Being an actor or actress is a pretty weird job, they basically get paid to pretend to be someone else. Of course, most people, even most actors, can't fully let go of their real-life persona, which means there will be parts of them that are brought into the role. In some cases, this could mean actors will refuse to do something that doesn't align with how they themselves feel. Such as kissing someone.
For a movie, this can cause some problems. But we imagine it must be slightly easier to work around these problems for a one-time production than it will be for a TV series that might end up running for years. Here are some of the TV actors who refused to kiss their co-stars– and a handful who really wanted a kiss.
20 Penn Badgley And Blake Lively
Gossip Girl stars Penn Badgley and Blake Lively dated on the show, and they eventually got together real life. Their on-screen characters parted ways around the same time Badgley and Lively broke up. Seeing as the chemistry was gone, they both felt it would be too awkward to keep kissing on the show.
19 Charlie Sheen
Yes, Charlie Sheen has actually refused to kiss someone. Things got so bad between Sheen and Selma Blair when they made Anger Management together that not only did he not want to kiss her, he didn't want anything to do with her. After trying to convince the producers to fire her, it ended with them not sharing any scenes at all.
18 Kimberley McCullough
When 14-year-old Kimberley McCullough was filming General Hospital, she was asked to kiss a co-star. The co-star in question was twenty-two years old, which made the whole thing kinda gross. Allegedly, the unnamed actor also made sexual 'jokes' about kissing a minor. McCullough refused to go through with the kiss, and in the end, the director had to change the scene to a kiss on the cheek.
17 Eric Stonestreet
Eric Stonestreet who plays Cam on Modern Family refused to do any kissing scenes the entire first season. Portraying one half of the gay couple Cam and Mitchell, Eric needed some time to reconcile himself with the character and how he's supposed to behave. By the second season, some kissing scenes found their way into the script, but Cam and Mitchell are still not as affectionate as Phil and Claire.
16 Sadie Sink
Sadie Sink didn't want to kiss Caleb McLaughlin on Stranger Things. She was so vocal about it, that one of the co-creators, Ross Duffer, started making jokes– telling Sink that she and McLaughlin would kiss at the Snow Ball. He actually wasn't going to put it in the script, but her reaction amused him so much that he did it anyway. To her credit, she remained professional and did the scene.
15 Nina Dobrev And Ian Somerhalder
Dobrev and Somerhalder mutually decided to stop kissing on The Vampire Diaries. They were in a relationship, both on- and off-screen, but after breaking up in real life, they felt it would be too weird to keep kissing. They agreed to do one last kiss in the final episode of the show, much to the appreciation of their fans.
14 Luke Grimes
Luke Grimes decided to walk away from True Blood the moment he learned his character would have a same-sex relationship with Nelsan Ellis' character. Grimes claimed it was due to other commitments, Nelsan says nobody had heard of Grimes having other commitments until he found out his character would be involved in gay kissing scenes, and suddenly a 'movie role' popped up.
Rob Lowe pulled every string he could to get Jewel on the show as his love interest. But things didn't quite turn out the way he had hoped. Jewel really didn't want to kiss Lowe and did everything she possibly could to avoid it. On days they were supposed to film those scenes, she would even bring her boyfriend with her to the set.
12 Kirk Cameron
Not that long ago, Kirk Cameron wouldn't have a problem with kissing a woman on a film set, but now he's married and religious, so he refuses to kiss other women. Cameron's wife is actress Chelsea Noble, who starred with him in Growing Pains. These days, when a script calls for him to kiss someone, they'll dress up Noble, film the kissing scene from behind, and nobody can tell the difference.
11 Alyson Hannigan
Anyone watching How I Met Your Mother will have seen Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel smooching. But in the beginning, she refused to kiss Segel, stating that she didn't want to "lick an ashtray" and wouldn't pucker up until he quit that nasty habit. Segel eventually quit smoking– and the kissing issues went away.
10 Candace Cameron
The Fuller House star has done several on-screen kisses, but she says it's becoming increasingly uncomfortable due to her religion and the fact that she's married. Just like her brother, Kirk, she tries to avoid being intimate on camera and only wants to kiss her spouse. There could be a no-kissing clause in her contract in the near future.
9 Neal McDonough
McDonough has been very open about why he refuses to be intimate with anyone other than his wife. His religious beliefs and not wanting to explain to his kids what he's doing to some woman on the screen are the main reasons. McDonough ended up getting fired from Scoundrels because he refused to do love scenes with Virginia Madsen.
8 Tisha Campbell
Despite Gina and Martin's on-screen chemistry, things between Tisha Campbell and Martin Lawrence weren't ok at all. By season five, Campbell wasn't just refusing to do kissing scenes with Martin, she even refused to film any episodes with him and filed a lawsuit against him for sexual harassment. Ultimately, this led to the end of the show.
7 Went For It: Gemma Whelan And Indira Varma
In the Game of Thrones season 7 episode "Stormborn," fans got to see Gemma Whelan and Indira Varma kiss. They later told Entertainment Weekly the kiss was totally improvised; "It just seemed like something we should do. It was meant to be a suggestion of flirting and then it became more sexual than we expected because it seemed right."
6 Went For It: Steve Carell
The season 3 premiere of the American version of The Office was called "Gay Witch Hunt." After Steve Carell's character finds out Oscar is gay, he wants to prove how tolerant he is. This led to the most awkward kiss in television history, and it wasn't even in the script. They were just supposed to hug, but then Carell decided to go for it.
5 Went For It: Max Greenfield
According to Jake Johnson, New Girl co-star Max Greenfield (a.k.a. Schmidt) has kissed him more times "than any girl he ever dated." Already in the first season, fans of the show got to see Greenfield kiss Johnson on the mouth– it was never in the script, and Greenfield said the crew had told him it was inappropriate. After he'd done it several times, they stopped editing it out.
4 Went For It: Dylan O'Brien
The kiss between MTV's Teen Wolf stars Dylan O'Brien and Holland Roden wasn't just totally unexpected, it actually created an on-screen relationship. Roden, who played the character Lydia, revealed that co-star Dylan O'Brien created "Stydia"– the pairing of characters Stiles and Lydia– with an improvised kiss on her cheek. The kiss survived the editing process, fans started making their own fan fiction, and the two characters became a couple on the show.
3 Went For It: Vincent Kartheiser And Alexis Bledel
Alexis and Vincent's characters are having an affair on Mad Men, but they're happily married to each other in real life. They keep their relationship as something sacred just for themselves. Kartheiser has said that sharing the relationship "Lessens it. It cheapens it; it weakens it. And it's magical, love, and all of that is ... profoundly spiritual, and it just doesn't feel right." No wonder they want to kiss at work.
2 Went For It: Mandy Moore And Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia plays the role of Jack Pearson alongside Mandy Moore who plays Rebecca, Jack’s wife, in the popular NBC family drama This Is Us. Mandy Moore clearly isn't one to shy away from talking about her kissing scenes with her co-star. She's said he’s given her the best on-screen kiss and stated how comfortable she feels around him. She has also admitted that there’s a little tongue action involved sometimes.
1 Went For It: Anna Paquin And Stephen Moyer
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer met in 2008 and immediately started dating. There was no denying that they had incredible on-screen chemistry between them, and that's because they had some serious off-screen chemistry as well. They got married in 2010, had a couple of children, and agree that they're the best thing that's ever happened to each other.
Sources: Seventeen, Us Magazine, Popsugar, Screen Rant, Nicki Swift