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The 14 Most Unfairly Hated Hollywood Actors

23 February 2017 | Features, People Lists | by Julia Troy

7. Lindsay Lohan

Mean Girls

Who she is: Former child star known for her work in “The Parent Trap,” and “Mean Girls,” as well as her highly-publicised partying and trouble with the law.

Why she’s hated: After developing a reputation for being an impressive child actor, Lohan spent years in the spotlight for her personal antics. Her hard partying and bizarre behavior have made her a target for public hate for the past decade.

Why she deserves a chance: Jamie Lee Curtis said it best. In 2004 President Trump was speaking with Howard Stern when he brought up the then-18-year-old Lohan and said that she was “deeply troubled” and [therefore] “probably great in bed.” When the tape of this conversation resurfaced during last year’s election Curtis tweeted “Lindsay needed help and guidance. Not your gross, lecherous, lewd commentary.”

Since she was in her early teens the media was trying to make Lohan grow up too fast, claiming she was “feuding” with fellow Disney star Hilary Duff over Aaron Carter (when they were all of 14) and criticizing her every time she exhibited normal teen partying behavior.

When she eventually did spiral out of control, she was mocked and egged on when what she really needed was help and compassion. She’s only 30, it’s not too late for Lohan to become the actress people hoped she would in her “Parent Trap”  and “Mean Girls” days, but only if the public is willing to give her a chance.


6. Anne Hathaway

Rachel Getting Married

Who she is: Oscar-winning actress, star of “The Princess Diaries,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and “Les Miserables”

Why she’s hated: The reasons people hate Anne Hathaway range from her being considered a “bad theater kid” to her cheesy Oscar acceptance speech.

Why she deserves a chance: Hathaway just can’t seem to win with some crowds. She’s been accused of being too perfect by some and vastly overrated by others. The most common criticism of Hathaway is that she reminds people of the whiny, over-eager theater kids they knew in high school and her cheesy, tear-filled Oscar acceptance speech seemed to solidify that view.

However, when she’s taken on roles that move away from the romantic comedy or musical theater realm she’s done some fantastic work. Her raw performance as a recovering drug addict in “Rachel Getting Married” is what should have landed her an Oscar and she managed to stand out among a sea of impressive actors in “Brokeback Mountain.”

Hathaway is a strong actress, and if the worse thing people can say about her is that she’s overly eager about her career and emotional about winning one of the highest honors an actor can receive, she’s not doing so bad.


5. Gwyneth Paltrow

undeserving best picture winners

Who she is: Oscar-winning star of “Shakespeare in Love,” lifestyle guru

Why she’s hated: Paltrow’s lifestyle blog and beauty brand “Goop” have turned her from an occasionally lauded-actress to a pretentious punchline.

Why she deserves a chance: While it’s understandable to be critical of Paltrow’s mixed-bag career, the majority of hate aimed at her is usually connected to her obsession with healthy eating and new age philosophy toward divorce (remember conscious uncoupling)? While the Goop brand is overpriced and a bit over the top, the simple solution is to just not buy it.

As for her personal views, what is Paltrow’s real crime? Trying to be healthy? Attempting to keep her relationship with her ex-husband as civil as possible for her children? Her lifestyle is not for everyone, but it’s her decision to make. If it works for her and her family and it’s not hurting anyone else, maybe it’s time for the public to lay off a bit.


4. Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

Who she is: Actress best known for her roles in the “Twilight” movies and on-again-off-again relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson.

Why people hate her: Stewart’s stiff public demeanor and very public breakups with Pattinson have made her the target for a great deal of public scrutiny.

Why she deserves a chance: The criticism against Kristen Stewart is often akin to strangers on  the street urging women to “smile more.” It would be one thing of the majority of Stewart-haters disliked her for her stiff and uninspired “Twilight” performances, but that is rarely the case.

Instead, they tend to harp on things that should have no bearing on how she is received as an actress: She’s not giggly on the red carpet. She had a complicated relationship in her late teens and early 20’s. She openly dates both men and women.

Aside from being no one’s business, focusing on these issues distracts people from her impressive work in films such as “Adventureland,” “The Clouds of Sils Maria,” and “Certain Women.” Thankfully, Stewart herself doesn’t seem to let the naysayers bring her down, and her recent impressive turn hosting “Saturday Night Live” may have even won her some new fans.


3. Shia Labeouf

Shia LaBeouf

Who he is: Former Disney Channel star turned film actor, star of  “Disturbia,” “Transformers,” “Fury,” numerous performance art pieces around LA and NYC.

