Teri Hatcher vs. Marcia Cross
While it’s easy to get sucked in to the storylines of our favourite shows, on a basic level we all understand that the characters on-screen don’t reflect the real personalities of the actors who play them. Yet it’s still surprising to learn that two people who play BFFs so convincingly while the cameras are rolling could switch instantly back to catty hatred the second the director yells “cut!” Yet this is exactly the situation Desperate Housewives co-stars Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross found themselves in.
While things were reportedly tense on set, with a few explosive moments between the two, one of their biggest blow-ups erupted during a Vanity Fair photoshoot. Hatcher was apparently being quite demanding, insisting on being placed in the middle of the shot as though she were the star around which the rest revolved. Marcia Cross was seething and, with every passing moment, grew more and more furious until finally threatening to walk off if Hatcher didn’t stop interfering and just let the photographer manage the shoot. While it was Cross who blew up on that particular occasion, it seems she wasn’t the only one who struggled with Hatcher’s behavior.
Terri Hatcher vs. Literally Everyone Involved With Desperate Housewives
While Desperate Housewives was all about drama, the action was all underscored by genuine friendship among the characters. When it came to the actresses who portrayed these characters, however, this chemistry was all wrong. From interviews with various cast members, it seems the person all the drama emanated from was Terri Hatcher. Co-star, Eva Longoria, explained Hatcher was something of a “loner.” She didn’t mingle during filming breaks and this aloofness came off as a superiority complex. While Longoria was guarded in her appraisal of Hatcher, fellow co-star, Nicollette Sheridan, pulled no punches. She called Hatcher the “meanest woman in the world.”
When Desperate Housewives wrapped in 2012, Hatcher’s co-stars bought gifts for every cast and crew member involved. Each gift came with a handwritten card and personalised message. Only one person left the set that day empty handed. No prizes for guessing who. And, from what we hear, no-one felt bad about it. In response to the waves of criticism, Hatcher was enigmatic, saying she would never gossip about what went on but she wished everyone well.