Having a romantic crush on someone is simply a part of being human. And it isn’t just us mere mortals who secretly hold passionate feelings for others – famous people do, too. And, it must be said, some of these celebrity infatuations are downright surprising. For instance, you could be shocked to learn that the great Rihanna has a secret crush on a certain British singer… Plus, we reveal 39 other famous faces who have had the hots for their fellow stars.
Jennifer Lawrence on Timothée Chalamet
When it comes to modern Hollywood celebrities, it doesn’t get more current than Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence and Call Me by Your Name actor Timothée Chalamet. And it was while Chalamet was gaining traction for his performance in the coming-of-age drama that Lawrence first admitted her crush on him. In fact, she told Entertainment Tonight, “[I’m] buttering [Chalamet] up like a pig for slaughter. I’m going to swing right in there as soon as he’s, like, 30. He’s old enough to say that, right? He’s over 18?” Luckily for the actress, her fellow actor was 22 at the time.
Jennifer Lawrence on Larry David
Mind you, Jennifer Lawrence has had her fair share of celebrity crushes. Back in 2014, for example, the actress told Vanity Fair that she had long held a flame for a particular older man. She said, “Do you like Larry David? I’m in love with him, and I have been for a really long time.” Lawrence even claimed that she’d given the comedian her number. Lawrence then told Glamour magazine two years later, “I love that he didn’t call me. It makes him so much hotter.”
Adam Rippon, Harry Styles and Shawn Mendes
There have, of course, been plenty of same-sex celebrity crushes down the years. Take figure skater Adam Rippon, winner of the 2016 U.S. National Championships. He revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2018 that he’d previously had the hots for singer Harry Styles – but that he had since found a new object for his affections. Rippon said cheekily, “I was sleeping on Shawn Mendes – not with. I didn’t realize how cute he is. I know [Styles] will be upset.”
Harry Styles on Lindsay Lohan
Harry Styles may have many admirers – but it seems that the One Direction singer failed to make any progress when he was turned down by Mean Girls actress Lindsay Lohan. In fact, Lohan told U.K. newspaper The Sun in 2016 that Styles had knocked on her hotel room door late one night. She remarked, “I didn’t know it was him. He was in a suit. I said, ‘Well, you’re very good looking. Can I help you?’ That was it.”
Nicole Kidman on Jimmy Fallon
Even world-famous stars sometimes stumble in their attempts to woo. Don’t believe us? Well, during a memorable 2015 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Nicole Kidman revealed to the host that the pair of them had once been set up on a date. Fallon said, though, that he’d had no idea that it was supposed to have been a romantic occasion. Talking of the event – which had taken place years earlier – Kidman laughed, “You wouldn’t talk. You wouldn’t say anything, and then you put a video game on or something… and so after about an hour and a half, I thought, ‘He has no interest, this is so embarrassing.’”
Anne Hathaway on Jon Stewart
It seems that many TV hosts are attractive to Hollywood stars. For instance, during a 2008 appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, actress Anne Hathaway admitted that she was a little overwhelmed to be finally meeting the host. She said, “By the way, I’d just like everyone to know that all I heard right there is, ‘Buzz buzz buzz.’ I’m sitting across from Jon Stewart! It is so cool to be here!” And the star of Les Misérables added that she was far from alone: “Every girl that I [told] I was coming on this show… was like, ‘I have the biggest crush on him!’”
Helen Mirren on Vin Diesel
There can be some big age gaps when it comes to celebrity crushes – just ask Helen Mirren. In 2015 the then-69-year-old admitted on Late Night with Seth Myers to having the hots for Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel, who was 47 at the time. Seeing the actor give a speech, Mirren said, she thought Diesel was “so smart, and so funny, and so cool.” She confessed, “I just sort of fell a little bit in love with him right there and then.”
Diane Keaton on Channing Tatum
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are plenty of actors with the hots for much younger stars. Need an example? Well, Diane Keaton told Ellen DeGeneres on the latter’s show that she’d marry Magic Mike star Channing Tatum – who is over three decades younger than her. And Keaton took the news badly when DeGeneres pointed out that Tatum was already married at the time. The star remarked, “I’m sorry? Channing Tatum is actually married to someone else? Not me?”
