Although it seemed like they were best friends on the screen, Zendaya and Bella Thorne did not get along while they were filming Shake It Up. Yep, the actress just opened up about why she and her costar weren’t friends when cameras stopped rolling, and it turns out, Disney pinned them against one another.
“We had to deal with that so much on Shake It Up,” Thorne told Us Weekly. “It’s like we said [in] a couple interviews when we were younger, how we explained how in the first season we weren’t friends and it took us those other two seasons of becoming so close. [It was hard] not having someone pitted against you [before] and then all of a sudden, now everyone is pitting you against each other. That fed into our heads. It made us not [be] friends in that first season.”
She previously explained in another interview, “Zendaya and I were put in a very unfortunate position where we were kind of forced to compete against each other, which made the whole first season of the show just very awkward for us. We wanted to love each other, but yet we were constantly being put against each other. It was, ‘Who’s better at this?’ and ‘Who’s better at that?’”
In the end, however, they were able to put their differences aside.
“And then second season we kind of just had this tell-all talk where we started crying and really just put everything out there on the table,” she continued. “And that’s when we became best friends.”
It turns out, they’re not the only costars who secretly feuded on set. Here’s all the other actors who didn’t enjoy working together…
Ariana Grande And Victoria Jusitce
Things were not pretty on the set of Victorious. It turns out, Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice got embroiled in a major feud after Grande was cast in the spinoff series Sam & Cat. And when news hit the web that Victorious was ending in 2013, many people started to wonder if Grande’s involvement in the new show was to blame. But she shut these rumors down, and she alleged that it was Justice’s fault that the series got canceled.
“Sweetheart the only reason Victorious ended is because one girl didn’t want to do it,” she wrote on social media. “She chose to do a solo tour instead of a cast tour. If we had done a cast tour Nickelodeon would have ordered another season of Victorious while Sam and Cat filmed simultaneously but she chose otherwise.”
Then, Justice fired back in a now-deleted tweet, “Some people would throw someone that they consider a friend under the bus just to make themselves look good. #StopBeingAPhony #IfTheyOnlyKnew.”
Ouch! Things got even worse a few months later when the “Dangerous Woman” songstress revealed during an interview with Seventeen Magazine that she had been bullied on set. Although she didn’t reveal which set she was referring to, rumors quickly started to spread that she was referring to Justice and Victorious.
“I worked with someone who told me they’d never like me. But for some reason, I just felt like I needed her approval,” she said. “So I started changing myself to please her. It made me stop being social and friendly. I was so unhappy.”
But Grande later claimed that her quotes weren’t about Justice after all.
“My years filming Victorious were some of the HAPPIEST of my life and that cast is family to me,” she explained on Tumblr. “(The stories I were sharing were actually from 2008 when I was on Broadway. Was an amazing experience but a tough time for me.) Please please don’t send hate to anyone. It’s undeserved. The point of answering the question in the first place was to help those of you who are dealing with bullying, not to start drama. I apologize for the commotion. Love you guys VERY much. Thank you for being here for me and for supporting me.”
Since then, they’ve been spotted hanging out a few times, so it looks like things are all good between them now.
Ariana Grande And Jennette McCurdy
Grande and her Sam & Cat costar Jennette McCurdy also had their fair share of drama! In 2014, McCurdy unfollowed Grande on social media and at the time, articles emerged online that claimed they were feuding over how much money they made from the show. However, Grande called the rumors “ridiculous and false.”
“I hate addressing rumors and I hate gossip but this is really bothering me. Jennette and I agreed upfront that we would be treated equally on this show in all regards (as we should be, considering we each work just as hard as the other on this show). The rumors circulating about our contracts and our salary not being equal are absolutely ridiculous and false,” she said. “I don’t know who’s putting these idiotic quotes out there but I thought I’d straighten it out and try to end this nonsense.”
But it didn’t end there! A few months later, McCurdy posted a shady tweet about letting go of a friend, and many fans thought she was referring to Grande.
“We aren’t better friends because being friends with you takes the ‘better’ out of me. In fact, I might possibly be the worst version of myself when I’m around you,” she tweeted. “You won’t be hearing from me anymore because sweetheart, being a friend to you was doing so much more for you than it was doing for me. You sucked the life right out of me, and I want my life back.”
In 2015, the blonde beauty admitted that they did “butt heads,” but that things were “misconstrued.”
“We butted heads at times but in a very sisterly way,” she revealed to E! News. “She knows me so well and I know her so well that I think it was unfortunate that things kind of got misconstrued.”
Debby Ryan And Skai Jackson
Everyone was left shook in 2015, when Skai Jackson claimed that her Jessie costar Debby Ryan had bullied her on set via her private Twitter. She also unfollowed Ryan and get this — when she posted a pic with the cast, she blurred out Ryan’s face! The shade! Ryan eventually responded via Tumblr, and she did not hold back.
