Shiri Appleby (‘UnReal’) teases ‘really great’ Season 3 and the challenges of directing [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

“Hopefully our fans will stick with us. It’s a really great season,” teases Shiri Appleby about the upcoming third season of Lifetime’s “UnReal,” which is due out in early 2018 instead of its usual summer time slot. During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), Appleby continues, “I think it’s probably gonna be better for the show that we’ll have another show to be paired with [in 2018], so hopefully it’ll bring success to both of us.”

Appleby plays Rachel Goldberg on “UnReal,” a producer on the show-within-a-show “Everlasting” who helps manipulate the contestants into getting the reactions and soundbites she needs. “Initially I really just found her to be a complicated character,” Appleby says about why she originally wanted to play Rachel. “She has these ideals and morals and beliefs about herself, that she thinks she’s a good person, that she really believes in fair rights for everybody. And yet her job is in complete opposition of that. Her job is basically to tear people down and make them feel horrible about themselves. And so I knew there would be a really rich layer to play.”

Besides starring on the show, Appleby also directed episodes in both Season 2 and next year’s forthcoming Season 3. “It was awesome!” she recalls. Appleby did her research, shadowing directors on shows like “90210” and “Girls” to gain more knowledge of the field. “By the time I got my chance at that, I was just really ready to go,” she details about the process. “Saying ‘Action’ for the first time and getting through your first day and making your shot list, there’s such nerves. It’s like going to high school for the first day.”

Also in our fun interview, Appleby chats about new showrunner Stacy Rukeyser, her chemisty with co-star Constance Zimmer, what it meant to earn a Critics’ Choice Award bid for the show, and which episode she might submit to Emmy voters should she earn a Best Drama Actress nomination.

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