Acting out make believe characters is what actors do. So, if they are cast in a TV show alongside another actor that they are “supposed” to be in love with, they get on with the job of acting.
A TV couple spends long hours together on set– they are thrown together constantly, there are countless love scenes, there are bust ups, and there are occasionally fun times. Sometimes the two actors involved fall in love in real life, while other times they become friends.
What’s the worst that can happen? Well, the worst that can happen is that they don’t get on, argue and grow to hate one another. There’s a problem, though, since they are supposed to be in love, and this can hinder the tension between their characters.
The true professionals grin and bear it. They keep acting and doing their job, even if they don’t like it. Other times, actors whinge and demand their their TV significant other be written out of the show or replaced, or that their scenes together be limited. Some actors who hate their co-star have been known to walk off their shows, throwing things into total chaos.
Here are 15 TV Couples Who Actually Despised Each Other.
15. Mulder And Scully – The X-Files
Mulder and Scully hate one another? The answer to that seems to be yes. Back when the original series of The X-Files was airing in the 1990s, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) were victims of the show’s success.
They were forced to work long hours in close proximity. As the fateful saying goes: familiarity breeds contempt. Duchovny has gone on record saying that there were times when they were so sick of one another that they fought constantly and got to the point where they could not stand to be in the same room together. \
While the intimate relationship between Mulder and Scully is not heavily emphasized in the plot lines, it is always in the background of the show. Even though Duchovny and Anderson could not stand one another, the chemistry between their characters is skillfully maintained by two talented actors.
Still, it’s hard to imagine the arguments and tension that went on when the cameras weren’t rolling. Apparently, things were less tense when the duo filmed the reboot of the series in 2016. Fans were delighted to learn that the show would return mid-season in 2018.
14. Puck And Santana – Glee
Mark Salling and Naya Rivera hate one another. Their characters on Glee, Puck (Salling) and Santana (Rivera) have an on-again-off again, love-hate relationship that is always interesting to watch.
In real life, Salling and Rivera were involved in a relationship during the first season of the show. It seems that their turbulent on-screen relationship mirrored their off-screen one. After the first season wrapped and the cast went off on summer break, Salling began “cheating” on Rivera with other women.
Rivera responded by keying and egging his Lexus, which pretty much meant that the love-hate relationship was now permanently based on hate. After that, the writers made certain that the two had few scenes together.
Almost no one saw what was coming next: in 2015 Salling was arrested on child pornography charges. The one person who clearly was not shocked was Rivera. She has gone on record saying that after her experiences with Salling, she was not at all surprised.
13. Charlie And Kate – Anger Management
Selma Blair makes no secret of her hatred for Charlie Sheen. In Anger Management, Charlie (Sheen) and Kate (Blair) are therapists and anger management specialists who compete against one another on every level. It’s a true love-hate affair.
Eventually, the inevitable happens and the two become lovers. Now, Charlie Sheen has a reputation for being difficult at the best of times. Just ask Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre. So, no one expected that, after his exit from Lorre’s show, he would behave any better on the set of Anger Management.
Some say that Blair complained about Sheen’s behavior on set. It seems that perhaps she might have been annoyed by the fact everyone had to sit around waiting for him to learn his lines. She maintains that an angry Sheen confronted her and insisted that she be sacked.
She also claims she learned she was being fired via a text message from Sheen himself. Sheen, of course, denies that, and says that the show simply took a different direction. Blair threatened legal action, but nothing came of it.
12. Castle And Becket – Castle
To put it mildly, Nathan Filllion and Stana Katic are not the best of friends. Castle tells the story of successful crime writer Rick Castle (Fillion) and NYPD detective Kate Becket (Katic), a battling love-hate duo that join forces to investigate crimes in New York City.
They first hook up when a copycat serial killer seems to be recreating murders from Castle’s novels. It goes so well, at least on screen, that they decide to continue their partnership. The sexual tension between the two, the “will they or won’t they” question kept fans coming back for more.
However, some say that in real life Fillion and Katic hated one another, and that this is why she left the show after eight seasons. If there was already animosity between Fillion and Katic, her leaving the show did nothing to ease the tension, because after her departure it was announced the show would not be renewed.
Both actors and their teams remained professional, though, and denied rumors of bad feelings between the two.
11. Ross And Rachel – Friends
For ten years– from 1994 to 2004– Friends fans were enthralled with the exploits of six young friends living in New York City. It has become a classic and a must-watch show even now, some thirteen years after its last episode.
