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Press Archive – Launch

Today, we open the doors to our digital press archive – a database for articles, interviews, transcripts and features relating to Shiri Appleby’s activities. And the best thing: All in one place! So far you can find a small interview collection from 1999 and 2000, but we are working very hard to update this section with further press material soon.

Exclusive Interviews

Sappleby.com had over the years the wonderful experience and privilege to interview Shiri and now you can find all exclusive interviews chronologically ordered in the press archive as well.

Make sure to look around and check the old articles and also our exclusive interviews.



ATX Television Festival Day-by-Day

Austin, Texas, is not only the home of great, live music and surprisingly good beer, it also the home of the yearly ATX Television Festival – a place where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood’s finest TV shows, both new and old! Every year, fans from all over the world gather together to celebrate their favourite TV shows, stars, writers and producers. This year, Sappleby.com reported live from the festival in honour of the highly anticipated “Roswell Reunion,” 15 years after the show premiered.

The 2014 ATX Television Festival is now officially over and after four memorable, fun-packed days, Sappleby.com left this laid-back city with plenty of exclusive media footage and enjoyable interviews. Kudos to the organizers for providing a variety of unforgettable moments, and an experience fans and celebrities alike will have cherished.

Relive the Roswell Reunion and my personal ATX Festival experience with my daily short notes:

5th June (Thursday)

The weather in Austin, Texas in two words: Hot and hotter.
Picked up the weekend badge and received an ATX Festival goody bag.
Goody bag included: Brochure, pins, and some snacks.
Visited the Netflix Press Lounge and enjoyed the evening sun on the balcony.
Thanks to ATX Festival for keeping everyone caffeinated with free coffee in the press lounge.
Met Roswell fans that are also frequent visitors of Sappleby.com.
Thanks for all the kind support and lovely words.
Attended the opening night party at Maggie Mae’s rooftop for drink specials.
Best moment of the day: Getting free drinks at the opening night party!

6th June (Friday)

Attended the Revenge panel at the ATX Festival.
Shiri’s former co-star, Nick Wechsler, as well as Roswell writers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, were all on hand for the event to answer fan questions.
Bumped into Roswell creator Jason Katims and his wonderful wife while leaving the hotel.
Went to the Friday Night Lights screening in the San Jose Hotel parking lot at the ATX Festival.
Met Life Unexpected creator Liz Tigelaar during the outdoor event.
Reached the apex of TV nerdiness.
A little Friday nights love for Life Unexpected and Cate Cassidy.
Liz Tigelaar: Creative mastermind behind many TV shows + awesome personality.
 Liz also mentioned that Shiri is in Austin shooting her new movie.
Best moment of the day: Having a chit-chat with Liz Tigelaar.

7th June (Saturday)

Working. Working. Working.
Prep work for the Roswell press conference on Sunday.
One day to go. Starting to get nervous.
Roswellians gathered at Hut’s Hamburgers for a fan meet-up in the evening.
Fans played trivia from the Roswell Pop Quiz book for alien-themed prizes while munching on burgers.
Fan Surprise: The ATX Festival arranged for Nick Wechsler to stop by.
Plenty to smile about. The star was in great spirits as he received his fan-made “Thank You” book.
It was touching to watch all the fans’ excitement over it all.
 Nick patiently signed everything from flyers to t-shirts and posed for many pictures with his fans.
He gave free hugs to everyone who attended. Twice.
Great gesture. Great guy.
Best moment of the day: Nick crashing the Roswell fan meet-up by serving the fans fries.

8th June (Sunday)

Rise and Shine: Start of the press conference at Maggie Mae’s around 11:00 a.m.
Announcement that Jason Behr is the surprise guest of the panel.
He arrived one day before, with co-star Majandra Delfino.
Brendan Fehr talked about peeing in his pants on the set after Jason Behr dared him to.
Shiri acknowledged the devotion of Roswell Fans.
Quote: “I remember a woman came to set and she had the hand print tattooed on her stomach.”
Start of the Roswell panel at 11:30 a.m.
Fast passes for the panel had been sold out within minutes.
Panel began with a screening of the pilot episode.
 Screening was followed by a Q&A. Moderator: Nerdist’s Ben Blacker.
Shiri listed the pilot as her favourite episode.
She originally auditioned for both the roles of Maria and Liz.
Nick Wechsler left the panel earlier due to another TV convention in Monte Carlo.
Googled: Monte Carlo is in the Principality of Monaco, which is located on the French Riviera.
Last Question: “I just got in from New Jersey and I’m a huge fan of the show. Do you believe in aliens?”

    Majandra: Yes.
    Brendan: No.
    Shiri: Yes, there was a recent and very convincing Huffington Post article
    Jason: Yes.

It was so dark in the back of the theatre no one realized it was Jersey Shore star and die-hard Roswell fan, Snooki.
Snooki released her own Roswell experience here.
Majandra Delfino and Jason Behr headed directly to the airport after the panel.
Fans were bummed as there was no meet and greet.
Patiently waiting Shiri fans were lucky.
They had the opportunity to meet the actress in front of the Stephen F. Austin hotel.
Thumbs up! Shiri made sure to greet, take pictures and sign autographs with every single fan there.
Noticed how gracious and sweet she was to her fans. Very fan-friendly.
After fulfilling every fan request, she took the time to do an exclusive one-on-one interview with Sappleby.com.
The interview will be released in the coming weeks.
Reminiscing: We love that girl. Shiri is great.
Best moment of the day: Best. Day. Ever.

