28 TV Couples Who Can't Stand Each Other Off-Screen
Everyone enjoys a good love story, with the exception of performers who find themselves cozying up to co-stars they loathe. A lot of the time, these on-screen romances are just a show for the cameras and nothing more. In reality, when the camera stopped rolling, these on-screen couples—who appeared to admire one another—couldn't bear each other. These experts took their acting skills to new heights when they had to pretend to admire someone they disliked.
With that being said, we have compiled a list of 28 on-screen couples who most likely didn't get along after the cameras were off. Also, we apologize for ruining your favorite movies.
#1 Bill Murray and Lucy Liu, Charlie’s Angels
Source: GETTY IMAGESEven though these two didn't portray a real couple in Charlie's Angels, you wouldn't realize that tension and awkwardness burned bright behind the comedy and lightheartedness. Bill Murray refused to return for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle because his off-screen conflict with Lucy Liu in the original movie was so intense. To be fair, it's been reported that the two had reconciled, but not enough to reunite on set.
#2 Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Source: GETTY IMAGESCo-stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder dated for three years when The Vampire Diaries was airing. The two also had a romantic relationship on the show, in case you didn't watch the series. You can therefore imagine how embarrassing it was when they actually broke up. There are rumors that the divorce wasn't a happy one. Of course, Dobrev subsequently left the show and claimed in interviews that they maintained a professional and cordial relationship.
#3 Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer
Source: GETTY IMAGESHoffman may appear charming, but while filming, he was basically an a-hole. Dustin wins the award for biggest dirtbag, for slapping his Oscar-winning co-star and making fun of her for her recently-deceased partner.
#4 Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
Source: CP IMAGESIt's bound to be difficult when two co-stars become this close. Not S&M rough, but still rough.
#5 Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis, Some Like It Hot
Source: GETTY IMAGESThe actors were already in a relationship before they started filming, but Curtis claimed that at one point Monroe allegedly lost her mind and compared kissing her to "kissing Hitler."
#6 Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray, One Tree Hill
Source: CP IMAGESThe couple first connected during Season 1, and were married two years later, but Bush ended the marriage five months later after realizing Murray was an adulterer. Sophia had to endure four more years of working with him, which was regrettable.
#7 Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair, Anger Management
Source: CP IMAGESSelma Blair had described him as a "menace" to deal with, but it didn't fly because Sheen was the star. Blair was let go soon after Sheen threatened to resign. There is still no love lost, but we believe Selma profited from that leave.
#8 Anthony Hopkins and Shirley MacLaine, A Change of Seasons
Source: GETTY IMAGESDespite the fact that the two legendary actors appeared in one film together, Hopkins didn't care for MacLaine and called her "the most irritating actress" he had ever worked with. Gosh.
#9 Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, The X-Files
Source: GETTY IMAGESAs The X-Files continues, it is evident that they have moved past the instances in which they "couldn't bear" one another, but it is still astounding that they were able to collaborate for so many seasons.
#10 Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing
Source: CP IMAGESSwayze described Grey as foolish and immature in his autobiography, saying she would occasionally get into ridiculous moods and make them repeat sequences. She appeared to be unusually sensitive, occasionally breaking down in tears when someone criticized her. They put aside their differences and then reconciled.
#11 Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, Four Christmases
Source: GETTY IMAGESVince likes to improvise while Reese insists on following the script. This was never going to work.
#12 Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher, Tomorrow Never Dies
Source: GETTY IMAGESHatcher's continual disregard for the time made Brosnan unhappy. It's totally understandable that he let out a few comments which weren't very pleasant, but it turns out Teri was pregnant, and her morning sickness had a negative effect on her punctuality.
#13 Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, The Notebook
Source: CP IMAGESGiven that Gosling and McAdams could not stand one another, it was easy to portray their on-screen altercations. However, given that the two continued to date for two years after production was finished, whatever happened on the set of The Notebook stayed on the set of The Notebook.
#14 William Baldwin and Sharon Stone, Sliver
Source: CP IMAGESShe hated him so much that she allegedly bit his tongue, preventing him from speaking for a week. Ouch.
#15 Harrison Ford and Sean Young, Blade Runner
Source: GETTY IMAGESDeckard and Rachael did not get along, unlike Han and Leia, to the point where the production team called their love scene "the hate scene." Yikes.