Lena Dunham on Jimmy Fallon
Apparently, TV personality Jimmy Fallon is a bit of a stud who is not short of admirers. In 2012, in fact, Girls creator and star Lena Dunham came clean about her crush on the host during one of his shows. Dunham said, “It’s a big deal for me to be here, for a lot of reasons. But the big one is that I was, like, really obsessed with you in high school. Like in a way that was a little crazy.”
Josh Hutcherson on Emma Watson
Of course, many celebrity crushes don’t come to anything – something that actor Josh Hutcherson knows all too well. Back in 2013, you see, Hutcherson admitted to MTV that he was a big fan of Harry Potter star Emma Watson. He said, “I tried to get my manager to call, like, ‘Er, could you, like, call [her] manager and see if we could, like, meet or something?’ It hasn’t happened yet. One day, fingers crossed!” That ship may have sailed, however. Because although Watson is still single, Hutcherson has been in a relationship with the Spanish actress Claudia Traisac since 2014.
Jack Black on Amy Poehler
Here’s a celebrity crush that looks like it could work on paper. Yes, funnyman Jack Black has previously admitted to having a crush on another comedy actor: Amy Poehler. Black told W magazine back in 2013, “I’m always attracted to a good sense of humor. Ever since I saw Amy Poehler on Conan O’Brien, where she played Andy Richter’s crazy sister with the braces, I was like, ‘Oh, okay. That girl is incredible.’”
Terrell Owens on Jennifer Lopez
Football star Terrell Owens took his celebrity crush on Jennifer Lopez one step further than most. In 2015, you see, Owens revealed to Us Weekly, “I’ve been trying to find her. If somebody can reach out… and tell her I’m looking for [her].” Unfortunately for Owens, though, football might not be Lopez’s cup of tea: she is currently in a relationship with ex-baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
Emma Watson on Tom Felton
So what about crushes between co-stars? Well, for her part, Emma Watson seemingly had a thing for Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise. She told The Mirror in 2012, “Between the ages of ten and 12, I had a really terrible crush on Tom Felton… We love a bad guy. He was a few years older, and he had a skateboard – and that just did it really.” But unfortunately for Watson, it never amounted to anything. She admitted, “He totally knew [about the crush], and the thing is that he’d tell everyone, ‘I see her in a younger, sisterly way,’ and it just broke my heart. It still does.”
Rebel Wilson on Channing Tatum
It seems that Diane Keaton is not the only celebrity holding out for Channing Tatum – as Bridesmaids star Rebel Wilson is also a not-so-secret admirer of the actor, too. She told W magazine in 2013, “I’m too nervous to even say it. What if he sees this and is like, ‘OMG, Rebel Wilson is my celebrity crush? Yeah, let me get divorced from my wife and come and find out where she lives.’ All right, Channing, if you wanna do that, my address is 948 Blueberry Road.”
Reese Witherspoon on Johnny Depp
Another actor with his fair share of admirers is, of course, Johnny Depp. And Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon admitted to MTV in 2012 that he had actually been her first celebrity crush. The actress said, “I have to say probably Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street. I just had a really major crush on him. I used to pull pictures out of Teen Beat and put them on my wall.” But she was also realistic about Depp’s reaction if he were to ever find out, adding, “I’m not sure it would faze him; I’m sure he’s heard that quite a bit.”
Dwayne Johnson on Rachel McAdams and Jennifer Lopez
While having a crush is totally normal, one star worried that revealing his feelings would get him into trouble with his partner. Nevertheless, Dwayne Johnson revealed his crush on both Rachel McAdams and Jennifer Lopez in an interview with People in 2016. Talking of his now wife, Lauren Hashian, Johnson said, “Lauren is going to kill me! It’s not going to get me in trouble… because that’s where I’m going to stop.”
Meryl Streep on Will Ferrell
Some celebrity pairings are a little more difficult to imagine than others – like Meryl Streep and her dream man. The star in fact admitted that she had a thing for funnyman Will Ferrell in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2015. The acting legend said, “I have the biggest crush on Will Ferrell. I love him in every film he does. I mean, Ryan Gosling could be my child. I’m not going to have a crush on a child. Will Ferrell is a man.”
