"They were screaming at each other." 15 co-stars who absolutely hated each other in real life.

For actors, co-starring in a movie or TV series together can mean months or even years of working very, very closely.

So if you don't... like each other, well that's got to be hard. Especially if your characters are besties, or in relationships.

In some cases, perhaps the best acting of someone's career is acting like they don't find their castmate insufferable. 

Here are a number of co-stars you may not know don't exactly get on in real life like their characters did on screen.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

Image: Dirty Dancing. 

Yep, the chemistry between Baby and her dance instructor Johnny may have been a little more fiery than the pair let on in Dirty Dancing.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey first met on the set of the action film Red Dawn as teens, a few years before they starred alongside each other in Dirty Dancing.

And apparently, Grey wasn't Swayze's biggest fan as she didn't like the way he ordered everyone around.

A few years later, she was offered a role in Dirty Dancing which required some screen tests with varying actors, one being Swayze, and it almost discouraged her from auditioning for the film.

But, the pair filmed a practice dance scene and the chemistry between the pair was undeniable as Swayze recounted in his memoir:

"I lifted her, she posed beautifully, and I lowered her slowly to the ground, with our eyes locked on each other. It was a lovely moment, and very sexy. The room was absolutely silent — everyone was just staring at us."


As they began filming, Swayze grew frustrated with Grey as she didn't pick up dances as quickly as he did, being a trained dancer.

"She'd slip into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over," he wrote in his memoir.

Will Smith and Janet Hubert

Image: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. 

If you were a fan of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, chances are you were pretty surprised when Aunt Viv, played by Jane Hubert, disappeared from the show at the end of season three, back in 1993. 

In an interview with an Atlanta radio station at the time, Will Smith came out against the actress strongly, claiming he knew she was "going to dog [him]" in the press.

"I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show because I know she is going to dog me in the press," he said.

"She has basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She’s mad now, but she’s been mad all along.

"She said once, 'I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.' No matter what, to her I’m just the Antichrist."

At the time, Hubert vowed to never attend a Fresh Prince reunion saying: "There will never be a reunion... as I will never do anything with an a***hole like Will Smith.


"He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word."

But in 2020, the pair came back together for the show's 30 year reunion, confronting their previous feud.

"I hated what you did. I just hated what you did. You took my career away of 30-something years," she told Will in the special.

"You just went too far when you were younger and I know you always had to win... I understand you were able to move forward, but you know those words, calling a Black woman difficult in Hollywood, is the kiss of death. And it’s hard enough being a dark-skinned Black woman in this business."

Will Smith owned his mistakes telling Hubert that he was 21 years old and "everything was a threat to [him]".

"The person I want to be is someone who protects you, not someone who unleashes dogs on you."

Bea Arthur and Betty White

Image: Golden Girls. 

Golden Girls actresses Bea Arthur and Betty White had quite an up and down relationship over their years filming the sitcom as Arthur's eldest son, Matthew Saks, told Closer.

"My mum unknowingly carried the attitude that it was fun to have somebody to be angry at," Saks remembered of his mother.

"It was almost like Betty became her nemesis, someone she could always roll her eyes about at work."


The pair apparently clashed due to their different acting methods.

"My mum was the real deal," Saks told The Hollywood Reporter. 

"I think she felt she was more of an actress than Betty. Mum came from Broadway. Betty starred on a game show at one point.

"Sometimes Betty would go out and smile and chat with the audience and literally go and make friends with the audience. Which is a nice thing — a lot of them have come from all over the country and are fans.

"I think my mum didn't dig that. It's more about being focused or conserving your energy. It's just not the right time to talk to fans between takes. Betty was able to do it and it didn't seem to affect her. But it rubbed my mum the wrong way.

White was aware of the tension too.

"She was not that fond of me," she said of Arthur in a 2011 talk.

"She found me a pain in the neck sometimes. It was my positive attitude — and that made Bea mad sometimes. Sometimes if I was happy, she'd be furious!"

Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman

Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. Image: Getty. 

