The CW Television Network, or The CW to use its usual name, is an American TV channel most famous for its superhero series such as Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, along with otherworldly dramas like The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and The 100 and the classic improvisation comedy Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The channel is home to some of TV’s biggest stars, some of whom have a great reputation for how well they work with their co-stars, while others have a bad name when it comes to how they behave on set.
Check out the list below to find out which of the stars of The CW’s successful TV series are total sweethearts in the studio – and which ones are total jerks to work with.
20 Jerk: K.J. Apa
One of the stars of Riverdale is young actor Keneti James Apa, known as KJ for short. Perhaps his offensive social media behavior could be blamed on his young age, but he has faced a lot of criticism for his unacceptable posts on Snapchat which was considered sexist and misogynistic.
19 Sweetheart: Stephen Amell
He may play the mean and moody Oliver Queen aka The Green Arrow on The CW’s original superhero series Arrow, but actor Stephen Amell is nothing like his intense on-screen character. He is a big hit at fans conventions, and always has plenty of time to pose for pictures with Arrow fans who have dressed up for the occasion.
18 Jerk: Jared Padalecki
Jared Padalecki first made a name for himself in The Gilmore Girls as Rory’s first boyfriend, Dean. Perhaps Rory and Lorelei knew he was bad news, as now he has moved to Supernatural he also has a bit of a bad reputation on social media, where he has named and shamed waiters he feels have given him bad service.
17 Sweetheart: Ian Somerhalder
Heartthrob Ian Somerhalder may play an undead hero in The Vampire Diaries but he is also a bit of a real-life hero when it comes to his work for the environment. He has donated his time to PSAs after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as supporting environmental charities which protect endangered species.
16 Jerk: Katie Cassidy
As an integral part of Team Arrow, Katie Cassidy, otherwise known as Laurel Lance or the Black Canary, has been a big part of the successful show from day one. Any star of a superhero TV show will tell you that fans’ conventions are an essential part of the job, but Cassidy would apparently rather hit the shops than sign autographs.
15 Sweetheart: Melissa Benoist
Melissa Benoist has taken her role as Supergirl very much to heart and has taken time out from her very busy schedule to meet with and inspire her young female fans. Melissa has confirmed her status as a feminist hero and all-round Supergirl by attending the Women’s March in 2017 with her sister and even her manager in tow.
14 Jerk: Penn Badgley
Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley who – spoiler alert – was eventually revealed to be the mysterious titular character was a nightmare for a TV network. He soon began to feel the show and particularly his character was becoming too one dimensional and was not shy about saying so to the press when he was supposed to be promoting the series.
13 Sweetheart: Jensen Ackles
Jared Padelecki’s co-star in Supernatural, Jensen Ackles has been an integral part of the spooky show for over a decade. He is another CW star who is more than happy to take time out of his day to meet with Supernatural fans, as well as working with a charity which supports those affected by depression.
12 Jerk: Robert Knepper
In the era of #MeToo, a lot of older actors are finding that behavior that was considered acceptable ten or twenty years ago won’t fly today. This was what happened with Robert Knepper, a familiar face from many TV series and Blaine’s father in iZombie. He was accused by several women of harassment – charges he vehemently denies.
11 Sweetheart: Tom Cavanaugh
Tom Cavanaugh may have played the evil version of Dr. Harrison Wells in the first series of The Flash, but thanks to the team’s connections with the multiverse, the show’s writers have managed to bring back new versions of Harrison Wells again and again. Guess everyone must like having Cavanaugh around!
10 Jerk: Taylor Momsen
Penn Badgley’s co-star on Gossip Girl, Taylor Momsen, was reportedly also a bit of a nightmare to work with – which must have made says on set an absolute delight for all involved. Momsen ended up being fired for what the show’s producers called “erratic behavior” but she has now gone on to enjoy a successful music career.
9 Sweetheart: Grant Gustin
When it comes to the Arrowverse, as the collection of DC Comics shows on The CW are known, Barry Allen, also known as The Flash, is the ultimate good guy – so it is no surprise that the actor who plays him, Grant Gustin, is also a sweetheart. He seems really popular with his co-stars and his directors, and when it was announced that he wasn’t going to play The Flash in an upcoming movie of the same name, fans even started a petition.
8 Jerk: Isaiah Washington
So far, it appears that Isaiah Washington has not managed to upset anyone at The CW, where he plays Thelonius Jaha on The 100, but he was unceremoniously dumped from a previous high-profile acting job on Grey’s Anatomy when he was accused of using a homophobic slur towards another actor.
7 Sweetheart: Colin Mochrie
Stand-up comedian Colin Mochrie has been part of improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway? since the show made its debut on British TV back in the 1980s before moving to the American version. He has garnered plenty of praise for the way he has supported his daughter since she announced she was transgender, including defending her against online trolls.
6 Jerk: Manu Bennett
Kiwi actor Manu Bennett played good guy turned bad guy turned good guy Slade Wilson and his evil alter ego Deathstroke, although it seems he took the bad behavior a little too far while staying in San Antonio for a fans’ convention when he was arrested after a party he was attending had got more than a little out of hand.
5 Sweetheart: Danielle Panabaker
The Flash co-star Danielle Panabaker may have her frosty side on screen, playing both Caitlin Snow and her alter ego Killer Frost, but off-screen she is seemingly always popular with her fellow actors and gives her time to support charities which encourage young people to get involved in the arts.
4 Jerk: Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher got her first big break as Lois Lane in the 1990s series The New Adventures of Superman, so her guest role in Supergirl should have been a great homage to her own acting history. Sadly, Hatcher has developed a reputation as something of a diva – behavior that apparently didn’t go down well with the other Supergirl actors.
3 Sweetheart: Daniel Gillies
Actor Daniel Gillies really has gone above and beyond when it comes to his charity work raising awareness of a refugee crisis in Africa and traveling with Oxfam to Uganda, where refugees from the war-torn region of South Sudan have fled with their families. All a far cry from his role as evil vampire Elijah Mikaelson in CW series The Originals.
2 Jerk: Calista Flockhart
Another big-name guest star on Supergirl was Calista Flockhart, who shot to fame as lawyer Ally McBeal. Apparently, when The CW picked up the show after it was canceled by CBS, production moved to Canada, and Flockhart was not up for making the move, requesting instead that her contract be canceled, although she has continued to make rare appearances as Cat Grant.
1 Sweetheart: John Barrowman
Malcolm Merlyn may be the ultimate bad guy in Arrow, having been responsible for the death of Oliver Queen’s father and the destruction of Starling City. However, actor John Barrowman who plays Merlyn couldn’t be more different. Known for his outgoing sense of humor and his love of musical theatre, Barrowman is about as far from the League of Assassins as you can get.
Sources: CW TV, The Whisp, Hollywood Life, Access Online, MNN