Martha Stewart on Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling is a man with plenty of smitten admirers. And one such example from the celebrity world is Martha Stewart, who really is old enough to be the former’s mother. Stewart admitted in a 2013 interview with Entertainment Tonight, “I was into Ryan Gosling for quite a while. I watched every one of his movies.” Naturally, though, there are plenty of others out there who have no doubt done the same thing.
Ryan Gosling on Britney Spears
Heartthrob Ryan Gosling had a celebrity crush of his very own back when he was on the Mickey Mouse Club. And the recipient of Gosling’s affections was none other than co-star Britney Spears. Yet Spears actually ended up in a long-term relationship with another co-star: Justin Timberlake. Gosling told The Sunday Times Style magazine in 2013, “Britney was a sweetheart. She lived right above me; the girl next door. The little girl I used to play basketball and spin the bottle with.”
Britney Spears on Brad Pitt
While Britney Spears had a relationship with crush-magnet Justin Timberlake, it seems that another man held her secret affections, too. In an interview with E! News in 2016 – and responding to a question about her first celebrity crush – the “Baby One More Time” singer replied, almost instantly, “Brad Pitt.” When asked why, Spears gave a pretty emphatic response: “He’s f***ing Brad Pitt.”
Ariana Grande on Jim Carrey
A teen star who had, and perhaps still has, a crush on a significantly older man is Ariana Grande. On Live with Kelly and Michael back in 2015, Grande was actually pretty candid about who had held her affections for a significant period. She added, “My childhood crush, like, my lifelong crush, it kind of all goes together – it’s Jim Carrey. I love him so much.”
50 Cent on Helen Mirren
In 2017 Helen Mirren – who has previously admitted her crush on Vin Diesel – was caught staring intently at the rapper 50 Cent in a photo published by the New York Post. 50 Cent then shared the picture with his Instagram followers and added the following message, “I think I love her, man, I’m trying not to stare at her. She knows she turns me on. She just has that thing, you know, I can’t describe it. LOL.” But perhaps he was being a little tongue-in-cheek?
Bella Thorne on Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus
Bella Thorne found fame on Disney Channel’s Shake it Up, and in a revealing interview with Maxim back in 2016, the bisexual singer was open about having crushes on fellow Disney Channel stars too. In particular, Thorne picked out Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. She said, “Demi Lovato. I must say… rawrrrr. She is a pretty toasty woman. Miley Cyrus, too. She’s dope. But [Lovato] is fire, just fire.”
Selena Gomez on Billy Crudup
Breakout Disney star Selena Gomez has also revealed her celebrity crush. And it just so happened to be a former co-star – but not one from her Disney days. Gomez was actually upfront about her admiration for Almost Famous star Billy Crudup, with whom she starred in the 2014 movie Rudderless. Gomez opened up on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, “I went through my whole Almost Famous phase, so I was like Penny Lane for a good month: I wore the outfits and had the hair and the glasses… And then, I found out I was going to be a part of the movie [with Crudup], and it took me a minute at first, because I kind of had a little bit of a crush on him!”
Mandy Moore on Shane West
Of course, there are plenty of actors who have had the hots for their co-stars. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in 2017 about her role in A Walk to Remember, Mandy Moore opened up about fellow castmate Shane West’s character Landon. She revealed, “He was the character to me, and there was definitely a part of me that absolutely fell in love with him. I don’t know if I could discern the difference between him and the character at that point in time because, again, it was my first experience doing anything like this, and I was a 16-year-old, impressionable girl.”
Kim Kardashian West on Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp, it seems, was breaking hearts across America back in the day. And one of those belonged to Kim Kardashian West. In an interview with Australian magazine Daily Life in 2015, Kardashian in fact revealed that she had been “obsessed” with Depp during her teenage years. She even referred to the Blow actor as both “so hot” and “gorgeous.” And she was hardly alone with those opinions – just ask Reese Witherspoon.
