Take Two: Actors & Actresses Who Refuse To Work Together Again
| LAST UPDATE 11/07/2022
While many on-screen characters have incredible chemistry together, the same can't always be said for when the cameras stop rolling. Here's a list of actors who couldn't stand working with their co-stars.
Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore
The attraction in Music & Lyrics was undeniable - but in real life, Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant weren't as close. "Well, Drew, I think did hate me a bit," Hugh confessed. "We just were very different human beings."
Luckily their differences helped the actors perfect their roles! "She was very LA, and I was a grumpy Londoner. The funny thing is, although it was fractionally tense on the set of that film, I think the chemistry is rather good between us. Sometimes tension makes a good crackle."
Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel
When the Fast & Furious movie franchise began to lose traction, the creators decided it was time to bring in a new character. And while they had hoped that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would bring some action in the films, the behind-the-scenes drama was just as intense.
Questions were raised when fans began to notice that the actor and his fellow co-star Vin Diesel were throwing shade at one another on social media. After speculation, The Rock finally spoke up about the duo's beef. "We have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating," he admitted.
Lauren Conrad & Heidi Montag
When Lauren Conrad told her best friend Hiedi Montag, "I wanna forgive you - and I wanna forget you," fans had their jaws on their floor. These two were once best friends - but eventually, their friendship turned sour. Everyone wondered what went down between the two reality TV stars.
After graduating high school, the two pals moved to Los Angeles to follow their dreams. Things were going great until Heidi met Spencer Pratt… Luckily for fans, their arguments and even some physical fights were all captured on The Hills. And let’s just say those were some drama-filled seasons!
Isaiah Washington & Patrick Dempsey
As Head of Surgery, these two were great friends. But when the camera stopped rolling, the feud between Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey ran deep. Apparently, their disagreements even led to Isaiah’s contract on Grey’s Anatomy not being renewed…
Luckily for curious fans, co-star Katherine Heigl told Access Hollywood her thoughts: "I'm going to be really honest right now, he [Isaiah Washington] needs to just not speak in public. Period. I'm sorry, that did not need to be said, I'm not okay with it."
Julianna Margulies & Archie Panjabi
The tension between these two actresses got so heated that eventually, one of them left the series after season 6. And even way before that, the two characters didn’t share any scenes together after episode fourteen of the fourth season. Yet still… fans never knew why Julianna and Archie didn’t get along.
"In terms of anything that happened on The Good Wife, I think it's only respectful for it to stay on The Good Wife," Archie revealed during a panel for her new role on the show Blindspot. "It was time for me, for many reasons, to unzip the boots and step into another show."
Terrence Howard & Robert Downey Jr.
According to Iron Man star Terrance Howard, he didn't get paid what he was originally promised for being in the hit Marvel films. "They came to me with the second [contract] and said, 'Look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you,'" he shared.
Unfortunately, this led to him and his co-star Robert Downey Jr. to butt heads. "It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out." Luckily, they later made up because "life is too short" to feud over money.
Bruce Willis & Kevin Smith
Fans wondered what went down behind the scenes of Cop Out after the director, Kevin Smith, had some interesting words to say. "Were it not for Tracy [Morgan], I might've killed myself someone else in the making of that movie," he said on Marc Maron's podcast.
"It was difficult. I've never been involved in a situation like that where one component is not in the box at all. It was f***in' soul-crushing," Smith confessed. "I mean, a lot of people are gonna be like, 'Oh, you're just trying to blame the movie on him.' No, but I had no f***ing help from this dude whatsoever."
Lucas Grabeel & Ashley Tisdale
It looks like these stars' sassiness on-screen of the High School Musical franchise might have had something to do with their relationship behind the cameras. This Disney feud began when Ashley Tisdale gave Lucas line readings during a screen test. "It's not an actor thing to do," she recalled.
"We were not close," Tisdale added. "We were not good friends; let's just be honest. It's been 10 years... We can totally talk about this now. We hated each other. Like, I'm not kidding." Well, it turns out these stars were not All In This Together!