It turned its young cast into stars almost overnight. So, did the “friends” actually get along? Were they actually friends? Cast and crew have steadily maintained that, yes, of course everything was happy and friendly in Friends-land.
However, some have doubted this version of events. Take Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), for example; the on screen chemistry between the two appears strong, but, in real life, things were not so cozy.
When Jennifer Aniston went on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2010, she confirmed that Schwimmer was engaged, but then went on to say she didn’t know to whom. This apparently annoyed Schwimmer a lot, and things only got worse when Schwimmer was not invited to Aniston’s wedding to Justin Theroux.
10. Tarek And Christina El Moussa – Flip or Flop
After eight years of marriage, Flip or Flop stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa called it quits in early 2017. It seems that there had been an extraordinary amount of tension between the two, which ended in near tragedy with a fight that involved a gun.
The couple continue to appear in the real estate investment how-to show together, but it is clear that somewhere along the way their relationship went into a nuclear meltdown, with tales of disagreements, punishing work schedules, health scares, and the birth of a baby that left real estate investor Christina frazzled and with too much to do.
Reality stars are “themselves” and have no fictional character to hide behind. Tarek and Christina were suppose to be a happily married couple that pulled together and presented a united front.
However, as things got worse and worse that was harder and harder to do. The now-divorced couple are faced with the challenge of working together after a traumatic split. Some say the thatcracks have already begun to appear.
9. Penny And Leonard – Big Bang Theory
Does the whole cast of The Big Bang Theory hate Kaley Cuoco? It seems that this may be the case.
The show has been a huge success, with Cuoco, who plays Penny, earning $1 million per episode. In the show, Penny is paired off with geeky Leonard, played by Johnny Galecki, whom she dated in real life.
Their on screen relationship is complicated, with Penny attracted to Leonard’s intelligence and Leonard drawn to Penny because she is the popular, pretty girl. When they do get together, Penny rules the roost.
After she and Galecki split up in real life, Cuoco went on to date equestrian Karl Cook in a very splashy, tabloid-intensive way. She seemed to be hogging the spotlight, leaving her co-stars in the shade. That, plus her allegedly diva “I’m the big star” behavior on set, has alienated Galecki and other cast members. Galecki and Cuoco used to be on-set allies, but this is no longer the case.
8. Jackie And Kelso – That 70’s Show
The whole world knows that, these days, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are happily married, but it was not love at first sight, as it appears that, when they first met on the set of That 70’s Show, it was not a match made in heaven.
They played love birds Jackie and Kelso, with Ashton giving Mila her first kiss. They are a cute, funny, and adorable TV couple. Off camera, however, it was a different story, with many saying they couldn’t stand one another.
Mila was only around 15 years old when she started the show, while Ashton was 21 years old. So, perhaps clashes were inevitable, given their age gap. Reportedly, they could not stand working together and avoided one another on the set.
Friends who knew them back during those days were amazed when the two got together and were eventually married, as nobody would have guessed that this could have happened all those years ago. It seems as though the two reconnected after Ashton split up with his ex wife Demi Moore.
7. Blake And Alexis – Dynasty
The battles of Blake and Alexis on 1980’s soap Dynasty carried over into the relationship between John Forsythe and Joan Collins, who star as the battling divorced couple in the hit soap opera.
Forsythe plays Blake Carrington, a rich oil tycoon, who is plagued by his scary and scheming ex-wife Alexis. Joan Collins is perfect as the nasty, acid-tongued Alexis. Her goal in life seems to be causing as many problems as possible for Blake.
However, Collins has said that Forsythe never warmed to her and kept her at arm’s length for most of their time together on the show. She thinks that the hatred and animosity between Blake and Alexis might have rubbed off onto Forsythe.
Collins has also said that, for an entire season of the show, she and Forsythe didn’t speak to one another unless they were filming a scene. It seems that, after the show wrapped up, things got a little better between the two stars.
6. George And Susan – Seinfeld
When they were filming Seinfeld, Jason Alexander found it impossible to work with actress Heidi Swedberg. Alexander plays George and Swedberg is Susan. The characters a constant on-again/off-again relationship, with Susan and George eventually becoming engaged.
George and Susan are both quirky characters who viewers enjoy, but can occasionally be pretty insufferable. It seems that Alexander wasn’t just annoyed with Susan, but also with actress Swedberg. So, he eventually got the script writers to write her out of the show.
