There are some celebrities that look so much alike I could easily confuse them. Like every week when I watch Game of Thrones, I can’t believe Emilia Clarke and Piper Perabo aren’t the same person.
At one point or another, everyone has had someone say to them, “You know who you look like?” So who is it that you’ve been compared to? Who is your celebrity doppelgänger?
Drummerdeeds: I’ve been told I look like Salma Hayek (minus the curves), but personality wise, my friends tell me I’m Bette Porter from The L Word. Not to her level of adultery/manipulative tendencies/psychosis, but somewhere close to there I suppose. WTF. I hope I at least get meat-tagged.
Heather Hogan: I don’t really have a physical pop culture doppelgänger, but my emotional pop culture doppelganger is Leslie Knope. Winning is every girl’s dream, but it is my destiny. And also my dream.
Here’s a doppelgänger story, though: I was in this seafood market near my house last weekend and this girl walked past me and I seriously almost dropped my order because what in the world was such a famous person doing in my tiny, tiny north Georgia town? I couldn’t even help myself. I was all, “I’m sorry, but you—” And she goes, “Yeah, Lea Michele. I know.” I mean, she looked just like her. Just like her. I wanted to ask her to sing or dance or punch me in the face like Rachel Berry or anything at all. But I couldn’t pluck up the courage. I’ve even been back to the seafood market, like, 10 times to look for her. Would it be weird if I ask to take her photo?
Grace Chu: One time I was getting microdermabrasion, and the cute gay guy who was scraping dead skin off of my face told me I looked like Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu) in X2. I think he just wanted a big tip, and he got it.
Emily Hartl: Folks say I look like Taylor Swift, Kirsten Dunst or Michelle Williams.
Jamie Murnane: There are three people I usually get: Ally Sheedy, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Leisha Hailey. I don’t really see the resemblance in any one, but maybe certain features of each? Like if there was a Lesbian Potato Head, you could maybe use pieces of them to create a potato that looks something like me. I just hope all those people who say “Ally Sheedy” aren’t thinking of the High Art Ally Sheedy. You know, because people thinking you look like you’re on heroin is never flattering.
Mia Jones: From the time I was three years old, my mom has been telling me I look just like Drew Barrymore, to the point of telling me I should get a blonde wig or dye my hair so that I could look even more like her. When I was a toddler, I really did look like her — now, not so much &mdsah; but my mom has continued sending me DVD copies of every movie Drew is in.
Personally, I think I look most like a short, chubby, lesbian version of Johnny Depp — and that’s not me calling myself hot. It’s more of a cheekbones and coloring thing. Does this make me sound like I think I’m hot?
Courtney Gillette: If by pop culture you mean the world of music writing, then my doppelgänger is Daphne Carr, hands down. Really, if you’re going to have a look alike in your city, may be they as whip smart and badass as Daphne Carr, who is the series editor for the Best American Music Writing books, penned the 33 1/3 volume on Nine Inch Nails‘ Pretty Hate Machine and is getting her PhD in Ethnomusicology (yeah, that’s right). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a show, or a Literary Death Match, or at rock camp for girls, and someone cocks there head at me and says, “Daphne?” Not quite!
Trish Bendix: I get a lot of women with dark hair and round faces: Ginnifer Goodwin, Christina Ricci and Ann Wilson from Heart. That’s about all we have in common.
Bridget McManus: There are two celebrities that I’m always told I look like: # 1 Prince Leia (aka Carrie Fisher), but instead of the medieval bikini visualize me in a medieval snuggie. #2 Sandra Bullock, which I really don’t see at all. One time I was walking in Beverly Hills and a Japanese tour bus pulled over to take pictures of Sandra Bullock (me). It took them a few minutes to realized that I wasn’t Bullock and then they sped off. Speed 3: The Tour Bus Escape!
Karman Kregloe: I have been told by several non-gay people that I look like k.d. lang. But I think this is because she is the only lesbian they think they “know” and they think we all look alike. Because, seriously, I actually don’t look anything like k.d. lang (though I wouldn’t mind having her pipes!). After wearing a long blonde wig (don’t ask!) I was told by some strangers on the Internet that I looked like Laurel Holloman. In truth, I don’t look anything like her either. As a kid, I was told I looked like Mowgli from The Jungle Book. I’m OK with that one.
The Linster: Last time my friends and I got to that stage of intoxication where we started casting the movie of our lives, the suggestions were Laura Linney, JK Rowling and Mary Kay Place. I have no clue how Rowling got in there, except we were talking about dimples and she has them and earlier I had been doing an impression of the Queen (British accent is the connection). But since she’s not an actress, I think the booze was talking.
Honestly, I don’t know that I look like anyone famous. But I think my brain doppelganger may be Sarah Vowell. I say that because I have seen her in person twice and both times I was laughing to the point of tears when nobody else in the theater was as much as breaking a smile. Sarah is certainly a lot smarter and well-read than I am, but we apparently have a similar sense of the absurd. And I suspect people look at us with the same blank stare. Like you are looking at this now.
OK, readers, fess up! Who is your lookalike?