Ashton Kutcher on Jennifer Aniston
Heartthrob Ashton Kutcher is probably no stranger to being on the receiving end of crushes. But before the actor found fame, he too held a flame for another popular object of affection: Jennifer Aniston. According to Marie Claire, he revealed in 2011, “I was 17 years old, and she was my screensaver. So I make a bet with my buddy. I’m probably 17 years old. I said to him, ‘I bet you $1,000 that some day I will go on a date with Jennifer Aniston.’” Unfortunately for Kutcher, it never happened.
Lucy Hale on Steve Carrell
As you already know, a good age gap means nothing when it comes to celebrity crushes. For instance, actress Lucy Hale admitted to being attracted to an older star. She has, in fact, revealed twice that she has the hots for actor Steve Carrell, who is nearly 30 years her senior. Hale confessed in 2013 to Lucky magazine, “I think Steve Carrell is so sexy.” And the praise continued that same year, as she tweeted, “Steve Carell is my dream man. That’s all.”
Emilia Clarke on Matt LeBlanc
A younger woman who has a thing for an older man is Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. In a memorable exchange on The Graham Norton Show in the U.K., Clarke confessed to having a crush on Matt LeBlanc – who just so happened to be a guest on the show at the same time. The Friends actor then gave her a taste of the Joey Tribbiani magic, reciting the famous catchphrase, “How you doin’?” Naturally, Clarke blushed – as most of us would have done in those circumstances.
Matthew McConaughey on Susan Sarandon
There are undoubtedly plenty of male celebrities who have had crushes on older stars, too. In fact, Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is surely not the only man, or woman, who has had a thing for Susan Sarandon. The Dallas Buyers’ Club actor admitted in an interview with W magazine back in 2013, “Susan Sarandon is still to this day, one of the sexiest women. I just find her very crushable.”
Lauren Conrad on Justin Timberlake
There is certainly more than one star who has admitted to having had the hots for singer Justin Timberlake throughout the years. But Lauren Conrad confessed to having a crush on the singer back in her teens. And when asked to state which era of Justin she was most attracted to, the TV personality had no doubts. She told Us Weekly in 2014, “Like, the hair, license-plate-around-the-neck Justin in his prime.”
Emma Roberts on Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Most stars play it a lot cooler than Emma Roberts. You see, the star admitted in a 2015 appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael that she’d had “intense” crushes on a number of celebrities. She confessed, “I used to collage my whole room for hours with pictures of Jonathan Taylor Thomas and a couple of other people. It was a little creepy, almost. I think it was a little stalkerish.”
Chrissy Teigen on Alex Rodriguez
Model Chrissy Teigen was dazzled by her first crush – who was a baseball player for her favorite team. She told InStyle, “Alex Rodriguez. I grew up in Seattle, and at the time he was 18 or 19 when he was playing, so he was such a young buck. He was my first crush.” Now married to singer John Legend, Teigen stated that her husband is well aware – and even jokingly pointed Rodriguez out to his wife when they saw him at an event.
Chris Pine on Lynda Carter
Chris Pine, the star of Wonder Woman, admitted that he’d had a crush on Lynda Carter – who played the superhero in the 1970s version. The star admitted to People magazine in 2017, “She, along with She-Ra, were probably my first two crushes – powerful women in skirts.”
Jason Sudeikis on Ellen DeGeneres
Actor Jason Sudeikis opened up in an interview with Elle in 2013 about his college crush on comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. He remarked, “It was 100 percent for real. It was the gorgeous blue eyes. And she’s hilarious. That’s all it takes for me.”
Adele on Rihanna
What about those girl-on-girl attractions? There must be plenty, right? Well, British singer Adele has admitted to finding fellow performer Rihanna attractive. According to Marie Claire, the former confessed in 2012, “If [Rihanna] wanted me, I’d do it with her. She’s hot. She had pinstripe flares on [at the BRIT Awards]. She whipped them off and there were her stunning thighs. I said to all my girlfriends, ‘Are you feeling a bit gay right now?’”
