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Actors Who Were Not Allowed To Be Together On Set

These actors probably don’t recall those collaborations fondly.

Martyna Janasik

29 April 2024

Actors Who Were Not Allowed To Be Together On Set

Falling in love with their on-screen partners, actors have often proven that the line between fiction and reality is thin. Equally common, however, are situations where hatred takes over in real life. Here are examples of actors who didn’t hit it off and didn’t spend time together on set.

Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte

In the 90s, Julia Roberts was one of the most sought-after women in the film industry. So, it’s no surprise that Nick Nolte also has a performance alongside her on his resume. In the movie I Love Trouble, the actors play rival reporters, proving that the line between love and hate is incredibly thin. In the film, it was closer to love, but in reality, hatred took over on set. The mutual dislike between Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte was so significant that reportedly, some of their shared scenes were recorded separately.

Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi

The Good Wife is a TV series that aired from 2009 to 2016, blending politics with scandal and family dynamics. It tells the story of the wife of a state prosecutor who returns to her career as a lawyer after years away, needing to support her family after her husband’s numerous infidelities and corruption are exposed. For the first two seasons, the main character’s closest confidante is her dear friend. However, when it turns out that she’s involved in a scandal with the main character’s husband, their relationship cools significantly. Fans also began to suspect that things weren’t going well not only between the characters but also between the actresses portraying them.

When Margulies and Panjabi didn’t appear on screen together for 30 episodes, viewers started to wonder if the tension had spread off-screen as well. This was confirmed when it emerged that their first joint appearance in the finale of the sixth season was pieced together. The actresses weren’t in the same room at the time. Their performances were combined using green screen technology.

Megan Mullally and Debra Messing

Did you like the series Will & Grace? If so, you probably remember that Grace’s close friend was Karen. Unfortunately, such relationships only connected them on screen… until a certain point! First, Meghan Mullally and Debra Messing stopped following each other on Instagram and posing for photos together. Then, Mullally announced that she was leaving the production. On October 24, 2019, TVLine reported that Mullally had taken a temporary leave. According to a source in EW, it was the tension between Mullally and Messing that contributed to the final decision to end the series. The presence of disagreements on set was later confirmed by some members of the production team.

Joan Collins and John Forsythe

Dynasty is considered by many to be the ultimate TV series, the best of the best. It’s no wonder the show achieved tremendous success; the cast became huge stars, and every fan wanted to know about the events on set. However, even this production faced casting problems. The crew didn’t have it easy, all because of the conflict between Joan Collins and John Forsythe, who reportedly only spoke to each other when they had scenes together—scenes that couldn’t be avoided and only when the camera was rolling. In other situations, they were said to avoid each other like the plague on set.

Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell

Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell starred together in the popular 90s TV show Martin. Despite the show’s success, things were only good between them on screen. Campbell filed a lawsuit against the actor for “repeated and escalating sexual harassment, sexual battery, verbal abuse, and related threats.” After this incident, although the actors remained in the cast, Campbell shot scenes at completely different times, minimizing the time spent with Lawrence.

Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn

Remember Cersei and Bronn? They’re, of course, characters from Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, you won’t see their portrayers, Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn, together in action on other sets either. And, of course, you couldn’t expect that in Game of Thrones either. All because the actors were once in a romantic relationship. In 2002, Headey and Flynn were a couple. Their love didn’t withstand the test of time, and the breakup was reportedly very tumultuous and emotional. This is said to be the reason why we won’t see them in the same room or on the same set.

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp fulfilled the dreams of many cinema lovers when they joined forces to star together in the movie The Tourist. The production received mixed reviews, and their collaboration is not fondly remembered in Hollywood history. According to rumors, the actors avoided each other, and during breaks between shots, Depp didn’t stay near the actress or engage in conversation with her at all. Jolie reportedly had grievances against Depp for not being in his best form. The Tourist was the only time Jolie and Depp worked together, and there’s no indication that the actors will meet again.

Martyna Janasik

Martyna Janasik

Cultural studies scholar and writer. Enthusiast of food, cinema, and sports. Probably that's why some of her favorite movies are "Rocky" and "Julie and Julia". She always wanted to write, so she will always write. In her free time, she loves watching movies and playing tennis.

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