If you don’t get along with a coworker, you can ignore them or at least limit your interactions. But if your coworker is also your costar in a movie or TV show, there’s almost nothing you can do. Especially for these stars who clashed behind the scenes.
It’s especially heartbreaking when the actors are supposed to be friends or lovers onscreen. They’re so good at their jobs that you’d believe they like each other in real life. But in the case of these costars, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall
The Sex and the City feud just keeps on giving, as more stories about the friction between onscreen besties Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall come to light. Rumors began swirling even as the show was filming, but since SatC ended its original run, things have only gotten worse.
Initially, the argument seemed to be about money. Cattrall allegedly felt like she deserved a higher salary, and her attitude seemed to alienate the other actresses. In 2008, after apparently snubbing her former costars at the Emmys, Cattrall stated, “Are we the best of friends? No. We’re professional actresses. We have our own separate lives.”
Cattrall also objected to the way her character was portrayed in the movies, and she reportedly made waves on the set. By the time the revival series rolled around, no one was that surprised Samantha had been cut from the cast. However, it’s worth noting that the actresses have publicly supported each other for the most part, claiming that the rumors of a feud were overblown.
Jennifer Aniston and Jay Mohr
They might have played lovebirds in the 90s romcom Picture Perfect, but Jay Mohr claims that Jennifer Aniston made him cry. According to Hollywood scuttlebutt, Aniston wanted Tate Donovan—whom she was dating at the time—to get the part. Instead, she was furious to be cast opposite Mohr instead.
As Mohr puts it, he was “on the set of a movie where the leading woman was unhappy with my presence and made it clear from day one.”
“I hadn’t done that many movies, and even though they screen-tested some pretty famous guys, I somehow snaked into the leading role. The actress said, ‘No way! You’ve got to be kidding me!’ Loudly. Between takes. To other actors on set. I would literally go to my mom’s house and cry.”
Kevin Smith and Bruce Willis
While making the movie Cop Out in 2010, director Kevin Smith and star Bruce Willis didn’t exactly get along. In fact, Smith would later go on multiple expletive-loaded rants about how miserable it was to work with the actor. In fact, he called the experience “soul-crushing.” For his part, Willis reportedly hated Smith so much that he refused to show up to the photoshoot for the movie’s poster. He also bailed on the wrap party at the end of the film.
After Willis’s family announced that the legendary actor was retiring due to aphasia, a condition that makes it difficult for a person to communicate, Smith released a public apology for his earlier statements.
Betty White and Bea Arthur
The feud between these Golden Girls stars is legendary. While they were all the best of friends onscreen, once the cameras stopped rolling, it was a different story. Rumor has it that Bea Arthur hated Betty White. In fact, casting director Joel Thurm recently revealed that Arthur casually called White a very offensive word. Thurm claims that, actually, none of her costars liked Betty White, which goes against the sunny, funny public image of the beloved star. He said that Rue McClanahan also spoke derisively about White in his hearing.
White commented on the situation in 2011, stating, “Bea had a reserve. She was not fond of me. She found me a pain in the neck sometimes. Sometimes if I was happy, she’d be furious.” Whether it was professional jealousy or something else, the women certainly weren’t thanking each other for being a friend in real life.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
How is it possible that these two actors, who had such incredible chemistry onscreen during The Notebook, could hate each other? They didn’t just dislike each other—Gosling actually refused to keep shooting a scene with her during one particularly bad day:
“They were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. And Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, ‘Nick come here,’” director Nick Cassavetes dished. “And he’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, ‘Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?’ I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.’”
The pair ended up having a screaming match that caused Cassavetes to get fed up and leave the room. However, he claims that after Gosling and McAdams vented at each other, they seemed to get along better. Later, the pair would date in real life for about two years. When they broke up, they also broke the hearts of their fans, who wanted to believe that the love story from The Notebook could carry over into real life.
Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley
Here’s a bummer for all you Vampire Diaries fans! It turns out that Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley really didn’t like each other while filming the first season of the hit show. Dobrev later revealed on the podcast Directionally Challenged that although she respected Wesley, she didn’t like him. Thankfully, the costars were able to work things out. After they got over their initial dislike, Dobrev was surprised to find out that they had a lot in common.
“We hang out a lot. We’re really good friends. And I love his wife. It’s so funny how time changes everything because I never thought that he would be one of my best friends,” she said.
Dobrev dated the other lead actor of the series, Ian Somerhalder, for three years while filming the series. Although their on-screen chemistry bled into real life, the pair ended up parting ways in 2013. Their characters remained in a passionate relationship, which you’d think would be awkward for the actors. However, reports from the set confirm that Dobrev and Somerhalder were total professionals until she left the show two years later.
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Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts
Although she was America’s sweetheart during the 90s, Julia Roberts had serious friction with at least one costar. She and Nick Nolte starred in I Love Trouble, a terrible movie that’s best left forgotten in the mists of time. The pairing of the two actors, who are about 25 years apart, might have made sense if they’d had incredible chemistry. Instead, it was obvious that they hated each other.
“From the moment I met him we sort of gave each other a hard time and naturally we got on each other’s nerves,” Roberts admitted. She said that Nolte could be charming but at times “disgusting.”
“He’s going to hate me for saying this, but he seems to go out of his way to repel people.”
He certainly repelled Roberts! Nolte later scolded her for her comments, saying that “it’s not nice to call someone ‘disgusting.’” Then again, Nolte also claimed Roberts was simply not a nice person.
Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis
How about some vintage Hollywood gossip? Tony Curtis (dad of Jamie Lee Curtis) famously said that kissing Marilyn Monroe was “like kissing Hitler.” Wait, what? Monroe is perhaps the most glamorous and beloved bombshell of all time.
While the pair were filming the crossdressing screwball comedy Some Like It Hot in 1959, Curtis claims that Monroe was a total nightmare to work with. “Her mind was all over the place,” he said in an interview several decades later. “She had lost confidence.” In the same interview, he said that the “kissing Hitler” comment was a joke, but he stood by his complaints about her behavior. Curtis claimed that she showed up late and struggled to remember her lines, among other problems.
Of course, there’s also the little tidbit that Curtis said they’d had a fling ten years earlier. Then he said that they’d rekindled that flame while filming Some Like It Hot. Since Monroe passed away just a few years after making the movie, she never got a chance to tell her side of the story.
Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel
We may never fully understand why Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel apparently hate each other so much. This grudge has been simmering for years, and it periodically boils over. Although they first worked together in 2011’s Fast Five, Johnson had apparently had enough after filming The Fate of the Furious. He made a cryptic tweet criticizing one of the cast members, and then later pointedly thanked everybody who wasn’t Diesel. Costar Michelle Rodriguez confirmed that the pair clashed on set, but she said it was more like brothers squabbling than any real enmity.
At the time, the rest of the cast appeared to back the franchise’s long-time star. However, earlier this year director Justin Lin abruptly quit the production of Fast X after it had already begun filming. The usual “creative differences” were cited as the reason, but later it was revealed that Lin had butted heads with Diesel. Multiple sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Diesel and Lin clashed over the actor’s proposed changes to the script, which resulted in a “major disagreement.” Even though Lin had already directed five movies in the franchise, he reportedly said that working with Diesel on Fast X “was not worth my mental health.”