Who’s Your Doppelganger?

Have you ever been told you look like someone else? I have. All my life. And I seldom see these resemblances, but I guess that’s usually how it works, right?  The cashier at the grocery store today gave me the idea to write this entry when she asked me a question during the check out process.

Cashier: Have you ever seen the movie ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants?’

Me: No.

Cashier: Do you know who you look like? (Calls her co-worker over as she is shocked by my ‘striking’ resemblance, then says to friend) Who do you think she looks like?

Co-worker: Oh, my God! The girl from ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ movie. (They were both so excited that I’m guessing they had just seen the movie.) Wait, what’s her name again?

Me: Amber Tamblyn.

Both girls:(Both turning to stare at me) Yes! How did you know?

Me: Because I’ve been told that about a half a dozen times before. And actually now twice today.

I think I must have THE singlemost common face in the history of faces. Over the years, I’ve had people stop me in my tracks to tell that I look “exactly like” some person in their lives. It’s usually just an old roommate, their landlord, the woman on the other side of the cubicle, their cousin’s ex-girlfriend’s dog groomer, etc. But sometimes it’s people with whom I’m actually familiar and, in many of these cases, I find myself thinking that these people (the ones making the twin accusations) should really consider updating their eyeglass prescriptions.  And soon.

Some of the doppelgangers I’ve heard about in my life:

Amber TamblynI’ve heard this one a lot the last few years. The poor girl is not even 30 and she’s being compared to some old broad on the internet blogging about boobs.


Lea Thompson - It happened a lot back in the 80s, then starting again with her TV show in the 90s. She’s precious so I love it.


Valerie BertinelliLove her. I take this one as a compliment, too. I wonder if Valerie hears the same thing.


Janet JacksonA little weird since I’m white.


Markie PostAgain, weird as I’m neither blonde nor 60.


ODNTNo, this is not me, though many who know me personally have asked if it was. Even my own brother asked if it was me “Nagel-ized.” I picked it because I liked it. And I guess it does kinda look like me.


 What about you?

Who do people say that you look like?


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7 responses to “Who’s Your Doppelganger?

  1. I kinda look a lot like Russel Crowe, or Viggo Mortensen.

    (But more like a cross between D.J. Qualls, Steve Buscemi, and that guy who used to work the late night shift at the Waffle House just off Hwy. 169 in Tulsa.)

  2. I’ve also been told I look like Aaron Eckhart, Orlando Bloom, or Ewan McGregor. And by “been told,” what I mean is I wish I looked like one of them. Nobody has ever said this to me.

    But I really do look like Ewan, except for my body. And my face.

  3. When I was young, I was told I looked like Dana Delany and Justine Bateman. Now I’m more likely to be mistaken for someone from the Golden Girls.

  4. you, my dear, are totally Rachel Bilson.. I always do a double take when I pass by her pic…

  5. Thanks, Kim. I’ll totally take that compliment. But I think you just really insulted that poor girl. :)
    Now … who do people say YOU look like?

  6. My son told me today I look like Sigourney Weaver. I’d take it as a compliment if she weren’t 20 years older than me. Now I have to rewrite my will.

  7. Interesting. In one of your more recent profile pics on Twitter I think you look like a young Diane Lane.

    When I was young I used to hear I looked like Alyssa Milano (Who’s the Boss) a lot. Then I grew into my awkward phase and I never heard that again. :P

    In my late 20’s when Pirates of the Carribean came out, Chris’ childhood friends thought I looked like Kiera Knightly. I love Chris’ friends with all my heart, but I’m pretty sure they were drunk. :) Kiera and I have two likenesses. Green eyes and brown hair. If that is the criteria, then we are identical. Hehe.

    Other than that I get, “You look just like your mother!” all the time.

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