Working with people can be hard. Working with people you can't stand is really difficult. Working with people you can't stand while pretending you really, really like them is "acting." And that's why these people get paid the big bucks.
1. Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo and Juliet
In 1996, when they were filming Romeo and Juliet, 16-year-old Claire Danes found her 22-year-old co-star Leonardo DiCaprio immature (she reportedly hated the pranks DiCaprio would play on the cast on crew), while he considered her uptight. Rumor has it they didn't speak to one another except for when they were filming scenes. Sounds like a pretty normal couple, actually.
2. Lucy Liu and Bill Murray in Charlie's Angels
Sources say the feud between Bill Murray and Lucy Liu started when Murray told Liu that she couldn't act. Hmm, weird that she'd get upset about that. Murray has since said of the incident: "Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me…When our relationship is professional, and you’re not getting that done, forget it." And forget it Liu did, because Bernie Mac filled in for Bill Murray in the movie's sequel.
3. Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment
It all started over a fart. In Shirley MacLaine's autobiography, My Lucky Stars, the actor remembers her first day on set with Debra Winger filming the tear-jerker Terms of Endearment.
"I know marks when I see them." "Good," (Winger) said. "How's this for a mark?" She turned around, walked away from me, lifted her skirt slightly, looked over her shoulder, bent over, and farted in my face.
4. Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett in Hollywood Homicide
Hartnett has said of Ford, "He's an intimidating guy. He tested me to the limit, so I hated him for a while." Harnett probably didn't make things much better by calling Ford an "old fart." It reportedly got so tense between the two leads that they wouldn't look each other in the eye sometimes. They reportedly kept up the bickering all through the promotional tour, too.
5. Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf in Lawless
During the filming of Lawless, Shia LaBeouf says he didn't always get along with Tom Hardy. That could be because LaBeouf attacked Hardy. According to Hardy, LaBeouf knocked him “Out cold. He’s a bad, bad boy. He is. He’s quite intimidating as well. He’s a scary dude… He just attacked me. He was drinking moonshine. I was wearing a cardigan, and er, went down."
LaBeouf, for his part, has a sort of different story (surprise!). He claims that the fight was an act of "love."
That wasn’t moonshine-related at all. That was straight love. There was a lot of love on that set in general. There was a lot of aggression in me and a lot of aggression on [Hardy’s] side. We were playing brothers. There was a constant finger-in-the-ear [teasing] thing going on for a while.
Ahhh, okay, that makes sense. Nope, wait, it doesn't.
6. Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush in One Tree Hill
Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray played a couple on the television show One Tree Hill. Then they became a couple in real life. Then they decided to get married, only to divorce five months later, amid rumors that Murray had cheated on Bush with his House of Wax co-star Paris Hilton. And then they worked together for another four years.
Bush spoke with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live in January 2014, and explains how it was that she could manage to work in such close proximity with her ex.
At the end of the day, we're grown-ups, and I actually think it's interesting that when people split in a way that's unpleasant, they usually just go on quite literally hating each other—or the person in my situation hates the other person, whatever—but when you have to work with somebody for another half a decade, you kind of have to deal with it. Because for me, at the end of the day, my job is my priority.
7. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook
The Notebook is everyone's favorite romantic movie: the heart-warming story of an obsessive man who wouldn't take no for an answer and the woman who ultimately forgets him. The stars of the movie, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, later became a couple and people lost their minds at the cuteness of it all. But before they dated, they hated.
According to director Nick Cassavetes, Gosling and McAdams did not like each other during the making of the movie at all. And not in a love/hate flirting sort of way, but in a "I can't work with this impossible person" sort of way. Cassavetes says:
Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but 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.” 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.”
So they went into a room and screamed at each other, and after that it got a little better. Says Cassavetes, "I think Ryan respected her for standing up for her character and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open. The rest of the film wasn’t smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing."
8. Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing
Patrick Swayze's autobiography, The Time Of My Life, gave a little insight into his working relationship with co-star Jennifer Grey, who played Frances "Baby" Houseman in Dirty Dancing. It turns out he probably wouldn't have minded putting her in the corner once or twice, just to get her to calm down. In his book, he says that she did "truly phenomenal job" and "in many ways, she made the movie" but filming wasn't always a piece of cake.
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." For example, the scene where she keeps laughing as they're trying to rehearse, and his resulting frustration, were not part of the script.
Give her a break, though—after all, she carried a watermelon.
9. Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth in Beverly Hills, 90210
Well, this is a no-brainer. Of course Brenda and Kelly didn't always get along—Kelly was supposed to be Brenda's best friend and the minute Brenda turns her back, Kelly steals her boyfriend Dylan! Oh, wait, that part wasn't real. But in real life, 90210 stars Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor) and Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh) didn't always get along, either.
In her book, Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde, Garth writes about one specific incident:
We were shooting a scene and Shannen kept grabbing at the hem of my skirt, trying to slap me on the leg—anything to get me to react and break character. Finally, when she'd pulled up my skirt, and my bare ass was exposed for everyone on the set to see, I did snap and I yelled at her, something to the effect of, 'Come on, bitch! We're talking this outside!'
In a 2014 interview with E!, Garth said of working with Doherty:
We were locked in this sound stage for 14-16 hours every day. There were times when we loved each other and there were times when we wanted to claw each other's eyes out. . . It was more of just young girls finding their way and finding their individual voices. Shannen and I are both Aries women, we're both very strong, independent women, so we butt heads a lot. Now, as grown women, we happen to get along as well.
