Jennifer Carpenter & Michael C. Hall are not getting along on the ‘Dexter’ set


I recently switched to DirectTV (this isn’t an ad or anything, it’s just an explanation), and I got a complimentary subscription to Showtime for three months. So, I’ve been seeing lots of ads for the new season of Dexter, which premieres in October. I don’t know whether they’ve finished filming the new season… I think they work through the summer, maybe? The Enquirer claims that they’re still filming, or whenever they were filming the new season, Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter were not in a good place. Considering the drama surrounding the end of their marriage, I don’t think any of this is shocking, but it’s still interesting. If you remember, there was some gossip that Michael began fooling around with last season’s guest star, Julia Stiles, while he was still married to Jennifer. Julia denied it and she and Michael were never couple-y or anything, but I tend to think they probably did have an affair. Anyway, Jennifer is still pissed:

Soon-to-be-divorced Dexter stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are engaged in a cold war on the set of their hit show. The former couple, who married in 2008 and split last year, are barely speaking to one another as they film the sixth season of the Showtime show.

“They talk as little as possible while they are filming scenes together and then avoid each other like the plague the rest of the time,” disclosed an insider.

As the Enquirer previously reported, Jennifer couldn’t get over his refusal to start a family.

“They have a ton of unresolved issues over their marriage, but they have nothing to say to each other at this point,” continued the insider. “It seems as if Jennifer hasn’t forgiven Michael and she’s not making life on the set for him easy.”

Jennifer was a no-show at this year’s Comic-Con, and both Jennifer and Michael skipped out on the Season 5 DVD release party on August 9 for fear of running into each other.

“The caring sibling relationship viewers see on the screen is diametrically opposed to the bitter atmosphere between the former lovers when the cameras aren’t rolling,” added the source. “It’s incredibly awkward for everyone on the set.”

[From The Enquirer, print edition]

If things went down like I think – Michael cheated, Jennifer got pissed off and cheated too – I kind of admire their joint restraint. At least they’re not screaming and yelling at each other? At least they’re trying to just keep their heads down and do their jobs? Yeah… something tells me that Dexter won’t be happening for very much longer. Either that, or they’re going to kill off the Deb character so Michael C. Hall doesn’t have to deal with this crap.

Here’s the trailer for the new season. Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos are the guest-stars this season.



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  1. Pyewacket says:

    I never bought them as a happy couple from the beginning. The relationship always seemed weird to me.

  2. Embee says:

    I’ve never seen their show but she is very pretty in that wholesome way. And I think he looks like a dufus. Is she a good actress?

  3. lem says:

    the report that i read was that JC was out partying all the time WHILE he was going through chemo, in which case, screw her. either way it doesn’t sound like either of them were innocent during their marriage so its pretty ballsy for her to make the work-relationship tense since her character on the show is disposable and his isn’t.

  4. Liz says:

    She’s a spectacular actress actually, I’m pretty sure she studied at Julliard too…sad to see a marriage fall apart. My Michael C Hall crush is undermined by his possible cheating :(

  5. the original bellaluna says:

    Well, I guess “DUH” is too obvious a comment.

  6. tooey says:

    They better work this out! I’ll Dexter both of them if they mess with my show…

  7. jesikabelcher says:

    Is this the girl from the Excorsims of Emily Rose??

  8. kg says:

    julia child was papd at airport crying recently

  9. ladybert62 says:

    She has got the other side of the face smile of Katie Holmes – put them together in a picture you will have one entire smile. Her face looks weird smiling like that.

    I have never seen the show.

    The books are interesting – I read all of them – from what I have been told, the show has greatly deviated from the books.

  10. mln76 says:

    I used to really love him especially back on Six Feet Under I still haven’t had the courage to watch Dexter. He’s a great actor but dumping the wife/co-star that stood by you through chemo isn’t a smart move.

  11. lucy2 says:

    The show is excellent, especially the season with John Lithgow.
    It’s a shame, whatever happened in their marriage, but hopefully they’re being professional on set and not causing problems for the crew. Beyond that, it’s up to them to deal with it – that’s the risk you run when you get involved with a costar.

  12. Hollowdoll says:

    I learned a long time ago not to date someone who you will be stuck seeing almost every day when it goes south. It usually does and it’s a pain in the ass.

  13. Pyewacket says:

    LOL@Julia Child was pap’d at airport recently!

    KG, I think you meant Stiles, not Child. ; P

  14. islandwalker says:

    kg- She was probably crying because she’s been dead for seven years.