Why he’s hated: While Shia LaBeouf started out as a lovable goofball in his “Even Stevens” and “Holes” days, as the years went on he became harder to root for as his erratic public behavior and confusing performance art pieces alienated many of his fans.

Why he deserves a chance: LaBeouf has chosen some pretty fascinating and challenging roles over the past few years, with impressive results. Critics praised his performances in “Disturbia” and “Fury” and last year’s Cannes darling “American Honey,” and he’s taken on some controversial projects that other actors shied away from, including Lars Von Trier’s two-film odyssey into sexual addiction, “Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 and 2.”

 As far back as “Holes,” he was showing impressive range as a dramatic actor, and his performance art pieces have allowed fans to gain unparalleled access to him, something few other actors have allowed. If he continues to make bold film choices and explore alternative art forms, the results may be worth sticking around for.


2. Nicolas Cage

Season of the Witch (2011)

Who he is: Oscar-winning actor known for “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Adaptation,” and countless head-scratching film choices.

Why he’s hated: Over the years, Cage’s determination to remain an action star well past his prime have led to some embarrassing performances and have caused fans and critics alike to turn away from the once-beloved star.

Why he deserves a chance: It can be hard to look past Cage’s work in “Ghost Rider,” “Season of the Witch,” and “The Wicker Man” to remember the actor he once was, but if you do you’ll find it’s certainly worth the effort.  “Leaving Las Vegas” is a triumph and it’s unlikely that Cher would have won an Oscar for “Moonstruck” if it weren’t for his tremendous supporting role.

In recent years, he was praised for his performance in 2013’s “Joe,” with some even calling for him to be nominated for another Oscar. Hopefully, this is a sign that he’s getting back into fighting form, and if it is we can look forward to some excellent work.


1. Adam Sandler


Who he is: Actor and comedian known for “Happy Gilmore,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” and an overwhelming number of other comedy films.

Why he’s hated: It’s safe to say that Sandler’s work has been slipping consistently over the past 20 years. While “Billy Madison” and “Happy Gilmore” were good for a few laughs, more recent films like “Jack and Jill” and “Blended” have been met with near-universal scorn.

Why he deserves a chance: Sandler has released a slew of terrible gross-out comedies over the past few years from “Grown-ups 2” to “The Ridiculous Six,” but it’s hard to blame him when it seems like that’s what the public most wants from him.

He spent years trying to build up his actor credentials with dramatic roles in “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Spanglish” and “Funny People,” and despite strong performances in all three films, his attempts at becoming a “serious” actor have been met with a great deal of public eye-rolling.

So he keeps donning wigs, doing silly voices, and creating roles for David Spade and for some, that formula works. The people who love Sandler love him because he makes them laugh, and his particular brand of comedy is what they want. Somebody needs to cater to this audience, so why not him?

Author Bio: Julia Troy grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and she’s grateful to the Avon Cinema, the Cable Car Cinema and her mother for showing her that there’s more to film that just explosions and Leonardo DiCaprio. That being said, she lives in New York City now and would be thrilled to run into Leo filming a scene where he’s narrowly escaping an explosion.



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  • colonelkurtz

    Didn’t know people hated Shia Labeouf. He might be a nut, but his acting is solid.
    And I think Adam Sandler is completely fairly hated. His comedies are stupid, and, being generally involved in their creation as well as their lead actor, I find it fit to blame and ridicule his acting.
    And let’s give the credit for Punch Drunk Love to the guy who clearly has the talent: P. T. Anderson.

    • You didn’t know people hated Shia? He is one of the most hated actors in Hollywood (by the public/media).
      I personally think he’s a very talented actor, and yes a pretentious douche, but oh well, I’m here to watch him act, not have a beer with him

      • colonelkurtz

        Well, I just learned something new. Must be running on Internet Explorer. Always knew he was a bit of a “special” case, though thought the public mostly looked on his demeanor mockingly.
        But yeah, I can still watch him in movies as a character. Granted, I’ve never watched Transformers.

  • Tim O’Hare

    Pretty sure Sandler is fairly hated. He’s done some classic goof-ball comedies and Punch Drunk Love is an amazing movie but he’s also done a lot of terrible movies. All of this is of his own choosing, so he has no sympathy from me. An actor of his wealth could easily choose to retire or take on supporting roles (look at Leslie Nielson) as its clear that Sandler’s days as a big time lead are behind him. Instead he chooses to keep playing the lead and doing the same idiot manchild character so he accepts any script that is given to him.
    I have sympathy for young actors like Shia Labeouf and Hayden Christensen who took crap roles when they were offered to them while they were trying to make it and now they have trouble shaking those roles off. But really, someone like Sandler has had close three decades in Hollywood where he could have rebranded himself and broadened range (he’s tried with Punch Drunk Love and Reign Over Me, but those films are outliers) yet instead he keeps accepting worse scripts and doing sequels to sub-par films like Grown Ups.

