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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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"Do You Know Who You Look Like?"

It's a peculiar sociological fact: whenever two people walk around town together, one will inevitably say the name of some establishment they're passing, for absolutely no reason. This name won't be a New York Post-ian pun, and it won't inspire a cute story about the place's wares. Instead, someone will just sort of belch the name out ("Beacon's Closet!"), thereby acknowledging its fleeting purchase on his or her attention. ("This exists, I guess!") Such utterances are not without siblings; plenty of equally fruitless observations arrive with the flimsiest bit of prompting and even less regard for how they'll be received. Perhaps the least useful of such outbursts, however, is the celebrity doppelgänger notification.

In the same way that there's no real reason to simply say what you see when looking at signage, seldom does it prove worthwhile to say who you see when gazing into the genetic cauldron of someone's face. Still, people tell friends and also total strangers which famous people they look like all the time — as though gifting them with an Inception-style totem so as not to forget some deeper truth. It's a conversational gambit whose best-case scenario is "mild enthusiasm," and it has to stop.

That person you think looks like Lizzie Caplan — hopefully a lady — she may be a huge Party Down fan, but even then there's little payoff to pointing out the resemblance. Nobody has ever been so bowled over by a bit of fawning analysis as to install its messenger as chief consigliore, a font of advice and trusted confidante. Telling someone the person whose stunt double they could pass for is merely an exercise in hopeful flattery that will never go over better than the actual underlying sentiment — something along the lines of "You are attractive in a familiar way." 

Flattery is often the culprit for comparison, either in a misguided effort to lift spirits or to spit some seriously tired game. It's not the only reason, though. For some of us, nearly every passing thought now begs to be unshackled from brain-prison and set upon the townspeople like RT-able Stay Puft marshmallow men. It's hard to ignore that thunderclap eureka-moment when you think you've got something good, or just keep it to yourself. Also, it's fun to puzzle out which famous people might have jointly entered Jeff Goldblum's teleportation machine from The Fly to create a separate third entity. (My high school principal looked exactly like Tommy Lee Jones blended with Tweety Bird.) However, actually telling someone who it is that they look like can backfire in any number of exciting ways.

It's impossible to bring up this next point and not have it come across like the 9/11 of humblebrags, but here goes: people sometimes tell me I look like famous people. The appraisals are uniformly flattering, too — most often it's Tom Cruise or, like, the idea of Superman — but it's still an awkward thing to hear. Because how to respond? "Yes, I do look like Tom Cruise, and my thetan levels are commensurate. Furthermore, nanu nanu." It's a bad look, owning the comparison, because then you might as well have made it yourself, like some kind of monster. But dismissing it outright isn't much better; doing that suggests you think about such things way too much and probably have some unresolved self-esteem stuff, too. So, obviously, it's become old hat for me to assure men and women I do not think I resemble the Man of Steel in any way. Getting told such things doesn't really bother me, though. The real bother is often reserved, it seems, across gender lines in the other direction.

I learned long ago never to tell a lady what celebrity she looks like. Not unless she asks outright, and maybe even then don't do it. It's not that men aren't vain, touchy creatures — we very much are — it's just an issue we tend to make less hay about. Anyway, like many social rules of thumb, I learned this one via irreversible error, during the great Kelly Osbourne calamity of 2002. The less said about that fateful night, the better. But in the intervening years, I've learned that it's not only what are perceived as unflattering comparisons that can leave women as cold as the eyes of Kelly Osbourne; rather, there are many similar ways to go about doing that.

Let's say, for instance, that a lady actually does favor Lindsay Lohan. There's a better chance of the troubled actress retiring because she hates people paying attention to her, than of someone who legit looks like Lindsay Lohan not being constantly told about the similarity. There's no breaking new ground here. In fact, telling a dead ringer about her Mean Girl-match means taking a handful of much trod-upon old ground and flinging it at her feet. It's as rote and perfunctory as asking somebody named Vicki Lohan or whatever if there's any relation. The only natural response is a polite smile and quiet contempt, the kind that both of you remember for the next several stilted interactions.

Something else to consider is that you could be just plain old wrong. You never actually tell a person who they look like; you only tell them who you think they look like — and perhaps reality disagrees. Or maybe you're not wrong, but the person has no idea who you're talking about. Nothing kills an idea's momentum quite like when two people aren't on the same page. If you tell your friend that she looks like Rebecca Hall, and then you have to explain who that is while Google Image-ing, it won't even matter how spot-on you are — because to your friend, Rebecca Hall could be anybody. The only way your attempt at a compliment could go worse is if it has racial undertones, like telling your Indian friend she looks like Padma Lakshmi, which more or less counts as a third-degree hate crime.

Against my better judgment, I recently told somebody who she looked like, for the first time in 11 years. In doing so, I discovered a new way for it to backfire horribly. One of my colleagues is an attractive, happily married woman with almost violently red hair built out of sunsets. It's important to note also that I had just consumed five seasons of dearly departed heartland drama Friday Night Lights, co-starring flawless queen Connie Britton — she of the similarly scorching ginger tresses. It wasn't just the hair, though; there is a certain rough-edged kindness in the eyes of both that radiates compassion and competence in equal measure. If ever there was a slam-dunk, I thought, this was it. I was wrong.

I informed my co-worker about who she had clearly been separated at birth from, and received a chilly glare. A fourth-quarter buzzer went off in my head. Inexplicably, it was Code: Osbourne all over again. "Isn't Connie Britton like 45?" she asked, seizing on the one thing I hadn't taken into account when racing through a very rudimentary decision-tree mere moments before. "I'm 10 years younger than her," my colleague continued. She wasn't upset, but I definitely hadn't made her day — I'd merely made it more awkward. Coach Taylor was going to have my ass for this. Although my co-worker later conceded that, yes, Connie Britton is an objectively attractive person, age be damned, the distance between intent and reaction was staggering.

Telling someone which celebrity she looks like is less a compliment than a compliment-flavored observation, with a cringe-y aftertaste. Except if the intention is, in fact, to be complimentary, and not to deliver breaking mind-news, this vessel is somewhat limiting. It assigns the recipient physical beauty only by proxy. It tells her that her attractiveness ends where Anne Hathaway's begins. It's kind of patronizing. Of course, none of that really matters on a day when you're happy to receive whatever compliment you can get. But that's the final problem with telling people who's DNA they seem to share — if we tell them often enough, they'll freak the fuck out when we eventually stop.

 

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Emby

Edith Zimmerman looks like Nicole Cliffe.

alabee

I get Rose McGowan like it's my job. Or rather, I get "that girl from that witch show but like, before all the plastic surgery". I'll take it.

I'm 24 and if someone told me I looked like Connie Britton, I'd propose to them. What a babe.

zamboni

re: Connie Britton: RIGHT??????? (I can add more question marks if anyone needs them)

excitedheart

@alabee i am really upset that someone would not take this well. i'll take a connie britton comparison any day.

KatieBarTheDoor

@zamboni Seriously. It's almost a life goal of mine to have someone tell me I look like Connie Britton.

Bridget Smith@twitter

...I don't *think* you were in the room when I was told I was a dead ringer for Rebecca Hall & didn't know who she was, but maybe I'm mistaken. (I later saw Vicky Christina Barcelona and The Town, so now I understand.)

Regardless of whether or not this is a compliment, I think it's usually a fun conversation. But maybe that's because I get different people every time.

fabel

I enjoyed this but er, I dunno, felt kind of... tricked? once I got to the Connie Britton anecdote? Like, all of a sudden, I assumed this entire thing was written for that, & also around it so that the reader didn't make the assumption that this was a simple "nobody should do this, because the one time I did, it turned out badly" piece? Even though I feel that's what it was?

Sorry, I'm in analytical mode today.

Emby

@fabel I want my money back.

fabel

@Emby I WAS TRICKED

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@fabel I felt pretty confused for most of it because it felt like a stream of consciousness, and then I got my hackles up a bit because of the whole "women are like this, so watch out, but men aren't because they don't make hay" and then I thought it wasn't worth the effort to get upset about it. Tuesdays, man.

