In advance of “Life Unexpected” premiering on The CW, viewers aren’t sure what to expect, but they’re already puzzled by one issue: Hair.
The family-friendly show centers on 15-year-old Lux (Britt Robertson), a kid who’s been through the foster care system all her life and needs to find her birth parents — radio talk jock Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby) and bar owner Nate aka “Baze” (Kris Polaha) — who haven’t seen each other since high school.
As can be seen from the photos, both parents have dark hair, but their supposed daughter is a bright-haired blonde. It’s not that unusual for this to happen in real life, but apparently, it was a surprise for some who’ve seen the show and wondered at the casting.
“Baze’s mom has blonde hair,” points out “Life Unexpected” creator Liz Tigelaar during the TCA Press Tour on Saturday (Jan. 9). “And we did a little research into that, and it is possible.”
Both Polaha and Robertson can vouch for this from personal experience.
“My wife is brunette, I’m brunette, and we have a little blond boy,” says Polaha, and Robertson adds, “My mom looks just like Shiri.”
The show doesn’t completely ignore the hair issue. There’s a reason the daughter’s name is Lux, which means “light” in Latin.
Another curiosity is why, Appleby, who sported long hair in the pilot, suddenly has “mom hair” for the rest of the series.
“When I shot the pilot I had just cut my hair off really short, so they had put extensions in,” Appleby tells Zap2it. “And then they saw me at [the last] TCA, and it looked much better, so they let me keep the short hair.”
The shorter ‘do makes an appearance in the second episode with only one line shot to acknowledge the change.
“It was a last-minute decision: Should we put the extensions in or should we not?” explains Appleby. “And it didn’t even look good [with extensions], so we were just like, ‘No, this looks better.’
“I think for the character it actually makes more sense. Long curly hair feels a little 20-something, and I do feel much more sophisticated and womanly with a shorter, sleek look.”
It does actually make sense. Appleby is only 12 years older than her on-screen daughter, so making Cate look more mature and less like Lux’s older sister is probably wise.
“Life Unexpected” premieres on The CW on Monday, Jan. 18.
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