Lots of celebrities have doppelgängers—both blondes, both redheads, both petite. But, sometimes, two stars look so similar that fans, paparazzi, and even other Hollywood royalty can't even tell them apart. Here are 40 celebrities who have been mistaken for other celebs. Some of the stories are sweet, but some of them are...awkward. Read on.
Amy Adams and Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher says she's frequently mistaken for Amy Adams—even by other celebrities. She shared a story with Jimmy Kimmel about being mistaken for the Enchanted star by Lady Gaga at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar party.
"I was there, all excited and dressed up at the bar and you know, schmoozing with show biz types, and the crowds parted, and there was Lady Gaga," she said. "And she’s heading right toward me, and she says, ‘Thank you. Your performance in American Hustle, Amy, was—’ And I’m thinking, Oh my gosh, it’s Lady Gaga. I love her so much. I don’t want to tell her the truth. So I just gracefully thanked her, bowed my head, okay? And then she wants to talk about the performance, and now I’m thinking, I don’t want to be a liar… And then I look over her shoulder and there’s Amy Adams walking into the party. So I’m like, ‘There’s Isla Fisher.’ I said, ‘She’s not even nominated for anything. What’s she doing here?’"
Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry
The wide-eyed stars are often confused for each other. In 2009, Deschanel admitted that the situation could be kind of annoying.
“It’s a little bit annoying, to be totally blunt. The only similarity that we have is that we look a little bit alike,” she told MTV. “I have met her before. She seems like a nice person. I’m happy that she’s famous enough now that she’s not going out and being mistaken for me.”
By 2011, however, her attitude about their lookalike status seemed to have softened. She even jokingly suggested on Instagram that they go as the twins from The Shining for Halloween.
Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester
Real-life friends Kelly and Meester made an instant connection while shooting a Clearasil commercial back in 2003. When the doppelgängers were later asked to link up for the 2011 psychological thriller The Roommate, Meester jumped at the chance, calling the casting a "no brainer." Guess she sees the similarities, too.
Skylar Astin and Dane Cook
If Astin were to grow a little facial hair, you would swear that he's Cook. The two actors must get that a lot—Astin posted this picture to Twitter with the caption, "We don't see it."
Daniel Radcliffe and Elijah Wood
During an interview with Marc Maron, Radcliffe talked about being mistaken for Wood. If you approach him and ask if he's the famous hobbit, you'll be very disappointed.
“If you come up and say, ‘Are you Elijah Wood?’ I’ll say no, and I won’t tell you who I am,” Radcliffe explained.
As for why they're mistaken? “It’s ’cause the idea of us is the same,” he said. “We’re both short guys with big blue eyes and brown hair. And we did fantasy movies that came out at the same time.”
Lucy Hale and Selena Gomez
Hale has tweeted about being mistaken for Gomez in public: "Someone was seriously convinced I was Selena Gomez today and tried to take my phone because they wanted to call Justin Beiber. Ohh life," she wrote in 2011.
Rupert Grint and Ed Sheeran
The Harry Potter star says people think he's Sheeran about as often as they think he's himself.
“It’s kinda 50/50 now. It’s like if someone stops me, it could go either way. I could be Ed or I could be me,” he said during an appearance on The Late Late Show.
Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran
Basically, if you're a redheaded Brit, people are going to think you're Ed Sheeran—even if you're actually royalty.
Margot Robbie even confused Harry for Ed at a party once. "When I saw him in those glasses, I was like, 'Oh my god, I didn't know Ed Sheeran was at the party!'" she said. "He got really offended. He was like 'Shut up.'
Darren Criss and Kit Harington
The former Glee star shared a story on Instagram of a fan who thought he was the Game of Thrones actor.
"'Hey... Are you Kit Harington?' Me: aw sorry man I'm not 'Aw cuz if you were I'd kick myself if I didn't ask for a picture.' [he goes, disappointed] Me: wait, can I get a picture though? To commemorate this moment?" he wrote.