    • chrosTV

      You were obviously wrong about Sandler. He was fairly lauded for The Meyerowitz Stories and is in consideration for an Oscar nomination

  • David Pollison

    Most of the people on this list are hated because in the past 5 – 15 years they’ve made nothing but shit. I think Nick Cage seems like he’s trying to make progressively worse movies. Kristen Stewart was/is a great actress until she made those unwatchable Twilight movies. She almost redeemed herself with Snow White until she spectacularly ruined that by having an affair with the director which ruined his marriage, got both of them kicked off the sequel and killed that franchise.

    • Nadia

      It’s been confirmed months ago that she turned down the sequel of Snow White.
      She did not get kicked off.

  • Abhishek

    I think Ben Affleck should be on top of any hate list. People started hating him when it was announced that he would play Batman. Prior to that, he won Oscar for Argo and the haters sat down and started calculated all the false details of the film and proclaimed how the film was bad and faulty. IMO, Argo was one of the best movie recently despite of its political flaws. I just think people are jealous of him for no apparent reason and if not a very nice actor which I still think he is fine he is one of the best directors and hey who can forget the script of Good Will Hunting!

    • Lars Franssen

      I seem to remember that the hate started with Pearl Harbor …

      • Abhishek

        Yeah. But due to lot of flak from social media it started emerging lately in this decade.

    • TheMovieDoctorful

      Even with Daredevil people struggle to find reasons why he apparently sucked in the role.

      And I’ll tell you why; cause Affleck could be Daniel Day Lewis in the role and people would STILL have trouble taking him seriously as a superhero in the heat of the “Bennifer” drama and coming off the tails of countless ACTUAL terrible movies (Reindeer Games, Pearl Harbor, e.t.c)

      • Abhishek

        Agreed, he has done a lot of terrible movies. But the hate pour is too damn much for him.

        • TheMovieDoctorful

          (BTW the Director’s Cut of Daredevil is actually a great film. The shortcomings of Daredevil ’03 are on FOX for turning a dark, gritty legal drama meets superhero movie into an incoherent, tonally broken Spider-Man ripoff, not Affleck or director Mark Steven Johnson)

          • Abhishek

            Oh! Will have to watch the Dir’s cut then.

  • I’ve said it here before, but Kristen Stewart is one of the best actresses working today. Truly unfairly maligned, although I think the general public and critics are coming around

    • Le Blanc

      She couldn’t act bored if she was locked in a wardrobe for a month. In fact she should study my face when I see her pointless sighing masquerading as acting, now that’s boredom.

  • sailor monsoon

    Can somebody explain why the fuck people hate anne Hathaway?
    It happened out of no where and I’ve never understood it.

    • Cassandra Atticum

      She seems kind of awkward in interviews. But I think it’s just her trying to balance her professional and private personas. My favorite thing she’s done is her Wrecking Ball lip sync battle. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it. Hilarious.

      • sailor monsoon

        The show is hit or miss but she Was great

  • Igor Jeremic

    Return of the Sith??…realy?? xD

  • Tomáš Gladiš

    Why so much hate? They do their work. I don’t hate them, just don’t like most of their movies.

  • Nelsonoca Galvis

    how coul you defend the Jayden Smith twits, are you insane? is just pretensius garbage, but i respect many of your names, i didn´t know than Anne Hathaway was hated, she is awesome

    • I love Anne Hathaway. Those people who hate her are just jealous that she’s good and isn’t afraid to make fun of herself.

  • Zwei

    tom cruise…

  • With the exception of Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Stewart, Shia LaBeouf, and Nicolas Cage. The rest of the people in the list just plainly fucking suck and deserve to be hated. Gwyneth Paltrow is good but overrated and a real bitch. Jaden Smith is a spoiled little shit who thinks he is above all because of his daddy. Ashton Kutcher is a no-talent kettlehead whose only talent is being a fucking moron.

    • TheMovieDoctorful

      Christensen hardly “fucking sucks” and HARDLY “deserves to be hated.” The author mentions Shattered Glass, but he did a phenomenal job channeling James Dean in his Golden Globe nominated performance in Life as a House. Was fantastic in Vanishing on 7th Street too.

