Shiri Freda Appleby (December 7, 1978) is an American actress and television director. She is best known for her leading roles as Liz Parker in the WB/UPN science fiction drama series Roswell (1999-2002) and Rachel Goldberg in the Lifetime/Hulu drama series Unreal (2015-2018).
Appleby also starred as intern Daria Wade in the final season of the NBC medical drama series ER (2008-2009). She later starred as Cate Cassidy in The CW drama series Life Unexpected (2010-2011) and as Lucy Lambert in the web comedy series Dating Rules from My Future Self (2012). +more Appleby also had recurring roles on the NBC drama series Chicago Fire (2012-2013) and the HBO comedy-drama series Girls (2013-2014).
Early life and education
Appleby's Israeli-born mother is of Moroccan Jewish descent, and her father is American and of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Appleby's mother was an actress in Israel. +more She was raised in Calabasas in Los Angeles County and kept kosher in her home growing up. She attended Hebrew school, and had a Bat Mitzvah.
Appleby graduated from Calabasas High School in 1997. She attended University of Southern California from 1998 to 1999, where she studied English. +more After two years she got the starring role in Roswell and was working steadily, but while shooting Life Unexpected in 2010, Appleby started to work towards a psychology degree from the online University of Phoenix. It took her 14 months, while also working, to complete the degree in 2012.
Appleby began her acting career at the age of four, starting with advertisements for various products such as Cheerios and M&M's. She started acting and taking acting classes because her parents were concerned that she was so shy and introverted. +more Her first advertisement was for Raisin Bran, but it was never aired. She made guest appearances on many television programs, most notably thirtysomething (1987), Doogie Howser, M. D. (1989), ER (1994), Baywatch (1989), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), 7th Heaven (1997), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), before landing her break-out role in the series Roswell (1999-2002), where she tried out for the roles of Isabel and Maria before landing the leading role of Liz Parker.
Appleby has been featured in a number of music videos, such as Bon Jovi's video for "It's My Life" with Will Estes, and the 2004 video for the song "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw, opposite Scott Mechlowicz. She also appeared in Sense Field's music video for "Save Yourself," which is part of the Roswell soundtrack and featured in the first season DVD box set.
In 2006, she had a recurring role on the short-lived ABC drama Six Degrees as Anya, a young assistant in a relationship with a much older photographer. Later that year, she played Hildy Young in the new USA Network series To Love and Die, that began airing in late December 2008. +more She also participated in a short film called Carjacking directed by Dan Passman and co-starring Geoff Stults.
In 2007, she appeared in the movie What Love Is alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. +more, Matthew Lillard, and Anne Heche. She also participated in another short film Love Like Wind from Shaolin Film Productions. At the end of the year, she appeared as Charlie Wilson's press secretary in the film Charlie Wilson's War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. In 2008, Appleby had a recurring role on the 15th and final season of ER (her second time on the show), playing an intern named Daria Wade.
In 2010, Appleby starred in The CW network drama Life Unexpected as Cate Cassidy, a radio talk show host whose daughter whom she gave up for adoption becomes a part of her life. The show was canceled after two seasons.
In 2012, Appleby starred as the main character of Dating Rules from My Future Self, which she also produced.
In 2013, she had a role in the Lena Dunham HBO series, Girls, which was controversial. She said the role allowed her to break out of a career where she was often typecast as being sweet. +more Appleby said that she got the role because she was shadowing director Jesse Peretz (as she is interested in directing), and talked with Girls producer Jenni Konner, with whom she was friendly. Konner asked her if she would be interested in the part.
In 2013, she was cast in the leading role in the Lifetime drama/dark comedy series Unreal, a show about the inner workings of a reality show (a show within a show), which premiered on June 1, 2015, and was produced by former +more_TV_series)'>The Bachelor producer, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and writer Marti Noxon. To research her role as a reality show dating show producer, Appleby said that she spent time with a producer to quiz them about the work. She said that one of the appeals of the show was that the central focus was not about her character being in a romantic relationship. The show garnered strong reviews and had been picked up for four seasons. In 2016, Appleby directed her first episode of Unreal, titled "Casualty". She went on to direct multiple episodes of the series. In July 2018, the series ended after four seasons.
In 2021, Appleby had a cameo role in the last scene of Season 3 Episode 13 of Roswell, New Mexico.
In July 2012, Appleby got engaged to her boyfriend of two years, chef and restaurateur Jon Shook, during a trip to Ventotene, Italy. Shook is the co-owner with Vinny Dotolo of the Los Angeles restaurants Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, and Jon & Vinny's. +more Shook said that he met Appleby through his business partner Dotolo's wife, who was friends with Appleby. In December 2012, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child in early 2013. Appleby gave birth to a girl in March 2013. Shook and Appleby have since married. Their second child, a son, was born in December 2015.
In Hebrew, the word shiri means either "my song" or "my poem" or simply "sing" (second person female imperative). Appleby said her parents said that when she was born, she was like the song in their hearts.