Rihanna on Adele
Occasionally, secret crushes are reciprocated. And upon discovering Adele’s fancy for her, Rihanna announced equal measures of admiration for Adele. Marie Claire reported that the “Umbrella” star responded, “Really, I came to the BRITs to stalk Adele. It was nothing about the awards or the performance, for me it was just to see Adele again. She doesn’t know the depth of my affection – just the surface. She has no idea.”
Bella Thorne on Kristen Stewart
It seems that actor Bella Thorne has had plenty of celebrity crushes – including Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. But she has had another lady in mind as well. In fact, Thorne spoke enthusiastically about Charlie’s Angels star Kristen Stewart in a 2017 interview with Harper’s Bizarre. The former gushed, “She’s so hot. She seems like the raddest chick; I’d be so down.”
Kristen Stewart on Amy Adams
Kristen Stewart is seemingly a popular celebrity crush – but her affections may just be for one particular co-star. Back in 2013, you see, Stewart told W magazine that she had a thing for her On the Road co-star Amy Adams. She said, “I used to have a huge thing for Harrison Ford. But Amy Adams, man, she’s my favorite actress right now. I have a total crush on her because I got to work with her.”
Christian Bale on Drew Barrymore
Sometimes, a celebrity crush leads to a little more. There are, of course, plenty of examples of celebrities getting together – and even tying the knot. But sometimes things don’t progress past a first date. For instance, The Dark Knight star Christian Bale once revealed to GQ Australia that he had spent an evening with the actress Drew Barrymore. “We went to see some bloody awful horror film, and that was the end of it. She never called again.” So it appears that even being a handsome movie star sometimes isn’t enough.
So, it’s safe to say that some celebrities aren’t shy about confessing their crushes on fellow A-listers – including the actors who are happy to reveal their warm, fuzzy feelings for their co-stars. But it’s not always love at first sight on set. A few stars, in fact, have spilled the beans on just who they’d avoid like the plague from now on. Take these 21, who were more than willing to share their true opinions of their coworkers – good and bad.
21. John Leguizamo and Steven Seagal (Worst)
Arguably few other actors are as candid as John Leguizamo – at least when it comes to talking about his peers. And Kurt Russell, Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger are just a few of the co-stars who no doubt felt their ears burning when Leguizamo penned his 2006 autobiography Pimps, Hos, Playa Hats and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends. That said, the Golden Globe nominee saved his biggest smackdown for Steven Seagal, with whom he worked on 1991’s Out for Justice.
Leguizamo wrote of Seagal, “We come in for rehearsals, and he says, ‘I’m in command. Everything I say is law. Anybody doesn’t agree?’ I was like, ‘Bwahahaha.’ I started cracking up… He came up and he Taekwondo’ed my ass against the brick, and he [hit me with his elbow]. I really wanted to say how big and fat he was and that he runs like a girl, but I didn’t because all I could say was, ‘Why?!’”
20. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jason Robards (Best)
A whole host of tributes poured in for Philip Seymour Hoffman when the Oscar winner tragically died in 2014. Owning Mahowny co-star John Hurt, for example, hailed Hoffman as “an extraordinary talent – directorially as well as an actor,” while Jim Carrey described the late star as a “beautiful, beautiful soul.” And Hoffman wasn’t averse to dishing out compliments during his lifetime, either. Indeed, he once told Entertainment Weekly that working with Jason Robards on Magnolia was one of his all-time highlights.
Hoffman praised his co-star by saying, “[Robards] was so much fun to be around and more professional than most actors, with his preparation and the fact that he just wanted to act… When you start out, you look at some actors’ careers, and you say, ‘I want to follow the path they’ve taken.’ And he’s one of those guys. I feel a kinship with him in the way he never abandoned the theater, and he reignited that urge in me.”
19. Naya Rivera and Lea Michele (Worst)
All-singing, all-dancing phenomenon Glee may have looked like a whole lot of fun to make on screen – but the reality was very different indeed. You see, the Fox show was plagued by behind-the-scenes drama during its six-year run. And according to Naya Rivera, who played cheerleader Santana Lopez, Lea Michele was often the star at the center of the storm.