    I liked the show but I’m not a hardcore fan. I have trouble watching some of the more grusome scenes. Haven’t been able to get it here the last season.

    Lem- I thought I remembered MCH praising JC for being there for him during his cancer. Cheaters suck, which ever side it’s on.

  15. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Why do you always think someone cheated on someone? LOL Wasn’t he battling cancer like the whole time they were married. Do people with cancer f*ck around when they could such a limited time on earth? I am gonna go with probably not. Jennifer was the one taking care of him while he is sick right? I am not putting any actual brain power into believing NE but its gotta be awkward as hell to work with an ex-husband and on top of that you play their sister/brother on the show…gag.

  16. seri says:

    Embee–Surprisingly, she is a fabulous actress. I couldn’t stand so much of the soap-opera like drama the show started getting into after like season 3, but most definitely, she really blew my socks off. THe best actress on TV–for now ;)

  17. Autumnstars says:

    …and this is why it’s bad when co-stars hook up, especially on a continuing series. I have the same concerns about Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer on True Blood.

    I dislike Jennifer’s character Deb, so at least I wouldn’t mind if she got killed off.

  18. Courtney says:

    @love angelina: isn’t lance armstrong the perfect example of a man screwing around while his wife stood by him while he battled cancer? Not saying you’re wrong, but him cheating is definitely a possibility

  19. Violet says:

    See, and this is why you never, ever get involved with someone at work. When things go bad — which they often do — it just makes things incredibly awkward at the office.

    For Michael to get involved with one co-worker and then cheat on her with another co-worker, well, clearly the guy isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

  20. Tiffany says:

    Didn’t their relationsip start as the result of him leaving is first wife for her? If so, cannot be surprised that it ended with rumors of infidelity.

  21. Feebee says:

    I’m cutting them both a break because nothing’s every been established cheating wise. Plus he had cancer and she went through that with him and maybe it was just that strain, maybe they realised too late they wanted different things, whatever.

    I love the show and while yeah, it’s dicey for her being the expendible one if they killed her off they might as well finish the show. As long as the actors continue to be great actors (and they’d have to be given their current personal feelings) then it’s all good. The only way around this would be to look to the books for inspiration and have Debra learn Dex’s secret. She’d never dob him in but it would allow for some disgust and hatred amongst the already complicated sibling relationship and maybe some therapy for the actors :) .

    Roll on October 9!!

  22. katielouisiana says:

    kg- She was probably crying because she’s been dead for seven years.

    LOL!!!! I just have to say I love Michael C. Hall-I don’t watch Dexter because all of the violence is offputting to me. I loved him on Six Feet Under though.

  23. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    @Courtney Oh yea, I forgot about Lance. I still have a hard time seeing MCH doing that…although it is possible.

  24. Ron says:

    Dexter shoots around my neighborhood, and they were shooting as recently as two weeks ago, so it’s ongoing at this point I would imagine. It’s hard for actors not get involved, they are shooting 12-18 hour days and they are in intimate situations. However, I would never ever, under any circumstances, date a co worker. It puts you both in impossible place if something goes south.

  25. Tierra says:

    I stopped watching this show after season 3. Deb just got on my nerves too much, I couldnt stand her on there.
    I do sympathize with her being in this situation and it def. turned me off MCH but Id probably start watching again if they had a juicy story line like Feebee suggested.
    Is Julia still on the show?

  26. *bRaZiLiAn* says:


  27. Mollymuffin says:

    I’d accept a job on Dexter without pay just to get a chance to fool around with Michael C Hall… mmm!

  28. Ari says:

    She is from the movie Quarantine also which was REALLY good but the REC movies are better (the original movies in spanish)

  29. Madisyn says:

    I’m with LEM, they will dispose of her character, not his. For her sake, they better makeup.

  30. Lucinda says:

    I’d be willing to bet they were having problems BEFORE he got cancer and she couldn’t leave during chemo because she would look like a total ass. Or maybe they just weren’t that strong and the cancer tore them apart. Everyone assumes that is someone gets cancer, the spouse is going to do everything they can to support them and it will bring them closer but that really isn’t always the case. Illness is hard on everyone. Not just the patient. I say cut them both some slack and let them move one.

  31. LeeLoo says:

    I love Dexter. I think the rumor is Season 7 will be the last season. But kids, let this be a lesson of what happens when you decide to bang/get romantically involved with a co-worker and it all blows up in your face.
    Personally I don’t think he cheated. If you read various interviews she insinuates he became a different person after he got lymphoma. What that means, I don’t know. But I think she would have made a bigger stink about it if he had in fact cheated. I’m betting the Enquierer is pretty spot on. She wanted a family, he didn’t. She couldn’t pressure him into it and she became bitter about it.
    However, I also have always gotten the gay vibe from MCH as well.

