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Who Is Your Celebrity Lookalike?

By Mrs. Julien | Comment Diversions | February 23, 2013 | Comments ()


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Earlier this week, I cast the movie of my life with Shania Twain. Of course, I don't look like her. That, plus talent and ambition, is why she's Shania Twain and I'm not. The closest resemblance I can claim is a similarity in pronunciation of out and about, and that I would know what she meant, if she asked the whereabouts of the washroom.

Tragic lack of resemblance to Shania Twain aside, I am one of those people who looks like someone else. Strangers insist that I went to their high school. Someone has a cousin who looks just like me, and, of course, there are celebrities I have been told that I look like:

Marcia Cross

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Nicole Kidman

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Are you sensing a theme? Snooty, bitchy-looking red heads. Excellent. I can kind of see the Marcia Cross thing and I am horrified by it. She looks mean! I do not have a preternaturally alabaster brow, although it is massive, I'll grant you; nor am I tall and sylphlike. I don't get it. I don't feel any better when Mr. Julien insists I look a lot like Ellen Burstyn:

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I can only hope to age so well:

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Mr. Julien's lookalike? Well, he has been told Simon Cowell and Ron Livingston, but I'd have to go with Kyle Chandler...

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which fits in well with my nefarious scheme to one day be able to say, "Have you met my husband, Kyle Chandler?"

Who's your celebrity lookalike Pajibans?







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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • KiwiBrownn

    I've always been told that I look like Courtney Love, though I'm not sure if it's because I physically resemble her or because I'm frequently passed out half-nude in a gutter. I went as C Love for Halloween a few years ago. What do you think?
    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net...

  • oilybohunk7

    Ally Sheedy or, "That chick from The Breakfast Club" as everyone always referred to her as, and Salma Blair.

  • Samantha Klein

    Back in the day (and sometimes still) I mainly got Christina Ricci and Winona Ryder. Nowadays it's Ginnifer Goodwin, which is fine since she's 3-4 years younger than I am. I have also gotten Jennifer Connelly and Audrey Hepburn, but I think the people who made those claims just wanted to get somewhere.

  • Adaorahh

    I am African. when my hair is relaxed and in a ponytail, I have been called

    Pocahontas

  • ELee

    I've been told over and over that I look like Carrie Fisher. I can see it in her younger days. I'm 33 now, and I still get told frequently that I look like Princess Leia, so I'm doing something right.

  • Wormer

    I once got Lucy Liu. I've never been complimented so graciously and haven't since :P

  • hiltonius

    Okay, sorry if this is a repeat. I haven't posted since disqus (long time, I know). Anyway, I love this topic because I am constantly being told I look like someone's cousin, best friend, neighbor, etc. I also used to get pretty much any dirty blonde actress popular at the time. The ones I get most often are Rachel McAdams and Liz Banks, and several people have told me that I look like a combo of the 2. I also get Natalie Portman sometimes, which is weird since she doesn't look like either of those 2 and has totally different coloring from any of us. I've never seen any of them except for a short time when I dyed my hair brown, which was right around the time Wedding Crashers came out. I looked over at my husband in the theater and was like, "wow! That looks like me." The Liz Banks one is weird for my husband and me because he was good friends with her in high school, and neither he nor any of their friends see it at all. Of course all of this was before I had my second child, and now I am much too pudgy to be compared to any Hollywood actress.

  • Will Roy

    i was told as a kid that i looked like an ugly tom cruise. not sure if that's a compliment or an insult.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    I have always been compared to a (younger) Steve Carell, specially after 40 Year Old Virgin, since I'm a geeky guy and to be honest, I do see the resemblance. Also, I've been compared to Peter Sellers in The Party, though I don't agree that much on that one.

  • Sofia

    I've gotten Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rainbow Killer and a young Katie Holmes.

    They also say I sound like Fat Albert.

  • Idle Primate

    I used to get David Morse. Not so flattering. I musta got the wrong genes because my father was the spitting image of James Dean

  • Bea Pants

    The only two I've ever gotten are Kirsten Dunst (which I hate) and Emily Watson (which I love).

  • Kballs

    I used to get Christopher Reeve (my eyes and jawline) and Fred Savage (overall head shape and thick dark hair).

    My wife always tells me I look like her Hollywood crushes. It has gone from Matthew McGchoeghneahy to Paul Rudd to JGL, all of whom look nothing alike so I know she's a lying liar who lies.

