For many, acting is a dream career; the chance to be somebody new several times a year, the fans, the glitzy premieres, and (at least for Hollywood's best and brightest) the pay-checks. Yet, even the biggest stars at some point had little to no say over the directions of projects. Like in any other industry, you start at the bottom and do what you need to get by.
Actors, even during dream projects, are essentially given the task of inhabiting another person's body, to see through their eyes, and to live their experience. This can often be a challenge in itself, added alongside huge egos, inputs from a mass of creatives, and swarms of fans, the TV set may not be as fun as it appears to us outsiders; less like a happy sitcom family and more like a unruly Battle Royale.
While it's kind of comforting that our favourite stars have work-related angst too, spare a thought for the actors who detested a scene but still threw their heart and soul into it, no matter how much damage it did to either...
10. Evangeline Lilly - Lost
Lost, the '00s spiritual successor to Twin Peaks, is an iconic series that still has fans revisiting and debating the mysterious island long since its on-air conclusion. One person who is all good with moving on is one of the show's leads, Evangeline Lilly. Her character Kate Austen, the criminal given a second chance on the mysterious island, was a fan favourite, but Lilly's relationship with the character wasn't so straightforward.
During The Lost Boys podcast, Lily branded Kate as "obnoxious", adding "at the beginning, she was kind of cool. And then as the show went on, I felt like she became more and more predictable and obnoxious."
Lilly pinpointed one scene as the prime example of this downwards turn in the character, Kate's capture by The Others during "A Tale of Two Cities" (Season 3, Episode 1). She confessed:
"That irritated the s**t out of me, because I felt like her chasing after Jack seemed so immature, and I wanted her to be better."
Though, during the discussion she reasoned:
"[...] she was flawed, and that's so important. If you don't have flaws in the women onscreen, then you're telling the world that women have to be perfect if they're going to be lovable."