  32. taxi says:

    @Ladybert62 is right about the smirky mouths. I never saw JC in anything but Dexter, so I don’t know whether she’s such a talented actress, but I don’t like of her curled lip expression which appears to be intended as an attempted smile. Like gangsters in old noir movies.

    She also has a strange body – long torso, no waist, bad posture with hunched shoulders. Maybe the posture is an act for the show?

  33. Trevor says:

    Kill her off. The show isn’t called “Dexter’s ugly annoying sister”

  34. Rosi says:

    i can’t wait to see captain adama … oh no, mr olmos on dexter. and the trailer looks amazing.

  35. Skins says:

    She is awesome in the show, I don’t think it would be the same without her, so lets hope to can make it work

  36. danielle says:

    Lucinda – wise words. Any serious illness is hard on everyone involved, the patient and the family.

  37. Tazina says:

    They can make it work. It would mean acting like mature adults on set and moving on instead of dwelling in the past. It didn’t work out, okay, but it’s time to grow up and get the job done.

    Dexter is excellent. The season with John Lithgow still sends shivers down my spine when I think of it. Try and watch from season 1.

  38. Samigirl says:

    Ehhh…I think she’s a crap actress, but I don’t like the fact that there is tension on the set. This is my favorite show, and I want it to be good. I do think this will be the last season, unfortunately. :(

  39. mary simon says:

    dexter is a well written, well acted and compelling series, and MCH is great in it. Unfortunately, I think it’s inspiration and training for the serial killers of tomorrow. It’s very disturbing.

  40. 4Real says:

    OMG I just switched to Dish and get Showtime for two months too! I also got a free Blockbuster acct with it so I’m getting the past seasons of Dexter to catch up. I can’t wait!

  41. masuka says:

    I don’t believe a word of this.

    First off, this is from the National Enquirer. You can’t get any more unreliable than that.

    Second, they’ve been seen together after their separation having a laugh together before their divorce was announced. On top of that, even after their divorce was announced, Michael went to visit Jennifer while she was doing her play in New York. The video can be seen here:

    Also, if you look closely at some of the behind the scenes footage from the upcoming sixth season, it’s clear they’re still having fun on the set.

    Plus, Debra will never get killed off because she is just too important a character for the show and for Dexter’s character development (sorry irrational Deb haters.)

  42. aenflex says:

    Killing off Deb would seriously unbalance the show and potentially ruin it.

  43. Rebecca says:

    Her rep confirmed this is all crap. They are getting along well and she wasn’t at comic con because of the Dexter production and couldn’t get clearance.

  44. captain says:

    I will never understand the Jennifer/Deb hate. Terrific character portrayed by a terrific actress (although it did take a while to grow on me). I saw her play an New York a few months ago and she’s fantastic. It’s a shame she doesn’t get enough movie roles that aren’t horror movies.

    As for the MCH/Stiles cheating rumors, they were started by some separate, seemingly legit blind items. I wouldn’t be surprised at this. His first marriage ended due to his alleged infidelity, but the other was NOT Jennifer. He and his first wife separated long before he got the part for Dexter.

  45. silas says:

    LOL @ all this. This so obviously not true. They are both very professional and their split was likely amicable.

    @Masuka: I totally agree with everything written. It’s further proof the “report” is a load of BS.

    Oh, and killing her off would make the show an utter disaster. Dexter (the character) is nothing without Deb. Haters are just mad =)

  46. kayden says:

    I don’t believe any of this. It’s the ENQUIRER for god’s sake. Jennifer and Michael are awesome actors and they seem to get along off screen despite their divorce (there have been sightings and paparazzi photos of them together having lunch are going on a hike).

    And I agree with some of the commentators; killing off Debra would be just stupid. People who support her being killed off just don’t understand the character or her importance to Dexter’s character development.

  47. Ellie says:

    Well Michael was married when he hooked up with Jennifer. So once a cheat always a cheat. I still love him though!

  48. kayden says:

    @ellie: I’m curious as to what your logic behind this is. Michael separated from his first wife long before he even got the part for Dexter (they separated before the end of Six Feet Under). Plus, even if he was a cheater, you’d still find him likable? I mean I respect the heck out of him as an actor but certainly wouldn’t respect him as a person. I’m not judging you, I’m just wondering because that seems to be the logic on a lot of gossip blog commentators. If it were the other way around, we’d all be blaming the woman.

