You love watching their movies and TV shows. They made you cry, laugh, or remain on the edge of your seat as you watched the scenes unfold. But it turns out that these co-stars are highly paid actors for a reason. When the cameras stopped rolling, they had a seriously difficult time getting along.
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey
Though the pair had incredible chemistry (and still inspire us to try that lift scene anytime we get into a body of water) things were certainly different in real life. In his autobiography, the late Swayze explained that he had a hard time acting alongside Grey, as she would have giggle fits that required them to start and stop shooting frequently. He noted she would also often burst into tears if someone criticized her.
Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker
Though the two played besties Samantha and Carrie in the now-classic TV series Sex and the City, in real life, you won’t catch these two hanging out anytime soon. Rumors swirled about a third SATC movie, but Cattrall quickly squashed them, and had some harsh words for her former co-star. She gave an interview to Piers Morgan, commenting, “This is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City and, specifically, Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer…. I don’t know what her issue is, I never have.” Ouch.
Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett
The two heartthrobs had a serious beef when they filmed Hollywood Homicide. Hartnett commented on the tension saying, “There were times we would end up just sitting in the car when we were supposed to be doing a scene and neither of us would say anything for like an hour.”
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio
While there chemistry was undeniable in Romeo + Juliet, quite the opposite was true. in real life. Danes found DiCaprio immature, and was put off by his on-set pranks. On the flip side, DiCaprio thought Danes was too uptight. Danes ended up turning down an opportunity to work with DiCaprio on the film J. Edgar, allegedly to work on Homeland, but also possibly because of the previous tension.
Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross
Remember this guilty pleasure show? While you loved watching the characters be catty, it turns out that some of this tension was oh-so-real. Hatcher was a polarizing figure on set but had the most strained relationship with co-star Marcia Cross.
While these co-stars may have had a tough time getting along on-set, we’re glad they used their acting chops to hold it together long enough to film the movies and TV shows we love and watch over and over.
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.