  • TheShitWizard

    I've been told by a few of the kinder people that I look like Winona Ryder. The less kind say I'm more Flounder from The Little Mermaid.

  • Simulacrum 1138

    I look a lot like David Spade. Somehow it makes people ask me if I'm Canadian.

  • Mickey Moose

    I get Tina Fey. Not sure if it's anything more than the hair and glasses but I'll gladly take it. Does this mean I get to be best friends with Amy Poehler?

    My mother's also said Cate Blancett. Not sure what she's been smokin

  • rio

    I've been told by multiple people that i remind them of Julie Delpy, which it's pretty ridiculous since I look like a ugly version of Heather Matarazzo. I feel people just sense the same kind on neurotic energy and make the connection, but I lack the beauty, the charm, the talent and the blond hair. We are clearly long lost twins

  • Heather O.

    Katie Sackoff to the point that when I worked retail random customers would come up and address me as "Starbuck?!?" I have also been told that I look like Romola Garai during her bit in Atonement. I am very blonde with vaguely German/Austrian facial features.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    When I was in my 20s, I was told I looked like Susan Sarandon in King of the Gypsies and my darling husband thought I looked like Rachel Ward circa Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. I really liked that one.

  • honeychurch

    My gran was so proud when she spotted my celebrity lookalike. I was less thrilled. Why? Monica Lewinsky. Happily my partner disagrees and think it's Mary-Louise Parker. Hm.

  • Kate at June

    I very rarely have people say this, and it never the same person. But I was nearly Anne Hathaway's stand in once. I got Emmy Rossum one time and I cling to that.

    Mr. gets Jimmy Fallon constantly, occasionally Kevin Spacey. I think he looks like Fallon with Paul Rudd.

  • BWeaves

    My co-irkers thought I looked like Holly Hunter. My sister and her kids thought I look like Kathy Griffin. However, this was about 10 years ago, and I've changed a lot since then. My hair is light reddish blond and curly now, and it was straight with bangs back then. I'm also curvier now. Menopause has been very, very good to me.

  • DataAngel

    Hobbit!Sean Astin.

    ..... I'm a woman.....

  • mhswish

    Steffi Graff/Laura Dern/Teri Garr/Martha Stewart
    Put them all together and what have you got? Blonde hair, big nose.

    Steffi (first name basis.. I feel such a kinship with them all really) :
    I've actually had one person at Litchfield Beach, SC come up in a restaurant and ask for my autograph... and then in Bar Harbor Maine, a bartender asked my father if I was her...of course that was early 90's.

    Why didn't I have a nose job, you say? Should I now? At 50?

    AND when I first saw the title of this and the picture of Shania ... my husband's ex wife is ABSOLUTELY her twin... ;-/ I know, I know... but I have the better personality. :-)

  • I've been told all my adult life that I look like Donald Sutherland.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    As a kid, John Denver (wire frames and blonde hair from time at the beach). As an adult, Steve Wozniak.

  • TheMaskedEmu

    Macaulay Culkin, all the damn time. I actually had a group of people come up to me at a hibachi place to ask if people tell me that often. I'm...not sure I'm glad about this.

  • Mrs. Julien

    GOD DAMN IT! I went to a facial recognition website and BOTH pics I used got the celebrity lookalike Ellen Burstyn. Mr. Julien is crowing!

  • Mrs. Julien

    HA! Mr. J got Simon Cowell 51%!

  • denesteak

    I get Ming Na a lot, or at least I used to when ER was big. At first I thought it was just a me-being-Asian thing, but then it was fellow Asians who kept insisting on Ming Na. Whatever, I'll take it.

    But then again, not many Asian actresses out there, so maybe that's why.

  • Zirza

    I have a friend who insists I look like Meg Ryan. I sincerely hope she means the late-eighties to mind-nineties Ryan from the place beyond the botox.

  • sourbob

    About ten years ago, many people would insist I was a perfect doppelganger for Vincent D'Onofrio. Then he got fat and old and people stopped saying that. Then, a couple of years ago, people started saying it again. I cannot help but notice he has not gotten any younger or thinner.

  • Mrcreosote

    I was once called Uncle Fester by a craps pit man in Vegas. Does that count?

  • Legally Insignificant

    Unfortunately, the Schnozzberries guy from Super Troopers. He did end up bagging Boobs von Booberson of the Knoxville von Boobersons though.

  • Ley

    Emile Hirsch.

