EXCLUSIVE: The Lovely Bones' Rose McIver, "It Was Flattering To Play Mark Wahlberg's Daughter"

Jan. 15 2010, Published 12:15 p.m. ET

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The Lovely Bones centers on the murder and after life of a 14-year-old and shows the family left behind and their struggle to deal with their loss. New Zealand actress Rose McIver spoke exclusively with about being part of the award-winning cast directed by Peter Jackson

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“It’s been exciting,” Rose said about working with the cast.  “It’s better than you imagine. Peter is so fantastic, down to earth.”

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Rose plays Lindsey Salmon, the older sister of Susie who is murdered by their neighbor George Harvey, a role which has garnered Stanley Tucci a Golden Globe nomination.  The 22-year-old had to play the sister at three different ages, and Rose said the way she was able to portray the ages drawing from her memories.  “You remember the things you did and cared about at those ages, and that made it much easier.” 

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The most difficult scene to film for Rose was where she flees from Stanley Tucci.  “There were so many takes and I had to be terrified for the scene and with the physical demands of the scene it was quite difficult.”

The movie does have comedic relief provided by Susan Sarandon as the grandmother who does everything with a cigarette and a cocktail in her hand.  Rose gets a “make-over” from Susan in the film and said “I think she used about a dozen eggs in my hair, she just did whatever she wanted and it was quite fun.”

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Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz play the parents in the movie and Rose told “It was very flattering to play Mark’s daughter.  I feel very lucky because of my family line in the movie.”

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“I think what’s wonderful about the film is it has something for people who want a thriller and people who want a romance.”



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