#16 Shannen Doherty and Jason Lee, Mallrats
Source: GETTY IMAGESLee could hardly conceal his contempt for Doherty, and the two didn't get along at all. Given that both actors will be back for the sequel, we suppose that your opinion of someone can change after 21 years.
#17 Debra Winger and Richard Gere, An Officer and a Gentleman
Source: GETTY IMAGESDespite playing lovers, Gere and Winger avoided one another as much as they could on set. Debra said talking to Richard was like talking to "a brick wall."
#18 Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts, I Love Trouble
Source: GETTY IMAGESShe described him as "completely disgusting" once the filming was finished, while he said she was "not a good person, everyone knows that." Okay, then. Awkward much?
#19 Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, Romeo + Juliet
Source: GETTY IMAGESDanes takes his job seriously, whereas DiCaprio prefers to have fun. They would never mesh, but hey, at least we believed what they were selling.
#20 Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Source: GETTY IMAGESOne of the first big plotlines on the hit television series The Big Bang Theory was the will-they-won't-they relationship between Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). Galecki and Cuoco dated off-screen, proving that life often imitates art, but their relationship quickly ended, and Cuoco moved on with equestrian Karl Cook. She made it a point to highlight her new connection at every chance, and a rift started to develop with Galecki, her ex-boyfriend. Though the ensemble appears close-knit while filming, things are anything but after the lights go out. It has been reported that the cast as a whole considers the cheerful blond on screen to be a bit of an egomaniac.
#21 Jason Alexander and Heidi Swedberg, Seinfeld
Source: GETTY IMAGESIn 2015, when Jason Alexander appeared as a guest on The Howard Stern Show, he made news by admitting that he was responsible for Heidi Swedberg (who was his fiancée on Seinfeld) being written off the show. Her character was killed off as a result of him telling Stern he couldn't play off of her acting style, a feeling he claimed the rest of his famous cast also shared. He expressed some regret for his comments, saying that she was generous and gracious and that he was mad at himself for retelling the story in anyway that would demean her.
#22 Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, Castle
Source: GETTY IMAGESYou'd think after spending eight seasons playing detective Kate Becket (Stana Katic) and mystery author Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) together on television that the two would be close. Contrary to popular belief, these two could not stand one another off-screen while having what appears to be serious chemistry on-screen. There have been rumors that Katic's animosity toward Fillion was the cause of her departure and the show's subsequent cancellation. To their credit, neither has publicly addressed the "feud" though.
#23 Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Source: GETTY IMAGESThere was no romance between Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp when the cameras stopped rolling, despite their on-screen romance. Both A-list celebrities had different opinions of the other: Jolie thought Depp was a snob, and Depp thought Jolie was a bit of a hot mess. Unsurprisingly, the two had disagreements throughout the 2010 movie's production.
#24 Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren, A Countess from Hong Kong
Source: GETTY IMAGESThe actress accuses her former co-star Brando of touching her on the set of their 1967 movie in her memoirs. Despite the fact that she made it very obvious he should keep his hands to himself and he did, the atmosphere at work became uncomfortable after that.
#25 Jennifer Aniston and Jay Mohr, Picture Perfect
Source: GETTY IMAGESActor Jay Mohr took a jab at Picture Perfect co-star Jennifer Aniston in a 2010 interview with Elle. He said the starring actress was dissatisfied with his presence and made it known from day one, but he wouldn't say whether he was referring to her. She would exclaim "No way", "You've got to be kidding me" to other co-stars in between shots. Loudly. It was supposedly so bad he would go to his mom's place and cry.
#26 Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, Vacancy
Source: GETTY IMAGESWhen working on 2017's Vacancy with Wilson, Kate Beckinsale reportedly found it difficult to put up with what she perceived to be his "diva behavior" on set, noting his party boy habits as one of the things she found most irritating.
#27 Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road
Source: GETTY IMAGESIn 2016, Charlize Theron spoke candidly about her turbulent relationship with Mad Max co-star Tom Hardy, saying the movie became what it is because they struggled so much with one other, and those characters also had to struggle so much with each other. The movie might have been ten times worse if they had been best friends.