Film Trivia

Actors Who Didn't Want To Kiss Their Onscreen Love Interest 

Isadora Teich
Updated April 6, 2020 6M views 18 items

There are all sorts of movie kissing scenes. From the steamy to the anxiety-inducing and awkward to everything in between. However, onscreen kisses are not always as they appear. In fact, some of the most romantic and iconic film kisses of all time were absolute nightmares for the actors for one reason or another. For the most part, all of these actors could sell a less-than-stellar kiss (except for Carey Mulligan... yikes). It is their job, after all. If you've seen these films, you may even be surprised that some of these celebrities didn't want to kiss their costars. 

Can you imagine not wanting to kiss Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt? How about Leonardo DiCaprio or Jennifer Lawrence? While some people would give anything to lock lips with these hot Hollywood actors, their costars definitely did not feel the same way.

Whether it was bad breath, a case of the jitters, a too close personal relationship, or hundreds of crew members watching that made romantic scenes unpleasant, many of these actors managed to push through and make movie magic. Check out this list of actors who didn't want to kiss their costars if you want to know the embarrassing dirt on some of Hollywood's biggest stars. 

 

Tobey Maguire, 'Spider-Man' (2002)
Tobey Maguire, 'Spider-M... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors Who Didn't Want To Kiss Their Onscreen Love Interest
Photo:  Spider-Man/Columbia Pictures

Didn't Want to Kiss: Kirsten Dunst 

The Spider-Man and Mary Jane upside down kiss in the rain is one of the most iconic kisses in recent film history. It was, however, a lot less romantic to shoot than it looks on the big screen. Tobey Maguire told reporters:

There was rain pouring up or down my nose. I couldn't breathe and I was gasping for breath out of the corner of Kirsten's mouth.

Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
Liam Hemsworth, The Hung... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors Who Didn't Want To Kiss Their Onscreen Love Interest
Photo:  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1/Lionsgate

Didn't Want to Kiss: Jennifer Lawrence 

While filming Mockingjay with Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence would make sure to eat something gross before all of their kissing scenes. He described the experience as "uncomfortable" and told Jimmy Fallon: 

She's one of my best friends, I love her, but if we had a kissing scene, she would make a point of eating garlic or tuna fish or something that was disgusting. Right before the scene she'd be like, 'Yeah, I ate tuna' or 'I had garlic, and I didn't brush my teeth.' And I'd be like, 'Fantastic, I can't wait to get in there and taste it!' 

Thandie Newton, Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
Thandie Newton, Mission ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Who Didn't Want To Kiss Their Onscreen Love Interest
Photo:  Mission Impossible 2/Paramount

Didn't Want to Kiss: Tom Cruise 

Thandie Newton found Tom Cruise to be an "icky" and "wet" kisser on the set of Mission Impossible 2. She said of the experience: 

I'd really go home at the end of the day actually moaning about how hot it was and how many times we had to do it.

Kirsten Dunst, Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Kirsten Dunst, Interview... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Who Didn't Want To Kiss Their Onscreen Love Interest
Photo:  Interview With The Vampire/Warner Bros.

Didn't Want to Kiss: Brad Pitt 

While most people in the '90s would have loved to kiss Brad Pitt, 11-year-old Kirsten Dunst was less than thrilled. Almost 20 years after her onscreen peck with the actor on set of Interview With The Vampire, she recalled thinking it was totally gross at the time.  

Everyone at the time was like, 'You're so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,' but I thought it was disgusting. I didn't kiss anyone else until I was 16, I think. I was a late bloomer.