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30 Lovable Actresses Who Are Secretly Divas

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

We all unfortunately know Goop--Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company that sells some of the strangest and most useless products know to man. But the real reason this Hollywood star is a diva is because she seems to have an opinion about everyone and everything. 

Paltrow is no stranger to speaking her mind, and it’s gotten her in trouble before. She’s publicly complained about everything from the Met Gala (it “sucked”) to Reese Witherspoon (she only does rom-coms for money and fame). So she’s clearly just an all-around great person to know. 

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Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley has always positioned herself as a down-to-earth, no-drama actress. But are her claims really true? According to one director that worked with her--not at all. 

Director John Carney said that working with the model turned actress on the film Begin Again was a real hassle. He mentioned specifically that she was unwilling to open up and take risks in her acting and that she was constantly followed by an entourage getting in the way of filming. 

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Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty starred as Prue in the show Charmed and as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills 90210. She is not on good terms with anyone from either of those projects. She refused to speak to Alyssa Milano on Charmed, and she got fired from 90210 because she was rude and would consistently show up late for shooting. 

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Lea Michele

Lea Michele

Lea Michele’s most well-known role was Rachel on Glee, and even though her character was a bit of a know-it-all, she was still likable. Unfortunately, Lea is just snobby and self-centered. Kate Hudson said that she was a nightmare to work with on Glee, and Lea’s been known to avoid and complain about her fans at award shows. 

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Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

Since her role as Rose in Titanic, the world has loved Kate Winslet. And she’s one actor who has publicly spoken out about how annoying Hollywood diva behavior is. So why is she on this list? 
 

Because apparently, that’s all talk. While she might behave on set, fans over the years have called her out for being cold or even downright rude. 

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Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton was once set to become one of the biggest names in Hollywood due to her roles as Marissa on The O.C. and Lilly on All My Children. Once she started drinking too much, showing up late, and forgetting her lines while filming, that all went down the drain.

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Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball played the lovable title character on I Love Lucy, but Lucille was not so lovable in real life. Co-stars have said that Lucille always looked for ways to upstage other actors and cut some of their screen time. She had a cold, sarcastic attitude toward people which lead to her not making many friends on set. 

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Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Most people consider Julia Roberts to be America’s sweetheart, but things weren’t always so sweet with the actress. While she doesn’t have a list of sins as long as some of the people on this list, she did apparently engage in some diva behavior in the 90s. 

During the filming of Hook, director Stephen Spielberg referred to Roberts as “Tinkerhell” because of how she would sometimes behave on set. Say it ain’t so, Julia! 

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Young Christina Aguilera showed the sweetest side of herself on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but many people who worked with her have revealed that she is not so sweet in actuality. She once refused to talk to or even look at The Wanted, a musical guest on The Voice!

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Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher won over fans as Susan on Desperate Housewives, but her co-workers did not share the same affection for her. The show’s creator, Marc Cherry, called Hatcher “the meanest woman in the world,” and her co-workers even refused to participate in photo shoots with her because of her negative attitude. 

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

It’s kind of sad to think about, but these days, Lindsay Lohan is neither beloved nor a diva--she’s pretty much just fallen off the map. But during her hot mess heyday, she was an actress people loved to hate. 

We could detail her public bad behavior and drug use, but that’s just run of the mill Hollywood garbage. What really solidified her reputation as a diva was her demand for a meeting with Vladimir Putin while she was in Russia for a talk show. 

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston played Rachel on Friends, but sources say that she was not very friendly on set. Whenever they were not filming, she would avoid socializing with everyone else, and she reportedly threw a chair at one of her previous directors! 

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Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray

It’s best to just stay out of the kitchen when Rachael Ray is in town. She might cook you a delicious meal, but she’s just as likely to act like a diva. And that’s likely to leave a bad taste in your mouth. 

According to former audience members at her show, taping is a total “nightmare.” She’s been seen berating employees between takes in front of everyone, but her rudeness can apparently extend to service workers like hotel clerks. 

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey’s diva behavior puts basically everyone else on this list to shame. The singer and actor has been known for years as someone who’s difficult to work with, and it doesn’t appear that Carey makes any effort to hide it. 

There are plenty of stories of her acting like a run-of-the-mill jerk, but the story of her giving birth to her twins is probably the biggest diva moment she’s had. Not only was Al Sharpton there to help her renew her wedding vows with her husband--her twins also entered the world to a recording of their mother performing at Madison Square Garden. 

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Madonna

Madonna

Madonna ruled the 80s--there’s no denying that. But it’s clear that the Material Girl has let all the fame go to her head. 

Like some other celebrities, she’s got some pretty crazy demands on her rider. These include importing Madonna’s own personal furniture to her dressing room, everyone calling her “M”, and flowers that are cut to be exactly six inches tall. 

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January Jones

January Jones

People who have worked with January Jones say that her name is appropriate because she is one of the coldest, most unapproachable people they have ever met. She’s fond of throwing ex-lovers under the bus, including Jason Sudekis. She also has no problem telling off people who don’t deserve it, such as Zach Galifinakis. 