Yes, in her 2016 autobiography Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, Rivera made an interesting claim. Specifically, she alleged that Michele, a.k.a. diva Rachel Berry, once threatened to go to the Screen Actors Guild to complain about the show’s working conditions. Referring to her co-star, Rivera wrote, “So I guess you can throw a bitch fit, lock yourself in your trailer, stall production yet still allegedly find time to leak stories to the press.” Ouch.
18. Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson (Best)
In 2007 Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson finally hit the screen together in the Rob Reiner-directed The Bucket List. The comedy-drama saw the two Hollywood legends play terminally ill friends who embark on a road trip in order to achieve all of the things that they want to do before they die. And it turns out that Nicholson helped Freeman tick off one particular wish in real life, too.
According to Vulture, Freeman was delighted when he heard who the co-headliner of the film would be. The Oscar winner said, “I think we all have a private bucket list. It may not be written down, but I’m constantly checking them off. I just checked off Jack Nicholson. Every day was a holiday because I’ve been praying at the temple of Jack ever since Five Easy Pieces.”
17. Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman (Worst)
As film aficionados know, Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman starred together in Kramer vs. Kramer – one of the all-time great divorce movies. It turns out, though, that the two actors’ relationship off set was almost as fractious as the one they portrayed on screen. And in a 2011 interview with CBS News, Streep revealed just how intense working with Hoffman had been.
The three-time Oscar winner reflected on one troubling moment in particular, telling the network, “In [one] scene, [Hoffman] slapped me. When I see the movie [now], I see the imprint of his hand on [my face] – not in the take that they used, but I still see the hand in the previous take… I think [Hoffman is] very, very gifted, [but] it wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had on film.”
16. Emily Blunt and Susan Sarandon (Best)
Australian thriller Irresistible saw Emily Blunt play Mara – a disturbed young woman who threatens to disrupt the life of Susan Sarandon’s book illustrator Sophie. Thankfully, though, the British actress wasn’t quite so hostile towards the Oscar winner in real life. In fact, Blunt had nothing but kind words to say during an interview with Aussie site The Age.
While promoting the Melbourne-shot mystery, Blunt described her co-star as a “force of nature” – which in this case was intended to be a compliment. The future Mary Poppins, who spent ten weeks on set with Sarandon, continued, “[She was] amazing to work with. We just had such a laugh. And she’s frighteningly smart.”
15. Tyrese Gibson and James Franco (Worst)
James Franco is renowned for throwing himself into his performances, but he may have gone a little too far while shooting 2006 military movie Annapolis. That’s according to co-star Tyrese Gibson, who would recall the climactic boxing scene in which he felt the full force of Franco’s commitment. Gibson said in an interview with Elle magazine, “Whenever we’d have to get in the ring for boxing scenes, and even during practice, the dude was full-on hitting me.”
To give him some credit, though, Franco did acknowledge that his behavior on set wasn’t exactly commendable. Speaking to GQ, the star admitted, “I was probably a jerk. I was not purposely cruel to [Gibson], but I was probably so wrapped up in my performance that I was not as friendly as I could have been.”
14. Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman (Best)
Tom Hardy has worked with Gary Oldman twice, and he seemingly couldn’t be happier about this fact. Hardy has certainly been complimentary about his fellow British actor, anyway – particularly when talking about how the two crossed paths on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In an interview with website Flicks and Bits, the star claimed, “We had to go back and re-shoot the entire scene that I had with [Oldman] in that. Which is good because I spent my entire experience with [Oldman] staring at him, and not returning any lines, because I think he’s basically God, you know?”
However, Hardy had to get a little more aggressive with Oldman when they shared the screen again in The Dark Knight Rises. The Bane actor recalled, “I was kind of playing God, so I kind of ignored him, kicked him a bit – that kind of thing. But Gary Oldman is one of my heroes, completely. I did nothing but gleam from him.”
13. Bill Murray and Lucy Liu (Worst)
One of the most notorious on-set clashes of the ’00s emerged during the frothy remake of a 1970s girl-power classic. Lucy Liu – who joined Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in the line-up of Charlie’s Angels – reportedly attacked Bill Murray physically after taking umbrage with one of his remarks. Apparently, the deadpan actor allegedly called Liu’s acting abilities into question.
