What is it about good friends playing enemies? There seems to be a tangible energy when people who are close friends off-screen, engage one another as bitter or hated rivals for entertainment. Digging into the psychology of it, there is a nice foundation of trust, intimacy and familiarity between friends. That makes for a safe environment on set or location, enabling actors/actresses to really “get mean” when they become make-believe rivals. Consider these eight duos who have played on-screen enemies, but have nothing but love for the other in real life!
8. Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez
Here’s an easy one to start. This was clever, though not appreciated by everyone. In Taylor’s recent video hit for “Bad Blood,” she recruited Selena Gomez to play her special agent rival in a bit of a Mrs. and Mrs. Smithesque video battle. In the short film/video, Taylor plays Catastrophe, and is joined by her sister-in-arms, Arsyn (Selena). It seems the two are fighting for the same side, then Catastrophe is betrayed by Arsyn, and they’ve got… baaaad blood. Fo’ sho’. The two gals who are very good friends in real life put on quite the show as enemies. It’s… very enticing to the viewer. We can leave it at that. Of course, those in the know understand that this was an alleged jab at Katy Perry, who Taylor has long considered a frienemy (or frenemy depending on whether you’re east or west of the Mississippi).