For most people, the thought of being in the same room as celebrities such as Brad Pitt or Kate Hudson might seem thrilling. And if you got to kiss them? Total dream come true, right? But in Hollywood, things aren’t always as they appear, and actors themselves aren’t always crazy about their co-stars.
See, the truth about kissing is it’s pretty intimate. Even if you are an actor and literally have to kiss other people for a living, it can still get pretty awkward. Yes, even if an actor is in a movie starring opposite some dreamy, hot A-lister, that doesn’t mean they’re dying to lock lips with them. And as it turns out, not every actor was totally thrilled about certain kissing or love scenes they had to shoot for a movie. There are actually quite a few actors who didn’t want to kiss their co-stars, and some of them might surprise you.
Dane Cook really didn’t want to kiss co-star Kate Hudson
To be honest, Kate Hudson is definitely one of Hollywood’s "It" girls. From her breakout role in Almost Famous to her hilarious rom-com hijinks in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Hudson is flawless at everything she does, and she’s not bad to look at either. Looking at her, you probably assume that men are constantly falling at her feet wherever she goes, but there was one co-star who wasn’t all that keen on locking lips with her for a movie. Comedian and actor Dane Cook actually revealed in an interview that kissing her was subpar.
"I did a movie with her, My Best Friend’s Girl, and I think she purposely ate like a feast of onions before our scene," he said in an interview on Watch What Happens Live (via ABC News). "I had to burn her on that one!" Ouch. That’s not exactly the rave review you would want to hear about your kissing skills, now is it? Clearly, Cook wasn’t all that thrilled to have to kiss Hudson on set, and, with that reasoning, who could blame him?
James McVoy wasn’t into kissing co-star Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie might be famous for her gorgeous bone structure and impeccable acting skills, but all the talent and beauty in the world doesn’t make her a good kisser. In fact, in the film Wanted, Jolie starred alongside James McAvoy, and, when the two shared a kiss, McAvoy revealed he just wasn’t all that into it.
"It was awkward, sweaty, and not very nice," McAvoy told In Touch. Additionally, McVoy told the Today show that, as was typical with movie kisses, his lip-lock with co-star Jolie was anything but romantic. "You’re meant to do the kissing last thing," he said, "but you end up doing it first thing, just after you’ve had your breakfast and you’re all funky in the mouth." Of course, even with the lack of romance, McAvoy revealed that he also worries a little about getting too turned during kissing scenes, which surely only added to his hesitation to get intimate with Jolie on screen. "If in this interview, it was written in that we had to have a kiss," he explained to Today, "I would hope we would be professional about it and that we wouldn’t get off on it."
Co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Woody Allen weren’t feeling their kiss
Woody Allen, though plagued by controversy, is known for being a creative genius in the film world, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s a romantic genius. In fact, one of his most well-known co-stars, Helena Bonham Carter, has said that working with Allen is kind of trying. Despite Carter’s many projects with Allen, she still doesn’t have fond memories of kissing him, and she actually said that, while they were filming the 1995 movie Aphrodite, she really didn’t look forward to their kissing scenes.
"He tells you upfront certain ways of kissing he does not want," Carter said, as reported by Elle. "No exchange of liquid is permitted. It can be a bit offensive because he makes no effort at all. It’s like kissing the Berlin Wall," she continued. That’s kind of awkward, especially if you are trying to convey that two characters have chemistry. But also, how can you lock lips without exchanging even just a smidge of saliva? It’s truly confusing, but apparently Allen lives in his own spit-free world.
Reese Witherspoon wasn’t pleased about kissing co-star Robert Pattinson
The 2011 dramatic romance movie Water For Elephants was definitely a smash hit, and with a star-studded cast including Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, that’s not exactly surprising. Still, though the duo acted their butts off and the movie received pretty decent reviews, one of the most common critiques posed about the film was that the two lacked a spark. And as it turns out, Witherspoon and Patterson were both aware of that.
In fact, in an interview with MTV News, Witherspoon explained how she was really dreading kissing co-star Pattinson, as he had a nasty cold at the time. "He did have a very runny nose, yeah," she began. "It wasn’t appealing; it wasn’t pleasant." But Pattinson also told MTV News that he himself wasn’t even looking forward to the kiss because of how gross he felt. "My nose is running all over the place, and it was in one of the additional photography scenes, and Reese had this wig on, and literally, I was wiping my nose on her wig," he said. Nothing like a runny nose and boogers in your hair to really get the spark going.