As it happens, tensions on the set of Kramer vs. Kramer were very high between co-stars Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman.

One particular incident involved a scene in which Hoffman had to slap his co-star, though the slap was meant to be fake. 


"You see [the slap] in the movie," Streep told The New York Times in 2018. "It was overstepping."

It's also been reported that Hoffman often taunted Streep to make her angry for different scenes. 

According to producer Richard Fischoff: "[Hoffman] was goading her and provoking her, using stuff that he knew about her personal life [and her boyfriend who had recently died of lung cancer] to get the response that he thought she should be giving in the performance." 

Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte

Image: I Love Trouble. 

The 1994 movie I Love Trouble followed two rival reporters who put their differences aside when they have to work on a story together, and inevitably fall for each other.

But the same cannot be said for actors Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte who filmed their rom-com with stand-ins more often than they did with each other. 

"From the moment I met him we sort of gave each other a hard time... and naturally we get on each other's nerves," Roberts told the New York Times in 1993, adding that her co-star was "completely charming and very nice... and he's also completely disgusting.

"He's going to hate me for saying this, but he seems go out of his way to repel people. He's a kick," she added.

Later, Nolte responded to Robert's comments saying: "It's not nice to call someone disgusting. But she's not a nice person. Everyone knows that."



Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall.

Image: HBO. 

Perhaps one of the best-known co-star feuds is between Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, who played best friends Carrie and Samantha in the TV show and movies.

Things first ignited in October 2017 when Cattrall appeared on Piers Morgan's chat show and said she wouldn't agree to a third Sex and the City movie because of a "toxic relationship" with Parker and her co-stars.

When Cattrall’s 55-year-old brother was found dead in early February 2018 and Parker publicly expressed her condolences, Cattrall couldn't stomach her sympathy, firing back: "you are not my family, you are not my friend. Stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona".

Parker said she was "heartbroken" by Cattrall's recollection of events.

Lea Michele and Naya Rivera.

Image: Fox. 


Feuds and drama on the set of Glee plagued the show during its entire run (and after), but no rumour was as enduring as that of a feud between Lea Michele and Naya Rivera.

In her memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, Rivera confirmed they didn't always get along.

"One of the Glee writers once said that Lea and I were like two sides of the same battery, and that about sums us up," Rivera wrote. "We are both strong-willed and competitive - not just with each other but with everyone - and that's not a good mixture."

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

Image: Fox. 

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj famously butted heads when they appeared as judges together during a season of American Idol.

During one of the audition tapings, the pair were filmed arguing with Minaj heard saying "I told them, I'm not f*cking putting up with her f*cking highness over there."


For months, barbs went back and forth via interviews and social media before eventually dying down.

Then in 2016 Carey was asked to say three nice things about Minaj in an interview with Andy Cohen, and she just... couldn't.

Debra Messing and Megan Mullally.

Image: Instagram. 

Now this one hurts. The first hint of a feud between Debra Messing and Megan Mullally, who play Grace Adler and Karen Walker on Will & Grace, came last year.

In August 2019, they unfollowed each other on Instagram and then Mullally posted a cryptic message in a now-deleted Instagram post.

"One of the best feelings is finally losing your attachment to somebody who isn’t good for you," she wrote.

Then in early 2020 Mullally spoke about it rather cryptically on her podcast In Bed with Nick and Megan, saying she was being bullied.

She didn't name names, but said the person who had been bullying her and caused a divide between her and her co-stars.

"This was a work situation for me - it's tough because the very nature of the bully is that once they're challenged, they really go to town. Like you thought it was bad before, wait.

"I'm pretty much on my own in this situation because the bully has recruited many of my allies to their side, and now they’re not my allies anymore."


Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel.

Image: Disney. 

It turns out the High School Musical cast were not all in this together, at least not at first.

Ashey Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel starred as twins Sharpay and Ryan in the franchise, and while the whole cast seemed really tight, it turns out they... weren't.

The pair reunited in 2017 for a video on Tisdale's YouTube channel and admitted they didn't like each other for a while. 