  • Forbiddendonut

    Ralph Fiennes. Been getting it for ages. A few months ago the guy at the convenience store in my work building said I looked just like him, and the woman beside him said, "No, he looks like the guy who played the bad guy in the Harry Potter movies..." So, even when they are disagreeing, they agree.

  • kirbyjay

    I was told years ago by a friend that I looked like Jaclyn Smith. We all had a good laugh and then had the bartender shut him off. I've also been told I look like Genevieve Bujold. I guess I look more like them than Steve Buscemi or Angelina Jolie but that's all I can say.

  • Guest

    I get different celebrities depending on my current haircut. When my hair is long, I've gotten Leelee Sobieski. When it's short I get Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska. I've come to accept I am just pale and bony. My husband is a dead ringer for Gregg Allman. Little kids think he's Jesus and we are offered drugs wherever we go by people young and old.

  • splinter

    when carlito's way came out years and years ago, people told me that i looked like al pacino. i'm back with the beard these past several months and someone just told me the same thing last week; mercifully, it's not the current al pacino; i've managed to retain that look while he....hasn't. :-0

  • par1964

    Not a celeb look-alike, but a few years ago when Shania and Mutt Lange broke up, I was also in the midst of a break up. In a cheeky mood one day, I went to Shania's official website, and sent an email asking her out for a date. I was shocked when I got a response .... of course it was what you would expect ..... "Thank you for your interest in Shania Twain. If you'd like an autographed photo, please send a self-addressed ...... blah blah blah ......"

    I was crushed ......

  • Frank Berrodin

    I am a cross between Jeremy Renner and Nathan Fillion but in all reality I probably just look like their much less attractive brother.

  • ravingmadscientists

    I've been told Gillian Anderson (in her days as Dana Scully) and Kate Winslet. I don't personally see a resemblance with either but I take each as a compliment. There certainly are less attractive women to be compared to!

  • Maxx02

    My friend's sister lately told me I look a lot like Jude Law. Just without the receding hairline

  • emmelemm

    Carrie Fisher, the young version. (Mostly when slightly in profile.)

    I'm not quite as young and lovely any more, but I have thus far aged somewhat better than Ms. Fisher.

  • Maguita NYC

    Please include a shot of yourself in a gold-bikini for verification. With hair dressed in side buns would be best.

    Thank you.

  • I'm somewhere in the realm of Jennifer Connelly/Catherine Zeta Jones (weird because I am 22 and no one ever says anyone close to my age, they're all rad adult women ha). Dis me: http://i.imgur.com/gAXNYVM.jpg and I am genuinely curious if anyone can see a different one.

    Also my boyfriend looks like young Bruce Springsteen and it is VERY GOOD.

  • Addicct

    You are a dead ringer for JWoww from Jersey Shore (except for the lack of class and loose morals).

  • Adaorahh

    Catherine Zeta Jones for sure

  • CosmoNewanda

    Shortly after Basic Instinct came out I had a teacher tell me I looked like Sharon Stone. I was 11 so I still have no idea how to take that comment.

  • ChuggaWasTaken

    I used to get Jonah Hill fairly often, since the Superbowl ad came out I've been getting A LOT of Jesse Heiman (world's greatest extra). So yeah, I'm a fat guy with a jewfro and glasses.

  • in_heaben

    I was told I look like Milo Ventimeglia (sp?)/ To this day i don't know if its a compliment

  • Bruce Vilanche is a celebrity, right?

  • melissa82

    They used to call me Coop, for Winnie Cooper, in college. Nothing like being a 20 year old who looked 13...

  • Anne At Large

    I get the "You look familiar" and "You look like ____" on a regular basis, but celebrity-wise the only one I've gotten more than once or twice was ScarJo - I think it's because there aren't a ton of celebrities out there that are pretty pale with big lips and a big schnoz (for Hollywood).

    So I'll take it, but I am assuming it's mostly because pickings are slim.

  • I've gotten both James Hetfield and Trace Adkins, neither of which I mind. I was once run up on by a thirteen year old girl in an Olive Garden who shyly but adamantly insisted I was Toby Keith and wouldn't go away until I had signed her CD.

  • Go on.

  • Blake Shrapnel

    Someone once told me I look like Sterling Knight. I don't see the resemblance, but I have gained a lot of weight since then.