PatatasBravas

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose I'm just sitting here feeling really confused because once I hit "9/11 of humblebrags" I sort of got lost in a mindwormhole. What is the 9/11 of humblebrags? I know what a humblebrag is, but like... what is the '9/11 of' part?

so lost and confused

at least i could read the rest of it without feeling like an idiot

bellekaren

@PatatasBravas He lost me there, too. what what what

Vera Knoop

I get this a lot, but always with different people. Conclusion: I'm a shapeshifter.

Lucienne

I only get told I look like classic film stars, and it's generally so obviously untrue that I can't be anything but pleased with it.

(Although I guess it means I look good in black and white photos - but who doesn't?)

Beatrix Kiddo

@Lucienne Once a senile old woman actually believe I WAS a silent film actress from the 20s. And that's actually more accurate than any contemporary comparison I've gotten.

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

I have gotten:
Conan O Brien
Simon Pegg
Liza Minnelli
Howdy Doody (with AIDS)

KatieBarTheDoor

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

So, really curious about what you look like now.

KatieBarTheDoor

@meetapossum ahaaahahaha, that is glorious.

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

@KatieBarTheDoor selfie? selfie (guest starring Dan Harmon).

iceberg

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood well you just are adorable aren't you.

meetapossum

@iceberg This is pretty much what I was hoping he'd look like after mentioning Simon Pegg. You are adorable Josh...,and totally not like the mashup I created!

KatieBarTheDoor

@iceberg And really, really not in a Howdy Doody with AIDS way. (??)

antarcticastartshere

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood as someone who has met you, definitely Simon Pegg.

Emby

My gf says I look like Tim McGraw, which I think she intends as a compliment, but I am not positive.

zamboni

@Emby looking like Tim McGraw but not being responsible for the musical catalog of Tim McGraw is nothing to be ashamed of.

Leanne

@Emby Tim McGraw is the only man alive who can wear a white v-neck and white jeans and still look impossibly, absurdly, sexy. So. Yes. It's a compliment.

wee_ramekin

@Emby Dude. It's a compliment.

wee_ramekin

@Leanne "Tim McGraw is the only man alive who can wear a white v-neck and white jeans and still look impossibly, absurdly, sexy. So. Yes. It's a compliment."

Correction. Every man ever looks sexiest in a white T-shirt and jeans. It is, in fact, how God intended for Man to be sexy.

Hot Doom

@Leanne even with barbecue stains on it.

...sorry.

.... Not really sorry.

wee_ramekin

@Emby Also, please to stop with the "I look like Tim McGraw" and "I make my own knives" and "I am one of the funniest commenters on the Hairpin and wee_ramekin looks forward to all my posts". Unless you are also willing to stop with the "I have a girlfriend" *.

* - Just kidding; your girlfriend is probably impossibly rad, since I cannot imagine you having a non-rad girlfriend. Please continue being in love.

Leanne

@wee_ramekin TOTALLY agreed on the white t-shirt and regular denim jeans. However, this particular ensemble was a white burn-out deep V, a white belt, and white jeans, which I would not endorse as a male fashion choice for...anyone else. Behold:

wee_ramekin

@Leanne Okay, point taken. I totally reading-failed on your first post and missed the "white" in front of jeans. You are 100% right.

Leanne

@wee_ramekin I am very upset about this misunderstanding. In order to feel better, I suggest we continue looking at photos of Tim McGraw together.

Emby

@wee_ramekin Well, I didn't make the knife, just the knife handles :( But one day. One day I'll be able to do my own smelting and forging.

iceberg

@Emby oh for god's sake don't make us imagine a Tim McGraw clone BLACKSMITH. Our ovaries can't take it.

wee_ramekin

@iceberg Can we talk about how Tim McGraw has exactly the right amount of chest hair in that nakey picture I posted? y/y?

Leanne

@wee_ramekin He has exactly the correct amount of chest hair and exactly the wrong amount of pants on.

Tropical Iceland

The last time I did this to anybody was when I told a stranger he looked like Bubbles from the Wire. He didn't know who that was though, and I've apparently lost the ability to feel shame.

Lucienne

@Tropical Iceland I mean, I wouldn't kick Andre Royo out of bed, if he'd showered recently.

stonefruit

The person my sweetie tells me I resemble is someone I find almost unbearably attractive (and smart, holy crap so smart and funny) that I think he's somehow touched. I'll take it, though.

travelmugs

@stonefruit Ones I've gotten from my significant other: Monica Lewinski, and hobbits, generally. He meant both as compliments! :-/

sarah girl

I'm going to be uncomfortably aware of the "randomly pointing out the name of stores when you walk by" thing now.

Pyxis

@Sarah H. Every time I pass a Waffle house I have to say "Pancakes house!" I think it's related to my love of both Waffle house and Fargo.

Bebe

@Sarah H. Have you ever seen the movie Forget Paris? There's an older man (Debra Winger's character's father) who reads every.single.sign. out loud. It is maddening, and hilarious.

Hellcat

@Pyxis To this day, I still refer to it as "Pancakes House." I have no idea why that one tiny part still makes me laugh and laugh.

Since the '90s, I've gotten Tori Spelling, to the point where, anytime someone said, "You know who you look like?," I'd just say, "Yes," without looking up or stopping what I was doing. I don't disagree really (it's the eyes and hair, not the boobs, and it's not like someone would completely mix us up) and I don't mind the comparison--she's OK with me--except when people feel the need to add that they think she's ugly, then fumble all over the place "correcting" themselves. More recently, it's been Britta from Community. And (here's the weird one), all my life, even when I was a wee little kid, my mother has been told that I look like some ex-wife of Clint Eastwood!

je suis un ananas

@Bebe "You asked for it, you got. Toooyata."

Amphora

@Sarah H. Sometimes you can't help it. "El Famous Burrito??"

Snood Mood

@Bebe Oh god, I was on a group trip to Puerto Rico with my family and about six other people, and we had to take a tour van for about three *hours* across the island. My mom did exactly that. Every fucking sign, she read it out loud. I was ready to claw my ears out. Love you mom!

SockHopBop

Usually I'm fine with the celeb comparisons I've gotten, which mostly have to do with my hair color and whether or not I have bangs. (They include: Isla Fisher (red hair), Zooey Deschanel (brown hair and bangs), Mary Tyler Moore (brown hair, no bangs.) But one time a random man on campus stopped me to say I looked like Janis Joplin, who is awesome but is also known for being not conventionally attractive and feeling bad about it. I moped around for the rest of the afternoon.

Kulojam

@SockHopBop I got Janis Joplin too one time - I did not take it as a complement. Actually, I've gotten it twice, though the second time, i think it was just the dude yelling whatever English he knew at me (in a similar way, I've also had "Miami Beach!" yelled at me).

MsLady

@SockHopBop Janis Joplin is at least better than "Mama Cass!" as one rando shouted at me at a festival several years ago. And then looked expectantly at me like I would be flattered by the comment instead of punching him in the face.

harebell

@SockHopBop

After a hair cut in high school once, I got told I looked like Doris Day. D:

City_Dater

@SockHopBop

I am a yellow-haired woman who is often compared to other random woman celebrities who have nothing in common with each other or me, except that we all are blonde women. Apparently gazing upon yellow hair burns out the retinas of some people, until all they can see is the hair.

like a rabid squirrel

@City_Dater YES. I have Zooey Deschanel hair. I, unfortunately, do not look like Zooey Deschanel.

no way

@SockHopBop I have gotten Sarah Jessica Parker and Gilda Radner (it's the big nose and big hair). I'll gladly take either one, and nuts to all the horse face jokes.

bitchycrosstownexpress

@SockHopBop I believe this also happens to redheads, as when I was with my red-haired godsister in the Museum of Natural History and she was mistaken for Lauren Ambrose. Never mind that her hair was shorter and curlier than anything Lauren Ambrose has ever worn.

Valley Girl

@SockHopBop I thought my high school best friend looked like Janis Joplin and her MOM freaked out at the unflattering comparison. I meant it nicely!

SockHopBop

This thread made me feel much better. Solidarity!

KatieBarTheDoor

I don't know-- there's a good number of times I've been told I look like this particular celebrity, and I always kind of like it. Not really for any sort of "oh, I must be beautiful!" feeling, but more for like... a common thread to connect me with strangers? Something like that.

