12 Stars Who Play Villains on Screen but Are Total Sweethearts in Real Life
Some antagonists are so memorable that we love to hate them. These actors gave such brilliant performances as villains, it’s hard to distinguish their characters from who they are as people. But in real life, these actors are lovely and couldn’t be more different than the dark souls they play.
Bright Side thought it would be fun to see the difference between these fantastic villains and the sweet actors who play them.
1. Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton as Lucius and Draco Malfoy
The Malfoy family members make great villains in the Harry Potter film series. This father-son duo couldn’t be further from death eaters. Tom Felton said, “He’d be this evil father, and when we’d say cut, he’d come and give you a cuddle and say, ’Oh, did I hit you too hard?’ Real Jekyll and Hyde, that one.”
2. Chris Evans as Lloyd Hansen
Chris Evans plays a sociopathic assassin for hire in Netflix’s The Gray Man. His character goes toe to toe with Ryan Gosling’s character. Evans said it was a little intimidating going up against Gosling, as he’s a presence. But when the director calls cut, he laughs with his co-star, Billy Bob Thornton.
3. Cate Blanchett as Hela
4. Tom Hiddleston as Loki
5. Tom Hardy as Bane
6. Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge
Imelda plays the cruel Dolores Umbridge perfectly. But she said, “I think she’s a bloody monster.” She also said she felt bad for a couple of days after filming the detention scene.
7. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter
Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for his bone-chilling performance as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. When asked about his Oscar, he said, “What about the nurses and the surgeons and the doctors in hospitals and the caregivers? Where are their awards? They saved lives.”
8. Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna
Charlize plays the evil Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman. But she is an ally of the LGBTQ community and goes to Pride celebrations annually. She said, “I try to always get my family to go and support, these people live in my community and I love them.”
9. Rachel McAdams as Regina George
McAdams is iconic as the head of The Plastics. But in reality, she’s very environmentally conscious. She said, “The environment is a passion for me, and has been for a long time. I try to introduce it into every part of my life if I can, always looking for a greener, lighter way to do everything.”
10. Christopher Lee as Saruman
Christopher Lee was a genuine fan of The Lord of the Rings novels. He said, “The book is such a work of brilliance and majesty — Tolkein wrote an epic on the scale of The Iliad or The Odyssey.”
11. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly
Whilst playing the fashion titan, Meryl Streep stayed in character as the icy-cold Miranda. But when she met Anne Hathaway before filming, she gave her a big hug and told her they would have the best time making the movie.
12. Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey
The sadistic and ill-tempered King Joffrey couldn’t be more different from Jack Gleeson. In real life, Gleeson is an animal and dog lover.
Who are your favorite villains in TV and film? Are there any brilliant actors we’ve missed?