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Snarky as a Shield: A Story

Movie-Star Doppelganger

I'm not a star-struck kind of person. People like the Kardashians or Paris Hilton baffle me—I can't figure out why they are famous. But I'm not really enamoured of movie stars, either. There are some I admire, of course. But I also don't think they're any more fabulous than the rest of us. (I am sort of star-struck by several authors, but that's a different post.)

When I was in college, one of my professors started the semester by having us answer a survey—random, slightly-quirky questions that would help him get to know us better. One of the questions was "what movie star do you most look like?" I remember that question because it stumped me...I don't think I look like any movie star. I turned to the person behind me and asked her for a suggestion. She thought for a good long while. "I don't remember her name, but she was in that one movie? About the two girls who were friends and met on the beach? When they were kids? And they grow up in the movie? And then at the end the one you look like dies?"

I'm still glad she didn't think I look like Bette Midler.

Ever since that day in class, when I've bumped against a similar question (like, in, say, a meme), I've stuck with that same answer: I guess if I have to pick a movie star I look like, it would be Barbara Hershey. She's my standard movie-star doppelganger.

Yesterday at work, I was helping an older patron find a magazine. When we finally located it, she thanked me and started to walk away. Then she turned back around and said, "I've been thinking this whole time you've been helping me that you look just like a movie star!"

"Oh, that's nice of you to say," I replied, that Barbara-Hershey thing coming to mind.

"I didn't say anything till now, though, because I couldn't quite remember who it was. But just now I finally did!"

"Well, don't keep me in suspense!" I teased her. "Who do you think I look like?" I completely expected her to say Barbara Hershey. (Or, if she was a blogger, maybe she'd say Lucy, whom I think I also sort-of look like.)

"Oh, I'm sure you've heard this before! You look just like. . . Annette Bening!"

Seriously? Nope, I've never heard that before. Never even thought that before! In fact, I had to google some pictures of her just to make sure I had the right image in my head. It made me laugh.

Because I really, really don't look like a movie star, be it Annette or Barbara or even Mary Elizabeth (Mastrantonio, who's the only other dark-haired actress I could think of off the top of my head).

But I am curious: who's your movie doppelganger?


Becky K

A few years ago, two different people told me I looked like Liv Tyler. Which I took as a huge compliment, but don't see it. I also was told I look like the girl from Juno. (It's all in the forehead.)

But I don't really think I look like anyone famous. Wishful thinking, because they are a lot prettier than I ever will be.

I don't see the Annette Benning thing at all. But that is hilarious!


Annette Benning? No. Barbara Hershey? Yes.

When I was younger I was always told that I looked like the girl on Jurassic Park. I hated when people would say that to me because that girl was so annoying in the movie.

Monika Wright

I don't think this, but my mother-in-law tells people I look like Cindy Crawford. Really? A supermodel? My MIL tells people that? So, I totally embrace that someone who to grow to love me when I became a part of the family thinks that I could even come close to be as beautiful as she is. I'd say it's a dissappointment to the people who finally meet me and think, "She looks nothing like Cindy Crawford!"


When I was a kid, people told me I looked like Sandy Duncan in the WheatThins commercial. The one in the field. Still haven't lived that one down.


When I was thinner, a few times people told me I looked like Lady Di. I could see it in a few of hers and my pictures, but no more. Before I had my mole removed, a hairdresser told me I looked like Cindy Crawford. I can't even imagine that. There's no similarity of face shape or anything. It's almost embarrassing to even say that.


People tell me that I look like Kevin Spacey. I don't watch his movies, so I didn't know what he looked like until I did like you and googled his name. The resemblance is uncanny.

I considered getting paid to be a celebrity double, but the celebrity-double agencies require you to learn your celebrity and mimic their speech, vocab, manners, habits, everything. I decided I'd settle for looking like him.


Well...I'm not sure whether to be flattered or feel bad for you. Really, Barbara Hershey, you are exotically beautiful. Embrace the barbara comparison. I don't get the Annette Benning thing but I've only ever seen pictures of you so maybe you have some of her mannerisms?

When I was in college and had long curly hair (before the days when childbearing turned it limp and almost straight), I think the hair and brown eyes made people think I looked like Julia Roberts. I got that a lot (don't hear it AT ALL anymore:)) I've also been told I resemble Elizabeth Shue. But, again, not for a while. Mostly, people just think I look familiar. I think I have a common face. Does that mean you have a common face too???? But, you're exotic!

Kim D

Amy, I can see the Annette Benning in your smile - you have a gorgeous smile. Me? There is no movie star that looks like me. I've often been told I look like a Pam. I even had a boyfriend call me Pam once, and he didn't even know anyone named Pam. In high school, I worked for my best friend's dad who was the Tax Collector. I was even at their house, and he called me Pam all the time in the office. So I guess I look like Pam. Unfamous Pam. :-)

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