Mila Kunis, who plays Audrey, was born in Ukraine, but left the country with her family when she was seven. While filming in Budapest, she and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, took a trip to Chernivtsi, Kunis's hometown. It was the first time she had been back to the country of her birth.
Red Sparrow (2018) shot footage in the same Budapest café that was used in "The Spy Who Dumped Me." After "Red Sparrow" finished filming, director Susanna Fogel said that there were plans to tear down the café in order to renovate the building, but they offered to let "The Spy Who Dumped Me" destroy it first.
The director and co-writer of the movie, Susanna Fogel, wanted the movie to show how strong female friendships can be without having "some manufactured conflict." Audrey and Morgan's friendship remains strong throughout the film.
The director and co-writer of the movie, Susanna Fogel, said that she wrote the movie with David Iserson because they were "looking for a hole in the marketplace - a good friendship movie with lots of action."
When filming the hair dyeing scene, McKinnon and Kunis covered their heads with cake mix and whipped cream respectively. One day Kunis's kids visited the set and were frightened by her whipped cream coiffure.
In an interview at the movie's premiere, Mila Kunis said that she thinks that she could be a good spy in real life, in contrast to her co-star. She says "I'm petite, so I can squish my way through iron bars. I can speak three languages. Those are my skills."
While watching "Atomic Blonde," Sam Heughan recognized a lot of the same stunt performers from "The Spy Who Dumped Me." Unfortunately for him, every time he recognized a stunt performer it lowered the element of suspense because he knew which characters were about to die.
Sam Heughan believes one of the messages of the movie is that people should support one another and not bring each other down. He says this of McKinnon and Kunis' characters - "They've got each other through thick and thin and ultimately they've got each other and support each other in this unstoppable team."
Kate McKinnon once dressed up like Gillian Anderson's character on "The X-Files," Scully, and won a Halloween costume contest. She said she had the full getup: "trench coat, business suit, red wig cut into a bob."
Although there is an actual light gun arcade game series called Point Blank, the in-game footage and title screen of the game that Audrey is playing during her birthday at the beginning of the movie is from the Nintendo DS version called Point Blank DS.
Sam Heughan found the set of "The Spy Who Dumped Me" to be very different than "Outlander," the STARZ show on which he stars. He enjoyed watching the actors ad-lib in a very "creative and fast-paced" environment.
Audrey wants to park in "Lot C," which is the economy parking lot at the Los Angeles International Airport. It is one of the airport's 9 parking lots and it has 1700 spaces. It's also furthest from the terminals.
McKinnon and Kunis received a "crash-course" in spycraft while filming the movie. McKinnon joked that "the most important quality in a spy is the ability to fall to the ground and roll, like a log, under a doorway."
Director Susanna Fogel had the cast of the movie go to an escape room as a bonding exercise. Escape room experiences first started in Hungary, and co-writer of the movie David Iserson loves doing them.
Edward Snowden worked for the National Security Agency and leaked top-secret information about the agency's surveillance activities domestically. He was charged for violation of the Espionage Act. He may have also gone to camp with Morgan.
Kate McKinnon said at the movie's premiere that she wouldn't be a good spy because she would have trouble lying. "I would immediately out myself to everyone, and I would break down crying in a bathroom somewhere."
The French-dubbed versions used the same title, but with one word which differs: the France-dubbed version is named "L'Espion qui m'a larguée" while the Quebec-dubbed version is named "L'Espion qui m'a dompée", the word "dompée" is an anglicism based on the English word "dumped", which means "abandoned".
Justin Theroux comes from a family of writers including Paul Theroux, a travel writer and novelist. Justin Theroux has a number of writing credits of his own including "Tropic Thunder," "Iron Man 2," and "Zoolander 2."
Lolly Adefope, who plays Audrey's "friend" Tess, is a character comedian from London. She has enjoyed creating silly videos and mimicking people since she was a school girl. Two of her favorite comedians are Maria Bamford and Chris Morris.
After auditioning for "Saturday Night Live" in 2012, McKinnon passed the time waiting to see if she'd get the call by painting. She still has the unfinished painting she was working on for those three weeks.
Klaus Meine was inspired to write the song playing at the start of this movie, "Wind of Change," by the success of the Moscow Music Peace Festival. It was the first time that Western heavy-metal acts were allowed to play in the Soviet Union's capital.
Vilnius, the city in which the film opens, is the capital of Lithuania. Founded in 1323, it has historically been a destination for those looking to escape religious persecution or strict trade regulations.
The arcade game that Audrey is playing is called "Point Blank DS." The 'DS' refers to the Nintendo DS, which is not an arcade-sized console, but rather a hand-held video game system that does not have a gun accessory.
The music playing as Audrey and Sebastian case the gala is Henry Mancini's "The Pink Panther Theme," which he wrote for the 1963 film starring Peter Sellers. He won three Grammy awards for his work on the film's music, and his score was nominated for an Oscar.
Unlike the one that Morgan's friend Edward has, the original Rubik's Cube is a mere three by three squares on each side. Despite its small size, there are said to be 43 quintillion ways the cube can be positioned.
Hasan Minhaj joined "The Daily Show" in 2014 as one of the last correspondents that host Jon Stewart hired. Minhaj got the job after he presented a piece that was inspired by an argument Ben Affleck had with Bill Maher on Maher's show.
Lolly Adefope, who plays Tess, was selected as one of the BBC's 15 up-and-coming comedy writers for 2015. The selected few receive six months of training, including classes and opportunities for networking.
Fred Melamed has been in the voice-acting business for more than twenty years. He also plays a voice actor in Lake Bell's movie "...In a World." Surprisingly, Bell was not familiar with Melamed's voice-acting career, seeking him out rather because of his role on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
Sam Heughan's character suffers an arm injury in this movie, as a result of which he has to wear a sling. In Outlander, the show Sam is famously the lead, he also suffers a similar injury with similar outcome. In both cases, the arm injury is used as an excuse for his character to warm up to the female leads; allowing them to help him out.