Clayne Crawford & Damon Wayans
When videos of Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans fighting on set got leaked, the world was eager to know what these two were feuding about. It didn't take long before Variety revealed more about the drama: supposedly Clayne had hurt Damon during a scene he was directing.
"It was an unfortunate event that happened in spite of all precautions," Clayne claimed. Wayans responded, "How does the shrapnel from this hit me on the opposite side of the head? #directedby @claynecrawford." Damon then tweeted, "He [Crawford] became UNINSURABLE! Relished in making female cry. And stuck fear in cast and crew."
Charlie Sheen & Selma Blair
The tension between these two Hollywood legends got so intense that eventually, one of them got kicked off the show. "We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management, and we wish her the very best," Lionsgate said in a 2013 statement after Selma and Charlie's on-set fight.
It all started when Selma began having problems with her co-star’s work ethic. Unfortunately for her, Charlie was also an executive producer on the series, and he responded to her by sending the actress numerous expletive texts telling her she would no longer be working on the show.
Shannen Doherty & Alyssa Milano
At the start of their friendship, these on-screen sisters were BFFs... until things took a turn. "There were times when I'd come in and say, 'Good morning, Shannen,' and she didn't say anything to me," Milano confessed. "And there were times when she'd come in and say, 'Good morning, Alyssa,' and I wouldn't say anything to her."
Doherty also revealed more about what went down behind the scenes. "There was too much drama on the set and not enough passion for the work," she told Entertainment Tonight after leaving the show. "I want to work with actors who really, really care and that want to be there every single day."
Betty White & Bea Arthur
Based on what fans saw on the show The Golden Girls, they assumed all the gals were good friends. But the truth was that Betty White and Bea Arthur didn't always get along. In fact, these two stars were anything but friends, as revealed by Betty in 2011.
"She was not that fond of me," White confessed during an interview. "She found me a pain in the neck sometimes." She went on to reveal that she wasn't the only one that had hard feelings toward Bea. "If you were chewing gum on the set, Arthur would try to have you fired."
Shia LaBeouf & Tom Hardy
Back in 2012, Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy were both cast to star in the movie Lawless. But unfortunately, these two didn't get along so well. It was later even confirmed by the film's director, John Hillcoat. "There was definitely a fight between them," he confessed.
The director went on, "It escalated to the point where they had to both be restrained." Hillcoat said he was happy that it got broken up before things got really bad. "I was very pleased to hear it didn't go that way because I would hate to see the outcome," John continued.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Kim Cattrall
On-screen, these two played best friends, but sadly for SATC fans, these Hollywood stars were rumored to be enemies. Back in 2018, these allegations were confirmed by Kim Cattrall in an Instagram post. "Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now," she shared.
The actress didn't hold back, "Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona." Ow!
Dwayne Johnson & Tyrese Gibson
Back when Dwayne Johnson joined the cast of Fast and Furious, things were jolly. It wasn’t until the actor helped the failing franchise rise to fame again that his co-star Tyrese Gibson got upset. So when The Rock accepted a spin-off movie, Tyrese revealed his true feelings on Twitter.
"They offered, but YOU didn't have to agree with a solo #HobbsMovie," Gibson wrote. "#OriginalFastFamily, we salute you and stand on your shoulders #VinDiesel #PaulWalker #RobCohen #RomanTej were offered a spin-off we TURNED IT DOWN!!!" A few years later, Tyrese said the beef was squashed.
Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling
It's no secret that Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling put on perhaps their best performance for the film The Notebook. Fans everywhere fell in love with their characters' love and passion. But in real life, their relationship was far from perfect, revealed Nick Cassavetes.
"Maybe I'm not supposed to tell this story," the director shaded. "Ryan came to me... 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."
Victoria Justice & Ariana Grande
Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande spent years on the set of Victorious together, but when the show ended, Justice admitted they weren't friends. She told Entertainment Tonight, "I think we're kind of both on our own separate paths right now. I've been more focused on acting, and she's doing her singing thing," Victoria said.
It seemed like Ariana was on the same page because years later, she invited her former co-stars to star in her Thank U, Next music video… but fans noticed that one person was missing. We guess even years later, these two don’t get along because Victoria even notably left Coachella early… right before Ariana’s set.