On the other hand, I remember (tipsily) telling our waiter at a bachelorette thing that he looked exactly like Jeremy Piven (HE DID), and he had that "ok, wow, you are the most unoriginal person on the planet" reaction. So I understand people get sick of it.

Ellie

@KatieBarTheDoor Me too, I love the idea of a common thread connecting me with strangers. I have this secret fantasy that I'll find some country where I look exactly like I'm from there. My college roommate spent the summer in Belgrade and practically everyone there assumed she was Slovenian and I want that too. I might kind of have this already because in Eastern Europe I've never been taken for American before speaking but I still somehow want a visual identity. I still have a good chunk of Eastern European countries to visit so I'm holding out hope.

KatieBarTheDoor

@Ellie Yes, the visual identity thing is another interesting point. I'm Irish and Polish, and when we visited Poland a few years ago, one of the first things my husband said was "Wow, everyone looks just like you!" It was somehow in the was my face is structured, and it was really neat to feel like I belonged there.

Ellie

@KatieBarTheDoor That's so cool! Yes that's exactly what I want. I'm half Dutch and half Eastern European Jewish, but I don't really look stereotypically Dutch at all, unlike the entire rest of my mom's side of the family (many of whom are all, not just half, because, Michigan).

Bebe

@KatieBarTheDoor I'm half Polish, too, and I've never been there but people who have or who are Eastern European themselves always, ALWAYS know. Our people must have a very distinctive "look."

par_parenthese

@KatieBarTheDoor Poor people who really really resemble gorgeous celebrities. How terrible their lives must be.

(In all seriousness, I have a friend who, after he changed his hairstyle and started wearing glasses instead of contacts, suddenly started getting "OMG YOU ARE BASICALLY A YOUNGER, HOTTER VERSION OF SUPER-HOT CELEBRITY X," like, twice a day. People wigged the hell out about it, especially girls. Hell, I started getting annoyed on his behalf. So. There's a thing.)

Amphora

@Bebe A friend of mine was once recognized at an airport by distant relatives (not picking her up, they just happened to also be passing through that airport) because of her apparently very distinctive Icelandic features. I thought it was just a tiny island country thing.

Inkling

@Ellie
Just wanted to say, that is exactly what I want. (Related: then I find my real family, because I don't look like any of these pale freaks.)

Chareth Cutestory

Recently at a family gathering, my boyfriend was hell-bent on informing one of my relatives he looked like Kevin Spacey. He kind of did...but I can't really imagine anyone being super psyched to hear he looks like Kevin Spacey.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@Chareth Cutestory Heh, I read this as your boyfriend was telling everyone he (your boyfriend) looks like Kevin Spacey, just in case they couldn't figure out where they've seen him before or something.

Chareth Cutestory

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose Ha! No, not dating a Kevin Spacey look-alike :)

Moodeln

About five or six years ago a woman at a perfume counter told me I looked like Monica Lewinsky. I think my complete horror showed in my face, because she immediately followed it with "I think she's pretty! I THINK SHE'S PRETTY!"

I look absolutely nothing like her, but an eccentric old guy who came into the library I used to work at told me I was sassy like Barbara Stanwyck. Now that one I'll take.

hellosweetie

@Moodeln On a weirdly related note, I have never seen my MIL more offended than when someone told her she looked like Linda Tripp. Hoo boy.

lucy snowe

@Moodeln I used to get Monica Lewinsky a lot. I stopped wearing berets as a result.

I remember my ex once pointing to the model on the package of "Just My Size" pantyhose, and telling me I looked like her. I wasn't happy about that either. He said, "But she's BEAUTIFUL."

I should have taken the compliment.

The others I've gotten are Alanis Morisette (especially when my hair was super-long), Neve Campbell, and Anne Hathaway.

Oh. I also look like Jacques Pepin's daughter Claudine. But only when she's looking down.

Spooky Behaviour

@Moodeln My roommate once got Rachel Ray (NOT AT ALL) and was horrified. The guy then followed it up with "I think she's crazy gorgeous and sexy". It was a confusing day.

Barry Grant

@lucy snowe "Oh. I also look like Jacques Pepin's daughter Claudine. But only when she's looking down."

I would like to marry her, up, down, or all around.

lucy snowe

@Barry Grant Oh, you warm my heart, just recognizing the reference! :)

Barry Grant

@lucy snowe

Those bedroom eyes! Mmmm ...

Ellie

I genuinely love being told I look like people! My ultimate favorite was the bear girl from Kontroll. I've also got Anne Hathaway and Jessica Pare from a couple people. (Also Casey Anthony :/) Basically I have dark-ish hair and big eyes.

Counterpoint that when she was on Mad Men an entire chorus of people told me I looked like Zosia Mamet, which I absolutely hated. I haven't heard it since Girls though.

B-Side

The last few times someone's gone "Did you know you kind of look like...", it's been Adam Scott (or more accurately, "that guy from Parks & Rec"). I've taken it as a huge compliment.

zamboni

@B-Side you are doing having your face right.

B-Side

@zamboni noted. I someday hope to be near as awesome.

all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy

I'm starting the "There are literally no celebrities who look even a little bit like me. Not even a teeeeeeeensy tiny bit." thread here.

(Lots of people love finding animal resemblances in me, though... maybe this is also the "what animal do people tell you you look like" thread.)

iceberg

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy "There are literally no celebrities who look even a little bit like me. Not even a teeeeeeeensy tiny bit." - preeeeetty much - people for some reason really seem to want to struggle to find one though (see my below comment!)

fabel

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy um, I love your name, btw.

And I will join you---there are no celebrities that look like me (which I feel sounds like some weird brag? but it's not!) My hairdresser consistently tells me that I look like Debra Messing, but she is wildly inaccurate & also the only person to ever think that.

zamboni

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy Yup, I don't look like anyone either. I only look like a human animal, though. What animals do you get?

sophia_h

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy In this line. Also does anybody else not only not resemble any celebrities, but also look like they are from another century? I swear half my problem with clothes and makeup is that I actually look better in like, 1872 fashions, both figure and face.

all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy

@zamboni Gazelle/antelope/deer (mostly), baby dinosaur (?), greyhound, ant, grasshopper, rabbit, chipmunk, and the first cat here because I'm easily startled.

chnellociraptor

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy I am consistently told that I strongly resemble Dory in Finding Nemo. So I feel you.

Ellie

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy Oh my god. Thank you so much for posting this video. I know that videos of cats are, you know, but I love it. That first cat is too adorable.

Scandyhoovian

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy I never get celebrity comparisons. Once upon a time when I was preteened and just getting my boobs, I was told A LOT that I was a dead ringer for Thora Birch. But when puberty hit for the both of us, we grew in entirely different directions, and now Thora and I look nothing alike. Now I don't really look like anyone, I guess. Whenever this kind of thing comes up (like one of those 'post a picture of the celeb people say you look like as your profile picture!' things on Facebook), everyone always tells me "well your personality reminds me of [movie character]," though. I get a lot of Kat from 10 Things?

meetapossum

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy My friend once said I looked, among other things (usually a mouse or a kitten), like a baby dinosaur, too! But I think he meant a cartoon baby dinosaur like in The Land Before Time?

lucy snowe

@sophia_h Yes. Actually, I think I might have done well in Victorian porn. Probably just as well I live now.

Bridget Smith@twitter

@sophia_h Yup! Though I somehow have both a 1940s face (which is easy: pencil skirts & buns!) and a turn-of-the-century face (which is harder: any sort of bouffant makes me look like I'm wearing a costume). Like, this photo of Vanessa Stephen is not far from me: http://beautifulcentury.blogspot.com/2006/10/vanessa-stephen-1900s.html

Onymous

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy
I occasionally get various washed up pro-wrestlers from the 80/early ninties and micky rourke from The Wrestler. this is because I am fairly large and have long balding blonde hair not due to any actual resemblance, so I'm claiming membership to the no-celebrity-look-alike club.

zamboni

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy Time for your guest "Get This Look: Baby Dinosaur, Ant, Grasshopper, Rabbit" post!!

sophia_h

@lucy snowe Haha, you could probably still find yourself work in some niche market.