Liam Hemsworth had a good reason for despising kissing co-star Jennifer Lawrence
If there was one young adult dystopian series that truly captivated the world, it was The Hunger Games. There was romance, action, cruel dictators, and one love triangle that really got people passionate about whether they were #TeamGale or #TeamPeeta. But no matter what side you fell on, when Liam Hemsworth as Gale locked lips with co-star Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, the sparks were real.
But, according to Hemsworth, any time he had to lock lips with Lawrence, he was pretty miserable. "Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable," he said in an interview on The Tonight Show Starring 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," Hemsworth added that Lawrence would even taunt him with her meal choices. "Right before the scene, she’d be like, ‘Yeah, I had 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!’" Hemsworth laughed. As funny as that is, it must have made kissing pretty disgusting.
Apparently co-stars Thandie Newton and Tom Cruise had no chemistry for their kiss
Despite his connections to Scientology and his sketchy relationship past, Tom Cruise continues to be one of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs. And all his action-packed movies don’t do anything to make him less sexy. For instance, in Mission: Impossible 2, Cruise and co-star Thandie Newton shared some spicy moments. But according to Newton, it was all for show. Moreover, she kind of hated having to kiss Cruise, and she’s said as much.
According to the book, Holy Matrimony!: Better Halves and Bitter Halves by Boze Hadleigh, Newton described her kiss with Cruise as, "Slightly icky and a little bit wet." Um, gross. That sounds like your first kiss in your middle school best friend’s basement during a game of spin the bottle, not what you’d imagine kissing a movie star to be like. Additionally, she explained that it was one of the worst parts of filming. "I’d really go home at the end of the day actually moaning about…how many times we had to do it," she said, per Just Jared. Cruise might be an action hero, but a good kisser that does not make. At least if Newton’s to be believed.
Hugh Jackman felt the pressure kissing co-star Nicole Kidman
Before he was Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman starred in a highly romantic film alongside Nicole Kidman, Australia. The two played lovers and their scenes were pretty steamy. Of course, both actors were already married when the 2008 movie was filming, but that doesn’t mean the kissing scenes were any easier.
Jackman actually stated that it was pretty awkward, and he didn’t look forward to kissing his co-star. "It’s never particularly comfortable making out with someone in front of 70 people," Jackman said of kissing Kidman, as reported by Elle. "That’s really not something that turns me on."
Additionally, Jackman told Express that his own wife — Deborra-Lee Furness, who used to live with Kidman and remains close friends with her — wasn’t even comfortable watching them. "Needless to say Deb wasn’t on set when we had our kissing scenes," he explained. "That would have been awkward, but we talked about it. I said, ‘Let’s talk about it,’ and we just sort of, we both loved the project and created an atmosphere which was safe." As comfortable as that environment might have been, it’s clear Jackman didn’t exactly enjoy kissing Kidman.
Jennifer Lawrence didn’t have the nicest things to say about kissing co-star Bradley Cooper
The 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper was certainly intense. Based on the book of the same name, the movie followed Cooper’s character, Pat, as he struggles with mental illness and meets Lawrence’s Tiffany, who is facing a similar struggle, and the two enter a dance contest together. It’s sweet, endearing, and heartbreaking all at once, and the on-screen spark between Lawrence and Cooper was undeniable.
However, spark or not, Lawrence wasn’t all that psyched to kiss her co-star on set, and the reason why is kind of gross. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Cooper revealed that Lawrence actually told him just how much she didn’t enjoy kissing him. "After the second take she [Lawrence] said, ‘You’re a wet kisser.’ You don’t want to hear that. It was not a compliment," Cooper said (via Daily Mail). Cooper is right; that’s definitely not what you want to hear after locking lips with someone. But hey, their kissing still made for a great movie!
Josh Hutcherson had an audience for his first kiss ever
Most people will think of The Hunger Games when they think of Josh Hutcherson. And while Hutcherson definitely did a great job in his role as Peta, one of his breakout roles was in Little Manhattan, and he played an adorable kid in love. The movie was innocent and super cute. But, at one point, Hutcherson had to kiss his co-star Charlotte Ray Rosenberg, and it was something he really dreaded.
Why did he dread it? Well, it turns out that it was Hutcherson’s first kiss. He was only 11 when the movie was filmed, so that makes sense. But because of all that pressure, he was seriously shocked. "I was filming in New York City and my mom surprised me by flying my dad in for the kiss scene for support," he told Seventeen. "But it was a horrible first kiss because I had like a crew of like 50 people standing around and watching me. It was the most non-real, non-intimate moment that I could possibly have my first kiss, I think." Yep. Having your first kiss be filmed with dozens of people watching honestly sounds like a nightmare.
