As Shannen Doherty celebrates her birthday, we’re recognizing Hollywood starlets who are trying to put their notoriously bad attitudes behind them. These women may have had some past troubles, but they can change! There’s hope for everyone, right?
1. Shannen Doherty
Shannen Doherty is famous for playing the mean girl – on and off screen. From “Beverly Hills, 90210” to “Charmed,” her resume isn’t short on projects she was (reportedly) booted from because of her bad attitude. Shannen now admits that her reputation was earned, but she says she’s changed and even reunited with ex-costars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on the “90210” reboot. In Doherty’s new book, “Badass,” she refers to herself as a “work in progress,” and we’re glad to see that former drama queen has grown up. Even if it took 15 years.
2. Chelsea Handler
With her unapologetic wit and a seemingly non-existent mental filter, it’s no wonder Chelsea Handler’s been referred to as “America’s favorite mean girl.” This comedienne’s refusal to play it safe has earned her both laughs and boos depending on the day, but it never really bothered her much. For the past eight years, Handler staked claim to a late night spot on the E! Network, but now that he’s contract is running out, we’re sure this troublemaker will make nice with Hollywood and move on to another network.
3. Megan Fox
Megan Fox achieved public mean girl status when she compared “Transformers” director Michael Bay to Hitler, but according to a few crew members who’d worked alongside Fox while filming the “Transformer” movies, she was no peach. In an open letter from three crew members, Fox was called “thankless, classless, graceless… [and] unfriendly.” Since then, Fox has gone on to get married, become a mom and she even worked things out with Bay, as she’s starring in his “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot as April O’Neil. It seems the family life has turned Megan Fox into a kinder, gentler bombshell.
4. Katherine Heigl
In 2008, then-“Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl withdrew from the Emmy race for Best Supporting Actress, saying the writing wasn’t didn’t merit a nomination. After comments about the show’s long hours and a series of other public faux pas, Heigl left less than two years later to star in several romantic comedies. Unfortunately, her persona wasn’t so sweet off-camera. She’s been branded as “difficult” and has reportedly lost roles because everyone agreed that she just wasn’t worth it. Lately, she’s been lying low with her family, and she seems ready to return to TV with a new NBC pilot, “State of Affairs.”
5. Lindsay Lohan
While Lindsay tried to take down The Plastics in “Mean Girls,” she’s earned a bit of a reputation for being not-so-nice herself. The actress’s diva attitude reportedly got a guest stint on “Ugly Betty” cut short and at one point got her fired from the 2012 film “The Canyons” before she was rehired. Since joining up with Oprah to film a reality show about her road to sobriety, Lindsay’s been a bit nasty to her assistant Matt and she can’t seem to wake up before 4pm to keep up with the filming schedule. With the realization that this may be her last shot at a comeback, we’re all rooting for her to get it together. You can do it, Lindsay!