Helen Hunt and Jodie Foster
Hunt tweeted about a time she was mistaken for Foster at Starbucks: "Ordered my drink @Starbucks. Asked the barista if she wanted my name. She winked and said. 'We gotcha' #JodieFoster," she tweeted.
The truly hilarious part? The barista misspelled "Jodie" (as "Jody").
Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer
These two heartthrobs are so similar-looking that they often are considered for the same roles. Bomer shared that he'd initially been cast for the iconic role of the Man of Steel until Cavill swept in. Talk about a connection.
Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon
Back in 2013, Wahlberg shared a post on Facebook about a fan who thought he was Damon. The fan screamed, "MATT DAMON!" at him and he graciously took pictures with her and didn't correct the mistake. When she shared the experience online, he shared the post on Facebook and wrote, "Close enough. :)."
Elizabeth Banks and Chelsea Handler
Banks and Handler are both aware that they look a lot alike and Banks, for one, is 100 percent okay with it.
“I don’t mind being compared to Chelsea Handler at all. It helps when someone says, ‘Oh, you’re Chelsea Hander,’ and I say, ‘Yes I am.’ That gives me one more gain of anonymity,” she told Fox News in 2012. “We met at a party and were both aware people compared or confused us. She’s a great broad, real wit.”
John Stamos and Rob Lowe
Stamos posted video proof on Instagram that fans confuse him and Rob Lowe, tagged it #AwkwardVacationMoments and @'d the fellow actor.
Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria
In 2013, Brett Michaels publicly mixed the stars up, tweeting out a happy birthday message to Longoria alongside a picture of him and Kim. Awkward.
Theo James and James Franco
The Divergent star and the 127 Hours actor might as well just be one person: Theo James Franco. According to Theo James, the paparazzi have mistaken him for Franco before.
"It was fun to be human and to wave and be like, ‘What’s up, man?,’ but [the paparazzo] was like ‘Where are you going?’ And I said, ‘Um, we’re going for some food, why are you filming me?’ And he stopped and you could see he was like ‘Oh sh*t.’ He thought I was f*cking James Franco," he said.
Colton Haynes and Jesse McCartney
Streep spoke to The New York Times in 2012 about being mistaken for Close. "On behalf of Glenn Close and me, who are often mistaken for each other, there should be no illusions," she said. "I adore her, and I adore her film."
Colton Haynes and Jesse McCartney
The Teen Wolf star tweeted that he was mistaken for pop star McCartney at the airport.
"Waiting for my luggage at the Kansas City airport just now and I get a tap on the shoulder...'are u Jesse McCartney?'"
Sarah Hyland and Mila Kunis
Hyland and Kunis aren't just mistaken for each other by fans—they've even been misidentified by the press: Teen Vogue once misidentified Kunis as Hyland in a red carpet gallery. But the two don't mind. They've even joked that they pretend to be each other in public sometimes.
Zack Efron and Kevin Zegers
With almost identical baby blue eyes and square jaws, it’s understandable why these two heartthrobs would be mistaken for each other.
After seeing a fanmade composite of the two actors morphed into one, Zegers is totally into it. “I think it’s time we bust out the Siamese twins screenplay we’ve been working on,” joked the Canadian actor on Instagram.
Daisy Ridley and Keira Knightley
The Force is strong in this pair. Both Ridley and Knightley have appeared in Star Wars films and Ridley says she's regularly ID'd as a Knightley dopplegänger.
"People have always said that I look like Keira Knightley," she told Yahoo. “It’s like, ‘Why do I have to be like someone else? It is actually really frustrating.'"
Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley
We're not the only ones who think these brunette actresses with fair skin and brown eyes look identical, apparently so do the producers of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. When Knightley was just 14 years old, she played Portman's double for the film.
Chris Rock and Kevin Hart
Hart has a great attitude about being mistaken for his fellow comedian. "These are the moments that keep me Humble 😂😂😂😂😂..... #RockTheWorld #AllYouCanDoIsLaugh," he captioned an Instagram video of himself with a fan who thought he was Rock.
