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This Week’s Most Noteworthy Performance | Actress

October 18-24
“Real Dead Housewife of Seattle” | iZombie
Rose McIver

It’s been a great week of performances on television and Rose McIver deserves credit at least once after every episode. For those who are unfamiliar with iZombie, McIver not only plays the lead role of Liv Moore, but each week she needs to weave in her character with a completely new person as the brain she consumes forces her to take on the person’s characteristics.

While last week she was a Frat boy, this week she took on the traits of an upper class housewife and through a number of entertaining lines, McIver delivered the scenes impeccably. She talked the talk and walked the walk, but most importantly when Liv had to break through, it felt natural. Liv was only the real Liv when she apologized to Major about not being herself, but prior to that although Liv had some things to say, McIver delivered the scenes the way she would as the housewife. And while she does this every week, it never fails to be anything but seemingly effortless. The constant change in characters could be overdone if McIver isn’t careful, but each and every week, she only delivers the right amount of emotions.

However, while McIver was splendid throughout the episode, it’s the raw expressiveness she delivered in the end when Liv realized Peyton hadn’t forgotten her birthday. Peyton still cares. It was a subtle moment of relief and happiness, but it ultimately showcased the clearly endless versatilities McIver has when it comes to acting. She’s as underrated as it gets and tonight’s episode proved that in numerous ways. If you aren’t already watching iZombie, one episode should be enough to show you that McIver’s a class act. Who else gets to layer their character with this much depth every single week?

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Morrison was once again brilliant throughout this week’s episode of Once Upon A Time, but as we mentioned in our full episode review, all it took was one brief moment to remember just how great she is at conveying every detail of how Emma’s feeling.

There is a moment, a brief, blink and you’ll miss it where Morrison’s expression legitimately crushed us. After Emma tries to get near the horse and it rejects her, there’s so much childlike heartbreak in her expressiveness. Emma looks terribly petrified and Morrison does an astounding job of conveying that fear and sadness. She hates being the dark one, but there’s nothing she can do. All she can do is trust someone else whose ceaseless faith in her has been an anchor to her soul.”

Whether she’s revealing Emma’s exhaustion and perplexities or the Dark Swan’s anger and motivations, Morrison embodies the characters remarkably showcasing what it truly put on a groundbreaking performance.

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