In the beginning of the film, Upton and Daddario's characters lose their jobs. Daddario’s alter ego, a school teacher, is fired by the principal and told she’d be better off in a different line of work. Both actresses say they’re no stranger to career disses themselves.
“It was in high school and I think the teacher was trying to motivate women to get out there and get a job,” Upton recalled. “She was like, 'Who in here sees themselves working?' and I raised my hand and she was like, 'What? You'll probably just marry a doctor.' I didn't say anything, but the next year I was working, probably doing better than her, so I’m like, I wonder where she is? Hopefully not teaching!”
As for Daddario, her biggest criticism came after she was already a working actress.
“I think it's astounding what people will say to young women,” she lamented. “I went into this business at a young age, [I heard] things about my appearance like, 'Oh, you should lose two inches from your hips.' I remember I was working on this commercial once and the director -- without even looking at me -- was like, 'She looks like a linebacker, put her in something else!’”
“I'm really proud of women and where we're going and how we're changing the status quo and saying, 'OK, this stuff isn't acceptable to say to young women anymore,’” Daddario said proudly.
The Layover is available on DirecTV and in theaters now.