      As for him “deserving to be hated” the depressed demeanor he had at Star Wars celebration made it pretty clear the hate’s definitely gone too far. Or, at least clear to anybody with a conscience. He seemed genuinely nervous at the reception he’d get and he took the lame sand jokes people threw at him with class. ESPECIALLY given this is a guy who I know for a fact has gotten bottles chucked at his head for “ruining Star Wars.” A little compassion wouldn’t kill you.

      • I saw Life as a House and he sucked ass. Oh, he got a Golden Globe nomination. Big deal. So did The Tourist.

        • TheMovieDoctorful

          You can be good in a horrible movie, and Depp was good in The Tourist. Jolie was the one who killed that movie.

          You go win a Golden Globe if it’s so easy.

          • I can. I just have to bribe a lot of morons. Why do you think people shit on it when Pia Zadora won it for a shitty movie over performances from then-newcomers such as Kathleen Turner and Elizabeth McGovern?

          • TheMovieDoctorful

            “I can. I just have to bribe a lot of morons.”

            LMFAO shut the fuck up, InfoWars. Only Alex Jones level morons ACTUALLY think the Academy And Golden Globes are rigged.

            Let me guess; you also think DC “paid the Academy” for Suicide Squad’s win? Or maybe you’re on the other side of the crazy pool and you think Marvel “paid critics” to give it bad reviews?

            It’s not your fault for being a biased child who can’t look beyond his/her skewed viewpoint, it has to be a conspiracy. Because the Obama led Globalist Illuminati paid the Golden Globes for Hayden Christensen to get nominated so they could continue their Satanist world order of tyranny. Give me a break.

          • Wow….. you really are an idiot. I guess you never heard of the Pia Zadora story.

          • TheMovieDoctorful

            I’ve heard of the story. Don’t agree with her win, but I’m not so much of a conspiratard narcissist to think that just cause I thought she was bad in Butterfly that her husband “paid the Golden Globes” when evidence is substantial at best.

            Now run along and comment somewhere else about how the government is putting cancer virus in vaccines or how Obama is a secret Muslim or some other such nonsense morons like you are selling.

          • Is that you Jared Kushner?

          • TheMovieDoctorful

            Cute. But I admitted I didn’t think she should have won, 😉

          • Right…. Sean Spicer.

          • TheMovieDoctorful

            Considering how much you conspiracy fucktards and InfoWars lunatics love the Dump administration, I’ll take that as a compliment.

          • I’m not a fan of Il Duce nor am I a whiny, entitled douchebag liberal.

          • TheMovieDoctorful

            “…whiny, entitled douchebag liberal.”

            Wow. Shit.

            …Now I DEFINITELY know you’re an InfoWars fan LMFAO.


  • Totally agree on Anne Hathaway, she was excellent in Rachel Getting Married, such an underrated movie!

  • Kgosi Choene

    I think this list is accurate with the exceptions of people hating Anne Hathaway (which just completely makes no sense at all) and us giving Adam Sandler a chance (he keeps striking out real bad). Otherwise all of these people have potential of winning (more in some cases) Oscars. Who gives a rat’s ass what they’re like in real life? Shia is a remarkable actor

    • chrosTV

      I seriously believe that Sandler has a shot at getting nominated for The Meyerowitz Stories

  • Rosa Eskenazy

    most of these “actrors” are hated for a reason-they are either a product of rampant nepotism or of dubious dealings. In any case, their billing cannot be justified. Not in a million years. I also hate the didactic tone of this so-called article: are we on the wrong side to doubt the artistic merit of thespians of the calibre of Kutcher? yeah sure, Jan.

  • Samantha

    I love Madonna. I don’t understand the Anne Hathaway hate. I agree with Kristen Stewart. We need to stop referring to her as “the Twilight actress” She’s proved she’s more than that. Hayden Christensen… he’s a nice person. The rest of them I will continue hating.

  • Mateo Ormeño Caballero

    Shia is a fantastic supporting actor. “Fury” and “American Honey” were two on point performances. He acts to serve the movie. That’s why he works effectly in his films even in Transformers. Unlike other actors, he respect stricly the vision of the director.

    If you doubt about Paltrow acting skills just watch “Two Lovers” with Joaquin Phoenix.

    Kristen is the most unfairly hated in Hollywood right now. She delivered amazing roles for less-known movies like “Speak” and “Camp-X’Ray” to big producitions like “Twilght”. The objective of that movies are make money and be a tendencie. Look to all the fanbase that her character generated for those movies… That means that she, like or not, works for her characters.

    Good article 🙂