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Unreal Star Shiri Appleby Takes Her Kids to Work for the Best Reason

Actor and director Shiri Appleby — of Roswell, Girls and most recently, Lifetime’s Unreal — is A-OK with every day being Take Your Kid to Work Day. At the Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event in Los Angeles (where the carpet walked by celebs was actually rainbow, not red), Appleby was thrilled to chat with Us Weekly about her new gig at Lifetime, where she’s working both in front of the camera and behind it.

“It’s so nice to have a real voice in the process,” Appleby, mother of two, said to the magazine. “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.”

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Appleby is also taking on a new role at A&E studios, something she refers to as “the second chapter” of her career. “We’re busy trying to put together female-focused television shows to take out to the market. 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.”

How is she juggling motherhood and career? Appleby — who is married to chef and restaurateur Jon Shook — loves bringing 4-year-old Natalie and 22-month-old Owen to work and spending as much time as she can with them throughout the day. “When I’m shooting UnReal, it’s like 15 hours a day, five days a week. But my kids have a trailer on set,” she explained. “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.” 

Let’s hear it for mom bosses! Appleby is also a role model to young adults at the University of Southern California’s Dramatic Arts department. An alum of the university, Appleby thrilled budding actors by sitting in on an audition class — and posted a very sweet group selfie.

We love all badass working moms out there — but the ones who are determined to bring more female voices to Hollywood get bonus points.

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