Shiri Appleby Brings Kids to ‘UnREAL’ Set: I Show Them Mom Can be the Boss

Shiri Appleby kids on UnReal set
Shiri Appleby at Step 2 Presents 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event on September 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness

Shiri Appleby plays a powerhouse producer on Lifetime’s wickedly entertaining drama UnREAL. But when Us Weekly recently caught up with the 38-year-old actress at the Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event in L.A., she was more excited to talk about her accomplishments behind the camera.

“It’s so nice to have a real voice in the process,” Appleby told Us. “I’m at this time in my life where I want to push on the gas even more and work as hard as I can.”

But that doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice time with her babies Natalie, 4, and Owen, 22 months. “When I’m shooting UnReal, it’s like 15 hours a day, five days a week,” she said. “But my kids have a trailer on set. They come to see mom at work. I really want to be around the lot when I’m directing because I want them to see that mom can be the boss and mom can be in charge.” 

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 The Girls alum, who has been in show business since age 7, revealed that she’s excited about “the second chapter” of her career, which includes a deal at A&E studios. “We’re busy trying to put together female-focused television shows to take out to the market,” Appleby told Us. “I’ve been going to work every day. I have an office. I’m an executive and we’re optioning books and articles and taking meetings with writers. It just feels really inspiring.”

UnREAL will return in early 2018. 

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