Famous Co-Stars Who Never Got Along in Real Life

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, 1962
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Sometimes actors are so good that they can play a best friend or love interest in a movie or show and actually hate each other in real life. You’ve probably heard of feuds like the one between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis that lasted for years and created so much drama that it became an anthology series decades later. Over the years, there have been many stars that have opened up about feuds on the set of some popular shows or films or who have shared that they never spoke to their co-stars ever again once filming concluded.

Grab some popcorn because you’ll want to learn all about the drama between some of these co-stars who never got along in real life.

Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando

A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, 1967

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Sophia Loren wrote about working with Marlon Brando in her memoir. She revealed that while they were filming A Countess from Hong Kong, he groped her and she yelled at him. While he never did it again, she said that it was quite difficult to work with him and she, rightfully so, despised him.

Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe

SOME LIKE IT HOT, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, 1959

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While Marilyn Monroe was a blonde bombshell, she didn’t capture the heart of every man. When working with her on Some Like It Hot, Tony Curtis said that kissing her was like “kissing Hitler.” Wowza! Prior to the movie, they had dated and things obviously didn’t work out very well. He added that she would try to mess with him by sticking her tongue down his throat during their kissing scenes.

Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, 1952

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The two played characters that fell in love in Singin’ in the Rain but Debbie Reynolds shared in her memoir that Gene Kelly would criticize everything she did. In true Monroe fashion, he would also shove his tongue down Reynold’s throat. She was much younger and said she was appalled that this older man would kiss her that way, especially when she had never French kissed anyone else in her life at that point.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall

SEX AND THE CITY 2, from left: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, 2010

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Their feud has been in headlines again recently as Kim Cattrall made a cameo in the Sex and the City remake And Just Like That... Reports say that the two did not appear in a scene together and didn’t even talk to each other on the set. Sarah Jessica Parker has denied claims of a feud, while Cattrall has fueled them by saying that Parker could have been nicer.

Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson

GILMORE GIRLS, Scott Patterson, Lauren Graham, 'That's What You Get, Folks, For Makin' Whoopee', (Season 7, October 3, 2006),2000-2007

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Their love story as Lorelai and Luke captured the hearts of Gilmore Girls fans (try our trivia quiz to see if you’re a true fan of the show!) but they definitely didn’t fall in love off-camera. Lauren Graham was quick to say no when a reporter once asked if she was best friends with Scott Patterson in real life.

Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth / Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano

BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, 1990-2000, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, 1991

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Shannen Doherty has been reported to have feuded with several co-stars. During her days on Beverly Hills: 90210, Doherty left after season four because she did not get along with her castmates, most notably Jennie Garth. (Learn more about the show’s recent reunion… which didn’t include Doherty.)

CHARMED, Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Season 2, 1998-2006

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When she appeared in Charmed, she also left after the third season due to drama at work, presumably with Alyssa Milano. However, in 2017, Milano said that they reconnected and were friendly.

Bea Arthur and Betty White

THE GOLDEN GIRLS, from left: Bea Arthur, Betty White, 1985-1992

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Not everyone likes a sunny outlook. Betty White reportedly had a very positive attitude and that would often rub Bea Arthur the wrong way. Turns out they were very much like their characters on The Golden Girls and that translated to not being close off the set.

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, (aka THE X FILES 2), David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, 2008

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While fans always wanted Mulder and Scully to be together on The X-Files, the stars didn’t like each other in real life because David Duchovny once said they were too much alike. He said he and Gillian Anderson would often argue all the time over nothing.

George Takei and William Shatner

STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, (back row l-r): George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, (front l-r): Walter Koenig, DeForest Kelley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, 1991

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During their time on Star Trek, they never got along. George Takei has slammed William Shatner over the years, calling him self-centered and egotistical. Shatner pushed back by saying that there must be something else bothering Takei for him to take things out on him. He also called them strangers, since they never really hung out or talked when not working together.

Will Smith and Janet Hubert

FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR, Janet Hubert, Will Smith, James Avery, 1990-96

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Lastly, these two Fresh Prince of Bel-Air stars had such a bad relationship off the set that Janet Hubert was replaced in season four. Will Smith has said that he didn’t do anything on purpose and he doesn’t really understand her hatred. She has called him an egomaniac.

Did any of these star feuds surprise you or upset you? Let us know in the comments!

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