Hollywood is a fickle place. Stars once considered at the top of their game can come toppling down with one bad interview or box office disaster (such as these reviled cinematic messes). While some of the most hated actresses may still experience success, this doesn’t mean the public likes them. In fact, some of these women have caused such controversy, many people within the industry won’t work with them.
Let’s look at the unlucky ladies in order from least to most hated.
19. Stacey Dash
Known for the funny comedy Clueless, Stacey Dash hasn’t acted in a long time. Now, she is most known for having controversial opinions when it comes to race. She was one of the few stars who defended Paula Deen, the celebrity chef who admitted in court that she had said the N-word in the past. Dash tweeted her support to Deen, “Only God can judge your heart BTW my daughter loves your show (only way she can get me to cook).”
Dash also spoke out against the existence of BET and called Jesse Williams a “plantation slave” after he gave a powerful speech accepting the BET Humanitarian Award. “You’ve just seen the perfect example of a HOLLYWOOD plantation slave! Sorry, Mr. Williams,” she said. “But the fact that you were standing on that stage at THOSE awards tells people you really don’t know what your talking about. Just spewing hate and anger.”
Dash’s comments got her a contributor spot on Fox News, but the network fired her later on. Her terrible comments have definitely made Hollywood distance itself from her, and turned her into the butt of a joke at the Oscars in 2016.
Next: This former child star has a terrible habit of making controversial statements.
She began as a child actress on The Cosby Show and continued her career with Disney. And fans adored Raven Symoné until she started making controversial statements. A lot of them were made while she was on The View.
After she defended a police officer who used excessive force on a girl who refused to get off her phone, there was a petition for the show to fire her. However, the petition was unsuccessful and ABC responded saying that they would keep her on the show.
Next: Playing one of the most hated characters ever on television made fans hate this actress.
17. Anna Gunn
Sadly, some actors are hated not because of something they did, but because of the characters they played. The character Skyler White on Breaking Bad was played by Anna Gunn, and was hated by fans. The response to her character was so strong that Gunn wrote an article called “I Have a Character Issue” about it. In the article, she said, “As the hatred of Skyler blurred into loathing for me as a person, I saw glimpses of an anger that, at first, simply bewildered me.”
Next: An unpatriotic photograph
16. Jane Fonda
The actress has had a long career, starting in 1960, and has since become very controversial. She posed with North Vietnamese soldiers on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down U.S. planes in July 1972. The whole thing was supposed to be an anti-war message, but she got a lot of flak from American veterans, who still hold it against her to this day.
She doesn’t let herself off the hook either. “Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them,” she said according to The Telegraph, “because I understand and it makes me sad. It hurts me and it will, to my grave, that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.”
Next: A suggestive scene landed this actress in hot water with the Pope and the public.
15. Hedy Lamarr
The Samson and Delilah star was a trailblazer. She not only acted in movies from 1930 to 1958, but she was also an inventor! She invented spread spectrum technology, which was used to prevent messages from being intercepted by enemies. This should have led to her being celebrated, but sadly, she was ostracized due to another trail she blazed.
The actress starred in the movie Ecstasy. In that role, she portrayed an orgasm, which was a cinematic first. The Pope spoke out against the movie, according to The Hairpin. It was also banned in America as it was deemed “dangerously indecent.” The actress was able to continue her career by denouncing the movie, but the stigma still followed her.
Next: People can’t stand this loud-mouth comedian’s controversial statements.
14. Roseanne Barr
The former beloved TV actress is no stranger to public ire. Roseanne Barr botched singing the “Star Spangled Banner” during a San Diego Padres baseball game and then proceeded to grab her crotch as the audience booed her.
She’s still causing a stir, although now it’s with inflammatory tweets. One of her more notable displays was a response to UC Davis’s support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement). Barr tweeted, “I hope all the jews leave UC Davis & it then it gets nuked.” There’s so much more to her story; Salon covers it well here.
Next: Bad behavior got this actress effectively banned from working in Hollywood.
13. Sean Young
The media hasn’t seen the Blade Runner star in quite some time, in part because people hate her so much they’ve blackballed her due to her bad behavior. Actor James Woods claimed she harassed him by leaving a disfigured doll outside his home in 1988. He sued her for the incident. She also reportedly slapped a security guard while partying. After being fired from Wall Street, her career was pretty much over.
Next: The world was Desperate for details about this huge on-set feud.
