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10+ Actresses Who Are Notoriously Difficult To Work With

Sarah Kester 1 Feb 2021

Reputation means everything to an actress in Hollywood.

It helps dictate their public image, whether people want to work with them, and so much more. Basically, if a celeb's reputation is in the toilet, oftentimes, so is their career.

Here are 10+ actresses who have gotten a bad rap sheet for being notoriously difficult to work with.

The Transformers actress was fired from the franchise after she compared the film's director, Michael Bay, to Napoleon and Hitler.

"He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is," she told Wonderland.

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But it wasn't just Bay that she had problems with.


The Transformers: Dark of the Moon screenwriter Ehren Kruger told GQ in 2011 that Fox didn't seem passionate about the movies.

"She seemed like an actress who didn't want to be a part of it. She was saying she wanted to, but she wasn't acting like it."

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Not a lot of people have been desperate to work with Hatcher after Nicollette Sheridan's comments.

The former Desperate Housewives star called her the “meanest woman in the world” for her diva behavior. Yikes.

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3. Gwyneth Paltrow

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The star's alledged diva persona has made Hollywood afraid to touch her with a 10-foot pole.

A lot of this stems from her privilege rubbing a lot of people the wrong way, like the time she recommended a $15,000 vibrator to her Goop readers.

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She's defended herself from these allegations that she's privileged by coming from a famous family.

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"[T]he idea that I am spoiled or that I didn't work for what I have, that's just not accurate," she told BBC HARDTalk.

"But I can see how somebody might have that perception."

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4. Julia Roberts

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America's sweetheart may not be so sweet!

She allegedly infuriated director/producer Steven Spielberg while they worked on Hook together.

According to his biography, she was late to set all of the time and unapologetic to boot.

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"It was not a great time for Julia and I to be working together," he once told 60 Minutes, adding that he never would again.

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It came to the point where cast and crew nicknamed her "Tinkerhell."

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5. Mariah Carey

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While she's a singer first, Mariah had tried her hand at acting before. First with Glitter and most recently with working on The House.

Unfortunately, though, it did not do anything to help her diva reputation.

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Her co-star, Rob Heubel, shared all to SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio.


He began by saying that Carey was once four hours late to set.

They also said that she requested specific items for her trailer, such as all white roses.

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6. Shannen Doherty

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Drama unfolded offscreen when Doherty’s starred on Beverly Hills 90210.

Her co-star, Jason Priestly, didn't mince words when he told-all about Shannen in his memoir. "She really and truly did not give a [expletive]” he wrote.

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Jennie Garth, another one of her co-stars, said that they had a love/hate relationship with Shannen.

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“There were times when we loved each other and there were times when we wanted to claw each other’s eyes out.”

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He told TV guide that she was "unapproachable" on set.

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"She's not as approachable as the others," he said upon his exit from the show. "She's really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice."

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The person who outed the actress for being difficult to work with is a surprising one. Hint: he's very young!

It was her 11-year-old Jared Gilmore who played Jones’s on-screen son in Mad Men.

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The star's diva behavior was brought to light in 2020.

It all started when one of her former co-stars, Samantha Maria Ware, outed her on Twitter.


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Soon, more of her co-stars came forward with their stories.

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Dabier Snell, who appeared in a 2014 episode, tweeted that Lea wouldn't let him sit at the table with other cast members because Lea said "I didn't belong there."

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The Basic Instinct actress wasn't so basic in her demands for the franchise's second movie.

She ended up filing a $100 million lawsuit for them not paying her $14 million salary, regardless of whether the movie was made or not.

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10. Lindsay Lohan

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It's not just Lindsay's personal life that has been a wreck the past decade. It's been her career, too.

She regularly canceled appointments while working on The Canyons, in addition to causing some "serious challenges" while filming Lifetime’s Liz & Dick.

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11. Katherine Heigl

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The actress has been unable to shake her bad reputation of being difficult to work with.

It all started on Grey's Anatomy when she rejected Emmy consideration for her role because she didn't like the writing.

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Then, when she worked on Knocked Up, she made headlines for calling the movie "a little sexist."


"It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys," she told Vanity Fair.

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