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Celebrity resemblances, just a coincidence?

Updated on March 13, 2012
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Of course, this is a topic that has been often revisited. I could not even name the hub Celebrities who look alike because that title was already taken. There are certain celebrity resemblances that are spoken of very often but there are also some that are rarely mentioned. Here is my take on several celebrity resemblances. (This hub focuses on females. I'll be following up with another hub about male celebrities who look alike.):

1. I often think that Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions) and Gilda Radner (Saturday Night Live) resemble. Gilda Radner passed away tragically at the age of 42 from ovarian cancer. Selma Blair is now in her late 30s. Both are of Jewish heritage and both were born in late June. Both often focused in comedic acting.

Gilda Radner did an impersonation of Barbara Walters and called the character "Baba WaWa". She had claimed that both she and Barbara Walters had a similar speech impediment which she mocked when playing the character on Saturday Night Live.

2. Amy Adams (Doubt, Julie and Julia) and Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic) seem to resemble.

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Amy Adams, photo credit,
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Isla Fisher, photo credit

 3. Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall) and Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat) not only have similar first names but they also look alike.

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Juliette Binoche, web photo, photo credit-

4. Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) and Jennifer Garner (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) look alike

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 Jacinda Barrett (of The Last Kiss starring Zach Braff) also looks a bit like Jennifer Garner.

Jacinda Barrett. Photo credit,
Jacinda Barrett. Photo credit,

Is it Just the Hair?

5. I used to think that Rebecca Gayheart and Keri Russell looked alike but maybe it's just their hair.

6. Similarly, the resemblance between America Ferrara (Ugly Betty, Sisterhood of  the Traveling Pants) and Jordin Sparks (singer) is often discussed but the discussion usually accompanies a photo where they have the same hairstyle.

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Rebecca Gayheart, photo
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America Ferrara, photo credit
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Jordin Sparks, photo credit:

7. Finally, while many have disagreed with the widely popularized assertion, I tend to agree that Leelee Sobeiski and Helen Hunt do look alike.

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Helen Hunt, photo credit:
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Videos of look alike Celebrities

Below is one of my favorite celebrities who look alike videos from YouTube. It features female AND male celebrities. I do not agree with all of the comparisons but with the majority of them.

Similar ethnic background, heritage, photo poses, hairstyles, makeup, lighting, etc often contribute to celebrities looking alike in photos.


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      6 years ago

      I used to think Binoche and Ormand looked a like but recently Ormand has aged much more than Binoche and it's just not there anymore.

      Lily Allen looks like Natasha Kahn of Bat For Lashes.

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I LOVE this hub....I must tell family and I play the "Look-alike," game continually! It's almost a signature hobby to us!! Whenever we're in the midst of groups or crowds of people, we search for every day people who resemble.....either other people we know.(that's One point!)...or better, a Celebrity (that's 5 points!)! It's so much fun. We vote on one another's discoveries and keep track of who has the most & best Look-alikes! Try'll love it! You'll laugh a lot. Keeps people happy and communicating.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi ChristineVianello,

      Oh! That explains it!;-)


      That is an interesting thought that I never considered...and Martha, I never considered that either. Thank you both for sharing what you think.

      Thanks a lot to you for your great comment and vote up urgurl_bri!

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      Brandi Swieter 

      6 years ago from Holland, MI

      Amy and Isla, Jennifer and Rachel, and Jordin and America are 3 that I think tie for first place. Great hub with lots of great resemblances. Voted up!

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      6 years ago

      i think Helen Hunt looks like Jodie Foster....

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      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This is very interesting. I was watching Biography the other day and I kind of think Mary Tyler Moore when she was younger had similar features that Jessica Biel has now. I've never heard anyone talk about it, but I think they could pass as relatives in a movie.

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      7 years ago from Philadelphia

      Isla Fisher, and Amy Adams are the same person!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi James, I'm glad you liked this hub. Thanks for posting your nice comment.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed this interesting Hub. Many of these do uncannily look alike. Thanks for the fun.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi frogyfish and Sandyspider! I appreciate your posting comments and complimenting the hub. Thanks!

      frogyfish, that's quite funny that the resemblance is so strong , your daughter gets comments about it. How interesting.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      It is really something to show these celebrities together. Nice hub.

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      8 years ago from Central United States of America

      These pix and videos were amazing. And the resemblances of several are stunning! My daughter resembles Sara Palin and gets comments about it - fun! She's on one of my hubs - but she won't 'dress up purposely' for me...

      Enjoyed your hard work here!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi mulberry1, hehe, I'll have to work on the Lady Gaga one. I'll make a project of it. Thanks for your comment and yes I agree with you for Lily Allen and Katy Perry.

      Ethel, thanks for commenting. I'm glad you agree. I find the 'celebrity resemblances' phenomenon to be pretty interesting.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      There are definite similarities.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      Wow, they really do look alike. I think Lily Allen and Katy Perry look a lot alike as well in many photos. Now, find someone who looks like Lady Gaga!

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi BkCreative and Hello, hello. Thanks for posting comments. I'm glad you like celebrity look-alike stories and appreciate this hub!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting point, thank you.

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      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I have mistaken Leelee Sobieski for Helen Hunt. You know, I guess there are only so many noses, and lips, and eyebrows, etc. in the world and eventually you get a likeness.

      For some reason I love these types of look-alike stories.

      Thanks for the hub.


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