I’m hardly the only person to have a fixation with matching up look-alikes. There’s plenty of evidence of that all over the place, from totallylookslike.com which pairs “stuff that looks like other stuff” to artist Francois Brunelle, the reigning champ when it comes to pairing up and photographing real-life dopplegangers. There was Doppleganger Week on Facebook, and in the spirit of Brunelle’s work, there are people searching for their own dopplegangers on the online social media campaign Twin Strangers (which I’m totally going to do, of course). There are baby dopplegangers, there are Conan O’Brien dopplegangers, and there are even cat dopplegangers. With all this doppleganger activity on the web, it’s apparent that we humans are fascinated by dopplegangers.
You should know, there’s a bratty voice in my head right now saying, “Yeah, well, I’ve been into it longer.” Dopplegangers, that is. And I’ll be honest, I feel a little self-righteous about it. I’ve had an odd obsession with people looking like other people since before this whole new-fangled internet thingy took hold. I’m that person who asks upon meeting you for the first time, “Has anyone ever told you you look like (celebrity name here)?”
How did this get turned into a project? Well, since the age of five, I’ve been told I look like about 56 different famous people. About 15 years ago, I created a list, starting with the first famous person I was told I looked like, and have continued adding to it to this very day. The result is an inane catalogue of information including the celebrity name, the person who told me I looked like that individual, and my age at the time of “sighting.”It’s little weird, I know, but I bet you’re DIEING to see it — and don’t you worry, one day I’ll show you.
So I started creating a gallery of my own celebrity dopplegangers *cleverly* named “Every Famous Person I’ve Ever Been Told I Look Like,” but in the process found it even more amusing to match up photos of my friends and their celebrity dopplegangers. And voilà, “Friends and Their Dopplegangers” was born. Now I can proudly boast a collection of over 100 friend dopplegangers…and counting. So stick around, flip through some photos of people you don’t know (or maybe you do) and the famous people they look like. Some match-ups are based on what others have told me about who they are commonly told they look like, and others are based on my own doppleganger analysis. Undoubtedly you’ll come across some that to you don’t look alike at all, and others may look like dead-ringers. Do me a favor, don’t take it too seriously, ok? You’re indulging my strange little hobby and hopefully finding some amusement in it. If YOU or someone you know have been told you look like someone famous and would like to see a match-up, please, pretty please let me know! You can leave me a message in the comments below or send me an email.