@Bridget Smith@Twitter Is it our noses, maybe? Or face shape? Curly hair? I mean, humblebrag time, I don't exactly mind looking like a Pre-Raphaelite but I can never figure out it what it is about the shape of my fairly standard features that looks out of date even with modern makeup.

Bridget Smith@twitter

@sophia_h I think there was a brief period wherein long noses, long faces, and curly hair were in fashion and got painted a LOT, and so that era is instantly recognizable as a specific thing, especially since they're not particularly fashionable now. But as you say, I don't mind!

sophia_h

@Bridget Smith@twitter You're probably right, though I don't even think it was that brief -- we were at a Renaissance exhibit once and my whole family freaked out about how much I looked like Titian's Venus di Urbino. So it's history and us that are right, and everyone else is weird!

the roughest toughest frail

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy I'm totally one of those people who has no celebrity doppelgangers. I did upload my picture to one of those "celebrity lookalike" generator sites and got some bonkers results. The only one I could kind of see was a Bollywood starlet and that's only because we both have prominent chins and dimples.

Hellcat

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy Haha! I have learned that you really have to be careful about telling anyone about a (real or perceived) resemblance to an animal. I didn't care when my ex told me I looked like a meerkat but his friend did not seem to enjoy learning from me that he looked like a greyhound. He really did, and I didn't mean it as an insult at all--he was narrow and kind of angular in the face and cute enough. We did have a (bat-shit crazy) lady at my office who was the spitting image of an ostrich though, even in her manner of walking. I don't think anyone told her this.

lucy snowe

@sophia_h Hee! You pre-Raphaelite lovelies have a niche market of your own.

KatieBarTheDoor

@abetterfate Ok, as soon as I read your post I went to one of those generator sites for fun. First celebrity match? Nicole Kidman. Second? .....Oscar de la Renta.

leonstj

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy - Does Andrew Sullivan count as famous-famous, or only blog-famous (I really can't tell anymore)? Sometimes I get told I look like Andrew Sullivan.

sophia_h

@lucy snowe I really don't swan around enough with a flower crown on my head. Though I did bob my hair last year because waist length curls were just too 19c.

the roughest toughest frail

@KatieBarTheDoor I got the aforementioned Bollywood actress and Will Smith. The robots that run those sites are drunk assholes.

lucy snowe

@sophia_h The more you talk, the more I suspect you are someone I wouldn't mind looking like. ;)

all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy

@Hellcat Yes, comparing your friends to animals can get treacherous at times. Especially when one of your friends thinks of herself as a majestic hawk but is actually a tiny squirrel (sorry Amy).

sophia_h

@lucy snowe Aw, thanks, and ditto! I have a weird relationship with my appearance, because I actually like it a lot but that opinion has never been widely shared, so it's kind of an uphill battle to feel okay about myself. Things got better once I got out of high school and met my husband, whose type I am exactly, but I still have to work hard to shut out general cultural messages about appearance, you know? (Er, like everyone. I am not a snowflake, just a little more off the mainstream than most.)

MilesofMountains

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy I have only been compared to celebrities twice, and that's including the time in high school where the math teacher told the class "now everyone turn to page 184 of the textbook, where there's a picture of MilesofMountains!" which turned out to be a photo of a mousey, chubby kid in glasses. I don't think I've ever been compared to an animal, either. How do I not look like anything?!

iceberg

An ex-boyfriend, when he was my new boyfriend, described me to his friends who hadn't met me as looking like Sigourney Weaver; it was after Alien 3 but before Alien 4, so what they took from it was that I was bald.

I resemble Sigourney Weaver inasmuch as we are both white ladies with dark curlyish hair and slightly pinched features, but that's about it. I was seventeen at the time as well.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@iceberg You look like that iceberg that sunk the Titanic.

Blackwatch Plaid

@iceberg We might have the same boyfriend, because mine does that now.

melmuu

I used to get Maggie Gyllenhaal quite a bit, but now no one has said it in a while, and I'm starting to panic at my lost sense of self. I'm pro-doppelgangering, I guess. I wonder if it has always been a thing. Like in the middle ages?

Leanne

@melmuu In the middle ages! This is so funny to imagine.

yrouttasight

A loudmouth ex boyfriend of mine once told a young woman he just met that she looked like Rachel Dratch. It did not go over well.

I mean, she definitely did look like Rachel Dratch, but you don't tell someone that upon meeting them for the first time!

z(oo)mm

@yrouttasight where did this happen bc maybe that was me?? I did not like that at all.

yrouttasight

@z(oo)mm Um, Connecticut I think? It was a long time ago.

I'm very sorry if that was indeed you. How awkward. For the record, he was trying to stress that you were PRETTY but looked like Rachel Dratch. Let's be real, though- who says that???

z(oo)mm

@yrouttasight might have been me then! I hope I'm the only one this happens too. since then, I've also gotten Amy Poehler, which is much better. I would be happy to be 10% as funny/successful as either one, though!!

yrouttasight

@z(oo)mm Rock on! Small world, heh?

Anna Jayne@twitter

It's nice that Adele is around now so that everyone who wants to be like "you're pretty but also fat and that confuses me" can be like "you look like Adele" (I don't).

anachronistique

@Anna Jayne@twitter I'm so far into the Fat Zone that I have no celebrity lookalikes. At least, none that anybody will mention.

meetapossum

@Anna Jayne@twitter Dude, I have been told the same thing, and I came to the same conclusion of you as to its meaning, since I also don't look like Adele.

Anna Jayne@twitter

@meetapossum I mean, I'll take it as the compliment I assume it was intended as. But it's inaccurate.

Emmylou Who

@Anna Jayne@twitter Years ago a coworker told me that I looked like "Lindsay Lohan..before". Before what? Before she got skinny. I didn't know how to respond and to this day he calls me Lindsay whenever I see him.

Spooky Behaviour

@Anna Jayne@twitter Haha, I got that too and also came to the same conclusion (at least I have red hair?). Incidentally the lady who told me was a dead ringer for Maya Rudolph. I didn't mention it.

daisicles

@anachronistique You and me both. I think I'm happy about this because it means I'm memorable on my own merits (such as they are), but then again, maybe I'm not.

Li'l Sebastian

@Anna Jayne@twitter The thing is, I have a friend who REALLY REALLY does look like Adele, and even has bangs and makeup and an up-do like Adele, and I don't know how to tell her this without calling her fat. She is probably about the same weight as Adele (maybe a little thinner) but more importantly she's super gorgeous! Just like Adele!

fondue with cheddar

When I first got my glasses, lots of people told me I looked like Lisa Loeb, which is totally not true except for the hair and glasses. Our faces look nothing alike.

When I was little I met a delivery guy who looked like Benny Hill, and he said he got that all the time. He thought it was great, or at least was good at faking it to make us little ones happy.

My sister-in-law looks a lot like the lead actress in Girls, only more attractive. But I'm afraid to tell her so because I don't want her to get offended.

And my brother looks just like Alistair from Dragon Age II.

And my dad bears an uncanny resemblance to David Byrne, still now but more so when they were younger. When I look at old pictures of DB I have to keep reminding myself that it's not my dad.

Princess Slaya

@fondue with cheddar This was like, a THING when I was young. EVERY brunette with glasses "looked like Lisa Loeb". Maybe because she was the only famous person with glasses in the 1990s? I don't know!!!!

If your brother looks like Alastair, I know a lady he should meet.

fondue with cheddar

@Princess Slaya Unfortunately for everyone but my sister-in-law, my brother the Alistair look-alike is already taken. And even if he weren't you'd have to wait in line behind every single lady who's ever met him (because he's also a really great guy).

Bebe

@fondue with cheddar Your dad is very handsome man, not to be creepy, but David Byrne is really handsome and distinguished.

My dad and Chevy Chase could be brothers separated at birth. In fact. I saw Chevy Chase in person once and I almost actually yelled out, "Daddy? What are you doing here?" Stopped myself just in time.

DianaPrince

@Princess Slaya You are so right. My sister and I both wore glasses in high school (in the 90s/early 00s) and we both "looked like Lisa Loeb." I was at least a brunette but my sister was and is blonde.

fondue with cheddar

@Bebe I don't think it's creepy. My dad IS a handsome man, I recognize that. :) My dad's hair is thinner and less gray, and the years have been a little kinder to his face, so the resemblance is less now than it used to be. But it's totally there, especially in the eyes and eyebrows, which are exactly the same.