  • Julia

    I've gotten a few-- I've gotten Evan Rachel Wood, Leelee Sobieski, and Amanda Bynes (the cheeks, mostly). I got "a young Helen Hunt" from a really happy-drunk lady at work once. My problem is that these ladies don't look that much alike?

    My favorite and the one I hope is the most accurate is Evan Rachel Wood, obviously, buttttt that's just wishful thinking.

  • lele

    To my displeasure, I apparently look like Taylor Swift.
    Honestly, I can't see the resemblance. The only thing we have in common is that we're both pale and have a thing for red lipstick.

  • Anne At Large

    Tell me you don't have those "Get your hair out of your face young lady" bangs, please!

  • lele

    I can assure you that I don't.....anymore!

  • Avaldivia

    A shorter, chubbier, Latino Fred Savage

  • When I was a little kid, Punky Brewster (freckles). When I was a preteen/teen, Sara Gilbert aka Darlene from Roseanne (long dark hair and surly attitude). Now? Tina Fey. Always Tina Fey. So much so that I was instructed to get headshots, so I could market myself as Tina 2.0. It's my glasses and general snark level.

  • Quorren

    Janeane Garofalo. It's the round face and the lips. Also, probably the attitude. The boyfriend looks like the guy from the Spin Doctors. So, we are a perfect 90's couple.

  • You guys sound rad.

  • BabyBearStrikesAgain

    I generally get Scarlett Johansson and occasionally Katherine Heigl. Have no problem with either except I have no Nordic ancestry to speak of... I'm Latin American. My gradmother used to say I looked like Brigitte Bardot, but I think it's just the lips.

  • DominaNefret

    My facial feature that stands out the most, by far, is my cheekbones, which are very high and prominent. I also have short, wavy, dark hair.Therefor generally speaking people just tell me I look like actresses who have noticeably high cheekbones, even if there are no other similarities; especially if they also have short or dark hair.

    Names I have been told at least twice: Winona Rider, Ellen Page, Carey Mulligan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Neve Campbell, Rachel McAdams, Drew Barrymore, Clea Duvall, Emma Watson. (And Velma from Scooby Doo)

    But really, while I have a more defined jawline, I look very much like a brunette Michelle Williams. I only started getting that fairly recently, but it has been picking up frequency.

  • Steph

    I used to get Linda Blair a lot when I was younger. Now I get Sally Field. Needless to say, I have a very round face.

  • Kdubs

    Jim Breuer. I used to get compared to him by name in the late 90's, but now it's more, "Hey, do you remember that comedian who always looked stoned? You look just like him!!!"

    Awesome.

  • Kati

    Dana Delaney, circa China Beach

  • AvaLehra

    I've gotten Marion Cotillard, Jane Seymour and Mia Sara, but I think I look more like Buttercup (of the Powerpuff Girls fame).

  • Kobie

    When there was the "post your celebrity doppelganger" on Facebook a couple years back, I was told to post Seth Meyers. I didn't really see it, but apparently some other people did.

  • Bert_McGurt

    My very generous lady tells me I'm somewhere in the middle of Matt Damon, The Charmingest of Potatoes, and Baby Goose. I've made the optometrist's appointment for Monday.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    During the "A River Runs Through it" era, I was a close match for Brad Pitt. Obviously he was far prettier than I, but in my 20's I wasn't un-attractive. Even my mom was a little freaked out by how similar it was. Oddly Pitt doesn't look the same in all his movies - he was a little rounder in "river".

    http://www.rte.ie/presspack/fi...

    But here's the rub - I didn't age NEARLY as well. While somehow Pitt never has bags/puffy eyes, and didn't gain weight in his 30's and 40's, he didn't work inside all day under florescent lights, taking all the sun highlights out of his hair; I did.

    So now I look like a tired, bloated, Elvis version of Pitt.

  • SeaKat Stabler

    Whoa. Next to Thelma & Louise Pitt, ARRTI Pitt is the best Pitt. Well done, younger you!

  • biancav

    Winona Ryder, Anne Hathaway and Penelope Cruz. I guess it's the dark eyes..
    I recently got Rosario Dawson too.

  • valerie

    Lynn Collins! Especially in the Merchant of Venice with curly hair. Watching Uncertainty was a really surreal fever dream of my relationship with Joseph Gordon Levitt.

  • Lisa Bee

    Lately all I've been getting is that I look like a female Martin Freeman. Which is... well actually, I can kind of see it (I reckon it's mostly to do with the height, hair, and facial expressions).