Chad Michael Murray & Sophia Bush
Their on-screen love on One Tree Hill turned into a real-life marriage, but the romance fizzled out pretty quickly. After getting hitched in April 2005, these two called it quits just 5 months later. Bush later confessed she felt a lot of pressure to be in the relationship, and it "was not a thing I actually really wanted to do."
The actress was asked why she married Chad if she didn't want to, to which she answered, "Because how do you let everybody down… when you have bosses telling you that you're the only person who gets a person to work on time, and 200 people either get to see their kids at night or they don't because our days start on time... ?"
Eva Longoria & Teri Hatcher
It seemed like the drama on the series Desperate Housewives wasn't all fictional. "You know, Teri was just a loner," Eva Longoria revealed about her old co-star. "Me and Marcia [Cross] and Felicity [Huffman] were a lot closer because we are just girlie girls who like to be in each other's company. Teri didn't."
Even the series creator, Cherry, revealed a harsh truth about how Teri acted with her co-stars. She confessed that Nicolette Sheridan "Pulled me aside and told me that Teri Hatcher was the meanest woman in the world because of how she was acting." We guess this made it easier to play her enemy on screen!
Kiefer Sutherland & Freddie Prinze Jr.
After eight seasons of 24, the cast was joined by Freddie Prinze Jr. But his time on the show was short-lived because after just one season, he said goodbye to Kiefer Sutherland and the rest of the actors. He would later reveal the truth about what happened.
"I did 24; it was terrible," he opened up to ABC News. "I hated every moment of it. 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." Ouch!
Leighton Meester & Blake Lively
They had an iconic on-and-off friendship on Gossip Girl, but in real life, Leighton Meester and Blake Lively's relationship was a bit different… Unlike Serena and Blair's drama-filled lives, these two kept things less complicated. The show's executive producer Joshua Safran revealed that they weren't close.
"Blake and Leighton were not friends," Safran told Vanity Fair. "They were not friends like Serena and Blair. Yet the second they'd be on set together, it's as if they were." Luckily their acting skills were on point because we don't know what we'd do without this infamous duo!
Clint Eastwood & Leonardo DiCaprio
These men have both arguably boasted successful careers in Hollywood. Yet unfortunately, despite their impressive resumes, Clint and Leonardo had a difficult time working together on J. Egar. Leo starred in the 2011 film, while Clint directed and produced it.
"You coulda heard a pin drop when Leonardo DiCaprio suddenly got feisty with Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood on the set of J. Edgar and demanded a retake on a scene where he reacts to a bomb explosion on a Washington, D.C., street," revealed Mike Walker of The National Enquirer.
Claire Danes & Leonardo DiCaprio
Both Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio were new actors when they appeared in the 1996 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Yet still, the newbies were already ahead of their time when it came to Hollywood drama. The stars weren’t fond of one another as DiCaprio referred to Danes as “too uptight.”
Ultimately their indifferences led to Danes rejecting a role in the iconic film Titanic. "Honestly, I had just made this romantic epic with Leo in Mexico City, which is where they were going to shoot Titanic, and I just didn't have it in me," she confessed on the podcast Armchair Expert.
Shenae Grimes & Annalyne McCord
Not only were these gals frenemies as their characters on 90210, but these co-stars also had some strain in their relationship. McCord explained, "I just was removed from everything. I had social anxiety, and I didn't know it, so it makes you seem like a real little piece of work."
"Shenae and I, who played Annie [Wilson], we were literally at each other's throats for five years, and the day before we wrapped, Shenae calls me and was like, 'Hey, I can't believe it's over.' I'm like, '[Expletive]?!'" AnnaLynne revealed in an interview.
Julia Roberts & Nick Nolte
From the start, Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte had a difficult time working together in 1994's I Love Trouble. "From the moment I met him, we sort of gave each other a hard time... and naturally, we got on each other's nerves," Julia later admitted about their time on set.
The Hollywood legend didn't hold back. She said that although her co-star was "completely charming and very nice… he's also completely disgusting." To which Nolte countered back, "It's not nice to call someone 'disgusting.' But she's not a nice person. Everyone knows that." Ouch!