I remember you mentioning the Chevy Chase story in another post! So funny. I wonder how he would have reacted if you'd actually said that to him!

leonstj

@Bebe - Oh man Chevy Chase. I have an uncle who, since I was like 4 years old, has ALWAYS called me "Chevy" or "Chevy Chase" despite (a)My name sounding NOTHING AT ALL like either of those things, and (B)me looking NOTHING AT ALL like Chevy Chase.

It is incredibly confusing. When asked why, once, he responded "I dunno, you remind me of Chevy Chase."

I think he might not know who Chevy Chase is / be confused about the opening credits to Caddyshack and have Chevy & Rodney Dangerfield mixed up.

(Note: I did not look like Rodney Dangerfield when I was 4. I may have acted like him.)

travelmugs

@fondue with cheddar Ah! I have a Lena Dunham-but-thinner friend and I told her once. It was not well received!

mecmec

@fondue with cheddar Yeah I get Lena Dunham about once a week right now...the thing is, it's pretty true, to the point where watch girls is like entering the uncanny valley. But I do NOT enjoy people reminding me of this.

mecmec

@mecmec err "watching Girls." and her dang Rolling Stone cover staring at me everywhere.

fondue with cheddar

@travelmugs But she's so cute! In a normal-person way (which is not a bad thing)!

Amardine

I've been told I look like Anne Hathaway about once a week (more or less depending on matchiness of our hair) for ten years. I don't mind it but... how am I supposed to respond?? Can't assume a compliment or pretend I haven't heard it, and there's only so many times I can joke I'm studying for a part working at *whatever crappy job I currently have*

Also - "nearly every passing thought now begs to be unshackled from brain-prison" - this is my life. So many thoughts in my brain-prison! Now unleashed on my boyfriend.

Amardine

@Amardine Also, in the past year I have been told that I sound like her too. This creeps me out to no end.

lucy snowe

@Amardine She's a beautiful woman. Now, if you'd been told you accept awards like she does, that might be cause for worry!

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@Amardine Just start crying and thanking them profusely.

Leanne

@Amardine Me too. Do we look alike, I wonder?

Amardine

@Leanne Are Doppelganger twins doppelgangers? I'm guessing you have brown hair, big eyes and smile a lot? If you have been hearing it since "that girl from that princess movie" days, then I'd say we are twins.

Leanne

@Amardine I am smiley with brown hair, but my eyes are not very big :( I think it's the eyebrows that really do it in my case. And my self satisfied smugness. (Just kidding.)
Hiya, doppelganger by transitive property!

Vera Knoop

@Amardine Blerg!

mabellegueule

My only comment to this was going to be "Connie Britton is blonde" but then I checked myself and googled and was kind of stunned at my poor observational skills. Especially concerning red hair because gingers are attractive!

I was told I looked like Kat Dennings by an attractive lesbian couple and I will take it :) Also one member of this couple looks exactly like Robin from HIMYM.

I'm sure this line of comments was _exactly_ what the writer had in mind.

paddlepickle

I don't really mind being told a celebrity doppleganger, it's the "You look just like my friend Sarah!" comparisons that are truly useless. Even if they follow it up with "she's really cute" it's basically just a reminder that you are not as unique as you think you are and Sarah probably has nicer boobs.

anachronistique

@paddlepickle See also Francois Brunelle's I'm Not A Look-Alike! project.

MsLady

@anachronistique Aaah, thank you for that! My husband has had a doppelganger in almost every place he's lived, and even places we've just visited. People are CONSTANLTLY coming up and talking to him like they know him when in fact they are complete strangers and think they're talking to some other guy who looks just like my husband. Even I, when I first met him, felt like I'd seen/met him before. Maybe he just has an "everyman" kind of look? It's a little disconcerting, although at this point he's gotten used to it and pretty much expects it every time we go out.

fabel

@paddlepickle OH so this made me remember: the last time I was at a bar, this random, really, really drunk guy that my boyfriend had made friends with for some reason kept telling me that I looked exactly like his ex-wife, & at one point had to walk away from me because of memories or something.

So that was weird.

Lily Rowan

@paddlepickle I definitely look just like your cousin/friend/etc.

ayo nicole

@paddlepickle I look just like EVERYBODY's friend. Luckily, most of the time it's a friend that they like and they just treat me like that friend immediately. I can't tell you how many times I've had to say, "I have a familiar face."

Chareth Cutestory

@ayo nicole I think I might be one of these. I have had so many strangers walk up to me on campus thinking I'm someone they know, going, "So...how'd the interview go?" or "You still liking choir?" (I had had no interview and am certainly not in choir.)

frigwiggin

@paddlepickle Aw, I love the rando-matchups, though! Like I was doing work the other day and came across a woman who looked JUST LIKE my very good friend, if my very good friend were Indian instead of Scandanavian. It was uncanny. Almost as uncanny as when I came across this article and had a momentary panic that my brother changed his name. (It's definitely not my brother but...still looks so much like him that I can't help staring.)

frigwiggin

@frigwiggin (It doesn't help that that is something my brother might actually potentially do. He likes drugs and Frank Zappa.)

sognodisonno

@paddlepickle This is what I get a lot. Usually followed by "It's a compliment!" But my boobs are awesome, so they probably totally beat Sarah's.

fondue with cheddar

Oh! My hairdresser looks exactly like the lady who played Starla in Arrested Development (the "solid as a rock" lady). I showed her a picture and even she was floored at the resemblance.

lavender gooms

@fondue with cheddar Joan Callamezzo!

lavender gooms

@fondue with cheddar And know I realize that my comment makes it sound like Joan Callamezzo is the actresses name, when in fact I was excitedly pointing out that Mo Collins also plays Joan Callamezzo on Parks and Rec.

sarah girl

@lavender gooms She also runs this town.

fondue with cheddar

@lavender gooms Sadly, I'm so far behind on P&R that I had no idea she was on it! But yeah, Mo Collins. I always forget her name.

rayray

My coworkers agreed within a couple months of me starting my job that I look like Lady Sybil.

I just don't see it.

MEGA VENUTIAN SPACE SCORPION

@rayray Having met you in real life, that makes no sense. (You are lovely though!)

pterodactgirl

@rayray I got Lady Mary from a friend and I have to say, I don't see it but it made my week.

Costume drama sibs?

zamboni

The only one I have ever gotten (once):
"Hey, I'm really sorry if you get this all the time, but has anyone ever told you you look like Blossom? Like, from the show Blossom?"
We don't look alike, but shoutouts to this guy for being really specific about which Blossom he meant.

sophia_h

@zamboni "Are you Nell? From the movie 'Nell'?"

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@sophia_h Chicka, chicka, chickabee. / T'ee an me an t'ee an me. / Ressa, ressa, ressa me, / Chicka, chicka, chickabee

zamboni

@sophia_h "You look like Rudy, like, from the movie 'Rudy'"

Megan@twitter

@zamboni People always used to say I looked like Blossom too! I took it as a back-handed compliment because I only looked like her in that I had a very prominent nose.

Queen Elisatits

@Megan@twitter Someone told me that I reminded them of Amy from the Big Bang Theory. I didn't know how to take it since it was when her character first started and looked super frumpy. But I chalk it up to them being drunk and my brown hair + glasses + cardigans because that is where the similarities stop.

TheBelleWitch

I got obsessed a few months back with informing my entire family that my cousin looks like Benedict Cumberbatch. Except he kinda doesn't, it's more like a younger version of my cousin looks like a younger version of Benedict Cumberbatch. They've diverged.

Anyway, what resemblance there is does make me feel very uncomfortable about my attraction to Sherlock.

zamboni

@TheBelleWitch I pointed out to a friend of mine that a dude we both found very attractive really looked like one of said friend's brothers, to which she yelled "I KNOW AND I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!!!" I am very sorry, friend, for this classic only child faux pas.

pterodactgirl

@TheBelleWitch This reminds me of how I recently decided to rewatch the X-files and re-live my youthful crushy feelings for David Duchovny only to realize that in the intervening time one of my cousins has grown up to look a lot like him. :(

TheBelleWitch

@pterodactgirl Ahh, these examples are making me feel much less alone in weird celebrity crush awkwardness.

