The most important thing in acting is believability. If the audience feels that the characters are not true to their acting then they will immediately have no interest in the film. Great actors deliver memorable performances by either becoming their character or developing chemistry with their co-star. In some instances, however, that great chemistry is merely a ruse directly resulting from the actors’ skill and technique. Because sometimes those two actors you swore were truly in love, actually couldn’t stand being in the same room as each other.
Below are 22 celebrity co-stars from film & TV who couldn’t stand to be around each other.
Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams
Although Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams would date on and off for four years following the making of The Notebook, during filming the two did not click immediately. In fact, at one point Gosling asked the director to find a replacement for McAdams’ character. The director’s solution to the lack of chemistry was an impromptu therapy session. Apparently the two screamed at each other for a little and then returned to set much better for the remainder of filming. I guess couples therapy can work.
Ariana Grande & Victoria Justice
For fans of the Nickelodeon series, Victorious, it might have come as a surprise to discover that Tori & Cat (Victoria Justice & Ariana Grande) weren’t actually best friends in real life.
Following the show’s cancellation after four seasons, a social media feud between the two stars began with Grande tweeting, “Sweetheart the only reason Victorious ended is because 1 girl didn’t want to do it. She chose to do a solo tour instead of a cast tour. If we had done a cast tour Nickelodeon would have ordered another season of Victorious while Sam and Cat filmed simultaneously but she chose otherwise. I’m sick of this bs.”
Justice tweeted back saying, “Some people would throw some1 they consider a friend under the bus just 2 make themselves look good. #StopBeingAPhony #IfTheyOnlyKnew”
Claire Danes & Leonardo DiCaprio
It would appear the only chemistry displayed between ’90s teen actor royalty, Claire Danes & Leonard DiCaprio, was while the Romeo + Juliet cameras were filming.
Even though DiCaprio was six years older than Danes, it’s reported that she found him “very immature.” While Danes didn’t enjoy DiCaprio’s pranking of cast and crewmembers, Leo found her to be uptight.
Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey
In his autobiography, The Time of My Life, Patrick Swayze touched on some of the difficulties in filming Dirty Dancing with co-star Jennifer Grey. “We did have a few moments of friction when we were tired or after a long day of shooting. She seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her. Other times, she slipped into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over again when she’d start laughing.”
Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic
Hard to believe that ABC’s most-beloved TV couple couldn’t stand each other, but it’s true. With on-set descriptions like, “Stana Katic is an absolute diva,” or “the show is called Castle, not Beckett” – it’s no surprise the two were forced to attend couples therapy at one point.
Sources say Katic and Fillion didn’t speak on set, and that it’s “been going on for seasons now.” The co-star drama could be one of the main reasons behind ABC’s decision to cancel the show after eight seasons.
Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson
The story goes that 50 Shades of Grey required a large amount of reshoots due to the lack of chemistry between Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson. One source reportedly called Johnson a “dishrag,” while a 2014 interview with Today’s Natalie Morales went like this…
Natalie Morales: What is it like shooting together. I mean, is there that instant chemistry?
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson: [Shake heads no.]
Natalie Morales: No. You hate each other.
Jamie Dornan: [Nods head yes.]
Dakota Johnson: [Studies ceiling.]
Natalie Morales: He’s hard to work with?
Dakota Johnson: [Loud exhale.]
Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey
In 2013, Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey both served as new judges on the 12th season of American Idol, and it was a disastrous catfight from start to finish. The constant shade-throwing between the two upstaged the rest of the show’s contestants, and was unsurprisingly the first and last season for both Minaj & Carey.
Anne Hathaway & James Franco
A couple years after being recognized as the two worst Oscar hosts in recent memory, James Franco appeared on The Howard Stern Show. When Howard began speaking negatively about Hathaway, Franco chose not to come to her defense.
Stern said, “Everyone sort of hates Anne Hathaway, and I’ve explained that I do too and I don’t know even know why sometimes. She’s just so affected [and] actress-y that even when she wins an award she’s out of breath, and then she has the standard joke that sounds like it’s [been] written [for her]. And it all seems so scripted and acted.”
Franco simply responded, “I’m not an expert on — I guess they’re called ‘Hatha-haters’– but I think that’s what maybe triggers it.” I wouldn’t call that the ideal response from a former co-worker.
Shia LaBeouf & Tom Hardy
While shooting the 2012 film, Lawless, Shia LaBeouf & Tom Hardy reportedly threw hands while the cameras weren’t rolling. Hardy confirmed the confrontation, saying that LaBeouf, in a moonshine-induced rage, knocked him “out cold.” Meanwhile, Shia cited the incident as nothing but part of their characters’ brotherly love. Sure, Shia. With your track record, that sounds real believable.
