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Behold, These 7 Actors Surprisingly Hated Their Iconic Characters

Here are some of Hollywood A-listers that have spoken out about disliking the iconic characters



Even after mustering the level of sympathy necessary to convincingly play their parts, many Hollywood A-listers have actually spoken out about disliking the iconic characters they’ve played—including the roles that made them famous.

Here, we’ve rounded up 7 such actors who’ve spoken candidly about loathing their famous characters and performances. Keep scrolling to see them all.

1. Blake Lively as Serena Van Der Woodsen from Gossip Girl 


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Although she rose to fame as New York ‘It’-girl Serena van der Woodsen, Blake Lively isn’t too fond of her career-making character, even going so far as to describe portraying her as “personally compromising”.

“It’s a weird thing when people feel like they know you really well, and they don’t,” Blake told Allure in 2015. “People loved it, but it always felt a little personally compromising—you want to be putting a better message out there. The lines become blurred… It doesn’t help when everybody is dating who they’re dating on the show, and you’re also saying to the costume designer, ‘Hey, can I take that home?'”

2. Kate Winslet as Rose from Titanic


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While Kate Winslet doesn’t hate Titanic as a film, she has admitted that she’s less than thrilled with her portrayal of Rose. “Every single scene, I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that?’ Oh my God… Even with my American accent, I can’t listen to it. It’s awful,” she told The Telegraph.

3. Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and The City


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Despite its status as her most iconic role to date, Sarah Jessica Parker had her qualms about playing Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, most of which stemmed from feeling unable to relate to her. In conversation with CBS News in 2016, the actress admitted that Carrie’s obsession with romance and need for it “to be love, love, love, love all the time” was “childish, in a way”.

Sarah also spoke about how difficult it was to become Carrie at times, while speaking to The Wall Street Journal. “I think that sometimes because we look alike and live in the same city and haunt the same neighbourhoods, that it was sort of like I was playing in the sandbox, when in truth it took real work every day to be her, to understand her, to not judge her,” she said in the 2016 interview.

4. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen from Twilight

Robert Pattinson made no bones about his deep contempt for his iconic Twilight character, vampire Edward Cullen. “He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect,” Pattinson told Empire magazine in 2009. “I just couldn’t do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.”

5. Daniel Craig as James Bond in James Bond Franchise

Like Sean Connery, one of his renowned predecessors, Daniel Craig also found himself less than enchanted with his role as brooding spy James Bond. Even though his stint as 007 is considered one of the most successful in history (his four movies took in more than AUD $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office), the actor wasn’t too thrilled about the prospect of reprising his role. ‘’I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”

6. Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana in Hannah Montana


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Until today Miley is less than enthusiastic about her dual role on the much-loved Disney show, claiming it gave her unrealistic beauty standards and morphed her perception of what it meant to be a girl.

“I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, Who the f**k am I? I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras.’’

7. Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades


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Fifty Shades of Grey may have garnered over AUD $850 million at the worldwide box office and propelled Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan’s name to fame, but the actor who played Christian Grey—a billionaire BDSM enthusiast who literally ropes a young woman into a dark sexual relationship—publicly admitted that he’s not a character he’d befriend in real life.

“[He’s] not the sort of bloke I’d get along with,” he said in a 2017 interview with GQ Australia. ‘’All my mates are easygoing and quick to laugh—I wouldn’t imagine myself sitting in a pub with him. I don’t think he would be my type, when it comes to choosing mates.’’

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