Blackwatch Plaid

@TheBelleWitch There's a dude at my college who's kind of the same way. Cumberbatch-y to an extent, but mostly just wishful thinking.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

I usually can't match people's face to celebrities' faces (some sort of disconnect in my brain) but I do find myself watching a show and thinking, "Oh man, that guy totally acts like my friend, Gary." It's more of a mannerism and personality thing for me.

Scandyhoovian

My mom always gets told she looks like Elton John, because they have similar short, spiky, red hair and both of them wear glasses. I don't know WHY people continue to think that she would enjoy such a comparison, but she never does.

Meanwhile, the age-appropriate and actually-flatters-her-a-lot comparison she gets from people is "You look like the woman who played Molly Weasley," which is actually very true.

Bebe

@Scandyhoovian My mom looks like a younger Judy Dench - which I regret telling her, because now she likes to make me call her "Dame."

skyslang

Every once in a while, I'll shave and comb my hair and tuck in my shirt and it never fails, someone tells me I look like Alan Cumming. Now, I don't think he's horrible looking, I just don't like his dandyish style, you know? So when I get Alan Cumming, I know it's a sign that whatever I'm wearing is not working for me. .

par_parenthese

@skyslang WHAT. Alan Cumming, so delicious.

skyslang

@par_parenthese He's awesome, true, but I'm just not into his style. Funny thing is, when someone tells me I look like him, I'm generally uncomfortable in whatever I'm wearing. When I'm feeling good, I get Tim Roth, which I much prefer.
Recently I got David Guetta, and I knew it was time to cut my hair.

par_parenthese

@skyslang What I've gotten from this conversation is that you are probably really hot.

Ellie

@skyslang NIGHTCRAWLER!!

lavender gooms

I did that "upload a picture of yourself and we'll tell you who you look like!" website years ago. The first result was Carrie-Anne Moss, which I can see (on a good day, if I'm not pulling my chin in in the picture) but the second result was something bananas like Mother Theresa.

My boyfriend's family keeps asking me "Don't you think he looks like Robert Pattinson?" in a breathless tone of voice, which a) no, he doesn't and b) I'm glad he doesn't.

Princess Gigglyfart

@lavender gooms i got Liza Minnelli.

lavender gooms

@Princess Gigglyfart Are you a brownish area with points?

wee_ramekin

@lavender gooms Nope. Just two adults getting a stew on.

skyslang

@lavender gooms I got Glenn Close then, with another picture, Ryan Reynolds. True story!

SarahDances

I never get told I look like any celebrity, but my awkward "you look like this person" anecdote comes from a party I was at, where I was chatting with another lady, and the host insisted that I look like a 20 years younger version of her. I thought the woman looked nothing like me, other than being blonde and having an hourglass figure. Still, I couldn't get offended, because she was standing right next to me. Fortunately, she got offended by the age comparison. So.

Lumpy Space Princess

I want my new commentor name to be "the genetic cauldron of someone's face"

MEGA VENUTIAN SPACE SCORPION

I've done the opposite and told a reasonably successful musician that he looked like a friend of mine. Turns out he has doppelgangers all over the place and his friend once accidentally hit a stranger thinking it was him.

Hot Doom

Over the years, I've been told that I look like Jeneane Garofalo, Nicole Kidman, Lisa Loeb, Monica Potter and Michelle Williams, which leads me to believe that I look like none of these people other than I am a white female. I have also been told by a number of people that I remind them of Aubrey Plaza, both in face (but usually followed up with 'wait..but not really?') and personality (????). I will gladly take any of them. I might be multiple people, who knows.

christonacracker

When I was 14, my sister's hot college roommate told me that I looked like a cross between Alanis and Dave Grohl. I did not recover for a couple of years.

par_parenthese

@christonacracker Sweet Actual Moses.

hellonheels

@par_parenthese When I was 14 I went through a hot-rollers phase and someone told me I looked like Howard Stern. I think I'm still scarred.

Princess Slaya

I used to get Zooey Deschanel all the time when my hair was dark. I colored it platinum blonde, and still have received "You look like a blonde Zooey Deschanel!!" I'm ok with this. I was already pretty vain, so it probably just made it worse.

Hellcat

@Princess Slaya I saw her on an episode of Frasier and she was blond. Maybe you look like that!

Alli525

@Hellcat ELF!

up cubed

The first paragraphs made me think about the Tig Notaro sketch about mental filters- the guy who told her "ah, them a little titties, I thought you was a man" watch here via youtube ,

Leanne

I get Jennifer Connelly, Brooke Shields, and basically anyone with dark bushy eyebrows. I hope someone says Martin Scorsese someday.

theinvisiblecunt

@Leanne, you sound hot as hell, gimme your eyebrows >:o

Leanne

@theinvisiblecunt As Tina Fey said, if you sit next to me for long enough, my eyebrows will grow straight off my face and onto yours.

sunfastrose

I had someone tell me I looked like an Indian film star. I don't know which one, and it must have been something in the facial shape more than anything because I am very much a freckled Irish type.

hexamaam

@sunfastrose I was asked a few months ago if I was part Asian; I am as white as white can be. When I, bemused, recounted this to friends, I had two separate people say immediately "It's the cheeks."

Blackwatch Plaid

@sunfastrose I used to get a woman from a soap on Telemundo. I'm also the freckled Irish type, so yeah, it was a bit confusing.

Lucienne

@hexamaam I am also white white white, but the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me [about my appearance] was "Oh, I thought that was a picture of you" in reference to a picture of Anna May Wong.

Bebe

I have gotten about every generically pretty, brunette white woman you can think of - usually with smaller eyes. So, Anna Paquin (before she went blonde), Jennifer Garner (I wish), Live Tyler (quadruple wish), "Pam from The Office", and so on.

What I get the most is random strangers coming up to me and saying "Hi!" like they know me, or asking if we haven't met somewhere before because I look so familiar. Conclusion: My looks are exceptional only in my total average-ness.

I've also been told - on 3 separate occasions, by 3 different strangers, that I "look like my name is Laura." I have no idea what that means.

withatwist

@Bebe I get Kate. My name is not Kate, it is not similar to Kate. I'm still not sure what it means to looks like a Kate.

suchagoodone

@Bebe People call me Jill when they forget my name.

maybe partying will help

@Bebe

My name is Jean but a lot of guys call me Shauna.

LeafySeaDragon

@Bebe i have brown hair dimples and CHEEKS so i get jen garner alot. which is just silly, but dimples blind people.

hexamaam

I recently had someone insist that I look like Molly Ringwald, which I don't see but am fine with. Previously, the only celebrity I'd ever gotten is Sofia Vassilieva; I was in the hospital trying to pay out, and the guy with the roving cash register kept furtively staring at me before finally making this pronouncement. He was apparently a big Medium fan. I sort of see that one, but when I tried to figure out who she was after the fact, never having seen Medium, I was initially horrified that most of the pics of her on the internet are from her playing a cancer patient.

A million times more often I just get "Oh you look like this other person I know," or I get people thinking we've met before because I look familiar, but I think I just look really normal or something.

many things do not fly

@hexamaam Whenever anyone has ever told me I looked like someone, it was Ally Sheedy. Brat pack friends?

hexamaam

@many things do not fly Yeah! We can rock detention.

MeghanElizabeth

One time a guy who liked me said I looked like Topanga. I don't, but I think he meant chubby with big boobs. I told him my actual name (Meghan), which he couldn't remember as he kept calling me Maggie. I was annoyed by this and left the bar with my friend. Turned out, he lived right around the corner from me as when my friend and I parted ways, he was just getting out of a cab. He shouted "TOPANGA!" down the street like he was Stanley in Streetcar. We made out.

Ellie

@MeghanElizabeth Love this story.

Amardine

I'd say my relationship with my doppelganger (Anne Hathaway) is pretty much summed up by this picture:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Doppleganger.jpg

pterodactgirl

@Amardine I unwittingly copied all but the last letter of your link and pasted it into my browser and got a page saying "No file by this name exists" and thought you were being REALLY meta.

ayo nicole

I'm black and "you look just like _____!" is usually awkward, always wrong. I don't get many celebrity comparisons, but once a guy told me I look like Regina King. Nope. He had to do the "BUT SHE'S PRETTY!!!!!!" after that. I mean, yes, she's pretty, but still. No. I also got compared to the pregnant girl in Children of Men all the time after that movie came out. Not even close.

