Acting is a career that many people dream of having. You see these idols on the TV screen and big screen and you want to be them so bad. It just seems like the perfect life, at least on the outside. Since we do not know these actors and actresses personally, we have no idea how much they enjoying acting, they might have even fallen into their job and despise their work.
Here are the actors and actresses who hated the shows and movies they played in.
Chace Crawford – Gossip Girl
Chace Crawford’s career was launched thanks to his role as Nate Archibald in Gossip Girl — but he didn’t like the show as much of many co-stars on the hit series.
When the series finale was coming up he said, “I’m gonna look for my dignity. My dignity is somewhere on set.” Most recently, he’s been in The Boys, an Amazon Prime Video original series based on the comic book series of the same name.
Shailene Woodley – Secret Life Of The American Teenager
Shailene Woodley is an environmental advocate and her time on Secret Life of the American Teenager started to detract her from her moral obligations. Which only caused her to like the show she was acting on less and less. She used the phrase “set off her moral alarm bells” when describing what the show did.
“Towards the end, morally, the things that we were preaching on that show weren’t really aligned with my own integrity,” she said. “So that was a bit hard to show up to work every day knowing that we were going to project all of these themes.”
Robert Reed – The Brady Bunch
One of America’s favorite father figures was Robert Reed. He played the father in The Brady Bunch and although he seemed happy-go-lucky in the series, that was for sure not the case when the cameras were off. He would talk about his dislike of the show in public and even act difficult on set. Reed would write sarcastic memos to the producer of the show and change dialogue as well.
It is reported that he only stayed on the show because he was close to the cast. When he reviewed the show talking about his feelings he said, “it was just as inconsequential as can be” and scoffed at the juvenile and ridiculous plot lines. Ouch!
Billy Ray Cyrus – Hannah Montana
The father of the ever popular Miley Cyrus absolutely despised the show he co-starred along with her in, Hannah Montana. It’s one thing to not like the show because of other cast members but when a show messes with your family, you have every reason to not be down with the get down.
Billy Ray sat down with GQ and had some choice words. “I’ll tell you right now,” he told GQ, “the [expletive] show … destroyed my family. I hate to say it, but yes … I’d take it back in a second.”
Mischa Barton – The O.C.
Do you remember the creepy girl from The Sixth Sense? Well, Mischa Barton is that girl and did not mind playing that role but when it came to The O.C. she had a problem with it. She was close to not doing it and even admitted that if she had a re-do she would not have signed up.
“It’s something I came so close to not doing,” she said. “I had a really great thing with film. People say be grateful for what you have, but it was certainly not the kind of thing I was expecting it to be.”
Mandy Patinkin – Criminal Minds
The reason for Mandy Patinkin’s disgust for the show he was on, Criminal Minds, stems from ethical reasons. If you watched the show, you know how brutal it can be in regards to killings and other cases that involve demoralizing women. Mandy was not up for it and it only took two seasons.
“I thought it was something very different,” said Patinkin, who left after two seasons in 2007. “I never thought they were going to kill and harm all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year.” He said it was destructive to his soul.
Blake Lively – Gossip Girl
Another one who was against Gossip Girl is Blake Lively (we are not done with the Gossip Girl haters). You’d think there must something about the water on set to have these many cast members not fond of the show. But no, they all had their own reasons for not liking it.
“People loved it, but it always felt a little personally compromising—you want to be putting a better message out there,” she said. “I would not be proud to be the person who gave someone the cocaine that made them overdose and then shot someone and slept with someone else’s boyfriend.” Interesting point of view there.
Joe Jonas – Jonas
The Cyrus clan are not the only ones who hated their time at Disney. Apparently, one-third of the Jonas Brothers hated his time on the show, Jonas. Joe Jonas was not a fan because of the writing of the show.
“The thing about the show was that some of the writing on it was terrible,” he wrote for New York magazine. “It just ended up being some weird slapstick humor that only a 10-year-old would laugh at.” Ironic that he wrote this and complained about the writing. Maybe that was a double diss to Disney.
Shannen Doherty – Charmed
The Charmed actress, Shannen Doherty felt she was robbed by this show. Imagine you are doing the best you can do at work and no one is really noticing it. You put in all the work but all you get is a pat on the back. That is somewhat what she felt like.