Chris Pratt and Chris Evans
There is an abundance of Chrises in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and sometimes fans can't keep them straight. During an episode of Billy on the Street, Pratt was mistaken for Evans by a fan.
Brittany Murphy and Lili Reinhart
The similarities (blonde hair, heart-shaped face) between the actresses are so striking that fans have come up with a number conspiracy theories about their connection to each other. Here's the wildest one: Reinhart is Murphy reincarnated.
Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan
People always get these two mixed up, but honestly? We don't blame them. Morgan himself finds the confusion funny but wants to clear it up if he ever gets to meet Bardem in person. "I think people need to see us in the same room," he says. "There really are two of us!"
Nathan Fillion and Jeremy Renner
Both Fillion and Renner have a strong jaw and dark features, but it's their friendly grin that makes them nearly identical. After Fillion asked his Twitter followers who his celebrity dopplegänger is, the Castle actor retweeted Renner's photo with the caption "Like brothers."
Tobey Maguire and Topher Grace
The internet has never been able to wrap its head around the similarities between Grace and Maguire—and it doesn't help that they appear side-by-side in the Spider-Man franchise.
Dakota Fanning and Amanda Seyfried
From their fair complexion to their piercing blue eyes and blonde hair, it's as if Seyfried is the older sister Fanning never had. Even though we see the similarity, it's an Olsen twin that Fanning says she's mistaken for most often.
Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes
The best think about how eerily similar Neeson and Fiennes look? That they know it. The two actors have been friends for decades (they've starred in numerous movies together, including Schindler's List) and like to joke about their frequent mix-ups.
"I keep getting fans and stuff mixing me up with Ralph because we have very similar profiles. So I've been complimented on winning a Tony Award for my Hamlet, he's been complimented on the Taken movies," Neeson said on The Jonathan Ross Show.
Scarlett Johansson and Amber Heard
Johansson and Heard are easy to confuse with one another, especially when they serve up similar red carpet glam, like the makeup they're seen wearing here.
Tom Hardy and Logan Marshall-Green
Don't be embarrassed if you thought Hardy and Marshall-Green were the same person, it happens to the best of us. And believe it or not, there's actually a third doppelgänger running around: Logan Marshall-Green has a twin brother.
Emma Watson and Kiernan Shipka
Bold brows? Check. Brown eyes? Yep. Sly smiles? You got it. Even though Watson is nine years older than Shipka, fans are convinced they're the same person—or at least sisters.
Austin Butler and Chord Overstreet
Both Butler and Overstreet had their moment as a teen heartthrob on their respective shows, and for good reason. They both have those all-American good looks, which is probably why people confuse them all the time.
Victoria Justice and Nina Dobrev
We've been silently, or maybe not so silently, freaking out about how much Justice and Dobrev look alike for years. When the two finally met at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in 2015, well that was a prime twinning moment.
Ryan Seacrest and Joel McHale
Seacrest and McHale are well aware of their striking resemblance. The comedian regaled the viewers of Seacrest's morning talk show, Live Kelly and Ryan, "The guy walked up and said, 'I know you' and I literally just went, 'Ryan Seacrest.'
Ashley Graham and Khloé Kardashian
It's not only their strikingly similar features, but also their confidence that makes Graham and Kardashian so similar to one another.
Rob Lowe and Ian Somerhalder
Despite being 55 years old, Lowe could be the identical twin of Somerhalder, 41. From their jagged bone structure, to their piercing blue eyes. We can't believe the two actors aren't related.
Rachel Bilson and Kaia Gerber
Despite a 20-year age difference, the similarities between actress Bilson and model Gerber (she's Cindy Crawford's daughter!) are uncanny.
Bella Hadid and Jennifer Lawrence
Even though Hadid and Lawrence have different hair colors, their heart-shaped faces and almond-shaped eyes make us think that J-Law could secretly be a third Hadid sister.
Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrity and entertainment news, from actual royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty, like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen. She’s a Ravenclaw who would do great things in Slytherin. To learn more about her, google “Leslie Knope eating salad GIF.
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