I think if you're going to tell someone that she looks like a celebrity, just say it's someone who everyone agrees is hot whether it's a good comparison or not. Tell me I look like Gabrielle Union. Thanks!

coolallison

@ayo nicole I always stop myself before telling someone that they look like a celebrity of the same ethnicity, just in case it is misconstrued as racist. But I promise, if I ever tell you that you look like Gabrielle Union, I truly mean it.

Lisa Frank

My high school English teacher told me that I look Marcia Gay Harden. A few weeks ago, a girl walked into our yoga studio and yells "Amelie" when she saw me. And a few years ago when I put my picture in one of those matching websites, it gave me Jimmy Smits. I don't know.

hahahaha, ja.

I'm Asian. Someone said I look like Sandra Oh once (I don't), and my dad got Jackie Chan (he doesn't). Ah well.

i make lists

@hahahaha, ja. Oh man, when I was in the 7th grade, I had a classmate insist that I look just like Mulan. #aznproblems

Spooky Behaviour

An old neighbour told my mum that I look just like Geena Davis. It was around when A League of Their Own came out and I was ten. I looked nothing like her but it always stayed with me because it seemed so bizarre to compare a little kid to a grown woman.

One of my best friends looks a lot like Mena Suvari and she'd always resisted the comparisons until she walked past a news stand, saw Nylon with Mena Suvari on the cover and for a moment thought that *she* was somehow on the cover. She bought the magazine.

Hellcat

@Spooky Behaviour I think it's weird too. I mentioned above that my mom has, since I was a little kid, been told that I look like Clint Eastwood's ex-wife whose name escapes me. Who tells someone that?

My friend once posted a (black and white, I think) picture of Madonna on his FB and, at first glance, I totally thought it was me! To be fair, she was wearing sunglasses like mine (only, I'm sure, far more expensive) and had her hair in a way that I often put mine.

par_parenthese

I have glasses THEREFORE I look like Janeane Garofolo. Always.

TheJacqueline

The best one I have ever gotten was Ashley Dupre, right after the Eliot Spitzer scandal broke. I met these two guys in a bar who kept very excitedly telling me that I looked "Just like the Eliot Spitzer girl!" It got weird when they tried to take pictures of me so they could tell people that they had met her.

Diana

I get Scarlett Johanssen so frequently it's become a running joke among all my friends. Every single time I meet a new guy or make a new friend out comes the "You know who you look like?" line. I see it too, especially in Lost in Translation, but it's getting comical because every single person feels like they've just discovered this secret resemblance for the first time. When that doppelganger trend was going around Facebook a few years ago people were *messaging* me because it was some personal affront to them if I didn't acknowledge it wtf. It's very confusing and I'm not usually sure how to take it - as a compliment or just as an observation? Because if they mean it as the latter, accepting it like a compliment seems a bit arrogant. Even talking about it in this very appropriate thread feels like humblebragging or something! Gaah!

Oh and my best friend looks exactly like young Kate Bush. We are thinking of just giving up the ghost and going as our doppelgangers this Halloween.

Amardine

@Diana This! And generally once one person brings it up, everyone nearby chimes in that they were thinking the same thing, and you have a whole group staring at you saying, "didja know??" and you awkwardly say yes while they're all talking about you.

evil melis

@Diana goddammit diana i never thought about it before but now you've put it in my head and i KNOW i'm going to say something about it now next time i see you ahh

hellonheels

@Diana I get the same thing except with Zooey Deschanel, except every so often, when someone says "You know who you look like?" and I'm like, "...Zooey Deschanel?" they're like, "HA! NO! Katy Perry." Like they've tricked me or something.

suchagoodone

The kids I teach tell me I look like T-Swift fairly regularly these days, which I take as a huge compliment, but I think it's mostly the bangs and eyelash extensions. Also they tell me I look like Carly's friend from iCarly. Ex-boyfriend gave me Kate Beckinsale, which I never could quite stretch far enough to get.
A month or so ago, I was down the rabbit hole of Facebook picture creeping and I saw a pic of a girl who looked JUST LIKE ME! She was in the pics of a friend of a friend (of a friend?) and I emailed my sister to get confirmation and have since creeped more to find out we are actually related (like 3rd cousins maybe?). Short story long: I have one of those faces and many people have told me they have run into someone resembling me. Also, my brother's wife and I could pass for twins.

suchagoodone

@suchagoodone ALSO: My high school crush told my brother I looked like a hamster.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@suchagoodone Your profile pic makes want to ask if you've got a business woman special, for business women from LA.

suchagoodone

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose: We're doin' Tuscon later - for a business thing. (Don't get me started, I WILL NOT STOP!)

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@suchagoodone I'M THE MARY.

TARDIStime

@suchagoodone It's fun to Doppel teachers - my year 7 maths teacher was a dead ringer for Beyonce. Male attendance that year was perfect.

suchagoodone

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose : That's what I do - I invented Post-Its.
Hey! If anyone needs to make a call, I've got a phone!

suchagoodone

@TARDIStime I get grown men all the time saying things like "Oh man, if I had a cute teacher like you, I would have behaved myself and been so good all the time and done my homework." Unfortunately, Jr High boy brains don't quite work like that (for me anyway) and if they do think I'm cute (ugh. barf.), they show it by being the same ol' crazies they always are!

suchagoodone

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose Or how about this one:
"I did not have a 'thing!' I did not have a 'thing.' I was very much in love with him and there's a difference! There's a difference... There's a difference... I have to go..."

panquecito

When Juno came out, a lot of people said Ellen Page. More recently I've heard Tina Fey, and my mom says I have Lady Mary Crawley's eyebrows, which I will happily accept.

maybe partying will help

@elenachicago

One time a girl in a coffeeshop told me I looked like Ellen Page, which haaaahahahaa I WISH and also I am like a foot taller than Ellen Page, but hey. ELLEN PAGE.

wee_ramekin

@maybe partying will help "One time a girl in a coffeeshop told me I looked like Ellen Page..."

That girl was a lesbian, and she was hitting on you. #trufax

MmeLibrarian

I get Tina Fey all of the time. I think it's because we're both dorky-looking white women with clunky glasses and indeterminately brown hair to which we pay minimal attention.

I was sixteen when Daria aired on MTV for the first time. The next day, COUNTLESS classmates started conversations with, "Hey, did you see that show last night...?"

franceschances

I once got Jimmy Page. As my username suggests, we do not share a gender.

franceschances

@franceschances Oh but then I've gotten Caroline Kennedy a couple of times, too! So that's a weird mash up.

plumb-bob

@franceschances I got compared to Johnny Depp once. He's a good-looking guy, but we also do not share a gender, so I wasn't sure how to take it.

franceschances

@plumb-bob I was 14 at the time, so let's just say I did not take it well.

maybe partying will help

Once in the comic shop my man was flipping through an Adam Hughes art book and he turned around and was like, Catwoman looks like you!

Adam Hughes' Catwoman is smoking hot so I'll take it (and facially based on Audrey Hepburn, which I also occasionally get). Plus, "Catwoman looks like you" not "You look like Catwoman?" Doing it right, sir.

Magic Markers

This past summer my hair was pixie short and I got Annie Lennox and Cabaret-era Liza Minnelli in the span of two weeks. I appreciated both, though I look nothing like Annie Lennox. We have short hair and blue eyes, but that's it. I have Liza's goofy smile I suppose.

Nonetheless, I've been compared to other celebrities, family members, and friends before. Usually we just share random traits, not whole faces.

Blackwatch Plaid

Sigourney Weaver or Emily Deschanel. I am nought but a giant jaw, it would seem.

Blackwatch Plaid

@Blackwatch Plaid Oh, and my mother used to have a client (she works with the severely schizophrenic, so take this with a grain of salt) who alternated between thinking she looked just like Christie Brinkley and thinking she *literally was* Christie Brinkley.

