Rose McIver Reflects on CBS Comedy 'Ghosts'

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When CBS debuted its latest comedy, Ghosts, in October 2021, it was unclear how it would be received. A show about a woman who moves into a haunted mansion, it joined the heavily saturated genre of supernatural projects. Now renewed for a second season, it's clear Ghosts has found a niche audience with its over-the-top and hilariously improvised (mostly) acting! During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show's main star Rose McIver, discussed the show and her ongoing relationship with her supernatural character...

The thirty-three-year-old actress from New Zealand had been acting her whole life when she was presented with the CBS Comedy script. Fresh off her five-year stint on the CW's iZombie, it seemed she was destined for a lifelong career in supernatural television. While she was hesitant at first to be typecast in this way, she told THR that the script "made [her] laugh so, so much." After a slow and bumpy start because of the pandemic, the cast finally assembled to create the comedy. "The fact that this survived [though the pandemic] felt pretty remarkable," McIver explained.

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When asked if the second supernatural character was a coincidence or an invested interest, McIver told THP it's a bit of both. "I don't know why I keep being put in these undead situations. I'm not sure what it is about me. I do really enjoy trying to ground quite stylized or heightened environments and characters. That's something that I have gravitated toward a lot in my life. I quite enjoy that experience of trying to find what is really relatable or accessible in these stories that could be heightened."

McIver further added that when they say it is an ensemble cast, that includes both the cast and crew. Acting across from 'invisible' characters can be challenging and requires everyone to work together, especially with all the improvising involved. "The boom operator has to work out how he’s going to possibly try to reach across the room and grab somebody’s ad-lib line that they’ve just thrown in, or the camera is working out who they’re pulling focus to at any given moment." While we anxiously await the arrival of season two, catch all eighteen episodes of season one on CBS now!