She has a scar above her left eyebrow that she got when a neighbor's dog bit her when she was young. To get over her fear of dogs, she went on the show Emergency Vets, accompanying staff veterinarian Dr. +more Kevin Fitzgerald (she also overcame another phobia in the same episode by holding a live snake, one of Fitzgerald's patients) and shortly after adopted a tabby cat, which she named Abby.
|1987||The Killing Time||Annie Winslow|
|1989||Curse II: The Bite||Grace Newman|
|1990||I Love You to Death||Millie|
|1999||The Other Sister||Free sample girl|
|1999||The Thirteenth Floor||Bridget Manilla|
|1999||Deal of a Lifetime||Laurie Petler|
|2002||A Time for Dancing||Samantha "Sam" Russell|
|2003||The Battle of Shaker Heights||Sarah|
|2003||The Skin Horse||Carla|
|2005||When Do We Eat?||Nikki|
|2005||Love Surreal (also released as Everything You Want)||Abagail (Abby)|
|2006||Thrill of the Kill||Kelly|
|2006||I-See-You. +moreCom||Randi Sommers|
|2006||I'm Reed Fish||Jill Cavanaugh|
|2007||The Killing Floor (2007 film)||Rebecca Fay|
|2007||What Love Is||Debbie|
|2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Jailbait|
|2007||Love Like Wind||The Ghost||Short film|
|2012||The Happiest Person in America||Susan||Short film|
|2013||Seven Minutes to Save the World||Caroline||Short film|
|2015||The Devil's Candy||Astrid Hellman|
|2016||The Meddler||TV Daughter|
|2016||An Entanglement||Violet Novak||Short film|
|1985||Santa Barbara||Little Girl||Episode #359|
|1987||Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife||Unknown||Movie|
|1987||Thirtysomething||Little Hope||Episode: "The Parents Are Coming"|
|1988||Mystery Magical Special||Shiri||Special|
|1988||Go Toward the Light||Jessica||Movie|
|1988||The Bronx Zoo||Nicole||2 episodes|
|1988||Freddy's Nightmares - A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series||Marsha at 10||Episode: "Freddy's Tricks and Treats"|
|1988||+more_TV_series)'>Dear John||Girl||Episode: "Hello/Goodbye"|
|1989||Knight & Daye||Amy Escobar||Main role (7 episodes)|
|1989||Who's the Boss?||Kid #1||Episode: "To Tony, with Love" (season 6)|
|1990||Knots Landing||Mary Frances - age 10||2 episodes|
|1990||Adam-12 (1990 TV series)||Debbie Lavender||Episode: "Teach the Children"|
|1991||Sunday Dinner||Rachel||Main role (6 episodes)|
|1993||Doogie Howser, M. D.||Molly Harris||Episode: "Love Makes the World Go 'Round. or Is It Money?"|
|1993||Raven||Jess||Episode: "The Guardians of the Night"|
|1993||Against the Grain||Claire||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1994||ER||Ms. Murphy||Episode: "24 Hours"|
|1995||Brotherly Love||Fairy #1||Episode: "A Midsummer's Nightmare"|
|1997||Baywatch||Jennie||Episode: "Hot Water"|
|1997||7th Heaven||Karen||Episode: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"|
|1997||City Guys||Cindy||Episode: "Bye Mom"|
|1998||Xena: Warrior Princess||Tara||2 episodes|
|1999||Beverly Hills, 90210||René||Episode: "Local Hero"|
|1999||Movie Stars||Lori||Episode: "Pilot" (scenes deleted)|
|1999-2002||Roswell||Liz Parker||Lead role (61 episodes)|
|2000||The Amanda Show||Nerd||2 episodes|
|2000||Batman Beyond||Cynthia (voice)||Episode: "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot"|
|2005||Everything You Want||Abby Morrison||Movie; a. k. a. Love Surreal|
|2005||Pizza My Heart||Gina Prestolani||Movie|
|2006||Thrill of the Kill||Kelly Holden||Movie|
|2006-2007||Six Degrees||Anya||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2008||Welcome to The Captain||Heather||Episode: "The Wrecking Crew"|
|2008||Fear Itself||Tracy||Episode: "Community"|
|2008||To Love and Die||Hildy Young||Movie|
|2008-2009||ER||Dr. Daria Wade||Recurring role (9 episodes)|
|2010-2011||Life Unexpected||Cate Cassidy||Main role (26 episodes)|
|2011||Royal Pains||Stella||Episode: "Rash Talk"|
|2012||Franklin & Bash||Emily Adams||2 episodes|
|2012-2013||Chicago Fire||Clarice Carthage||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2013||Kristin's Christmas Past||Kristin Cartwell||Movie|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Amelia Albers||Episode: "Military Justice"|
|2013-2014||Girls||Natalia||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2014||Elementary||Dalit Zirin||Episode: "The Hound of the Cancer Cells"|
|2015-2018||Unreal||Rachel Goldberg||Main role (38 episodes)|
|2015||Code Black||Carla Niven||Recurring role (3 episodes)|
|2019||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kitty Bennett||Episode: "Dearly Beloved"|
|2021||Roswell, New Mexico||Dr. Allie Meyers||Cameo; Season 3 Episode 13; Last Scene|
|2011||Whole Day Down||Moon||Episode: "Genesis"|
|2012||Dating Rules from My Future Self||Lucy Lambert||10 episodes, also producer (seasons 1 & 2)|
|2012||Dating Rules from My Future Self||"The Last Shrimp"|
|2012||Sketchy||"Got the Check"|
|2019-2020||Roswell, New Mexico||2 episodes|
|2019||Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists||"Lost and Found"|
|2019||Light as a Feather||2 episodes|
|2020||Mixed-ish||Episode: "Doctor! Doctor!"|
|2021-2022||New Amsterdam||2 episodes|
|2021-2022||The Wonder Years||2 episodes|
|2021||Queens||Episode: "Who You Calling a Bitch?"|
|2022||Black-ish||Episode: "My Work Friend's Wedding"|
|2022||Young Sheldon||3 episodes|
|2022||Maggie||Episode: "A Mysterious Invitation Awaits You"|