She's been the true love of an alien on 'Roswell' and a doctor on 'ER'. Now Shiri Appleby plays Cate, a radio host who discovers that Lux (Brittany Robertson), the daughter she gave up for adoption back in high school wasn't placed in a good home. She's been in and out of foster care her entire life.

Now she has to learn to be a parent, deal with Lux's father (Kristopher Palaha), her co-host/fiance (Kerr Smith) and learn how to let people into her heart. 'Life Unexpected' has been getting some great reviews, being called the new 'Gilmore Girls' with a dash of 'Juno' for good measure.

I got a chance to talk to Appleby about her role, how it won't follow the usual formula, being only 12 years older than her 'daughter' and her fear of animals. She's got more reason than most! She also lets us know if she'd be willing to do more sci-fi. Check out our exclusive interview after the jump.