Big personalities. Diva attitudes. Major paychecks. Close quarters. These are the ingredients for a TV co-star feud, and they come together more often than you might think.
Almost every major successful television show has had some famous friction between its cast members. Even if celebs seem like the best of friends onscreen, they could easily be hiding off-screen drama. They're actors, after all! Don't fall for the characters and forget that the real people underneath might actually hate each other. T-Swift would call it bad blood.
The most famous case of this is probably the bad blood between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis who worked together in Hollywood's golden age. They hated each other so much behind the scenes that they inspired the 2017 Ryan Murphy series, Feud.
For all the real TV star beef out there, there are also plenty of completely false rumors about costars who actually get along just fine. How can you tell what's real and what's just magazine-manufactured gossip? Here we're exposing 15 costar 'feuds' that are actually friendships IRL.
15 Lea Michele and Naya Rivera from Glee
Back in 2014, TMZ reported that Lea and Naya had a huge blowout on the set of Glee, supposedly about Lea's diva behavior toward the other cast members. That inspired dozens of headlines claiming the two were feuding, but Glee creator Ryan Murphy said it was never like that: "I know for a fact that they admired each other's work, cause I directed them both in scenes."
14 Jerome Flynn and Lena Headey from Game of Thrones
It's hard to imagine a world where Cersei Lannister and Bronn the Brave were ever married, but that's the truth. By the time Game of Thrones started filming in 2010 Lena and Jerome were divorced, so fans imagined they probably hated each other on set. Jerome told The Independent that this rumor was fake: "The media can get pretty desperate for stories. Lena’s a wonderful person and a wonderful actress."
13 Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion from Castle
On screen, Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion's bickering Castle characters had a love/hate relationship for seasons until finally settling on love and getting married in season 7. It might have been their characters' believable banter that gave fans the idea that the pair genuinely disliked each other, but that has never been confirmed.
Stana's agent actually spoke out saying they have "absolutely no issues" with each other IRL.
12 William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek
This throwback feud was a regular feature in gossip magazines of the 1960s. Supposedly, Captain Kirk was jealous of all the fan mail and attention Spock was getting. People still believed that these two hated each other as recently as when Leonard Nimoy died in 2016.
The truth is that they referred to each other as "longtime friends," according to USA Today.
11 Sharon Needles and Phi Phi O’Hara from Rupaul’s Drag Race
Sharon and Phi Phi had one of the most memorable onscreen fights when they were featured on season 4 of Rupaul's Drag Race. A classic clash between punk and pageantry, the blowout had Sharon calling Phi Phi a washed up showgirl and Phi Phi accusing Sharon of shopping at Party City. The fight back then was real, but their IGs prove that these queens have actually been friends ever since.
10 Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria from Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives was all about complicated relationships, friendships, and feuds between suburban women - so it's no surprise that fans assumed the actresses would be as petty as the characters they played. There was even a rumor that Eva threatened to walk off a Vanity Fair photoshoot if she had to stand beside Teri. When asked about it by Jimmy Kimmel Eva denied it, saying simply: "We're very good friends."
9 Joel McHale and Chevy Chase from Community
Chevy Chase is notoriously a weird dude, and Joel McHale talks a lot of smack, but do they really hate each other? In 2013 news broke that Joel punched Chevy on set and sent him to the hospital, fueling major feud rumors. Joel later told NY Daily News that the punch was in the script, and only too hard because Chevy told him to go all out. No hate here.
8 Jack Fowler and Josh Denzel/Wes Nelson from Love Island
The lives of Love Island contestants change dramatically after being on the show, with commercial deals, loads more social media followers, and more. Earlier this year rumors emerged that three contestants, Josh Denzel, Wes Nelson, and Jack Fincham were feuding after bagging different big brand deals. Jack says that's a lie, telling Daily Mail UK: "I see Josh and Wes all the time, it literally is a trio."
7 John and Gregg from Masterchef
These Masterchef hosts have their own special friendship that has made some fans think they dislike each other. This was fueled when John told press he and Gregg usually "do things separately" when they travel. When Gregg was asked about this, he explained that it's just how they are and doesn't mean they're not friends. "John was best man at my wedding and I'm not really closer to anybody else."
6 David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from The X-Files
Filming The X Files was stressful, and that definitely put a strain on its costars' relationship. In February 2015 Gillian told The Guardian that "It was intense, and we were both pains in the arse for the other at various times." David said this didn't last long, however. "Once we got to step back, it was like, 'Oh, wow, we really like each other.'" Sometimes space is all it takes.
5 Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alison Hannigan from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Even though these actresses played best friends on screen, fans were suspicious that they didn't really get along - especially after Huffington Post reported that Sarah Michelle Gellar announced she was stepping down from the show without consulting the rest of the cast. If that DID cause a squabble between these besties it didn't last long, because they've been spotted hanging out as friends loads of times since then.
4 Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty from Beverly Hills, 90210
This is possibly one of the most famous TV feuds, but it's not as real as you might think. Back in the 90s when Shannen left 90210 popular opinion was that Tori Spelling had gotten her dad (the show's producer) to fire her. Tori says this was never true.
In a recent TV appearance, she explained "she was one of my best friends. There was never this rivalry, but the press makes what they want."
3 Simon Cowell and Rak-Su from X Factor
After winning X Factor in 2017, this band was signed onto Simon Cowell's own record label, Syco. When they were cut loose from the label shortly after that because they couldn't get along with Little Mix (that was a legitimate feud) the boys were accused of feuding with Simon, too. They say that's totally false, and recently told The Sun that they hope Simon has listened to their newest single.
2 Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice from Victorious
Who could have guessed that Ariana would be the breakout Nickelodeon star, not leading lady Victoria Justice? Because that was surprising for fans, lots of them assumed Victoria would be bitter about it too. In reality, she says she's bored of these false feud rumors. "I think we ALL have better things 2 do than dredging up 7 yr old non-existent drama," she tweeted when asked about it in 2017.
1 Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall from Sex and the City
There were always rumors about these two not getting along, but they were major news in 2009 when their movie was released. By then, they were used to it. "I don't think anybody wants to believe I love Kim. I adore her. I wouldn't have done the movie without her," Sarah told Elle. Kim showed equal love to Sarah, saying "she shines and she allows you to shine as well."
Sources: BBC.co.uk, Mirror.co.uk, HuffingtonPost.com, NickiSwift.com, Independent.co.uk, TheSun.co.uk, Wmagazine.com