And Doherty apparently feels the same. In a 2012 interview with Glamour, she said: "I did the new 90210 with Jennie and there was something very different about our friendship. We were able to look at each other as grown women and really acknowledge that we liked who the other person was now as adults."
10. Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano on Charmed
Shannen Doherty again! In 2001, Doherty abruptly left the show Charmed, where she, Alyssa Milano, and Holly Marie Combs played three sisters who were witches. In 2013, Milano was on Watch What Happens Live and a caller asked about Doherty's exit from the show. Milano answered:
I don’t know if she got fired, we never really found out what happened. I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years and there were definitely some rough days. Holly [Marie Combs] and Shannen were best friends for like 10 years before the show started so it was very much sort of like high school. I would hope that in our thirties it wouldn’t feel like that anymore.
So what really happened? In 1999, both Combs and Doherty were bridesmaids in Milano's wedding. But In a 2001 interview, Milano said:
We definitely didn't get along. Shannen and I are very different people, and I think it's almost like a roommate. If you spend that much time with someone and there are differences anyway, you're not always going to get along. . . There were times when I'd come in and say, "Good morning, Shannen," and she didn't say anything to me. And there were times when she'd come in and say, "Good morning, Alyssa," and I wouldn't say anything to her.
Paramount, the studio behind Charmed, eventually hired a mediator, but that didn't work. Doherty claims Milano issued an ultimatum, telling the studio, "It's me or her," but Milano denies that. According to an insider, "It eventually became clear that [either Doherty or Milano] had to go." The studio decided to cut Doherty, since, as an industry analyst explained, "Alyssa is just as popular, is not more so, than Shannen. And when Shannen left 90210, the series did just fine."
Well. At least there was no boyfriend stealing.
11. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
The feud between What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? stars/bitter rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford is one of the strangest and most complex on the list. The two women allegedly already hated each other long before making the movie. The reason? Davis was furious at Crawford for stealing the man she loved (Franchot Tone, Davis' co-star in the 1935 film Dangerous, who ended up marrying Crawford). However, Davis didn't admit this until two years before her death, when in an interview she said, "She took him from me. She did it coldly, deliberately and with complete ruthlessness. I have never forgiven her for that and never will."
Almost 30 years after Dangerous, Davis and Crawford starred in What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? in 1962. In one scene where the two women were supposed to fight, Davis actually kicked Crawford in the head, resulting in Crawford needing three stitches. Davis also once said, "The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?"
12. Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on American Idol
In 2010, Minaj did guest vocals on Carey's song "Up Out My Face." But something must have happened since then, because Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey just do not like each other, a fact made painfully clear on basically every episode of American Idol where the two women sat on the same judges panel. They threw shade at each other constantly, on set and off. When asked by Barbara Walters in an interview if she was the "bitch" Minaj sang about in a song she wrote while working on Idol, Carey responded, "Don't know. I didn't know she sang. I thought she rapped. Or whatever."
Their most famous fight was over, oddly enough, country music. Sort of.
That's uncomfortable enough, but not nearly as bad as what happened next.
Thankfully both divas quit the show after one season, so it never escalated to murder.
13. Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson on Little House on the Prairie
It was Nellie Oleson, portrayed by Allison Arngrim, who was supposed to be the "bad" girl on the show; she was an amalgamation of a few characters from the original Laura Ingalls Wilder books. But in reality, Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) and Arngrim became very close friends. It was actually Mary Sue Anderson, who played Laura's big sister Mary, who Gilbert had a problem with.
In January 2014, Gilbert stopped by Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, and told host Andy Cohen, "[Anderson was] hateful, horrid, mean, terrible, mean, difficult. She hated me. She knocked me off the wagon when I was nine."
While promoting her book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Arngrim also dished a bit about Anderson during an appearance on FoxNews' The Strategy Room.
Melissa Gilbert and I wound up bonding and becoming best friends like sisters and Melissa Sue became sort of the "frenemy." So we were with her all day but I guess she was like, "I’m not hanging out with you two." She was just sort of appalled by Melissa Gilbert and I.
[Quick aside: Gilbert also revealed that Shannen Doherty, who played Jenny Wilder on the show from 1982-1983, later had a one-night stand with Gilbert's first husband, Bo Brinkman. And Gilbert is not cool with it—she said if she ever ran into Doherty, "[I] would just punch her in the nose." Oh, Shannen. What story are you not a part of?]
14. Tisha Campbell and Martin Lawrence on Martin
Nothing cute or funny about the famous feud between Martin's Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell. Lawrence played Martin Payne, and Campbell his wife Gina. It's rumored that the pair had an affair in real life, too, and when Campbell announced her engagement to Duane Martin, Lawrence didn't take the news very well. In November 1996, Campbell quit the show, and in January 1997 filed a lawsuit against Lawrence, alleging physical and emotional abuse and sexual harassment. In March 1997, Campbell returned to the show, but only under the condition that whenever Campbell was taping scenes, Martin would not be allowed on set. In Martin's one-hour season finale in May 1997, Campbell and Lawrence were never in the same room.
15. Bea Arthur and Betty White on Golden Girls
This last one really is surprising and is definitely going to break your heart. It turns out that the Golden Girls weren't really so golden, and the "thank you for being a friend" part of the theme song wasn't really accurate. Although it's not clear exactly why, Bea Arthur, who played Dorothy, didn't like Betty White, who played Rose. According to White, it had something to do with Arthur not being a fan of White's undeniably sunny disposition. "She found me a pain in the neck sometimes," is the nice way that White put it.