As much as we’d like to spend some time behind the scenes with A-list stars, apparently it’s not all fun and games backstage. In fact, it gets downright miserable thanks to alleged diva demands and bad attitudes. Actress Katherine Heigl’s contentious reputation made headlines after multiple Hollywood execs spoke out about her diva ways and demands on-set. Self-proclaimed diva, Mariah Carey, has held down the title as most demanding starlet -she once required 200 kittens and 100 white roses on tour. But Mimi’s crazy requests are actually pretty normal in comparison to these stars. Get ready to raise your brows (and throw a little shade) at these demanding and difficult celebrities!
Katherine Heigl’s rep as America’s Sweetheart was shattered in 2008, after she made waves for allegedly being difficult on the set of Grey’s Anatomy, as well as while shooting the comedy, Knocked Up. According to sources, on both sets Heigl argued about the script, spent way too much time in her trailer, and when she was actually on set she would spend most of the time complaining. Most recently her on-set friction was put on blast by Hollywood execs who accusing the actress of being rude and “not worth it.” Yikes!
In 2006, while shooting Georgia Rule, James G. Robinson blasted LiLo’s on-set antics in an open letter where he cited her as being “discourteous, irresponsible and unprofessional.” Lohan’s film roles began to slow after the backlash until 2012 when she was cast in Paul Schrader’s The Canyons. According to Schrader the troubled actress’ attitude failed to improve. The director’s laundry list of complains included the actress’ unexplained disappearances, issues with the casting, and refusal to comply to contractually obligated nude scenes. To put the cherry on top, Lohan racked up a $46,000 hotel and bar bill on the production’s dime.
Christian Bale is notoriously known for going to extreme lengths to perfect his roles (for 2004’s The Machinist, Bale reportedly dropped 70 pounds to land the part.) That being said, it should come as no surprise that the actor can be intense even when the cameras aren’t rolling. In 2009, an audio of Bale on the set of Terminator Salvation ranting (and hurling every expletive in the book) at director of photography Shane Hurlbut was leaked after Hurlbut accidentally walked into Bale’s eye line during a take.
Nicki Minaj was the definition of a DIVA on the set of American Idol during her stint as judge. An insider on the set revealed that Minaj was always late, and came through with a huge entourage in true hip hop form. The Head Barb was also consistently rude to contestants and their families, refusing to speak to them or take photos. Meow!
Looks like actress Kate Hudson isn’t a fan of Glee‘s Lea Michele. A source close to the set of the Fox show said that Michele’s behavior on set turned Hudson all the way off during her guest appearance – and we can’t blame her. During a standstill in shooting due to a technical delay, Lea snapped her fingers at the crew and said, ‘Let’s go! I have plans!” Whoa.
Lady Gaga is not a fan of Azealia Banks and made it known in a leaked video shared on Instagram where Gaga ditches her poker face and dishes on Banks’ alleged bad attitude. This didn’t surprise many. While on set for a photo shoot for a magazine, staffers revealed that Banks held up the shoot, treated people poorly, and behaved like a bonafide diva.
Christina Aguilera doesn’t just give diva demands when she’s on the road. According to sources close to production on The Voice, Christina has a personal foot massager who comes in to rub on X-Tina’s feet every 30 minutes. We’d understand if Aguilera was standing for the hour-long program, but she’s sitting down, which makes the request pretty ridiculous. On top of a foot massage, the source says the reality show judge ignores call times and keeps everyone on set waiting hours for her grand arrival.
Russell Crowe has attempted to fight rumors of his overly aggressive and attitude on set, but that all went down hill after director Taylor Hackford (who has worked with Crowe in the past) came forth with tales of the actor’s behavior. According to the director, Crowe is overly proactive and repeatedly questions and pushes the crew, but unlike Katherine Heigl, Hackford noted that Crowe’s crazy was “worth it.”
Mariah Carey’s over-the-top demands shouldn’t come as a surprise, she does refer to herself as diva after all. Much like fellow judge Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey was quite difficult on the set of American Idol, like Nicki she was always late for shoots, made unexpected changes in filming details, and wasn’t very nice to the contestants in between takes. Maybe Carey and Minaj were in a competition to see who could be the most difficult diva on set?
Jennifer Lopez is said to have opted out of the lead role as Maria Segovia in the upcoming film, The 33, a flick based on the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped underground for 69 days. According to sources close to pre-production of the film, Lopez demanded that she have the right to veto co-starring actresses and drove the casting team up the wall with her picky selections. According to one source, Lopez rejected actresses who were younger, sexier or already red carpet veterans. After failing to see eye to eye with the casting crew, J.Lo dropped out of the role.
Turns out working for funnyman Mike Myers isn’t so fun. Since early on his in career, the actor has built a reputation of being moody, controlling and arrogant on set. That’s a major reason why Wayne’s World co-star Dana Carvey cut ties from Myers following the comedy, as well as why Myers has disappeared from the small screen. Even after the Austin Powers franchise, multiple executives who’ve had rocky relationships with Myers in the past refused to ever work with the actor again.
Shannen Doherty has become notoriously known for her terrible on set behavior. It all started in 1994 when the actress was fired from Beverly Hills, 90210 after clashing with cast and producers. Castmate Ian Ziering admitted at the time he was in fact happy she was gone! BH executive Aaron Spelling revealed that the actress would arrive on set 6-8 hours late, and eventually grew tired of her lack of professionalism. Doherty failed to learn from her mistakes, and in 2008 was fired from the set of Charmed.
Seems like Shenae Grimes is Shannen Doherty 2.0 on the revival of 90210. Much like Doherty, Grimes appears on set later then her cast, and allegedly drives everyone on set up the wall with her diva antics and rude behavior.
Teri Hatcher’s mean attitude was kept under wraps until Desperate Housewives costar Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful-termination lawsuit against creator Marc Cherry. Cherry stated that Sheridan revealed Hatcher was “the meanest woman in the world.” After the revelation and during Sheridan’s last day on set, a farewell gift card from show’s crew and cast excluded Hatcher’s name. Shade!
Grey Anatomy star Isaiah Washington’s difficult behavior hit the blogosphere back in 2006 when the actor fell in hot water after it was revealed he referred to openly gay cast member T.R. Knight as a homophobic slur. Prior to the name calling, he and Patrick Dempsey engaged in a violent altercation while filming. According to sources, Washington, known for being aggressive, began shouting expletives at Dempsey and then allegedly pushed his co-star and choked him up. The incident was so intense, production was actually show down for a short time.