Lea Michele & Naya Rivera
What happens when you have a bunch of twenty and thirty-year-olds portraying high school teenagers… they start acting like them. That sure was the case with Lea Michele & Naya Rivera on the set of Glee. Clearly the two didn’t get along, but apparently the drama resulted in a “major altercation” on set, in addition to rumors about Lea Michelle & Chris Colfer plotting to get Naya Rivera & Darren Criss kicked off the show. In the end, Michele got exactly what she wanted as Rivera was written out of the show.
Tisha Campbell & Martin Lawrence
Rumor has it that the sitcom husband and wife of Martin Lawrence & Tisha Campbell had a real life affair resulting in jealousy from Lawrence when Campbell announced her engagement to another man.
The drama led Campbell to quit the show and file a sexual harassment suit against Martin. Campbell would later return to the show only after reaching an agreement where Lawrence would not be allowed on set while Campbell filmed her scenes. This ordeal concluded with the Martin series finale, in which Martin and Gina (Lawrence & Campbell) were never seen together on camera again.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Kim Cattrall
Although they played best friends on Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker & Kim Cattrall began to drift apart when Cattrall discovered SJP was making double what other cast members were. Meanwhile, SJP started resenting Cattrall because her character Samantha was quickly becoming the show’s fan favorite. In the end, Sarah Jessica Parker told Marie Claire “sometimes feelings get hurt.” And that is why there will not be a third Sex and the City movie.
Charlie Sheen & Selma Blair
After complaining about Charlie Sheen’s “work ethic,” Selma Blair was fired from the FX series, Anger Management. To make things worse, Blair was fired by executive producer… Charlie Sheen. And we all know he didn’t pick that moment to finally be professional. Sheen sent Blair a series of profane texts, calling her a C-word and firing her from the show.
Lindsay Lohan & America Ferrera
It’s never a good sign when you’re booked on a show for six episodes, but only end up shooting four. Well, that’s exactly what happened to Lindsay Lohan on Ugly Betty.
Lindsay and America Ferrera clashed on set, with sources saying that every day was The Lindsay Lohan Show. She had a large entourage, trashed her dressing room, and was constantly smoking. Sounds like a good enough reason to get rid of her two episodes early.
Harrison Ford & Josh Hartnett
It sounds like the filming of 2003’s Hollywood Homicide was a miserable experience for all. Apparently co-stars Harrison Ford & Josh Hartnett never made eye contact during production and continued bickering at one another throughout the film’s promotional tour. At one point, Ford called Hartnett a “punk,” while Hartnett responded, calling Ford “an old fart.”
Way to keep it professional, boys.
Will Smith & Janet Hubert
Ever wonder why Aunt Viv changed after the first three seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Well, according to Janet Hubert, the actress who played Aunt Viv #1, it was all Will Smith’s decision.
Smith claims the two had difficulties working together prior to her firing, however, Hubert came out hot, calling Smith “an ego-maniac” and an “a**hole.”
Kiefer Sutherland & Freddie Prinze Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr. has been very vocal about his negative experience working alongside Kiefer Sutherland on 24. “I did 24; it was terrible. I hated every moment of it,” Prinze Jr. said. “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash; I’d say it to his face. I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
Blake Lively & Leighton Meester
They might have played best friends for six seasons on Gossip Girl, but to this day, Blake Lively & Leighton Meester aren’t speaking. One rumor is that the friendship ended when Lively didn’t congratulate Meester on her engagement to Adam Brody.
Robert Downey Jr. & Terrence Howard
In 2008, Terrence Howard accused his Iron Man co-star, Robert Downey Jr., of “[taking] the money that was meant to go to [Howard] and pushed [him] out.” Downey Jr.’s attorneys threatened to sue Howard, but since then, Howard has buried the hatchet, citing that “life is too short.”
Bill Murray & Lucy Liu
Bill Murray was in the first Charlie’s Angels movie with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. However, after he told Liu she couldn’t act, she attacked him, and Bernie Mac replaced him in the sequel.
Bea Arthur & Betty White
How could anyone not love Betty White?! Well, apparently one of her co-stars from The Golden Girls, Bea Arthur, wasn’t a fan of her sunny disposition… or Emmy nomination.
Bette Davis & Joan Crawford
Rumor is Bette Davis & Joan Crawford had already hated each other for nearly 30 years when they both signed on to co-star in the 1962 film, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? At one point during filming, Davis kicked Crawford in the head requiring three stitches. Davis would also call Crawford “the phony c***” and was later quoted saying, “The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?”