In a classic Seinfeld episode, Susan dies after licking a number of poisonous envelopes. What a way to go. Some fans were surprised by her abrupt departure at the end of season seven. However, Jason owned up to the fact that he had asked for her character be written out.
5. Ryan And Marissa – The OC
The OC is a minefield of feuds and angry egos, both on screen and in real life. Ryan, played by Ben McKenzie, is a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who gets involved with a group from Orange County– the California rich kids.
Marissa, portrayed by an already troubled Mischa Barton, is a hard-headed rich kid out to show the world that she is s boss. In real life, Barton’s life wasn’t as neat. She was already on course for a series of run-ins with the law, including a DUI and possession of marijuana.
Her addictions, plus her diva behavior, caused problems with McKenzie. At the end of the day, the TV couple Ryan and Marissa became predictably dysfunctional, with a steady series of bust ups and make ups, culminating in Marissa being killed off at the end of series three.
Actors McKenzie and Barton have parted ways since. Now, McKenzie has a regular gig as James Gordon in Gotham. Sadly, Barton has had a series of mental meltdowns, so the two no longer keep in touch.
4. Luke And Lorelai – Gilmore Girls
Fans may be shocked to learn that the actors who played Luke and Lorelai on Gilmore Girls aren’t on friendly terms. The show is set in a fictional Connecticut town with the idyllic name of Stars Hollow. It ran for seven seasons and managed to attract a loyal fan base.
The show centers on single mother Lorelai Gilmore (played by Lauren Graham) and her efforts to navigate parenthood, life, and love. Her budding relationship with café owner Luke is full of snappy banter and lots of hugs. However, Graham and Patterson never really hit it off.
Instead, it is just plain old good acting that was able to convince audiences that they were actually in love. When Patterson was interviewed and asked if he and Graham were friends, he came out with a “no” that was a little too loud and long.
Even on the show, it was not always plain sailing for characters Luke and Lorelai. They split up at the beginning of the seventh season of the show, but get back together by the end. Cue the kiss and fade to black…
3. Elena And Damon – Vampire Diaries
Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somehalder) have what might be called a “dark”– and sometimes deeply troubled– relationship. Well, after all, Damon is a vampire, so we can expect some tension.
During The Vampire Diaries‘ early run, rumors of a real life hook up between Dobrev and Somehalder began making the rounds. For nearly three years, they kept the off-screen romance under wraps– or, at least they tried to keep it secret.
Everything was kept under wraps until the couple broke up. So, essentially, there were Elena and Damon, who were in love on the show, and then Dobrev and Somhalder in real life, who were both upset after the breakup and never wanted to see each other again.
Things only got worse when Somehalder started dating someone else. So, the writers were set with the task of keeping the two actors apart as much as possible. Dobrev left the show after the 2015 season, but returned for the finale in 2017.
2. Brooke And Lucas – One Tree Hill
When Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush were thrown together to play Lucas and Brooke in One Tree Hill, nobody could have predicted the disaster than was ahead for both of the actors and the show.
They portrayed the characters Brooke and Lucas, who were young and in love, much like their real life selves. So far, everything was fine. The two dated for only five months before getting married in 2005.
By 2006, Bush was in court asking for an annulment. When the court said no to an annulment, the two later filed for divorce. So, the divorced couple weren’t exactly thrilled about being in one another’s company in the show.
Eventually Brooke and Lucas split up, but remain friendly. In real life, Murray and Bush don’t care for one another. No one knows what happened in the marriage, but Bush has said they should have never married in the first place.
1. Mike And Julie – Growing Pains
Take devout Christian actor Kirk Cameron and pair him with an ex-Playboy model turned actress Julie McCulloch, and what do you get? You get lots of problems.
Cameron plays Mike Seaver in Growing Pains, opposite McCulloch’s character Julie. The show centers on the Seaver family, made up of psychiatrist dad, reporter mom, and a few cute kids. The son Mike is a bit of a ladies man. However, it was a bit of a surprise when Mike and Julie fall head over heels in love.
One thing led to another and it seemed that marriage might have been on the cards. The only thing was that Cameron was upset by McCulloch’s Playboy “background” and reportedly insisted that she be written out of the show.
Since then, he has denied that he demanded she be fired. Instead, he says that Julie was always meant to be a short term character. Many fans don’t buy that story, though, and believe that the religious Cameron shafted his co-star because he didn’t approve of her career choices. His extremism ended up alienating him from most of the cast and crew of the show.
Can you think of any other actors who didn’t get along with their TV significant others? Let us know in the comment section!
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