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Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl has played some of America’s favorite characters, but her actions on set aren’t quite as lovable. She once turned down an Emmy nod for Grey’s Anatomy because she felt that the writing for her character wasn’t good enough. She is also known for being late, questioning the script, and refusing wardrobe pieces.

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Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

Most people these days have no beef with model Naomi Campbell. However, she has a history of not just acting like a diva but a straight-up jerk. 

Campbell is no stranger to court--she’s been brought up on assault charges multiple times, including by her personal assistant. And then this woman had the unmitigated gall to say publicly that the reason people don’t want to work with her is “racism” and not her highly-publicized history of violence and erratic behavior. 

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Oprah

Oprah

Oprah is the sun--from a distance, she’s life-giving, but get too close and you’ll get burned. It turns out that becoming one of the biggest celebrities in history will turn you into a diva whether you want to be one or not. 

According to one biographer, once when Oprah went to a gallery to consider buying some paintings, she spoke to the owner in third person. When asked to follow him to the viewing room, she replied with, “Oprah doesn’t do stairs.” Totally normal and sane!

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Honestly, half the fun of Jennifer Lopez is her acting like a crazy diva. I’m sure she’s a nightmare to be around, but she’s a lot of fun to watch from a distance!

Lopez feels like she’s above it all, and she’s not afraid to put that into practice. In addition to your garden variety on-set demands, Lopez has been known to communicate via an assistant instead of having a face-to-face conversation with someone she deems “inferior.” 

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Megan Fox

Megan Fox

Megan Fox was at one point the eye candy keeping the Transformers franchise alive. The plots might have gotten worse and worse, but there was always Megan Fox looking just as amazing as ever. But that all changed due to some diva behavior on set. 

The actress said she hit her lowest point when she compared Transformers director Michael Bay to Hitler. That cost her a job, but she says she’s learned and grown from the experience. And considering that we haven’t had any more public Hitler analogies from her, it seems like she has!  
 

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Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Audiences have loved Sharon Stone for decades thanks to her memorable roles in movies like Basic Instinct and Total Recall. But apparently, watching her on screen is completely different than trying to work with this world-class actress. 

Directors have dished before about her on-set ego and diva-like behavior, but it looks like those extend into the real world, too. The actress was actually once detained in a Utah airport for throwing a fit about a checked bag. 

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Sean Young

Sean Young

Sean Young starred in several box office hits like Blade Runner. She was expected to become a huge star until her diva-like personality got in the way. She got fired from the movie Wall Street because she refused to act professional on set, and she got sued for harassment by one of her ex-lovers, James Wood. 

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Beyonce

Beyonce

One of the most successful entertainers in Hollywood a diva? Color me surprised! Sorry to all the Beyonce fans out there, but Queen Bey is a confirmed diva--and not in a cute way. 

Like every other person who’s too famous for their own good, Beyonce has a ridiculous rider for her performances. But her demands extend all the way to other people--crew members have to wear 100% cotton in her presence. If she’s not a diva, then she’s being blackmailed by some cotton farmers. 

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Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood has risen to fame in the last few years with roles on shows like Westworld and Mildred Pierce. However, there are rumors that Wood is not the nicest person to work with. 

There were rumors about her diva behavior on set for Mildred Pierce. But the really bizarre accusation is that during filming for the unreleased movie 12 Things I Hate About Life, Wood just decided at one point she was done being in the film. 

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Cybill Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd has been acting since the 70s, and it turns out that decades of fame are not good for your ego. She might make magic on screen, but behind the scenes, she doesn’t have many fans. 

There is a CSI episode with a murdered character allegedly based on her. The writer of the episode worked for her sitcom Cybill in the 90s, and apparently he did not have many fond memories of the diva.  

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

Whether it’s because of her acting career or her role as a judge on American Idol, it just seems like fans can’t get enough of Nicki Minaj. Unfortunately, Minaj doesn’t feel the same way about her fans. 

On the set of American Idol, the rapper was apparently rude to contestants and their families and wouldn’t allow anyone to take a photo with her. And that’s on top of her consistently showing up late for work. 

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Paz de la Huerta

Paz de la Huerta

Paz de la Huerta was a regular on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire for its first two seasons, but then she stopped showing up. What happened? Diva behavior, of course!

For those familiar with Hollywood, it was no secret that this actress was a bit of a hot mess, and apparently that party-hard attitude crept into her work as well until she was fired from the show. Considering she hasn’t done much since then, it might have marked the end of her career. 

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Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee Simpson has been embarrassing herself since her huge lip sync debacle on SNL, but that’s not what makes her a diva. She’s more than capable of being two kinds of awful. 

Simpson had a brief role on the Melrose Place reboot on MTV, but she was eventually let go by the show. According to rumors, she would show up late, act like a diva, and turned the entire cast against her. 

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Shenae Grimes

Shenae Grimes

Shenae Grimes was the lead for the 90210 TV reboot, but unfortunately, she let the fame get to her head. And that’s obviously why she made the list. 

According to insiders, Grimes was rude to everyone on the set--from extras and crew members to her fellow cast. She was also apparently quick to remind everyone that she was the star and that everyone else was merely riding her coattails. 

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