James Franco & Tyrese Gibson
Many famous actors tend to get on each other’s nerves while working together for months on end. Some arguments get so heated that they even turn into physical fights. And that’s exactly what happened with James Franco and Tyrese Gibson on the set of the 2006 film Annapolis.
"Actually, I didn't get along with James Franco, but that's some other s***. We fought," Gibson admitted. "We actually got in a full-on fight. It was a situation. They had to shut down production for a whole day. That s*** was crazy." Looks like the majority of the drama was happening behind the camera!
Mark Harmon & Pauley Perette
These two must have great acting skills because they fooled fans everywhere that they had a tight-knit father-daughter relationship on screen. But in reality, Mark and Pauley were anything but close. It all began when Perette couldn't get over the fact that Harmon had brought his pit bull to set, and the dog bit a crew member.
Eventually, the feud caused Pauley to leave the series and join a different CBS show. Fans later asked if she would ever return to NCIS, to which she responded, "NO I AM NOT COMING BACK! EVER! (Please stop asking?) I am terrified of Harmon and him attacking me. I have nightmares about it," she tweeted.
Robert Pattinson & Reese Witherspoon
On camera, these stars played lovers in the film Water for Elephants. But when the cameras turned off, so did their chemistry. Unfortunately, they had some trouble working alongside one another. "I was doing it when I had a really bad cold," Pattinson explained. "Reese had this wig on, and literally, I was wiping my nose on her wig."
"Rob possibly had the most hideous horrible cold of any co-star I've ever had to do a love scene with ever in my entire life," Reese later revealed to In Touch magazine. "He was literally snorting and snotting through every second of it - and it was not appealing. I'm talking green, infectious, disgusting."
LL Cool J & Jamie Foxx
Working alongside one another in the 1999 sports drama Any Given Sunday turned LL Cool J and Jamie Foxx into enemies for years to come. The tension between the two turned so bad that they eventually took a turn for the worst, and they physically fought on set.
"So, we did another take, and I was rough with him again," LL later explained. "And, then, I don't know why, but he thought it was a good idea to punch me in my face. This wasn't scripted. I'ma keep it 100 with you. You want me to keep it 100 - I'm gonna keep it 100. He punched me in my face."
Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj
It's not just the stars of Hollywood that get wrapped up in the drama but also the artists. In 2010, legendary singers Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj teamed up on the song Up Out My Face. But it wasn't until they were both judges on American Idol that these two divas couldn't handle working together.
A leaked video showcased the two ladies getting into a heated argument back in 2012. "[Carey's] admitted that she did not want another female doing the show, thinking somebody's coming to steal her shine," Minaj later revealed during her TV special, My Truth.
Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan
We have to assume it was difficult for Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan to film such steamy scenes together in the NSFW franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey. Because, in reality, the two actors were supposedly always budding heads once the cameras were off.
Many fans have claimed that they noticed the tension in the movies and how the duo lacked empathy. But later on, Natalie Morales interviewed the stars at the second movie's masquerade ball premier, where they confessed that their friendship was "built on trust," and Johnson even said they were"forced into being best friends."
Lea Michele & Naya Rivera
When two actors are fighting for the spotlight, things can take a turn for the worst. According to Zimbio, Lea Michele and Naya Rivera were "rivals onscreen and rivals off." And eventually, the feud ended up impacting not just the show in general but also how much time Naya got to be on the set of Glee.
Due to "on-set confrontations," Michele supposedly wanted Rivera to be fired. And the writers listened, because in season 5 when the cast moved to NYC, Naya wasn't in the final 2 episodes. And even though toofab reported that Ryan Murphy was "devastated" about the situation, Rivera was completely removed from the final season…
Marilyn Monroe & Laurence Olivier
Nowadays, Marilyn Monroe is portrayed as being the "it girl" that got along with everyone, but that wasn't always the case. Not only did she and Tony Curtis have many disagreements on Some Like It Hot, but 2 years prior, she and Laurence Olivier also feuded. Slashfilm reported that he had "distaste" for Monroe's "method acting."
