‘Ghosts’ Star Rose McIver Teases How CBS Ensemble Comedy Sparks ‘Meaningful Conversations’ (Exclusive)
When CBS’s new single-camera comedy Ghosts Premiering Thursday night, the sitcom titled by Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar will open the door to “very meaningful conversations” thanks to the series’ expertly written vision of American culture. The show created by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman adapted from the BBC Studios series of the same name follows a troubled young couple whose dreams finally come true when they inherit a beautiful country house. Coincidentally, however, the house is also haunted and inhabited by many of the estate’s deceased residents over several generations – some even before the United States was a country.
With the series’ refreshing comedy balancing appropriate social commentary across its characters – alive and dead, McIver tells PopCulture.com exclusively ahead of the Thursday night premiere that Ghosts very skillfully acts as a smart and fun springboard for such mindful conversations. “When you put 10 different actors together, you’re just going to find different dynamics between those performers,” she said. “As the train starts to leave the station, the writers and actors all start to understand what works, what doesn’t – all kinds of original ideas start to pop up as they go.”
While she admits that some of the characters are obviously “direct comparisons” of their BBC counterparts, there is a clever “re-imagination” going on that most intelligently sets the show apart as hers in the context of the film. American culture. One of those role models she shares is with the character of Sasappis, played by native actor Román Zaragoza. “[His character is] an original keeper of the earth and that could only apply here in America. There are a lot of opportunities through the flashback and the conversations between these different perspectives to have some pretty meaningful conversations, ”said McIver. [about]. We’ve already started exploring it and I feel like it’s a journey that could get more and more interesting as the series progresses. “
Besides being charmed by the big picture as the reason for her attraction to the series, the New Zealand-born actress tells PopCulture that she’s really just struck by the “family dynamic” behind it. Ghosts. “I hadn’t worked on something this large in terms of the number of characters it serves – I thought it was interesting,” she said. “I love that it’s a really big, improbable family comedy.”
Sharing how Port and Wiseman’s writing had just “jumped off the page” for her, McIver says it’s very “funny and brilliant” to see them come together. “Once the cast started to come together I just got more and more excited with everyone involved and I think I’m surrounded by people with very, very experienced comedy backgrounds, and that was great. to bounce off all of these people and hopefully bring something quite distinct from life, “she said, further crediting Australian director Trent O’Donnell with creating a superb pilot and many episodes of the series.
Boasting a cast of the most proficient comedy actors on television and the stage, McIver can most certainly also get by with comedy chops and Lucille Ball-like timing. “It was really a good reminder to be with these people and people with a lot of technical training, it allows you to start the game over,” she said humbly. “It’s like the piano or something where you practice it, and you practice the rhythms and you go back to listening to it and trying to hit in those specific moments. It becomes a science. to be around people who are really hardworking and dedicated and professional about it, even if they are having a good time while they are doing it. “
McIver, who is a huge fan of the BBC’s version, shares that while she didn’t watch it all because she “didn’t want to get too carried away trying to impersonate” he was important for her to “get lost and try to create this story” for herself and the actors to reimagine it as a piece of American history through the prism of humor. “I only watched the first few, but I’m a huge fan,” she exclaimed while revealing her admiration for Charlotte Ritchie – the actress playing her British counterpart along with the other cast members, many of whom were are also the creators of the BBC series and now serve as executive producers on the CBS version. “All of the creators and people behind the show, we are huge fans and we are truly grateful that they made it possible for us to be part of the family and to have been so supportive on this journey.”
As the series impeccably blends a message of inclusiveness with its narrative, McIver is thrilled that audiences finally have a chance to dig with Spirits. After all, the show revolves around “housing” for the 32-year-old. “It’s about understanding yourself and being willing to tolerate people who think differently from you. This is a bunch of people who have such a collection of very different life experiences. You may or may not be okay with what a lot of people think, but there is definitely something to be learned from everyone, ”she said, drawing more equivalents with everyone who has been close for a year and demi. “We’ve all been stuck in neighborhoods so close with people, it’s a nice way to draw the parallel and think about what we can and can’t take away from what has been so difficult to be. locked up with people you love, but you might find a lot of stuff. “
In the hopes that people will be “able to see some of their own experiences reflected” on the show as some kind of escape, McIver knows we all have “a lot of things to do” in our lives right now but hopefully. Ghosts can cheer us up, so to speak. “At the end of the day, being able to put something on TV that makes you laugh and think without sounding moody, I think it will hopefully be a great time for the audience,” she said. . “It’s amazing what you can communicate when it’s made acceptable by jokes and when it’s wrapped up in something a little sweeter to taste. Hope we can reach a few people and make a few laugh. people.”
Ghosts premieres Thursday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET with an hour-long premiere featuring two consecutive episodes on CBS and available to stream on Paramount +. Those who want to see all that Paramount + has to offer can click here for a free streaming offer. Disclosure: PopCulture.com is owned by ViacomCBS Streaming, a division of ViacomCBS.