Little_Lakes

I get Elisabeth Moss (Peggy from Mad Men) a lot. And I kind of think it fits, partly because of the extreme reactions she seems to provoke in people. Some think she's nice looking/OK (especially outside of her incantation as Peggy), but if you look up Elisabeth Moss on Google, one of the top 'Suggested Searches' is Elisabeth Moss Ugly.

Ugh. STORY OF MY LIFE! (I think I'm going to post a picture of Peggy as my avatar! Ha!)

skyslang

@Little_Lakes I am firmly in the camp of Elizabeth Moss: GORGEOUS. Her face...is serene, just lovely.

par_parenthese

@Little_Lakes How could ANYONE think Elisabeth Moss is UGLY!?! I am baffled. Her smile is so, so stunning.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

I always say Liam Neeson, but no one believes me.

:(

lizardjellybean

A homeless man on the El once told me I was Barbra Streisand...I'm not mad about it, but I don't see it, homeless guy.
But then another homeless man, on a different train, told me that I looked like a pineapple, so.

Alli525

1) I am a lady but would KILL to be told I look like Tom Cruise for the sole purpose of being able to say "Yes, I do look like Tom Cruise, and my thetan levels are commensurate. Furthermore, nanu nanu."

2) I have been told I look like Drew Barrymore and/or Melissa Joan Hart, both of which I am perfectly fine with! During "Celebrity Doppelganger Week" on Facebook back in like 2007 or whatever, I posted a pic of Drew, and my cousin LOST HIS MIND... it was hilarious.

Sunny Schomaker

I had a coworker insist that I looked like Audrey Tatou; at the time, I had a bob, and we do both have pointy features, but I'm a medium-sized woman, not a waif. That's the only celebrity look alike I've been accused of being.

I, however, think I look like the lady version of Paul Rudd. I shared this with my mom, who after some consideration, agreed with me.

wee_ramekin

@Sunny Schomaker My mother - the only person who has ever celebrity doppelgangered me - has told me that I look like Orlando Bloom and Jim Carey.

I am a (I thought?) feminine woman.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@wee_ramekin To be fair, Orlando Bloom is a feminine man.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@wee_ramekin AND GOOD LOOKING, I forgot to add that.

pinkbones

I was bartending a wedding once when a drunk guy 30 years older than me came up to the bar to tell me I looked "like the prostitute from Risky Business." I faked laughed, nodded, and gave him his drink so he'd leave. 10 minutes later he comes back with his smart phone and tries to make me watch the scene where Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay (the prostitute)have sex on the train. So fucking creepy. I told my guy coworkers how creepy he was (not wanting to cause a scene at someone's wedding) and they kept him away from me the rest of the night.

par_parenthese

@pinkbones That is a non-sexy sex scene. The homeless guy?

(High fives to your coworkers, though.)

Valerista

I've been told I look like Sean Young (she is very pretty but I do not look like her. I had short brown hair at the time, though.)

My husband doesn't look like anyone but he sounds uncannily just like Tom Hanks. He's had people sitting behind him turn around and tell him that. Oddly, I never noticed that before and now I cannot unhear.

Derevkova

I apparently look like Anna Torv enough to be mistaken for playing a younger version of her BOlivia on Fringe when I got pictures with her once. Ah, my fifteen minutes of internet fame.

I've also gotten Nathan Fillion's daughter from Castle.

Verity

My dad apparently has one of those "everyman" faces (useful for when he was working surveillance as a police officer and needed to blend into the crowd) and always gets told he looks like various dark-haired celebrities. I think Mel Gibson was the most common one.

LeafySeaDragon

@Verity i have one of those too. not every day -but regularly- i get mistaken for all sorts of people. when i get really thin, it narrows to flattering celebs. but usually it's a mish mash of random women. people get pissy when you say you just have one of those faces too!

Chel

After a very bad perm in junior high I was told I looked like Curly Sue for a few years. When The Practice was on I got Camryn Manheim and now I get Melissa McCarthy. I'm a fat brunette.

My dad has been told for years that he looks like Willie Nelson. His answer is always "me and Uncle Willie get that a lot." Several people haven't been sure if he's kidding.

LindsB

I used to get Renee Zellweger when Bridget Jones' Diary first came out. Now I get Jennifer Morrison from Once Upon a Time. I'm okay with that!

Better to Eat You With

I consistently get Renee Zellweger, and occasionally Michelle Williams--I had short blonde hair for a really long time. But I noticed during the Oscars that Renee and I haven't aged similarly at all.

oh! valencia

@Better to Eat You With
These are the two celebs that I have been compared to as well (Michelle Williams moreso for me)- must be the cheeks? My hair is long now though, so nobody says anything.

frigwiggin

Also, something something Never Let Me Go possibles. Which makes it extra-spooky anytime I see someone's lookalike.

TARDIStime

Women over 50 absolutely insist I look like Nicole Kidman Circa "Bangkok Hilton/BMX Bandits/Married to Tom Cruise".
OK, yeah, what with the hair (only brown, not red) and the nose and the pale (but not as pale as hers) skin.
I've never had this from anyone under 50y/o, male or female.

TARDIStime

@TARDIStime Also my Dad totally doppels for this Aussie morning television host named Larry Emdur, except my Dad is the "if Larry didn't have some work done" version.

TARDIStime

@TARDIStime Also mum: Patty Newton from some angles, with her hair a certain way.

bellekaren

Before I developed social skills and such I told a girl she looked like Kirsten Dunst but not as pretty. I'm sorry, Tatiana!

LeafySeaDragon

my husband occasionally gets asked for an autograph, which is hilarious as he is fairly similar looking but def not a dead ringer for ed norton. *it's always in a coffee shop in the morning too

what was REALLY trippy though was watching looper. he doesn't look like bruce willis, but DAMN if he doesn't look like JGL with bruce willis makeup on. the whole movie i was doubletaking.

but IA with the author. i constantly asign celeb look alikes to people i know. i once told a co worker she looked like frances mcdormand in eloise. she was... not thrilled. FM is gorg btw.

Candy-Oh

I've gotten Alanis Morrisette a disturbing number of times for a number of years. I've also gotten Kelly Osbourne, as well as Ozzy (the guy that told me swore that was a compliment), Courtney Love, Janis Joplin, and Marcia Gay Harden, go figure...

Katheringasaga

I've had random people come up to me on several occasions and say "I just HAD to tell you look like Rachel McAdams." Everyone who actually knows me disagrees. I've also gotten "one of the Dixie Chicks" a few times from the same campus police officer at my undergrad. One of of those "What Celebrity Do You Look Like?" websites suggested an Olson twin and Hugh Grant. I'm quite conflicted.

alicia

As a small child, I looked EXACTLY like the character of Savannah in that film Savannah Smiles. Unfortunately, the actress slipped into obscurity and died when she was 21, so I have no idea if I also grew up to look like her. (I doubt it.)

Also, someone sent my significant other an anonymous message on Tumblr to say "I think your girlfriend looks like Sylvia Plath". Which, thanks? I guess?

antarcticastartshere

My mom used to say I looked like Victoria Principal ALL THE TIME. I was probably 10? It was weird.

There is a picture of me around that age and I looked like fucking Andrew WK, no lie.

han
han

For a brief stretch of having no bangs I got told three times I look like Shelly Duvall. I would like to give a special shout-out to those total assholes.

SylviaWrath

I use to be told I looked a lot like Chloe Sevigny and Nicole Kidman. Partly due to my style was similar to Chloe's, but my features were Kidman (not that I am remotely as pretty as she is) I just have small mouth, small nose, etc. I did have a friend say "I think Chloe Sevigny is one of the ugliest actresses" to me which I had to say, "You know I get her, like A LOT"

SylviaWrath

OH! I've also gotten Casper. Yes the friendly ghost.

babs

I've been told I look like Lana del Rey on multiple occasions, and I am ok with that.

miss buenos aires

But what about when you get it right? I once told my husband (then my boyfriend) that he looked like Jon Stewart, he was like, "I think so too! But no one else sees it!"

iena

I get told I look like Uma Thurman about once a month which fills me with glee. I don't really see it, but she's so beautiful I will run with it. An old woman once told my husband he looked like, "a young and virile Robert Redford". He looks nothing like Redford, but he's a dead ringer for Soren Kierkegaard.

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