Because of their differences in acting methods, the two stars would consistently get into it. Supposedly Monroe had an “unpredictable work ethic” while working on The Prince and the Showgirl because she would always be late, “sometimes as late as three days later.” And obviously, this really upset her co-star.
Will Smith & Janet Hubert
The fresh life wasn’t always so fresh… Janet Hubert and Will Smith could get along while the cameras were rolling for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but once they were off, the tension between the two was high. Things got so bad that the actress who played Aunt Viv rejected an offer to do a reunion with the rest of the cast.
Their arguments got so bad that they eventually turned to harsh name-calling like “snotty-nosed punk.” Ouch! And even though years have passed since the series ended, Hubert still holds Will responsible for her being fired. Luckily though, during the 2020 Fresh Prince reunion, they patched things up.
Jennifer Grey & Patrick Swayze
To this day, Dirty Dancing (1987) is seen as an iconic romance movie… who can forget the infamous scene where Patrick Swayze threw Jennifer Grey into the air? Yet unfortunately, the convincing love story was all thanks to the stars' acting skills because the duo had anything but a passion for each other IRL.
Swayze apparently couldn’t stand working with his co-star. He admitted he had “little patience for Grey.” He would often get annoyed at how she acted carelessly during filming. Especially during the teaching montage scene, which according to Zimbio, helped Swayze with his part since his frustration wasn’t all just acting…
Bill Murray & Lucy Liu
The girls in Charlie's Angels turned into BFFs post-production, but Bill Murray didn't form such a good relationship with the cast. The actor often denounced Lucy Liu's performance as Alex Munday, and of course, this caused tension between the cast as it upset the actress.
Years later, on an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, her former co-star, Drew, applauded Liu for “standing up to Bill Murrays Charlie's Angels insults.” She explained that while many comedians can be “a little dark,” Bill took things too far. So far that he and Liu actually had to be separated by the crew on set.
Alec Baldwin & Shia LaBeouf
Whether it’s Hollywood or Broadway, actors can get hot-headed. During the production of Orphans, Baldwin and LaBeouf constantly found themselves beef-ing. New York Magazine revealed that the tension between the two was high, but they condemned it on “a lot of young actors” that act like that these days.
LaBeouf apparently would "memorize all of his lines prior to rehearsal and was frustrated waiting for his co-star to catch up." The actor became impatient, claiming that Alec was "slowing him down." The harsh words ultimately grew into a bigger feud causing LaBeouf to be kicked off the show.
Reese Witherspoon & Vince Vaughn
Arguably most Christmas movies are filled with heartwarming moments, but there are always those heated moments as well. And when it came to filming Four Christmases, that tension was both on-screen and off. Witherspoon and Vaughn had a hard time getting on the same page when it came to… well, just about anything.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon praised Vaughn for being "exciting" and "constantly thinking of funny things and really bringing everyone into it." But while Witherspoon preferred to arrive early on set ready, Vaughn walked onto set, "looking like he just came in from a night out," ready to improvise.
Sylvester Stallone & Richard Gere
The ‘70s was a decade full of love, but that wasn’t the case on the set of the 1974’s film The Lord of Flatbush. Sylvester Stallone and Richard Gere had a hard time being on the same page - but it wasn’t their acting approaches or the filming that caused the actors to feud.
It was rumored that two men got into an argument over Princess Diana at a dinner party. The feud got so bad that Gere got fired from his role. Years later, in 2006, Stallone revealed to Ain’t It Cool News that he had an “immediate dislike” for Gere. He claimed he “got a little carried away” during a fight scene.
Lindsay Lohan & America Ferrera
During the filming of Ugly Betty, Lindsay Lohan and America Ferrera had a difficult time getting along with one another. Despite both of them being infamous early 2000’s stars, they didn’t have many similarities, and eventually, this led to Lohan getting reduced time on-screen during her cameo.
While it was never clear who started the feud, the HuffPost gave fans an inside scoop. Ferrera’s team accused Lohan of destroying her dressing room and “power play.” And on the other side, Lohan’s people said that they embarrassed the former child star during her scenes. She was eventually given 4 episodes instead of 6.