“If I was 12, I probably would be insecure about the lead of the show I’m supporting on. Not to mention if she was the concept, a producer, and one of the directors with the most assignment requests,” she wrote. “I’ve learned that bitterness is not fixable by rollercoasters and treats, and that’s a truly sad fact – especially in younger hearts. I won’t speak on specific people, because it’s unprofessional to slander coworkers online, but if I had one wish for every child that’s an actor — especially those that tend to be the mouthpiece for parental maliciousness – I’d wish for complete contentment, emotional security, and that they’d somehow find the joy in telling stories. Living the dream is not a job. It’s an attitude.”
They recently reunited via Zoom (along with the rest of the Jessie cast), so it looks like they put the drama behind them.
Miley Cyrus And Emily Osment
Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment‘s characters in Hannah Montanawere total friendship goals, but in real life, their relationship wasn’t perfect. Cyrus revealed in her book, Miles To Go, “The show felt real to me, and I wanted my relationship with Lilly to feel real too. I knew it didn’t have to — show business is show business – but I was disappointed. There were times when I didn’t think we could ever be friends. We just couldn’t figure out how to get along.”
Now, however, it looks like they are closer than ever! Yep, they’ve stayed in touch, despite the show ending more than 10 years ago.
Ashley Tisdale And Lucas Grabeel
When Lucas Grabeel made an appearance in one of Ashley Tisdale‘s YouTube videos in 2017, they reminisced about their time on set of High School Musical. And get this — they revealed that they did not get along while they were filming the movies!
“We were not close. We were not good friends — let’s be honest. It’s been 10 years, so we can talk about it. We hated each other. Like, I’m not kidding,” Tisdale said, and Grabeel agreed. He added, “We didn’t get off on the best foot.” Wow, we had no idea!
Uriah Shelton And Rowan Blanchard
Girl Meets World costars Uriah Shelton and Rowan Blanchard aren’t friends in real life! Yep, Shelton previously told M Magazine, “Rowan doesn’t necessarily like me. We’ve have a lot of [differences].”
He didn’t divulge any other information about why they don’t get along, but we hope they’re able to resolve things soon.
Lea Michele And Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera revealed in her book, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, that she and Lea Michele had their differences on the set of Glee.
“One of the Glee writers once said that Lea and I were like two sides of the same battery, and that about sums us up,” she wrote. “We are both strong willed and competitive — not just with each other but with everyone — and that’s not a good mixture. If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was b***hing about her. Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of Season 6. Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again.”
Blake Lively And Leighton Meester
The producer of Gossip Girl, Joshua Safran, once revealed that the main stars — Blake Lively and Leighton Meester — fought on set! Yeah, their characters may have been the best of friends, but in real life, the actresses were not.
“Blake and Leighton were not friends,” he said to Vanity Fair. “They were friendly, but they were not friends like Serena and Blair. Yet the second they’d be on set together, it’s as if they were.”
Ryan Gosling And Rachel McAdams
While filming The Notebook, things got so heated between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams that the actor asked the director, Nick Cassavetes, if they could cast someone new for the role!
“Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not,” the director explained. “And Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, ‘Nick come here.’ And he’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, ‘Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?’ I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.’”
Nina Dobrev And Paul Wesley
Nina Dobrev shocked us all when she revealed that she and Paul Wesley didn’t get along for the first five months of shooting The Vampire Diaries!
“Paul and I didn’t get along at the beginning of [The Vampire Diaries]. I respected Paul Wesley, I didn’t like Paul Wesley,” she admitted in 2019. “We really just didn’t get along the first maybe five months of shooting. it was a fine line between love and hate. We despised each other so much, that it read as love.”
Wesley also spoke out about their feud, but he added that in the end, they became the best of friends.
“I think the point that Nina was making, and I’ll totally back her up on this, is that we totally clashed [the] first couple years in terms of just getting on each other’s nerves, and then developed this wonderful friendship,” he said. “So it’s like this nice, happy ending.”
The actor continued, “I think sometimes when people work together nonstop, do press nonstop for years and years on end, you’re just — you don’t appreciate the person that’s in front of you. You’re like, ‘Oh, you know, I’m exhausted and tired.’ And I think now, it’s such a nice sort of story because we’re such good friends now. I think it was a cool lesson to learn. It’s like the people that kind of maybe you don’t get along with in the beginning later surprise you, and I think a lot of my friendships are like that.”
Chad Michael Murray And Sophia Bush
For those who don’t know, Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush fell for each other while filming One Tree Hill. They got married, but when they split five months later, it made things pretty awkward on set.
“At the end of the day, we’re grown-ups, and I actually think it’s interesting that when people split in a way that’s unpleasant, they usually just go on quite literally hating each other — or the person in my situation hates the other person, whatever — but when you have to work with somebody for another half a decade, you kind of have to deal with it. Because for me, at the end of the day, my job is my priority,” Bush explained on Watch What Happens Live.