“On Charmed there were a couple of moments when I gave the most brutally honest performance I ever could have given as an actor,” she said according to Crushable. “What you saw came from my gut. I knew that they [performances] weren’t being given their proper due, because they were on Charmed. Its a show for 12-year-olds!”
Chevy Chase – Community
Talk about leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Chevy Chase would go on rampages on the set of Community. It kind of draws similarities to a bad relationship. You don’t badmouth the person you are with while you are with them until it gets to the brink of a breakup. Then once it’s over you let it all out!
Chase would have altercations with creator Dan Harmon on set before he left. He proceeded to call his time on the show a big mistake and said it was the lowest form of entertainment. Can’t forget the mediocre sitcom he deemed it as.
Katherine Heigl – Grey’s Anatomy
Now let’s focus on Katherine Heigl and Grey’s Anatomy. She has been known to be difficult to work with and is even know to criticize her own work, so this may come as no surprise. She won an Emmy for her role in that show in 2007 so you would think she wouldn’t have to complain.
On her appearance on the Late Night Show, she said, “Our first day back was Wednesday and it was — I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them — a 17-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.” That was in 2009 and one year later she made a dramatic exit from the show.
Charlie Sheen – Two And A Half Men
Is Charlie Sheen still “winning”? We are not entirely sure so you are going to have to find out on your own. One thing we do know is that he hated his time on Two and a Half Men (someone unexpected did as well). The crazed star had some words for the show before he got fired.
“I’ve spent, I think, close to the last decade, I don’t know, effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold,” he said, per EW. “And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write.”
Penn Badgley – Gossip Girl
Yet again we have another actor that bags on the show that helped thrust them into the limelight and another cast member from Gossip Girl. The trend continues with Penn Badgley, who was not a pleased camper for his work on the show. He threw a shot at the series while promoting a movie.
“To be proud of something is a really nice feeling,” he told Salon at the time. “And it’s a new feeling, and it’s something that I wanna keep going with. I don’t have to be constantly apologizing for the work that I’ve done in the past.” We didn’t know you had to apologize for your work, Penn!
Miley Cyrus – Hannah Montana
Just like her father, Miley Cyrus hated the show Hannah Montana as well but for different reasons. Supposedly, acting on that show at such a young age gave her troubling effects. We’re assuming how she is acting today is a reflection of those effects.
She outlined it as such, “From the time I was 11, it was, ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.’ Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup.”
Jackie Gleason – You’re in the Picture
Jackie Gleason tried to ride the coattails of his success from the show The Honeymooners and went on to become a TV game show host for You’re in the Picture. The show was celebrity bolstered with guests and lasted for an hour. He just thought there was something about the show and went on a soliloquy one episode in front of the audience.
“There’s nothing here, except the orchestra and myself… We have a creed tonight, and the creed is honesty… Last week we did a show that laid the biggest bomb — it would make the H-bomb look like a two-inch salute.” It was more of an apology and a diss at the same time.
Eddie Murphy – SNL
The comedic legend known as Eddie Murphy had some serious gripes with Saturday Night Live. His problems with the show came more so after he had left and we are unaware if they were boiling while he was there. Nonetheless, being treated poorly and not wanting to work with someone again is completely feasible.
“They were [expletive] to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I’d left the show. They said some [expletive] things. There was that David Spade sketch [when Spade showed a picture of Murphy around the time of Vampire in Brooklyn and said, ‘Look, children, a falling star’].” He has avoided all reunion calls since then.
Angus T. Jones – Two and a Half Men
The youngster or the “half man” from Two and a Half Men, Angus T. Jones does not want you to watch the show at all. He claims it is filthy. After his remarks on the show, he tried to take them back but it was already too late and he was forced to leave.
“If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth,” Jones says. Well, was he lying?
Amy Jo Johnson – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
This Ranger was the first crush for so many who grew up in the ’90s. The pink ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Amy Jo Johnson did not like that show because of the money involved. Doing two episodes a week she felt that they could have been making more than they were getting. she did say one nice thing and that was it taught her so much.
“Literally, we were being paid, I think, tops $600 a week,” she grumbled “… and we were doing two episodes a week!” And to make matter worse, the original rangers do not get residual funds. The re-runs are not paying them.
