Celebrities Who Make Their Workplaces Difficult
Getting up and going to work is hard enough without adding a bunch of extra stress and drama to the mix. It doesn't help one bit when you have a difficult co-worker to deal with on top of everything else. Surprisingly, this isn't a problem that's exclusive to average jobs in average places.
This issue goes beyond the boundaries of the blue collar workforce all the way up to the lavish sets of Hollywood's most illustrious productions. That’s right — even celebrities with everything they need at their fingertips can make the workplace a miserable place to be. Let’s take a look at some of the worst offenders.
Despite shooting into the celebrity stratosphere after the success of Michael Bay's Transformers trilogy in the late 2000s and early 2010s, Shia LaBeouf wasn’t quite satisfied — with anything, apparently. He developed a reputation for being quite difficult to be around on set.
ABC has had its fair share of hit primetime dramas, which means they've also had plenty of leading actors to keep their eye on (both on and off the set). One of the most troublesome instances of this related to Desperate Housewives lead actress Teri Hatcher.
There's no denying that Val Kilmer is one of the very best talents of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From Top Gun to Heat to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Kilmer is certainly a talent to revere. Still, that's no excuse for making trouble.
It's always surprising to learn that a comedian is actually a very serious troublemaker for the men and women they work with on set — so disappointing! Mike Myers might be praised as one of the greatest contemporary parodists, but those who have spent time with him on set would mostly prefer to work with someone else.
For certain performers, high demands result in high praise. At the end of the day, however, you have to consider how many celebrities get great results without being mean to their closest collaborators. Beyoncé — one of the most beloved singers from a fan perspective — is guilty of acting closer to the former than the latter.
Some people may dream of being the assistant of an A-list celebrity, but one look at the job description for people like Jennifer Lopez might make them think twice before applying. As it turns out, assisting stars is incredibly difficult work.
Skyrocketing to stardom in the wake of her leading roles in ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Judd Apatow's Knocked Up, Katherine Heigl seemed unstoppable toward the back half of the 2000s. Unfortunately for her, her behavior kept her momentum from continuing to grow.
Judging by the public attitude toward her unique health and wellness brand, Goop, it might not be very shocking to hear that people who have worked with Gwyneth Paltrow in the past would prefer not to do so again. While she might argue that her behavior is more quirky than quarrelsome, she is reportedly a trash-talker on set and a burden in her time off. Ouch.
In the years after her highly successful run on NBC's Friends, Jennifer Aniston found herself enjoying more fame and fortune than ever before. Choosing to be incredibly picky with her roles going forward, she ultimately ended up being labeled a diva for her behavior.
Considered one of the greatest talents working today by fans and critics alike, Christian Bale has every right to take his work more seriously than other actors. With this in mind, it's worth noting that there's a big difference between taking your work seriously and giving people a hard time.
As most fans of hers know, Mariah Carey is not afraid to tell it like it is or ask for what she wants — even if it’s rude and what she wants is absurd. From pretending she doesn't know people that she obviously knows to criticizing those who have irritated her, Carey is about as difficult as they come in the entertainment world.
She might seem sweet and innocent in films like The Parent Trap, but it turns out that Lindsay Lohan's true self lies somewhere closer to the film Mean Girls. Growing increasingly troublesome as her career progressed, it's not shocking to learn that Lohan lost it all in the aftermath of her very public problems.
It should be said that Russell Crowe completely denies each claim made against him, but the sheer volume of the reports compiled against him totally overshadow his word. Regardless of the film, the most consistent thing said about Crowe is that he was just plain rude.
There's nothing inherently wrong with being a perfectionist who demands excellence when it comes to art. However, there's definitely an issue when that perfection and excellence comes at the cost of the respect of your co-workers. Edward Norton is one such artist who is willing to be impossibly difficult to get the desired result.
Practically exiled to Russia at this point, Steven Seagal continues to be one of the strangest celebrities currently in the game. A huge action star in the U.S. at one point, Seagal's notorious behavior saw him leaving the country and moving to a completely different continent entirely.
Before the time of Avengers: Endgame, James Cameron had the honor of directing the two highest-grossing contemporary films in the medium's history. He accomplished it by burning bridges, severing ties and being an unabashed perfectionist across each and every one of his productions.
Part producer, part musician, part actor, part aspiring politician, Kanye West is a man of many different hats. From his humble beginnings in Southside Chicago to his current position as a censored gospel singer, the man has no issue ditching a past public persona for a new one.
Judging by the actor's universal shunning from the public eye, Charlie Sheen is unsurprisingly bothersome if provoked. While the most notable instance has to be his unceremonious firing from the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, Sheen has not confined his rants and rages to just showrunner Chuck Lorre.
Part singer, part actress, all diva, Madonna doesn't seem to feel any sort of shame for behaving the way she does — and that’s been true for decades now. An immaculate icon of the ‘80s who continues to perform to this day, Madonna almost wears her contrariness as a badge of honor.
Known mostly for her trio of excellent performances in the 1990s — Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Casino — Sharon Stone is another actor who isn't afraid to be incredibly demanding of everyone around her, even if it costs her roles.
Probably known best for her leading role in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner — but worth mentioning for her performance in David Lynch's Dune as well — Sean Young was clearly no stranger to tough shoots for science fiction epics. Maybe it was retaliation for the large workloads Scott and Lynch placed on her, but Young tried her best to be just as difficult.
Although she might be praised today as one of the very best talents of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Faye Dunaway wasn’t respected as such when she was first starting out. Unlike many other actors, Dunaway was difficult to work with because of her lack of experience, not because of her lack of professionalism.
Everyone knows how generous Ellen DeGeneres is. She's always giving away huge prizes and massive sums of money to worthy causes on her daytime talk show. Because of how outwardly kind she seems, it's so surprising to learn that Ellen is quite a pain behind the scenes.
Remember Glee, Ryan Murphy's hit high school musical comedy on FOX? Well, Lea Michele, the show's former lead, never failed to be a problem for Murphy and the rest of the cast. One actor — Dianna Agron — even left the show because of it.
Apparently, playing a tough guy in the movies for so many years has the potential to go to an actor’s head — just look at Bruce Willis. No matter if it's a big action blockbuster or a simple little comedy, Willis embodies a seriousness that doesn’t mesh well with other personalities.
One of the most notable Saturday Night Live alums in the show's history, Chevy Chase was lucky enough to have his comedic genius translate well from the small screen to the big screen. Landing leading role after leading role, the comedian cemented his status as a comedy icon with numerous hilarious films.
From the very start of her career as an actor, Julia Roberts has been a true titan. While it wasn't her first film, Mystic Pizza was the movie that started it all for her. She came across as sweet. Lovable. A total sweetheart. Some even called her America's Sweetheart.
Some people just don't come across as very nice. They could be the warmest person in the world once you get to know them, but their outward appearance is that of someone with an ice-cold personality. This is what many people say about Mad Men alum January Jones.
Here's an actor who takes the hostility found in his personal life and carries it with him to the set. Mention Alec Baldwin, and many people immediately remember the infamous phone call that was leaked to the press many years ago — you know, the one of him insulting his young daughter and calling her all kinds of horrible names.
When it comes to Marlon Brando's on-set attitudes later in his career, it seems like his hostility boils down to one simple thing: his ego. After being told he was one of the very best talents during the ‘50s and ‘60s, it makes sense why Brando turned into a complete menace on set throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.