  • So, you're adorable?

  • buell

    Never really been compared to a celebrity. But my son looks so much like James Franco people stop him on the street asking for his autograph and in bars buys his drinks.

  • KatSings

    I've gotten a ton of them over the years. The two most recent are a young Dana Delany, and Allison Brie.

    But the one I get all the time is Anne Hathaway. A few years ago, I was working street team for "Chicago," and a little girl approached me in Times Square and asked if she could have my autograph and if I was "Princess Mia." I told this story to Adam Schulman after too many glasses of wine (I was at an opening night gala for a show Anne was in, so he was there with her) and he agreed that I look like her. I don't see it, though I'm enormously flattered, since she's beautiful.

  • Hollyg

    Same here. People either tell me right away or call me after they've seen one of her movies to tell me I look "exactly" like her. I do think we look alike, except I have smaller eyes, mouth and boobs. Also, I can't sing and I have never made out with James McAvoy. So, she wins.

  • big dipper

    Ellen Page. It used to be Alexis Bleidel (Rory Gilmore), but once Juno came out, strangers will (a) shout JUNOOOOO at me or (b) straight up stop me and ask if I'm Ellen Page.

  • Guest

    This photo freaks my husband and friends out because they keep mistaking it for me, on some renfair kick or something. Lots of amusement having it as my FB photo from time to time.

    Yep, Adjani--but I only look like her from that EXACT angle. I shift, the illusion fractures!

    http://www.google.ca/imgres?im...

  • sars

    emma watson-- my own immigrant father called me to ask why I was on the cover of vogue... Its actually kind of scary...

  • Only once did someone compare me to any celebrities, and that was when a coworker told me I looked like a cross between Lily Tomlin and Carol Burnett. As a 17-year-old girl, I wasn't flattered. If he'd said I was as FUNNY as either of those two, though, I would've been over the moon.

  • Salieri2

    Duuuude: a friend of mine once volunteered to his wife that she resembled a particular First Lady who was neither Michelle Obama nor Jackie O.

    To wit, Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Bad day for everyone.

  • emmalita

    Who wouldn't want the sensuality of Eleanor Roosevelt?

  • csb

    The only celebrity I've been told I resemble is Will Ferrell, who's almost 20 years older than me.

  • knifeyspoony

    The most common one - a young Robin Williams, which I can see. I've also recently gotten Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates (esoteric, I know), which is also reasonably accurate.

  • Salieri2

    With beard or without?

  • knifeyspoony

    I heard it more when I had a beard, but even after I shaved it I still got the comparison

  • James Sheehy

    I usually get Josh Lucas and Matthew Mcconaughey, But I swear I'm more of a Judi Dench mixed with Morgan Freeman

  • Skyler Durden

    Thora Birch, I have been told. I'll take it.

  • Skyler Durden

    It's the forehead. Sigh

  • Guest

    The forehead is partly why I get Nosferatu Adjani. Yes, we'll take it!

  • Malin

    Seriously, I don't think I have a celebrity look-alike, unless it's Velma from Scooby Doo (not the movie). I'm a chubby, bespectacled redhead.

    My husband, however, looks uncannily like the lead singer of the Swedish metal band Opeth, Mikael Ã…kerfeldt. To the degree that when he goes to their concerts, people in the crowd do double takes and glance in bewilderment from the guy singing on stage to my husband and back. It's quite funny.

    Some people have also claimed he looks a bit like Ethan Hawke, and after a comprehensive Google Image search, we can sort of see it in some photos of the actor. Not in profile, but there is a certain resemblance in ones where he has a goatee beard.

  • Salieri2

    There are three circles: let's call them, oh, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mayim Bialik, and Molly Ringwald. I live smack in the middle of the Venn Diagram formed when they overlap--ain't gonna lie, it's a lot of nose and jaw.

    Once I got a Lisa Stansfield and once a Gillian Anderson, clearly from prosopagnosics. I cherish these incredibly wrong people.

    Oddly, I also get "recognized" about half the time as someone people think they know, so I'm guessing there's some bargain-brand Midwestern White Girl flavor going on.

  • chanohack

    Molly Ringwald! I got that one a lot when my hair was really short. One of these Halloweens I'm gonna make that Pretty in Pink dress and make boyfriend wear some duck shoes.

  • in_heaben

    This says nothing about you, but for some reason I read Vin Diesel in that (Venn Diagram? Wow, I can't read)

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