As Liz Parker on Roswell, Shiri Appleby charmed audiences as the sweet, unassuming young woman who worked at her parents' diner (and had a few special powers, to boot). Although Appleby didn't inherit any of her character's extraterrestrial powers, you could certainly say her onscreen comeback has been out-of-this-world.
After a steady but inconspicuous string of gigs right after Roswell, Appleby resurrected her career with recurring roles on several TV shows: Six Degrees from 2006 to 2007, Life Unexpected from 2010 to 2011, Chicago Fire from 2012 to 2013, Girls from 2013 to 2014 and, as of 2018, an ongoing role in UnReal. She has also enjoyed numerous guest spots on hit shows — think Law & Order: SVU, Franklin & Bash, and Royal Pains. Not to mention the occasional TV or big screen movie, like the 2002 blockbuster Swimfan.
But in addition to her starring role on UnREAL, the series has given Appleby license to explore another creative channel: directing. "I get really high off of it because it's also a lot of power. There's a problem, and I'm the person that fixes it: That makes me feel like I have a lot of control," Appleby told Vulture of the venture. She added, "Growing up on set, the director is the person that, as a child, you admire and gives you validation."
Appleby is thriving in her personal life, too. In 2013, she married chef/restaurateur Jon Shook, with whom she has two kids.