Days in Pictures


The Happiest Person In America [Exclusive]

We are very pleased to announce that the short movie starring actress Shiri Appleby “The Happiest Person In America” is currently viewable in its entirely because it is being honored as the online selection of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for the month of December. Fans of Shiri can watch her in the short film for the month of December only (then it goes down).

Do not miss this wonderful short movie and watch it below:


“Is there a mathematical formula for happiness? The Happiest Person In America explores this possibility, and one woman’s quest to learn from the one man who has perhaps mathematically “achieved” it. Set at the cultural intersection of American Judaism and the Asian American experience, the film tells an unexpectedly funny and subtly insightful story about what we lose and what we gain throughout our lives, and how those transactions affect our identities and our happiness– even while we must acknowledge that there are some aspects to each of us that are immutable.”

For further information, please visit the official website: www.thehappiestpersoninamerica.com.


Q&A Session With Shiri Appleby

q&a-withshiri For the second time in the history of Sappleby.com we had the chance to conduct a question and answer (Q&A) session with the lovely and talented Shiri Appleby.

We asked you – our loyal visitors – to submit your questions and as a result, we received more than 110 questions from fans all over the world via our comment section, Facebook, Twitter or e-mail! Thank you to everyone who participated. We were absolutely and gratefully overwhelmed by all your interest in our Q&A and we had such a great time going through your submissions. It was not easy for us to select the top ten questions for Shiri Appleby.

We hope that you will enjoy Shiri’s answers to your most burning questions.

Helena: Hi, Shiri! I’ve been a fan of your work since Roswell – still my favorite show! What do you look for when you’re reading a script? Do you look for a character that is psychologically similar to you or a character that differs completely from your own personality, one that presents a challenge?
Shiri Appleby: The most important thing for me when looking for material is the ability to connect with the character. There has to be something about her journey that I can relate to or sympathize with otherwise I don’t know why or how I would honestly bring the character to life. I love a challenge so playing someone similar to myself would probably present the biggest challenge of them all. On television you end up playing a version of yourself but we change a lot faster than our characters are ever permitted to.

Heather: What is your favorite role or performance to date and if it’s from a TV series what is your favorite episode?
Shiri Appleby: That’s a really hard to answer because so many of the roles have been important. Roswell was my first huge get and the one that gave me a future in this business. Six Degrees gave me an opportunity to mature into a woman on screen at the same time that I was doing it in my personal life. Having Mike Nichols cast me in Charlie Wilson’s War was a huge sense of accomplishment and validation of my craft. Girls has given me the benefit of reinvention and has created a lot of good will within the industry and I am tremendously grateful for that.
The good thing about having a long career is that you learn that each job comes to you for a reason, to teach you something about your craft and about yourself.

Ingrid: What TV show would you like to guest star on?
Shiri Appleby: I would LOVE to be a guest judge on Project Runway. That is my favorite show on TV.
And for acting, I would love to guest star on Boardwalk Empire or Game of Thrones – something that enters you into a new world. I would love to do a period piece and use an accent, things I have not done yet.

Tina: How do you get yourself into character before taping an episode or shooting a film? Do you have a specific routine?
Shiri Appleby: As long as I have an emotional connection to the character I am able to lose myself in the scene and go on the journey presented. I like to read the script a handful of times, taking notes, writing things that trigger feelings in me that relate, experiences that I’ve had that may have been similar. I need to be completely off book before I get on set to shoot and I’ve found that it really helps to run the lines, with the other actor or anyone who is willing, to help me loosen up and play around with things. The better I know the words the less I am thinking about them and the more I can be that person and go on her journey.

Judy: I really enjoyed Dating Rules! Are there any plans for a third season or perhaps a new web series?
Shiri Appleby: There aren’t any more plans for Dating Rules unfortunately. I loved that job and experience so much. It was my first time producing and it became a bit of a film school experience for me as I was involved in all of prep and post. Liz Allen, the director, and I worked together on Life Unexpected and collaborated so well on Dating Rules. I am so proud of how it turned out and the message it puts out there so I’m grateful that so many people have found the show and positively responded to it.

Eric: What is the one piece of advice given to you by your parents that you still benefit from today?
Shiri Appleby: Be nice.

Kelly: What is your favorite thing to do at home?
Shiri Appleby: I love to watch Jon cook. I love taking baths, with Natalie and by myself. I love entertaining. We swim a lot and have a flourishing garden right near the pool. Our home is very peaceful and friends are stopping by all day long.

Sherryn: Hey Shiri! I read that you recently obtained a college degree? How was that experience? Since your degree was in psychology, how has that shaped your career?
Shiri Appleby: I finished my degree online through the University of Phoenix during my second season of Life Unexpected. It was incredible for me since I had this nagging feeling inside myself that I didn’t accomplish something I had set out to do. I learned a lot about psychology but the greatest thing I learned was that I could be more than an actress. Not that I’m bashing acting but having been a child actor, I’ve never done anything else and have always wondered if I would be able. Because I had to take math classes I am now doing my own accounting, which brings me so much peace about my finances – an actor’s constant worry. And knowing that I could finish my education gave me the courage to branch out to producing and directing.

Tomas: I really, really enjoy your book recommendations. What is your all-time-favorite book?
Shiri Appleby: What a great question!! I can’t say my favorite because I wouldn’t even know how to decide but I can tell you books that have meant a lot to me when I read them.

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchet
Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke

Matt: If Twitter existed back in 1999 when “Roswell” premiered, what would have been your first tweet from the set?
Shiri Appleby: “Holy shit!!”