Who doesn't love a heartwarming portrait of best friendship?
However, a testament to the power of acting is the seeming chemistry of some of TV's "best
friends," when in reality, the actors playing those characters hate each other's guts.
Let's take a look at some of television's most notable frenemies!
Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi
Up through season two of The Good Wife, Margulies and Panjabi's characters were best friends,
until it was revealed that Panjabi's Kalinda had slept with Margulies' character's husband
in the past.
After that, the two appeared much less frequently on screen together.
"Does anyone ever surprise you?"
But according to Vogue, a long-rumored feud between the co-stars may have played a role
in the plot twist.
Although the actresses initially denied any problems on set, after Margulies confirmed
that the season six finale had been shot separately due to Panjabi filming The Fall at the same
time, Panjabi fired back, "The Fall was not even in production at that time and I was
in New York ready to film the scene!"
Panjabi later tried to quell speculation, telling reporters,
"In terms of anything that happened on The Good Wife, I think it's only respectful for
it to stay on The Good Wife.
It was time for me, for many reasons, to unzip the boots and step into another show."
Was one of those reasons a cat-fight with Margulies?
We may never know for sure.
Janet Hubert and Will Smith
Will Smith and actress Janet Hubert played nephew and aunt on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,
until the third season of the show, when actress Daphne Maxwell Reid was swiftly brought in
as a replacement-Aunt Viv due to what E! described as, "creative differences."
"Oh, hey, Aunt Viv.
I didn't hear you pull up.
Where's Uncle Phil?"
"He's out back turning on the sprinklers."
So what's the truth about the aunt-swap?
Despite the chumminess on screen, Smith and Hubert couldn't stand each other in real life.
Smith said in a 1993 radio interview:
"I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show.
[…] She's mad now but she's been mad all along.
[...] No matter what, to her I'm just the Antichrist."
Hubert denied any wrongdoing and put the whole mess on Smith, telling TMZ in 2011,
"There will never be a reunion […] I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will
[…] He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up."
...Well there for sure won't be a reunion with that Aunt Viv.
Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty
While Beverly Hills 90210 was airing, non-stop drama played out both on- and off-screen.
Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth, who played best friends, admittedly never got along while
they were co-stars.
"I can't believe this.
I can't believe you would do this to me!"
Garth wrote in her 2014 memoir Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde,
"[Shannen] had opinions about a lot of things, including the writing, the wardrobe, you name
And she wasn't afraid to share them, even if it meant sounding like a complete and utter
Garth also told E! News in 2014,
"There were times when we wanted to claw each other's eyes out."
Cast member Tori Spelling revealed to Lifetime that the two actresses were so over each other
that they even got into a physical altercation (allegedly due to Doherty pulling Garth's
skirt up during shooting).
Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion
When news broke that ABC had canceled Castle in May 2016, Us Weekly quickly seized on rumors
that co-stars Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion (who played on-screen spouses) pretty much
hated each other during the entire time.
"Y'know there is one, inexplicable, mysterious phenomenon I still believe in… us."
A source told the magazine,
"Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion completely despise each other.
[...] They will not speak when they are off set, and this has been going on for seasons
A second source also reported that things got so bad, the actors attended counseling,
with Katic appearing in tears on set.
According to People, by the show's end,
"The two were basically not speaking to each other if it wasn't in character."
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
This bitter off-screen feud between on-screen BFFs dates all the way back to the '60s.
According to The Daily Express, shortly after Star Trek made its U.S. debut in 1966, tensions
between the show's stars, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, exploded as a result of
Shatner's attempts to be the sole star of the show.
Nimoy reportedly became increasingly frustrated by Shatner's line-stealing and controlling
antics, eventually approaching producers, and:
"Demanding equal pay with Shatner and [insisting] that they confirm that Spock was the show's
Shatner's co-star George Takei also had choice words for Shatner, telling the paper,
"To me, more than ego, it looked like some deep-seated insecurity was driving [Shatner's]
congenital need to be 'the star.'"
Shatner went on to write an entire book about their stormy 50-year friendship, in which
he admitted that, despite a slight improvement in their relationship, at the time of Nimoy's
passing in 2015, the two hadn't spoken in five years due to a conflict over a documentary
Shatner was filming.
Sounds like that chapter is officially closed.
"Hang on a second, lemme recapture my mood."
That was great.
Do it again."
Naya Rivera and Lea Michele
For a show abouts singing high school glee club members, Glee sure had a ton of behind-the-scenes
Not least of all was the tension between on-screen besties to frenemies Lea Michele and Naya
"Do you think that maybe we could at least sing a song together in the Glee club?"
A 2014 TMZ report added fuel to the fire, suggesting that both Michele and Rivera were
throwing tantrums and refusing to work with one another.
But Rivera spilled the goods in her 2016 memoir Sorry Not Sorry, writing,
"I think Rachel — erm, I mean Lea — didn't like sharing the spotlight.
[...] It seemed like she blamed me for anything and everything that went wrong."
During a 2017 interview on E! News, series creator Ryan Murphy addressed the feud, saying,
"That show was just a s--tstorm of difficult."
"What do you do when you're 18 years old or 19 years old and you wake up one day and you're
But he added of the disagreeable Glee clubbers,
"I know for a fact that they admired each other's work, 'cause I directed them both
We'll take your word for it, Murphy.
Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker
Rumors have long circulated that Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker were nowhere near
as cozy IRL as their on-screen friendship would suggest.
"How can it feel so good when it's so bad?"
"Honey, they design it that way."
In 2017, public interest in the pair's alleged feud reignited when Cattrall and Parker faced
off in the press over the third installment of a Sex and the City movie, which reports
suggested Cattrall had pulled out of, leading to its cancellation.
In Oct. 2017, Cattrall denied to Piers Morgan that she had ever agreed to make the film
or made demands about salary or more scenes, and said,
"I take to task the people from SATC and Sarah Jessica… Parker. is that I think she could have
Fans were then stunned when, after confirming the sudden loss of her brother in February
2018, Cattrall posted on Instagram, "I don't need your love or support at this tragic time
Sarah Jessica Parker.
My Mom asked me today 'When will [...] that hypocrite, leave you alone?'
[...] You are not my family.
You are not my friend.
So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore
your 'nice girl' persona."
As Elle detailed, Parker had previously posted her condolences to Cattrall's Instagram page
and publicly commented on Cattrall's loss.
But we couldn't help but wonder, what does Smith Jerrod think of all this?
Luckily for us, actor Jason Lewis recently weighed in, telling KTLA of one woman in the
"My sense is you're on team Sarah."
"I might just have to say yeah.
What a gracious lady."
Leighton Meester and Blake Lively
At its core, Gossip Girl was a show all about frenemies, so it seems almost fitting that
co-stars Leighton Meester and Blake Lively weren't exactly thick as thieves off screen.
"What do you want?"
"I'm not even going to pretend to be calling you as a friend right now because you've made
it quite clear that you are not mine."
In the words of writer and co-producer Joshua Safran, Meester and Lively...
"Were not friends.
[...] Yet the second they'd be on set together, it's as if they were."
As far back as 2008, New York Magazine reported on-set tensions between the two stars.
"What about these rumors that you two don't get along?"
"You can tell, right?"
Supposedly the actresses made an effort to patch things up toward the end of the series,
but in 2013, a source told Perez Hilton,
"After something of a thaw in their relationship during the final two seasons of Gossip Girl,
Leighton and Blake don't speak anymore.
[...] The friendship they struggled to build at the end of Gossip Girl has evaporated and
they continue to stay as far away from each other as possible."
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