Steve Harvey – The Steve Harvey Show
We know Steve Harvey as a perky upbeat TV host that has a memorable and loving personality. When he is on the screen we know we are watching a genuine person. Harvey, however, kept it genuine with those that he works with too. Eluding that maybe he is not that big of a fan of his show he left a memo for those that he worked with.
“There will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE,” the memo read. “Do not come to my dressing room unless invited. Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED.”
Dean Norris – Breaking Bad
You don’t have to classify this as hate but for the situation he was in, you wouldn’t be wrong to assume he may have hated being on Breaking Bad at least for a moment. Dean Norris had a chance to star in a sitcom pilot but could not because of Breaking Bad. He asked to be killed off in the middle of the season but they needed him for the end.
“I said, ‘Would it be interesting if Hank died in the first eight?'” Norris explained on CBS This Morning “[AMC] said, ‘No, we kind of need you for the last eight. We’ve been building that up for the last five years’.”
Sophie Turner – Game Of Thrones
Game of Thrones was one of, if not the, most popular shows on TV for its run. Everyone seems to love dragons and undead walker white zombies. There are a bunch of attributes that come with the show but those are just a few highlights. While the show was still running, Sophie Turner said she would love to see her character killed off but for different reasons than Dean Norris.
“I don’t want to survive,” Turner told The Wall Street Journal. “If you’re on Game of Thrones and you don’t have a cool death scene, then what’s the point?”
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – Lost
Lost is a great show. The premise and characters were great and it got spectacular ratings. The finally may not have been what everyone was expecting but nonetheless, it was a great show. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was getting fed up with filming and once his parents passed he wanted to get home as soon as he could.
“Our Mr. Eko plans very quickly derailed,” producer Lindelof explained. “Adewale’s unhappiness was almost instantaneous. On his second episode, he was expressing extreme dissatisfaction. Originally he was going to be someone who challenged Locke for the spiritual leadership of the castaways.”
Dan Stevens – Downton Abbey
Dan Stevens was on Downton Abbey for three years but he had other goals in mind. He wanted to go to a career on the stage and in movies so he took the chance to leave when his contract was over.
“We were always optioned for three years,” Stevens explained to The Telegraph. But it felt like a good time to take stock, to take a moment. From a personal point of view, I wanted a chance to do other things. It is a very monopolizing job. So there is a strange sense of liberation
T.R. Knight – Grey’s Anatomy
The fans loved George O’Malley from Grey’s Anatomy but apparently, T.R. Knight found it hard to work on the show any longer because of Shonda Rhimes. An integral problem was the “breakdown in communication”. Something was going on but Knight didn’t reveal much. Even the way his character was killed off was pretty harsh. He was run over by a bus the same day he quit working at the hospital!
“My five-year experience proved to me that I could not trust any answer that was given [about the character George],” Knight explained to Entertainment Weekly. “And with respect, I’m going to leave it at that.”
Josh Charles – The Good Wife
Josh Charles was killed off in the middle of the fifth season of the series The Good Wife. Shot by a client, the choice to end him was made a year prior even though fans were highly upset. It was Charles’ idea for this happen so he could get away and go pursue other goals.
“I had a very short-term deal,” Charles told Deadline. “It was renewed a couple of times over, and at the end of the fourth year my contract was up, and I chose not to renew. It was just a creative decision for me wanting to go and explore new stuff—in my life, in my career.”
Sigourney Weaver – Alien
Who loves those aliens and predator movies? There’s a specific fan base for those films who drool over them whenever they drop in the theaters. Sigourney Weaver, however, became less fond and fond of the films. She sacrificed herself at the end of Alien 3 but according to her, it was for a good reason.
When asked if it was her idea to kill off Ripley during a Q&A at the 2015 London Film and Comic Con, Weaver responded, “Well, yes—because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs. Predator. Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies.”
Isaac Hayes – South Park
South Park is one of the most iconic cartoons on the air. Next to The Simpsons, pretty much everyone knows about because of the crude humor and jokes they make on celebrities in the show. Isaac Hayes, who voices Chef, wanted out after nine years.
“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends, and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” Hayes said in a statement. “As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”
John Francis Daley – Bones
He was a regular on the show, but he was still killed off per his request. John Francis Daley faced the same dilemma many others on this list faced and that was trying to pursue something else. He had to do what he had to do.
