Everyone has heard the assertion that no two people are made exactly the same; even identical twins at least have different fingerprints, right? Well, that may be true but no one looks that close to tell the difference between two people of uncanny resemblance. The focus here is on celebrity look-alikes.
We’ve seen different stories of people who have a stunning resemblance to famous celebrities, who more often than not are halfway around the world from them. But what about celebrities who look like each other, work in the same industry and have perhaps worked together on a project? Yes, these celebrity look-alikes exist in their numbers as well.
This may lead some of us to wonder if maybe some of them are distantly related, or perhaps were separated at birth. It’s okay to let your mind wander; ours did too. Here’s a list of celebrity doppelgangers that you may never be able to distinguish standing next to each other. An effort has been made to leave out celebrities that are related in a bid to keep the list as authentic as possible – that means no names like Chris and Liam Hemsworth here.
10 Mind-blowing celebrity look-alikes
1. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Javier Bardem
Talk about celebrity look-alikes. If these two were to rock the same hairstyle and let their beards grow (which they do most of the time), you may think your eyes are playing tricks on you. However, one does look slightly younger than the other. Which do you think it is?
In truth, both actors are not very far apart in age. The Supernatural star Jeffrey Morgan has got three years on his Spanish counterpart, Javier Bardem. The duo has arguably the same facial build, especially around the eyes and jaw, and chin.
So how to tell them apart. Facially speaking, that will be a difficult task. However, Jeffrey stands taller than Javier Bardem – while Morgan stands at 1.88 m, Bardem is 1.81 m tall. Also, Jeffrey is a way more popular name in the movie industry and has the portfolio to show it. He has graced our screens since 1991 when he played Sharkey in the movie Uncaged. Since then, he has been on set for movies such as Watchmen (2009); Heist (2015); Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016); and Rampage (2018). He also played major roles on the popular series Supernatural and Greys Anatomy.
Bardem may be relatively unpopular but he has worked with some popular names too. Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Ed Harris. Perhaps fans and movie lovers across the world would like to see these two men work together in a single movie. That would definitely be something worth seeing.
2. Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel
Here’s another scary doppelganger example. If these two beautiful celebrity look-alikes were to trade places for a day, no one would realize it. They’ve both got beautiful big blue-green eyes (although Katy’s seem slightly greener) and same facial build. These ladies look so alike that they could pass for twins standing next to each other. There is also no significant height difference to be able to tell them apart: Zooey stands at just two centimeters shorter than Katy Perry.
However, this ability to pass for each other only holds as long as they both wear identical clothing and neither opens their mouth. That is because their resemblance is only physical; both women have wildly different personalities. While Katy Perry is more soft-spoken and down to earth, Zooey has a slightly outlandish personality. This also affects their fashion choices to a reasonable extent.
Both are also in different careers. While the ROAR singer Katy can sing the socks off anyone, the older Zooey has cut her teeth in the movie business and has grown an impressive portfolio since 1999.
3. Will Ferrell and Chad Smith
This is probably the scariest pair on this list. When you see these two men, you do not think they are just very alike; you’ll think they are identical twins. With six years separating the duo, they couldn’t look any more alike.
They have been mistaken for each other so many times that they were brought on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where they talked about their respective careers, families and of course, their creepy-level resemblance. They spiced it up by wearing the exact same outfit from top to bottom. Even Jimmy Fallon could not tell them apart.
Will Ferrell is a popular actor that has a penchant for comedy roles. He brought us movies like Daddy’s Home and its sequel in 2017, Zoolander and its sequel, Get Hard, and The Lego Movie. Chad Smith has been the drummer for the popular American rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers since he teamed up with the band in 1988. Along with his band, he has released a myriad of albums since then.
On Jimmy Fallon’s show, the celebrity look-alikes put their drumming skills to the test. This turned out to be the perfect distinguishing factor as one of them was spectacularly worse than the other. I guess we know who it was.
4. Helen Hunt and Leelee Sobieski
It’s either Leelee Sobieski looks older than her age or Helen Hunt does not look anything like hers, either way, none really looks older than the other. It is probably shocking to many then to discover than Hunt is a whopping twenty years older than Sobieski.
If you’re a stickler for details, however, and you look hard enough for long enough, you’ll begin to notice subtle differences between these celebrity look-alikes. For one, Helen Hunt has brown eyes while Leelee Sobieski’s eyes are blue. Also, both ladies have brown hair color but Sobieski’s is slightly darker. According to various online sources, Hunt has slightly bigger body measurements, but Sobieski has a more visible hour-glass shape because of her cinched waist. Sobieski is also 8 cm taller.
