But today it’s Appleby, 38, who’s sitting just outside camera view, calling out the orders for Lifetime’s Un REAL.
“I’m having the best time,” she says, grinning, at a cemetery near Vancouver on a crisp, May morning.
When Alloy asked Appleby to return for a scene in the show’s second season, Allen advised her to take the job — if the production company would also let her direct. “I showed myself that I knew how to at least take the first baby steps with confidence,” Appleby says, “so then I went and met with studios.” She started with the CW and ABC Family, hoping her connections at those networks and their affiliated studios would open doors.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes lists a 98% approval rating, based on 41 reviews, with a rating average of 8.4/10.
The site's consensus states: "The revealing and thought-provoking Un REAL uses reality TV as a suitably soapy springboard for absorbing drama." The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes lists a 87% approval rating, based on 38 reviews, with a rating average of 8.6/10.
“My career after Life Unexpected took a really big dip, and I realized you have no control as an actor over the process of going to work.
I decided I was not going to sit at home and wait for the phone to ring.
a young producer whose task is to cajole, badger and play on the weaknesses of the show's participants to get the footage Quinn demands.
Moore noted that, despite the contestants' expectations, "the game is fixed and the matchmaking premise is only a pretext ...Appleby admitted on the May 24 episode of The Late Show: 'I think it's so fun to watch a trainwreck.I think it's just fun to watch people's lives fall apart. “I definitely say things on set when I’m just the actor, but I’m kind of hiding and secretive about it.” While more TV actors are breaking into directing these days, landing your first job, especially for a woman, is a challenge.(Un REAL, a show that's run by three women, is an anomaly — four of the ten episodes this season are directed by women.) Appleby decided to make a career shift when her CW show, Life Unexpected, was cancelled in 2011 after two seasons.On the show, she’d played the mother of a teenage daughter when she was barely over 30.