7 Onscreen Couples With Incredible Chemistry Who Actually Couldn’t Stand Each Other in Real Life
Being an actor is no picnic, especially if you star in romantic movies. It might sound cool to hug Channing Tatum or look at the stars with Ryan Gosling, but they’re people too. They have their own flaws that aren’t always bearable. These actors, with their incredible chemistry onscreen, actually hated working with each other. Who’d have ever thought, they looked so perfect together!
1. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook
Ryan confessed that he wanted Rachel to get kicked off the film, he even asked the director to bounce her from the set. Then they went into a room with a producer and started yelling at each other. Rachel recollects, “We weren’t throwing vases at each other. It wasn’t loathing, but our relationship wasn’t what you saw on the screen. I’d say we were both, well, professional.”
Surprisingly, they dated for a while after the filming.
2. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing
Patrick and Jennifer couldn’t find common ground. They’d starred together in the action film Red Dawn and had had an 8-week training course. Patrick was bossy, and Grey didn’t like it.
She wasn’t particularly happy when she found out Swayze would be her co-star again. Patrick was a trained dancer and got frustrated with the inexperienced Jennifer. They also argued before shooting, and Patrick was fed up with Jennifer’s mood swings.
3. Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist
It was expected that these 2 charismatic actors would sweep viewers off their feet. Yet, Depp thought Jolie was “too full of herself” and way too controlling, while she was disappointed in his lack of commitment and scruffiness.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet
Claire took everything seriously and didn’t fool around, she wanted to prove herself. Even though DiCaprio was older, she was more mature. Danes wasn’t intimidated by the heartthrob and didn’t act flirtatiously. “She was the only girl that looked me in the eye in auditions,” says DiCaprio.
Claire thought he was “too immature,” while Leonardo found her “too uptight.”
5. Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in Castle
A whopping 8 seasons were filmed, but the actors still couldn’t stand each other. Fans of the show speculate that this was the exact reason for the closure of the series. Stana would cry on set and in her dressing room because Nathan was mean to her. It’s also said that a lot of people found working with Nathan to be complicated.
6. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in Four Christmases
Vince’s laid-back attitude during the making of the movie didn’t go well with Reese, who is very organized. Witherspoon also wanted to stick to the script, while Vaughn preferred to play around and see where it would go. Someone involved in the filming mentioned, “Sometimes Vince would be standing behind her, and he’d have this furious look on his face!” which certainly set an awkward tone for their chemistry.
7. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X Files
The actors worked long hours and were always together, so it was quite tiring. David says, “We don’t hang out. At any moment, one of us can turn into a psychotic human being because of the demands that are put on us, the 16-hour days.” Their different working styles also took a toll on their relationship — Gillian was a perfectionist, and David wanted to move faster.
How would you deal with a disagreeable co-star if you were an actor? How easy is it for you to hide your feelings?