Yet while neither party has ever officially confirmed that such an incident took place, Murray did admit that there had been friction between the pair while speaking to The Times in 2009. He said, “Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me. When our relationship is professional, and you’re not getting that done, forget it.”
12. Chris Evans and Ioan Gruffudd (Best)
Chris Evans is renowned for being one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, so it’s perhaps no surprise that he found it difficult to narrow down his all-time favorite co-star. During a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Evans said, “I mean, that’s so tough. That’s so tough, because everyone in the Avengers movies, I mean, I love. From Downey to Hemsworth to Ruffalo to Renner to Scarlett – there are so many people that I love from the Marvel franchise.”
Evans did eventually settle on one name though, and it was Welshman Ioan Gruffudd. The Captain America star said, “[Gruffudd] was in Fantastic Four with me. There’s something about him that is just so funny. He’s so fun and so funny. And just, every single day, he made me laugh. Maybe it’s just my memory being somewhat nostalgic, but I just have such fond memories of coming to work every day and [him] just cracking me up.”
11. Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum (Worst)
If you’ve ever questioned why heartthrob Alex Pettyfer didn’t return for the Magic Mike sequel, wonder no more. You see, while speaking on Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast, the British actor admitted that he hadn’t been the ideal co-star on the original film. Pettyfer explained, “I did my work, and then I sat in the corner and listened to music because I’d been told that anything I do was wrong by my reps. And I was very insecure as a human being.”
Pettyfer continued, “That also gave me a bad rep because they said, ‘Oh, Alex thinks he’s f**king better than everybody else because he doesn’t speak to anyone.’ And that’s not true. I was genuinely nervous and scared to be myself.” And things went from bad to worse when the actor failed to pay his landlord – who just so happened to be a close pal of Channing Tatum – on time. Tatum even reportedly sent Pettyfer an email that read, “Pay the f**king money. Don’t be a clown.”
10. Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Best)
There appeared to be something of a love-in on the set of 2010 psychological thriller Shelter. Why? Well, in an interview with The Irish Independent, Julianne Moore revealed that she was a big fan of co-star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, explaining, “I think his work has just been wonderful. And he’s been serious and fun and has just done some really terrific and interesting and surprising work. He’s been lovely.”
And Rhys Meyers – who played a man with multiple personality disorder in the movie – also sang the praises of Moore, who portrayed his character’s psychiatrist. He said, “[She’s] amazing – one of the main reasons to do the film. [Moore’s] very strong, but strong in a very maternal way. She’s an extraordinary actress.”
9. Betty White and Bea Arthur (Worst)
Bea Arthur’s Dorothy was famous for using her sharp tongue against Betty White’s Rose in classic 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls. As it turns out, though, certain parts of the role weren’t exactly a stretch for the formidable Arthur. Apparently the late actress could only just tolerate her co-star at best, as White revealed in a 2011 interview.
“[Arthur] had a reserve. She was not that fond of me,” White quite happily admitted during a chat with The Village Voice. “She found me a pain in the neck sometimes. It was my positive attitude – and that made Bea mad sometimes. Sometimes if I was happy, she’d be furious!”
8. Anthony Mackie and Gina Rodriguez (Best)
While Anthony Mackie made co-star Gina Rodriguez cry during a 2018 interview to promote Miss Bala, thankfully they were happy tears. You see, the actor couldn’t stop raving about the Jane the Virgin lead while discussing her voice casting in Carmen Sandiego. Mackie told Entertainment Tonight, “I’m excited for her. I feel like a role like that, and for the things that Gina’s doing in this day and age and in this business, it’s kind of revolutionary.”
Mackie continued, “For so long, so many people in this business have been given opportunities, and they’ve just sat back waiting for Hollywood to give them a job. And to see someone of her age, of her experience, to go out and make that – that’s dope.” Rodriguez responded, “He told me to bring tissue, ’cause he was gonna make me cry. Well, you done did it.”
7. Terrence Howard and Robert Downey Jr. (Worst)
In the first Iron Man movie, Tony Stark’s best friend James Rhodes was played by Terrance Howard. When the character returned to the big screen for the 2010 follow-up, however, Rhodes looked very different indeed. That time around, Don Cheadle was chosen to assume the role – a decision which unsurprisingly dismayed the replaced star. And Howard holds Downey Jr. entirely responsible for his ousting.
