Question of the Day — Celebrity Doppelgangers

As the students filed out of my review session on Monday, one student said that I was a dead-ringer for the mom on 17 Again. With some dread, I googled. Turns out the actress is the potty-mouthed sister from Knocked Up. Judd Apatow's wife. I don't look anything like her, but I'll take it. A previous semester, a student had announced to the class that I was Hermione Granger. I don't think I look anything like her either. My celebrity doppelgangers are goofy, curly haired, and big eyed — Goldie Hawn or Susan Sarandon.

Question of the Day — Who's your celebrity doppelganger?

20 thoughts on “Question of the Day — Celebrity Doppelgangers

  1. In high school, I was told I looked like Martha Quinn. And I started dressing like her–wearing two different earrings, etc. We had a similar haircut for a while and she’s small and I’m small, etc. Other than that, I don’t think anyone mistakes me for someone famous.

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  2. When I was in college people would say I looked like D.H. Lawrence. Last summer, several people in a row commented that I looked like the young Wittgenstein. Neither comparison appeals.

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  3. My child looks EXACTLY like the little girl from Monsters, Inc. People would always stop us and tell us how much she looked like this cartoon character. Another close friend once told me that my kids all looked like Dr. Seuss characters (but I think that was mostly because they had this wild hair and the only hairstyle that worked was the dreaded “pineapple” ponytail with all the hair on top of your head.)

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  4. I am a tubby middle-aged guy with a white beard.. Couple years ago I saw a group photo of contestants in a Key West bar’s Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest, and I thought THOSE ARE MY PEOPLE.

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  5. I don’t have one, but I think my husband resembles Russell Crowe – albeit in one of his chunkier roles. Yummy!

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  6. Allegedly, in college I looked and/or sounded like Gidget (probably the Sally Fields version).

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  7. Nobody has ever told me I look like anyone but various relatives. I think I look like a cross between Gene Hackman and Seth Rogan (with no beard).

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  8. Someone in college once said I looked like (80s) Barbra Streisand, but I think it was the perm.
    My husband looks JUST LIKE Kyle Secor. I am not kidding. When Homicide was on the air, people used to come up to me and mention it. The weird thing is that their voices are totally different, so when Bayliss would talk, I’d do a double-take.

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  9. I don’t look like anyone at all, actually had this discussion at lunch once, and no one could think of anyone at all. The exercise tells us something about the ethnic makeup of celebrities.

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  10. I’ve only met her in person a couple of times, but Laura looks just like a slimmer, slightly more cerebral Kate Pierson. Don’t let her tell you otherwise.
    I have no idea if I look like anyone “famous,” per se, but one time when I shaved off my beard, but left the mustache, my wife told me to shave it off immediately (and grow back the beard, which I did), because apparently I looked just like some child molester whose photo she’d seen in the post office.

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  11. About 10 years ago, I was in the laundromat and an older lady stopped me and told me I looked just like Tanya Harding. She could see immediately that she’d insulted me, so she said “Whatever you may think of her, she’s a very pretty girl.” That’ll teach me to go out without makeup, in sweats, my hair in a ponytail.
    Because my hair is red, people sometimes say I look like celebrity redheads, whether or not we have any resemblance other than the hair. I’ve also had a friend’s grandmother swear that I looked exactly like Tina on her soap opera, and when I was in Key West two children and their dad thought I was the star of some children’s show they all watched.

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  12. About 10 years ago, I was in the laundromat and an older lady stopped me and told me I looked just like Tanya Harding. She could see immediately that she’d insulted me, so she said “Whatever you may think of her, she’s a very pretty girl.”
    LOL.
    Because my hair is red, people sometimes say I look like celebrity redheads, whether or not we have any resemblance other than the hair.
    Same here. I don’t think I look like any celebrities, but I have a pretty distinctive feature (one that is socially acceptable to comment on!) and so I get compared to every celebrity who shares it.

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  13. “Because my hair is red, people sometimes say I look like celebrity redheads, whether or not we have any resemblance other than the hair”
    I get that too. In the late 80’s it was a red-headed singer in a butt-rock band (will go unnamed from embarrassment), in the late 90’s it was Eric Stoltz, and since I apparently never age, in the 2000’s it was Clay Aiken.
    None of those are great choices, not at all, but Aiken I guess is the least unattractive. Five years ago, in apparently hunkier days, a girlfriend’s sister thought I looked like Viggo Mortensen. Okay, I’ll take that!

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  14. My husband looks like Anthony Michael Hall… Breakfast Club era, not Dead Again era.

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  15. We play a version of this. Who will play you in the movie of your life? I want Jon Cusack but I get Jon Cryer. sigh. My students told me I look like Patrick Dempsey, which was exciting until I realized they meant Can’t buy me love Patrick Dempsey not Gray’s Anatomy Dempsey. And I’m actually older than him. So by the time I’m 70, I’ll be hunky, right?

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  16. My sister and I have both been told we look like Jodie Foster, the Freaky Friday and Bugsy Malone years, not the svelte Contact, Silence of the Lambs years.

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  17. Umma Therma in Pulp Fiction and Xena, warrior princess. My sister looks like Drew Barrymore – and yet somehow we look alike.

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  18. Ok, my wife’s long term ex-boyfriend was almost the spit of one of those very good looking post-brat packers, but I can’t remember the name of the one. Suffice to say he looked like a movie star (and was the nicest guy, too).

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