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September 30, 2016 at 06:53 PM EDT

Tori Anderson knows how to seize the day. Ever since she began memorizing Shakespeare monologues at 5 years old to compete at a local arts festival near her native Edmonton, Canada, the now 27-year-old actress hasn’t been able to sit still.

On the small screen, she’s played wildly different roles, from a grieving doctor on the teen soap Open Heart, to a fairy queen on the children’s series The Other Kingdom, to an unaging bartender on the sci-fi drama Killjoys. “I’m willing to try anything when it comes to taking risks,” she says. “I’m an adventure seeker to the max.”

But as Evie, the heroine of The CW’s end-of-days rom-com No Tomorrow, Anderson will have to get used to staying on the sidelines — at least at first. A shy office drone who thrills in making to-do lists more than actually doing what’s on them, she doesn’t begin to carpe her diem until she meets the charming free spirit Xavier (Galavant‘s Joshua Sasse), who believes in completing as many bucket-list items as possible before — wait for it — an asteroid hits Earth in exactly eight months and 12 days.

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It’s an unbelievably grim outlook, but Anderson says the story of Evie and Xander is anything but. “I read a lot of dark pilots for this season, and this one was so light and fun,” she says. “I don’t think Evie necessarily knows if the world’s gonna end, but she’s going to go on this ride with him and see what it’s like.” Cue pogo sticks, dune buggies, and karaoke bars!

No Tomorrow premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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