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We really wanted it to speak to girls and be honest about it.
Alloy was great and really gave us the opportunity to take it over and rework it. Appleby: I’ve been working on this since the end of August and, thankfully, because I was a producer, they let me be a part of everything, which included bringing on Liz Allen to direct it, bringing on Sallie Patrick to write it, and hiring our D. I literally did all of the casting process, and I picked the colors of every wall and the wallpaper, and I’ve been sitting in editing.
When I’m acting, I love direction, and she’ll just work beats and give you tons of different notes, keeping the camera on and really exploring moments in scenes.
She really pushes you to get out of your comfort zone and expect more from yourself than you would have wanted to. I started bombarding her with emails, convincing her to do this with me. When someone like that inspires your own work so much, does that give you the desire to want to direct yourself? She was just like, “Get a TV show and start directing.” Getting someone to let me produce was a huge step forward.
What would somebody say to you, that would prove that this person is real? ” She really was able to craft a story that really resonated.
We really made it real, and really gave each girl strong personalities.
Appleby: I think she really learns to listen to herself and trust herself, and believe that she’s good enough to get a guy that she thinks is out of her league. It’s really important to just accept who we are, and find somebody who accepts us for who we are.
The trouble is, deep down, she knows he’s not the one.