Many people have a coworker they just don't like. Sometimes, it's an issue of personalities not clicking or an out-and-out difference in interests and ideologies. But what happens if you're forced to like that coworker? Like, it's literally your job to pretend you adore that person? This is the dilemma faced by famous TV couples who hate each other off-screen.
All cherished TV twosomes give their best impression of being happy, lovey-dovey partners. While there are some TV couples who got together in real life, there are plenty of other actors who hated each other in reality. Many people look to television for entertainment and escapism, so it's easy to forget the actors you're watching are actually working - and not every job, work environment, or colleague is going to be pleasant.
These professionals, who had to pretend to like someone they despised, took their acting abilities to a whole new level. Despite often appearing on some of the funniest shows on television, there were no laughs shared between certain actors behind the scenes. Even a couple on one of the most iconic CBS comedies of all time had an acrimonious behind-the-scenes relationship. In most cases, they were successful in making fans believe they loved their TV partners. Off-screen coffee breaks, holiday parties, and downtime were probably pretty brutal, though - just ask these TV co-stars who hate each other.
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher - 'That '70s Show'
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are happily married now, but their relationship wasn't always so sunny. When they met on the set of That '70s Show, where they portrayed Jackie and Kelso, the two actors couldn't stand one another. For all their scenes, Kunis and Kutcher had to pretend to really like each other when they actually despised one another.
It could be chalked up to a maturity issue or even a generation gap: Kunis was just 15 when That '70s Show started, and Kutcher was 20. Costars were a bit surprised the two ended up together in real life, and Kutcher even became Kunis's first kiss - in character as Kelso and Jackie, of course.
Stana Katic & Nathan Fillion - 'Castle'
The stars of Castle were once said to "completely despise each other." Rumor has it that Stana Katic, who played Kate Beckett, and Nathan Fillion, who played Richard Castle, refused to speak to one another when they were not in front of the camera. But things on the set apparently got so bad that Katic was breaking down in tears because of Fillion's behavior, and producers forced the two actors into actual couples counseling.
Both actors have handled the reputed discord with professionalism: Katic has never publicly acknowledged any tension between Fillion and herself, and Fillion has tweeted his support of Katic.
Lauren Graham & Scott Patterson - 'Gilmore Girls'
Stars Hollow's favorite couple, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Patterson), may not have been as star-crossed as viewers hoped. Though both Graham and Patterson have worked hard to deny any friction between them, rumors persist that the two Gilmore Girls stars weren't exactly the best of friends. Or friends at all, really.
When asked in an interview if she and Patterson were friends off the set, Graham replied with what appeared to be an emphatic, "No." The two did post an all-smiles selfie when Gilmore Girls wrapped its new batch of episodes, but were they just happy because they didn't have to see each other anymore? Fans may never know.
Gillian Anderson & David Duchovny - 'The X-Files'
Not the much-loved Scully and Mulder?!? Yes, it's true. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of The X-Files have kept the truth out there: as co-workers, they've had their share of ups and downs. "There were periods when we hated each other," said Anderson, who, tellingly, neglected to thank her co-star in her Emmy acceptance speech. Duchovny has also confirmed the two had no real relationship off the set.
It's also important to point out that both appear to have been professional despite their differences, and they continue to work together in various X-Files incarnations in the 21st century. According to Duchovny, they now "have a successful working relationship and that’s the best way to go about this job."