Kirsten Dunst thought kissing co-star Brad Pitt was "disgusting"
Let’s be real, no matter how old he gets or whether or not he’s single, Brad Pitt continues to be one of the hunkiest dreamboats in the film industry. Back in 1994, Pitt starred in the movie Interview with the Vampire, and one of his on-screen kisses was with a young Kirsten Dunst. While Dunst was only a pre-teen at the time, she couldn’t stand having to kiss her co-star.
"It was just a peck," Dunst told Bullet magazine (via E! News). "I remember Brad would watch lots of Real World episodes. He had this long hair. He was just a hippie-ish cool dude. Everyone at the time was like, ‘You’re so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,’ but I thought it was disgusting." She added, "I didn’t kiss anyone else until I was 16, I think. I was a late bloomer." That’s right, kissing Pitt practically scarred Dunst for over five years after the movie, and it’s pretty understandable. Basically, every intimate interaction is gross when you’re that young, and Dunst had to kiss an older guy in front of a bunch of other people, which couldn’t have been easy.
Co-stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller hated kissing each other
Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller are both attractive, talented actors. But when they got together for one movie and had to kiss, it was anything but nice. On the set of The Spectacular Now, it seems as though both Woodley and Teller weren’t crazy about having to lock lips, and their reasons are pretty hilarious.
Specifically, they both complained that the other had just eaten something gross and they could then taste it when they kissed. "She would take these herbal supplements, these Chinese herbal supplements, and they tasted like crap. And she would always eat them right before we had a kissing scene!" Teller told Vulture of kissing his co-star. He went on to explain that she hated his pre-kiss beverage, too. "I would be drinking a Gatorade right before a kissing scene," he continued. "She would be like, ‘Are you serious? You’re gonna kiss me after that?’"
Woodley confirmed to Vulture that she wasn’t a fan of Teller’s kissing and vice versa. "It was just this ongoing back-and-forth," she said. Clearly, the two would never date in real life, but at least they looked good in the movie.
Ashley Tisdale’s kiss with co-star Zac Efron was so uncomfortable
The Disney Channel isn’t exactly known for being risky with its shows or plotlines. Sure, there might be kissing, but it’s usually a peck or a light kiss between the adults on the series. However, in one episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Zac Efron guest-starred, and he and Ashley Tisdale shared a smooch that she really wasn’t looking forward to.
In an interview with Elle, Tisdale was asked who her worst on-screen kiss was, and she didn’t hold back. "It’s the worst because I’m so close to him and he’s like my brother," she said. "At the time, he was used to acting on like Warner Brothers, which is CW, and we were on Disney Channel," Tisdale continued. "And so… he tried kissing me with his tongue, and I was like, ‘Get away from me!’" Recalling having to kiss her co-star, she continued, "I just closed my mouth so fast. I was like, ‘This is Disney Channel. We don’t kiss like that on Disney Channel.’" Tisdale concluded that it just felt strange because of their friendship, which is totally understandable.
How Morena Baccarin really felt about kissing co-star Ryan Reynolds
To many, Blake Lively is the luckiest woman in the world to be married to Ryan Reynolds (and he’s pretty lucky too, to be honest). But in Deadpool, in which Reynolds stars alongside his on-screen love interest Morena Baccarin, the romance wasn’t exactly palpable. And for Baccarin, kissing her co-star was usually the last thing she wanted to do.
"I keep saying that kissing him in that mask is like kissing a giant latex condom," Baccarin told People. "It basically just smells like rubber the entire time." Baccarin added that it was also just hard to feel intimate with him in costume. "And then when it was just him…I just felt like I could actually see his eyes. So it’s a little challenging to act with the mask, essentially." Kissing a giant thing of latex certainly isn’t the most appealing thing in the world, and, despite Deadpool’s humorous nature, those kiss scenes were still awkward to film.
Jennifer Lawrence felt guilty for kissing Passengers co-star Chris Pratt
Action or sci-fi movies don’t typically scream romance, but, in some films, things can get pretty steamy. In Passengers, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt shared some hot moments, but for Lawrence, it was torture to have to film them.
In fact, Lawrence recalled her first-ever intimate scene with Pratt in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and she said it was an awful experience to have to get it on with her co-star. Specifically, Lawrence had an issue with kissing a married man. "It was going to be my first time kissing a married man, and guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach," she said. "And I knew it was my job, but I couldn’t tell my stomach that." Lawrence’s guilt is pretty commendable, and the star also added that filming with Pratt "was the most vulnerable [she’d] ever been." Still, fortunately for viewers, their intimate scenes turned out great.