Our source says the actresses — who played rivals in the original production of Wicked – intensely hate each other.
“Rumors have been going around that they didn’t like one another because they were always vying for awards and that it was just that simple — nope,” the source says. “Kristin actually got out of her contract early at Wicked (they were originally supposed to end at the same time) because one night, during a performance, their friction came to blows: Idina SLAPPED her.”
The rivalry allegedly began because Kristin became really popular in Wicked as Glinda the Good Witch, ostensibly stealing some thunder from show star Idina (who had previously starred in the Broadway smash Rent). Their history means a run-in on Glee – Kristen plays a has-been glee club champ, Idina portrays Lea Michele’s long-lost mother — could be very, very awkward. So they’ve managed to avoid each other on the set of the hit Fox series.
“They’re both very aware … they’ve never crossed paths at all,” our source says. ”
Representatives for Idina and Kristin did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
UPDATE: When reached by Crushable, Idina’s rep did not comment on the feud but responded: “They haven’t crossed paths on the set, because they have never filmed the same episode. Physically not possible.”
(The photo above, snapped in 2003, is courtesy of Getty Images.)