, Malcolm Goodwin, writer Diane Ruggiero, producer Dan Etheridge, and director Rob Thomas as they also took part in a special fan Q&A.
“Nothing says ‘leading man’ like getting caught checking your nails on the red carpet #iZombie,” Roberttweeted after the premiere.
iZombie makes its debut on the CW tonight (March 17) at 9/8c!
20+ pictures inside of Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, and others at SXSW… More Here! »
In “Pilot,” Liv was a disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out…until she is turned into a zombie. Now stuck somewhere between half-alive and undead, Liv loses her drive and ambition.
She breaks off her engagement with charming soul mate Major (Robert Buckley), fearful of infecting him with her condition. Liv transfers her medical residency to the city morgue in order to access the only form of sustenance left available to her – the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity – brains.
There are side effects to Liv’s new diet: With each brain Liv consumes, she experiences “visions” – flashes of the corpse’s memories – which often provide clues as to how they were killed. Her boss, the brilliant but eccentric Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli), encourages her to embrace this gift and to work with unproven homicide detective, Clive Babineaux, (Malcolm Goodwin), to help solve these murders.
In doing so, Liv finds a measure of peace, and a new sense of purpose in what her “life” has now become.
iZombie premieres TONIGHT, March 17 @ 9PM on The CW!
Get ready to get hooked to the CW’s new show, iZombie!
iZombie centers on Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver), a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, overachieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out…until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy.
Now stuck somewhere between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers her residency to the coroner’s office for access to the brains she must reluctantly eat, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With her medical examiner boss (Rahul Kohli) and a police detective (Malcolm Goodwin), she now solves homicides to quiet the voices in her head.
iZombie premieres Tuesday, March 17th @ 9PM ET/PT on the CW. Meet the full cast inside…
The 29-year-old actor stars on the upcoming series as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, the medical examiner and Liv’s (Rose McIver) boss.
We love Rahul‘s story of nabbing the role through a self-tape audition he sent from London, so we had to catch up with him and chat about the new show.
“It’s been an incredible experience working on this show! One of the biggest draws to this character was his dialog and I instantly fell in love with him and his relationship with Liv, their friendship is something I enjoyed working on and it also helps that Rose McIver is just wonderful to be around, we became like brother and sister on the show,” he told us.
Rahul continued, “My approach for the character came from a focus on his choice of career, working in a morgue and performing autopsies takes a certain kind of individual. I was lucky enough to interview a few pathologists and get a sense of their day to day routine. One thing that seemed like a constant pattern was their quirky sense of humor, something I felt they used in order to cope with some of the darker elements of their work.
“I spent a great deal of time watching videos of live autopsies and pouring over old cases where forensics was essential in solving a case – It was quite grim but at the same time I have such respect for what these guys do, their attention to detail and the fact that they are fighting for justice for voiceless victims. During the prep for iZombie,I also visited a morgue and was lucky enough to be given a tour. That experience was hugely beneficial for my work – inspecting the tools and observing the bodies was definitely an experience I’ll never forget!”
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The new series show follows a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident (McIver) who had her life path completely mapped out… until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy.
As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains – she’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. In this appropriately dead-end job, she can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses that make a final stop in the morgue.
Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories, and she begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least she can find purpose in her undead existence by helping to solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead.
iZombie is set to premiere on Tuesday, March 17th @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW! Bigger poster inside…