  49. Bill Hicks is God says:

    I agree getting rid of the Debra character (or replacing Carpenter) would unbalance the show.

    At least if they’re not getting along they’re bringing a little more realism to the sibling dynamic ;-)

  50. Jamie says:

    I don’t watch Dexter, but considering it’s the National Enquirer reporting this I doubt it’s true. However even if it were, while it is definitely a lesson in learning how to deal with with an ex you have to work with professionally, it doesn’t necessarily mean every co-star relationship will end in drama. Unless of course you work on One Tree Hill.

    @#26, agreed about why co-stars get involved with each other. It’s to be expected. You’re shooting 5 days a week, 12-18 hours a day, 9 months out of the year with the same people in very intimate situations. No wonder a lot of them end up dating each other. Sure, some people may not think it’s the smartest thing to do. But, you can’t help who you fall for and being in situations like that don’t really help. Just because a lot of co-star or working relationships go south, it doesn’t mean every single one will.

    Someone mentioned having that concern with Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer on True Blood. I don’t watch that show, but I do watch The Vampire Diaries. Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder being together doesn’t concern me in the least, just because a lot of co-star or working relationships end badly. Every relationship is different.

  51. Jilly Bean says:

    god… i hope that edward james olmos discovers that dexter is the 13th cylon(which would make total sense) and they board the galactica and set off looking for a place called earth

  52. Chloe says:

    Maybe it’s good for Dexter to not get another season. I mean, I love me a serial killer story now and then but how long before it jumps the shark? Or has it already?

  53. Masque says:

    “… refusal to start a family”??? Isn’t that something that should be agreed on BEFORE getting married?

  54. bappi says:

    I find Jennifer so beautiful

  55. Blue says:

    Ya sleeping with a co-worker usually doesn’t end well when things end, though i ended up with a beautiful daughter :)

  56. DeeVine says:

    Jennifer is gorgeous and I love Deb! They can’t kill her off it will ruin the show.

  57. Amanda G says:

    Big fan of Dexter here. If they wanted to kill off Deb or replace the actress I would be totally fine with that. Terrible actress. I’m shocked that so many like her here. I get the Kristen Stewart vibe from her and it irks me.

  58. werty says:

    “or they’re going to kill off the Deb character”

    HELL NO!!

    That is all..

  59. lisa says:

    For those using Lance Armstrong as an example…he was diagnosed with cancer on 10 02 1996 and didn’t meet his future wife until May of 1997 after his chemo treatments. He met her at one of his charity events..Ride for the Roses. This became his annual cancer charity event. She did not nurse him through cancer. He already had it and had been through the treatments. He returned to competitive cycling in January of 1998.

  60. silas says:

    @amanda g: lol, gurl no. I don’t know what show you’re watching but Jen is fabulous. A vast majority of fans and critics would not be fine with it.

  61. Stacia says:

    She played in that Emily Rose movie and also in White Chicks. She seems to be a pretty good actress. And I liked him in Six Feet Under. Too bad things did not work out for them.

  62. Cleo says:

    I can’t imagine not smashing things over his head every time paths crossed.

  63. Birdy says:

    He’s got a new piece which might be adding to the tension. It’s on Radar.

  64. Lady D says:

    “god… i hope that edward james olmos discovers that dexter is the 13th cylon(which would make total sense) and they board the galactica and set off looking for a place called earth ”
    It’s good that it makes sense to someone.

  65. Lisa Tilley says:

    Doesn’t anyone stay married anymore!! It is supposed to be for better or for worse. People just walk out too quickly when things go wrong. Working through difficult times makes a marriage stronger and the love much deeper. The only reasons to divorce are cheating, verbally or physically abusing a partner. End of story!!

  66. shawna says:

    NONE of us know what really happened. regardless Dexter is a great show and I am in love with BOTH of them. they are both terrific actors and this all just seems like a load of BS. I remember reading an article AND seeing pictures of them a few months ago together and they seemed super chill with one another. quit hating on both of them jeeze.

  67. ed says:

    I think that this marriage with Michael C Hall and Jennifer Carpenter was fixed for publicity a fake. They just look weird together, in reality I think she is a big lesbian and Michael is gay, that I have no problem with I’m gay myself I think both should come out of the closet already.

  68. Daniel says:

    They should just kill her character off already, she’s annoying. She no longer is relevant to the plot. Kill her off and he freaks out and gets vengeance on her killer. Would make for a great season. Then the guy below here that would have been awesome for her job will get it.