Day 79 of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey: Award Worthy

111 Day WJ

Day 79: An Award-Worthy Performance

In honor of award show season, I thought it fitting to celebrate the performances that impressed me most this past year.  Let’s get started with my favorite new TV drama series: ‘UnREAL’ (LIFETIME).

This brilliant new show features a range of work that’s worthy of continued praise and multitude of blog posts. However, one standout moment during the third episode of the season solidified my belief that Shiri Appleby’s performance as “Rachel” is award worthy!

(Since I REAL-ly don’t know whether I can include clips on here without infringing on any copyrights, you won’t find the video here. But, I can share it on social media. You can find me at  @kellydwriter on Twitter.)

UnREAL (Lifetime) – S1E3

In the brief, yet revealing, scene between mother and daughter, Shiri masterfully unveils Rachel’s complexities without exposing too much too quickly. We see a young woman with a desire for independence yet unable to cut the ties that bind her, walls of self-protection to keep her heart safe, and a strength that’s not always recognized by the woman within or the ones that surround her. By the end of this particular scene, we root for Rachel to thrive and understand the obstacles, internal and external, that drive her forward.

Shiri Appleby’s work during season one of ‘UnREAL’ proved once again that acting talent rooted in subtle expressions and depth of range may not always yield awards, but are definitely worthy of them!

Visit to catch on to one of the best TV dramas of the season – for real!

Published by Kelly Deeny

I am a writer, singer, jewelry designer, and theatre enthusiast. I use various forms of artistic expression for personal reflection, community discussion and creative inspiration. My premiere novel encapsulates all of the above. Follow along on my journey towards an artistic career!

2 thoughts on “Day 79 of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey: Award Worthy

    1. Thanks for commenting, Eve! The two actresses balanced one another so beautifully in that scene. I’ve been a fan of Shiri’s work ever since ROSWELL, so I’m glad to see her talent recognized.

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