12. Teri Hatcher
The actress had a very publicized feud with the rest of the cast of Desperate Housewives. It was to the point that the rest of the show’s main cast left her name off the card for the goodbye gift to the crew. Teri Hatcher’s co-star, Nicollette Sheridan, also called Hatcher the “meanest woman in the world.”
Next: People love to hate this star of a wildly popular movie franchise.
11. Kristen Stewart
Sure, Twilight was a hit franchise, but it certainly received more than its fair share of criticism. Many deride Stewart for her repetitive, quirk-laden performance style and her lack of on-screen charisma in films like Snow White and the Huntsman. However, she earns praise for her work in smaller indie fare like Clouds of Sils Maria.
Next: Her worldwide success has brought as many critics as it did fans.
10. Julia Roberts
Despite her status as one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses (or perhaps because of it?), Roberts isn’t exactly the most popular star among moviegoers these days. Many feel people grossly overrate her talent and consider her signature smile and laughter grating at best. In any case, her Oscar doesn’t seem to mind.
Next: A singer-turned-actress who may have forgotten the “block” she came from.
9. Jennifer Lopez
A dancer-turned-actress-turned-singer, Lopez has gotten quite the reputation for her diva behavior over the years. Though she purports to still be “Jenny from the block,” many think that this attitude is nothing but an act designed to cover up just how much she truly has lost touch with her roots.
Next: People hate this actress for much more than her home-wrecking behavior.
8. Angelina Jolie
People often cite Angelina Jolie as overrated Hollywood talent, much like Roberts. Moreover, the fact that many fans hold her personally responsible for breaking up the marriage of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt probably doesn’t help her cause. Nor does her often-wacky behavior, such as kissing her brother on the lips on the red carpet.
Next: A blonde bombshell people love to hate.
7. Gwyneth Paltrow
Is it just jealousy that has caused so many to rebel against this Oscar-winning actress? Her “conscious uncoupling” from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin likely didn’t help matters, and she does seem to elicit a vibe that many people have interpreted as snobby and elitist.
Next: A baffling addition to this list
6. Anne Hathaway
We’re not quite sure what the rationale is behind the public’s beef with Hathaway. Is it her dreadful gig hosting the Oscars alongside James Franco? Her reputation as a spoiled theater kid? The fact that she reminds some moviegoers of the popular girl in their high school who everyone thinks is perfect in every way? We’re guessing a combination of all of the above.
Next: People boycotted this actress’s recent racially insensitive role.
5. Scarlett Johansson
Actress Scarlett Johansson is well-known for her action roles in The Avengers, Lucy, and Ghost in the Shell for many reasons. Notably, she’s received flack for racial issues with her projects. Lucy portrayed Asian men as predators, and Scarlett Johansson was heavily criticized for playing what was originally an Asian character in Ghost in the Shell years later.
American audiences decided not to support the latter film; The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast beat it at the box office in 2017.
Next: An actress who many have risen to fame on her looks alone.
4. Megan Fox
Ever since Transformers, Fox has been a sex symbol in Hollywood, eliciting as much male admiration as disdain from members of both sexes. Likely, the fact that her limited acting ability has taken her to such heights in the business is what has many moviegoers turning away from her. If that’s the case, we totally get it.
Next: A former child star with a lot of personal problems.
3. Amanda Bynes
Once a bright young comedienne among the Nickelodeon set, Bynes has suffered a great deal of mental anguish in recent years. While her personal struggles might actually endear people to her, her instability and bizarre behavior have actually had the opposite effect. Here’s hoping she is getting the help she needs.
Next: Her tumultuous personal life turned this former star’s career upside down.
2. Lindsay Lohan
Lohan is another case of a former child star whose personal life erupted into chaos in her adult life. She starred in hit films like Mean Girls and Freaky Friday but has spent the last decade or so alternating between rehab stints and terrible films like I Know Who Killed Me and Georgia Rule.
Next: Terrible behavior landed this actress the No.1 spot on this list.
1. Katherine Heigl
Somewhere between bad-mouthing the movie that helped her break into film — Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up — and reports of onset misbehavior on Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl gained a reputation for being difficult to work with. Accordingly, her star has faded quite a bit, with people within Hollywood and moviegoers themselves feeling decidedly unenthusiastic about her.
Additional reporting by Nicole Weaver and Bridget DeMeis.
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