“The directing job was not something that I could walk away from,” Daley told TVLine.com “It was such a huge opportunity. It feels like a good next step in my career and my life; I always dreamed of being a director. It’s definitely not something I could turn my back on.
Matt Damon – The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bourne saga is a great series of action films that graced our movie theaters. Star Matt Damon, however, was not so pleased with the third installment of the film that was supposed to be the final movie. He said his feelings were hurt by Tony Gilroy who wrote the script.
“I don’t blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable,” the actor said of the final product. “This is a career-ender…It’s terrible. It’s really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left.”
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter was probably the best movie adaptation of a book to ever hit the screens. The characters were cast perfectly and each movie was captivating. You could see the growth with each character and movie but Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t like one of his performances.
“It’s hard to watch a film like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, because I’m just not very good in it. I hate it,” he told the Daily Mail. “My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across.”
Channing Tatum – G.I. Joe
When you’re young and opportunity comes your way in your field of interest, it is often times a foregone conclusion that you are going to grab them by the horns and see where they take you. Channing Tatum despised G.I. Joe but he couldn’t do a thing about it.
“Look, I’ll be honest. I [expletive] hate that movie. I hate that movie,” he said. “(After) Coach Carter, they signed me for a three-picture deal … And as a young (actor), you’re like, ‘Oh my god, that sounds amazing, I’m doing that,’” Tatum said. He later admitted that he thought “the script wasn’t any good,” he had “no option” but to move forward.
Halle Berry – Catwoman
The always beautiful Halle Berry is always a sight to see when on the screen. From James Bond to Monster’s Ball, you can bet she will give viewers what they want to see. Sadly, Catwoman was not something she wanted to see. And she was not scared when she voiced her opinion on it.
“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece of [expletive], god-awful movie,” the actress said during her acceptance speech when she picked up the “trophy” at the Razzie ceremony, also saying, “To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”
Shia LaBeouf – Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Shia LaBeouf has been an interesting character of the media for the past few years. No one knows why he does what he does but we do know that he was not fond of the follow-up Transformers film. And this was before he started acting wild.
“When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did,” LaBeouf said, per The Associated Press. “There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone. Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie. … You lost a bit of the relationships.”
Charlize Theron – Reindeer Games
From the sound of the title of the film, Charlize Theron has a right to be upset just off the strength of that. She is a star nonetheless, but this may be one of her less popular films from a fans standpoint and from her point of view. She called it her least favorite movie to star in during an interview with Esquire.
“That was a bad, bad, bad movie,” she said of the film. “But… I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn’t lying to myself – that’s why I did it.” bonus points for being honest.
Mark Wahlberg – The Happening
Mark Wahlberg is a beloved actor in Hollywood and has been in his fair share of great films. One movie, an M. Night Shyamalan film to be specific, was one he criticized openly and usually, stars of his films don’t do the critiquing.
We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie, and it was a really bad movie that I did. She [Amy Adams] dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to…I don’t want to tell you what movie…all right, The Happening. [expletive] it. It is what it is.
George Clooney – Batman And Robin
The Batman films of the past have ranged from really good to mediocre. The actors cast as The Bat can only do so much to make the film better on screen but if it’s a bad plot or poorly written it’s pretty much a lost cause out the gate. George Clooney shared his thoughts on the film.
“I always apologize for Batman and Robin,” he said on The Graham Norton Show. “Let me just say that I’d actually thought I’d actually destroyed the franchise until somebody else brought it back years later and changed it. I thought at the time that this was going to be a very good career move. Um, it wasn’t.”
Dev Patel – The Last Airbender
You may know him from a few other movies but one he probably wants you to forget him from is The Last Airbender. The live-action movie did the cartoon show no justice at all as it lacked some key elements. Also, he just didn’t feel like he could contribute at all.
“I completely felt overwhelmed by the experience. I felt like I wasn’t being heard. That was really scary for me, and that’s really when I learned the power of no, the idea of saying no.” That’s two M. Night films on this list so maybe actors should practice no when it comes to dealing with him?
Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up
Once again we see the lovely Katherine Heigl make this list. This time it was a pretty funny film and what might have been a breakout role for Seth Rogan. The film was quite funny but Heigl had her gripes with it when it was all said and done. Why did she even agree to do it?