"We were not close. We were not good friends - let's be honest. It's been 10 years, so we can talk about it." she laughed. "We hated each other. Like, I'm not kidding."

"We didn't get off on the best foot," Grabeel agreed.

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.

Image: New Line Cinema. 


Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams chemistry in The Notebook was spectacular, and it later translated into a real life relationship, but they couldn't stand each other at the beginning of filming,

In fact, it was so bad that Gosling asked director Nick Cassavetes if he could read his lines with another actress.

"Maybe I'm not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not," director Nick Cassavetes said

"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.'"

It took a bit of yelling, but they came to respect each other after a bit of mediation.

"We went into a room with a producer; they started screaming and yelling at each other. I walked out. At that point I was smoking cigarettes. I smoked a cigarette and everybody came out like, 'All right let’s do this.' And it got better after that, you know? They had it out... 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."

That sounds... a lot like Noah and Allie, actually.

Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey.

Image: ABC. 


Dr Preston Burke and Dr Derek Shepherd were mates at Seattle Grace, but not so much in real life.

First, Access Hollywood reported the two had been involved in a "violent brawl" after Patrick Dempsey turned up to set late one day. Then Isaiah Washington was fired from Grey's Anatomy after it emerged he had used a homophobic slur during an argument with Dempsey.

After being let go, Washington appeared on Larry King Live on CNN and said he never used the "F Word" in reference to co-star T.R Knight, who came out as gay, but rather told Dempsey to stop treating him like a "F-word" during an argument "provoked" by Dempsey, who, he felt, was treating him like a "B-word", a "P-word", and the "F-word", which Washington said he meant to mean "somebody who is being weak". 

Bye, Dr Burke.

Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer.

Image: Warner Bros.

Alex Pettyfer takes full responsibility for why his Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum doesn't like him.


"Channing Tatum does not like me," Pettyfer told The Hollywood Reporter. "For many reasons. Many being my own fault."

Pettyfer said he felt shy on set, which may have been perceived as standoffish.

"I didn't speak on the movie [set]. I was scared to speak.

"I did my work and then I sat in the corner and listened to music because I'd been told that anything I do was wrong by my reps and I was very insecure as a human being. That also gave me a bad rep because they said, 'Oh Alex thinks he's f*cking better than everybody else because he doesn't speak to anyone.' And that's not true. I was genuinely nervous and scared to be myself."

After the movie wrapped, Pettyfer rented an apartment from one of Tatum's friends but left still owing four months of back rent, which he said he forgot to pay when his cousin suddenly died.

"I all of a sudden got a very negative email from Channing, rightfully so, saying, 'Don't f*ck my friends. You owe money. Pay the f*cking money. Don't be a clown.'"

Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair.

Image: FX. 

After Selma Blair voiced her concerns about Charlie Sheen's work ethic on the set on their show Anger Management, Sheen fired her via a nasty text message, calling her a "c***".

During a segment on Watch What Happens Live in January 2017, Sheen said he'd like to mash Blair and his former Two and a Half Men co-star Jenny McCarthy together "and then kick them to the curb".


Teri Hatcher and the rest of the Desperate Housewives cast.

Image: ABC. 

The feud between the women of Wisteria Lane always comes back to Teri Hatcher, who played Susan.

Nicolette Sheridan, who played Edie, called Hatcher "the meanest woman in the world".

Last year, Eva Longoria submitted a letter of support to the court over Felicity Huffman's college admission charges.

Longoria’s letter reveals she was bullied by a co-worker on the show, which ran from 2004 to 2012.

"I dreaded the days I had to go to work with that person because it was pure torture," Longoria wrote. "Until one day, Felicity told the bully 'enough' and it all stopped. Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone."

Last year, on the Desperate Housewives anniversary, Huffman posted sweet, funny memories on Instagram about Longoria, Sheridan and Cross, but not about Hatcher.

Also last year, Longoria appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and was asked if they were "all" very good friends.

"No, but 99 per cent of us are," Longoria said.

This post was first published on June 19, 2020 and was updated with new information on April 16, 2022.

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