During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Howard told host Andy Cohen, “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out.” However, Downey Jr. denied that he had had any involvement in the decision during a chat with MTV News.
6. Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal (Best)
They say you should never meet your heroes. But tell that to Tom Holland, who developed a strong bromance with the man with whom he had always wanted to share the screen: Jake Gyllenhaal. The pair forged a friendship on the set of Spider-Man: Far from Home, with Holland later revealing to Entertainment Weekly that his acting idol had been “more than [he] ever could have expected.”
And Gyllenhaal has often returned the many compliments. While appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Oscar nominee discussed how much he enjoyed working on the superhero film with his young co-star. Gyllenhaal said of Holland, “He’s great, dude. He’s awesome. He’s the nicest guy. I’m super into him as Spider-Man.”
5. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey (Worst)
Famous for that iconic lift, Dirty Dancing’s Johnny and Baby are unarguably one of the defining on-screen couples of the 1980s. However, the actors who played the pair, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, weren’t exactly a match made in heaven off screen. And in his autobiography, the late actor revealed why he didn’t get on with his co-star.
“We did have a few moments of friction when we were tired or after a long day of shooting,” wrote Swayze. “[Grey] seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her. Other times, she slipped into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over again when she’d start laughing.”
4. Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt (Best)
Can there be any greater honor for an actor than to be compared with multiple Oscar winner and all-round nice guy Tom Hanks? Well, Chris Pratt was bowled over when his The Magnificent Seven co-star Denzel Washington did just that. While appearing on GMA After Hours on ABC Radio, Washington told host Lynda Lopez, “[Pratt] is great. I can see why he’s so popular.”
Washington continued, “There’s another actor that I worked with, whatever, 20 years ago, by the name of Hanks who had that same quality about them – that you just really like them. Aside from their obvious talent, they’re good people, and it comes across on screen.” In response, Pratt hailed Washington as a “legend” who “may be the greatest living actor.”
3. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts (Worst)
Julia Roberts may be renowned for her romcoms, but Hugh Grant wasn’t exactly enamored with his co-star when filming Notting Hill. Yes, during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, the British actor told host Andy Cohen that sparks certainly didn’t fly when he and Roberts locked lips in the 1999 movie.
Acknowledging that Roberts wouldn’t be particularly pleased with his confession, Grant began by saying that the actress had a large mouth and that he “was aware of a faint echo as [he] was kissing her.” Then, when asked whether he was still in contact with Roberts, Grant replied, “No. I would be, I suppose, but I probably made too many jokes about the size of her mouth. She might hate me by now.”
2. Emma Watson and Tom Hanks (Best)
Thankfully, Tom Hanks seems to be just as inherently likeable off screen as he is on it. Indeed, Paul Bettany, Taraji P. Henson and Aaron Eckhart are just a handful of the co-stars who have backed up his nice guy reputation in various interviews. And Emma Watson added herself to that list in 2017 after appearing alongside Hanks in The Circle – although she would admit that she had initially been skeptical about the experience.
The former Harry Potter star told E! News, “There’s no way [Hanks is] going to be as nice as everyone says he is and whatever else. And then he was! He’s so generous and funny and easy-going, and he’s all the things you would want him to be. So I’m very happy to be able to report that to you sincerely, because it would have broken my heart, I think, if Tom wasn’t Tom.”
1. Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves (Best)
Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves haven’t stopped singing each other’s praises since they first appeared on screen together in Speed back in the mid-1990s. In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bullock reflected on her experiences shooting the movie, saying, “I think about how sweet Keanu Reeves was and how handsome he was. It was really hard for me to really be serious. He’d look at me, and I’d [giggle].”
And unbeknownst to Bullock, the feeling was mutual. During a separate appearance on the same show, Reeves admitted, “She obviously didn’t know I had a crush on her, either.” The actor went on to add, “She’s such a wonderful person [and] such a wonderful actress.” Both parties are glad, however, that they didn’t take their strong friendship to the next level.