“It was a little sexist,” she said of the comedy in a highly-publicized Vanity Fair interview. “It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”
Megan Fox And The Transformers Franchise
Megan Fox came under fire after she complained about Transformers: Dark of the Moon. More specifically, she claimed that Michael Bay’s directing style was destroying the franchise. Michael Bay later revealed that Fox simply didn’t want to work on the film and used any excuse she could find.
Fox’s take on why she left is clearly different from her former director. “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for,” she said during an interview.
Robert Pattinson Attacked Twilight And Its Fans
He became an international superstar because of Twilight but Robert Pattinson didn’t have anything nice to say about the franchise or its fans! Filming was already completed but Pattinson was still required to tour for the upcoming movies in the series.
Pattison explained why the relationship between the series’ main characters was so wrong and fans shouldn’t enjoy it. “He tells her he killed forty or fifty people and he’s like, ‘You really shouldn’t [be with me]…and I want to kill you so much every single day, every moment I’m with you I’m desperately wanting to kill you.” And she’s like, “I don’t care, I love you.” And it’s like…there’s definitely something wrong with her, and there’s very obviously something wrong with me.”
James Franco And His Awful Annapolis Experience
James Franco is known for criticizing the movies he has acted in. One of those movies stands out more than the others. Franco appeared in Annapolis and ended up despising the process.
“There was a point when I was doing a really bad movie called Annapolis … I ended up not liking the experience and not liking the movie.” Franco isn’t alone, the movie has scored a paltry 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Johnny Depp – 21 Jump Street
Although most of us know Johnny Depp for his acting in many popular Hollywood films, people tend to forget about the roles he played earlier in his career. one of these roles was a bad boy on the 80’s teen drama 21 Jump Street.
After it debuted, he became a teenage heartthrob and ended up receiving much more attention than he wanted to but had signed a contract. He then attempted to get fired by acting bizarrely on the set but in the end, ended up being on for three out of the five seasons.
Andy Kaufman – Taxi
At one point, the unpredictable and wild comedian Andy Kaufman ended up playing a role in a scripted television sitcom that went against his nature entirely. She shows producers want him to play the role as one of his characters from his personal acts known as “Foreign Man”.
He was not happy about this at all, but his manager pointed out that if he worked on the show, he would have enough money to fund his own personal passions and pranks which convinced to keep doing the show. Apparently, he was professional on set and didn’t rock the boat an unusual amount.
Chelsea Handler – Chelsea Lately
It’s no surprise why Chelsea Handler was given the opportunity to host her own late-night talk show. Her show Chelsea Lately debuted on the E! network in 2007. Being on cable allowed her more freedom to say what she wanted more so than network television.
However, it came with a price. Being on E! meant that she had to cover aspects of popular culture that she really didn’t enjoy doing. It’s said that she eventually began to resent E! because it was influencing her integrity and the topics on her show. After one last three-year contract, the show ended in 2014.
Nick Lachey – Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
The reality television show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica followed the married life of the two pop stars Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. Although it’s not shocking to learn that Lachey had an issue with the show considering the content, it’s not about what you might think.
Although the show poorly portrays his new wife Jessica as a bit of a bimbo, he notes that his real problem with the show was how invasive it was. They were constantly being followed by camera crews which destroyed their relationship. The two were divorced six months after the show ended.
John Cleese – Monty Python’s Flying Circus
John Cleese is a well-known member of the Monty Python troupe, yet by the third season of the show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, he had left the series. He believed that the show had been on a downward spiral since season two, and wanted to leave in order to do his own thing.
He also said that many of the sketches weren’t as good as they could have been, some of the Pythons were hard to work with, as well as other issues with the way the show was run. He was just essentially burned out from being in so many Monty Python productions.
Bella Thorne – Shake It Up!
Although Shake it Up! was the Disney Channel show that rocketed Bella Thorne into popularity and stardom, she has gone on record saying that she never actually wanted to do the show. Although starring in a Disney Channel Original show doesn’t sound that bad, she said that she took the job in order to help out her family financially.
She noted that “We were about to live physically on the street if I didn’t have that role. We were living off Stouffer’s coupons, and that’s alll we had to eat every day”. Good thing she got the part!