In two separate interviews, the actresses open up to PEOPLE Now about a season three scene Zimmer calls “very hard to shoot.”
“As Constance, I just thought, ‘What?’ ” says Zimmer.
The moment in question involves UnREAL‘s fictional dating competition show Everlasting‘s first female suitor, Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald of Masters of Sex fame). Serena —a Silicon Valley mogul — is advised by Everlasting‘s producer Chet (Craig Bierko) on how to land a fiancé at the end of her run.
“Chet comes in and basically tells Serena, like, the way to really get a man is not to be this strong, powerful woman. It’s to dumb yourself down,” explains Appleby.
The moment, both actresses say, is something they’ve sadly experienced.
“It happened to me when I was single all the time,” says Appleby. “Guys would be like, ‘Don’t tell me you own any houses, don’t tell me you have a job.’ ”
Continues Appleby, “But that’s what makes me great. I work hard, I have drive, I’m like ambitious — what’s wrong with that? And they’re like, ‘It’s not really attractive.’ And so what I realized… you just gotta find a man who’s strong enough to be with a woman who has her own life.”
The third season of UnREAL airs on Lifetime on February 26th at 10 p.m. ET.