5. Julie Bowen, Elizabeth Banks, and Chelsea Handler
This one is a bit more interesting because it’s a threesome of some sorts. Here, the age difference, even though not much, is more noticeable, but in reverse, with the youngest Chelsea, looking slightly older than the other members of the trio. Many fans have argued that while the three actresses have little to no difference in complexion, they have slightly different variations of the same hair color.
Julie Bowen, born in 1970, is known for her role in the series Lost, Modern Family, and Boston Legal. She has also starred in movies like Happy Gilmore (1996), Horrible Bosses (2011), and Life of the Party (2018). Elizabeth Banks, born 1974, boasts a much more accomplished acting career than the Chelsea and Julie. She has been involved in major roles in popular franchise movies such as The Hunger Games, Spider-Man, and Pitch Perfect. Chelsea, born 1975, is also a comedian known more for her wit and sarcasm on her self-titled show, Chelsea Lately that aired on E! from 2007 to 2014.
6. Daniel Radcliffe and Elijah Wood
The resemblance between these two men still stumps people, so let’s make it simple. The most obvious distinguishing factor between both is not in their looks – it’s in their most popular movie roles. For Daniel Radcliffe, think Harry Potter; for Elijah Wood, think Lord of the Rings. Also, Radcliffe almost always carries much more facial hair than Wood. If you’re still stumped, then perhaps nothing else can help you.
These celebrity look-alikes are proud to be a part of an elite group of short-statured Hollywood icons who are well under six feet tall. Radcliffe is 165cm tall and Wood is 168cm off the ground. It is clear that their build is the last thing they’re worried about.
7. Rachel Bilson, Leighton Meester, and Minka Kelly
This is the second celebrity look-alikes triple threat on this list. Leighton, Minka, and Rachel could pass as triplets. They were all born in the 80s too, which means that there is no significant age difference between the three, at least not enough to become physically noticeable.
The best way to explain the subtle differences in their looks – makeup, and hair extensions aside – is that Leighton Meester feels likes a cross between Rachel Bilson and Minka Kelly. In other words, she looks more like the other two than they look like each other.
Meester and Kelly are natural blondes but hardly ever go without dying their hair or wearing extensions. Bilson, who has a naturally dark hair colour is most known for her major roles in the popular series The O.C (2003 – 2007), and Hart of Dixie (2011 – 2015). Leighton Meester played the lead character, Blair Waldorf in CW’s teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007 – 2012), while Minka Kelly was involved in NBC’s Parenthood (2010 – 2011).
Bilson is the shortest of them standing at 1.57m. Meester is 1.64m tall and Kelly is 1.65m tall.
8. Mila Kunis and Sarah Hyland
Sarah is easy on the eyes that’s for sure. The beautiful actress has gifted many with her talent in movies like Geek Charming (2011), Scary Movie 5 (2013), and Vampire Academy (2014). She also played the role of Haley Dunphy in ABC’s Modern Family.
Mila is just as stunning, a well-established actor and a mother. She is also married to fellow Hollywood celebrity Ashton Kutcher whom she starred with in the 2011 movie Friends with Benefits. She was also in other acclaimed movies like The Book of Eli (2010), Jupiter Ascending (2015), and Bad Moms (2016).
These two screen goddesses will undoubtedly continue to grow their respective careers but one thing is sure – they will always be haunted by their uncanny resemblance. If you have managed to find any difference in their looks, don’t blink or it will be gone.
9. Nick Offerman and Zach Galifianakis
The best way to put this is that Zach looks just like Nick and Nick looks just like Zach. However, it isn’t just their “celebrity look-alikes” status that has fans in awe – it is the fact that the actors also have similar proclivities. Zach and Nick like to keep full beards, they both have a queer sense of fashion and can often not be distinguished in their respective movie roles.
Let’s help you out. If you’ve seen Due Date (2011); any of The Hangover movies (2009 – 2013); or The Lego Batman Movie (2017), then you’ve just experienced Zach Galifianakis in all his acting glory and wit. Nick Offerman starred in movies like Sin City (2005); 21 Jump Street (2012); and We’re the Millers (2013).
For these two stars, it’s a simple case of looking more and seeing less. Perhaps, the only immediately noticeable difference between both men is that Offerman stands 10 cm taller than Galifianakis.
10. Mick Jagger and Harry Styles
Who knew celebrity look-alikes could exist across different generations. There are fifty years in between these two celebrities, however, the yawning age gap has done absolutely nothing to wipe away their doppelganger status. If Mick Jagger were to revisit his old photo albums today and pull out a random picture of his youthful self, you’d think it was Harry Styles.
Both men have the same floppy hairstyles, the same pouty lips, and shockingly similar smiles. Whether it’s witchcraft, reincarnation, cryogenic freezing, one thing is for sure where these two men are concerned – history is definitely repeating itself – in the physical sense at the least.