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What Happens When You Look Like a Celebrity?

Last week, my friend met a guy who she instantly clicked with. I was happy for her, since her last break up had been a pretty rough one, and was excited that she was excited. Because I am a visual person, I told her to pull up a photo of him on Facebook so I could put a face to the name. I was amazed by what I saw: the dude looked exactly like the Bachelor. 

He sure ain't no Astronaut Mike Dexter
He sure ain’t no Astronaut Mike Dexter

You know what I mean, right? Most of the guys that appear on that show look remarkably alike, with their chiseled features and sandy blonde hair and yadda yadda yadda. This guy looked exactly like that; in fact, the way he was posing in the picture, it would have been so easy to Photoshop a rose into his hand and BAM! That’s the next poster for The Bachelor, Season 98345. It doesn’t help he also flies planes in his spare time. Don’t all the Bachelors do that, too?

If not for the show, I never would have thought of the guy this way. He was definitely handsome, but the Bachelor was all I could think about when I looked at him. I have other friends who somewhat resemble celebrities. Back in high school, my good friend was often asked by little kids if she was Britney Spears; the weird thing was, they would ask her while she was bagging groceries during her after school job. Another friend’s husband seriously looks just like Kevin Bacon; one day, I am going to place a dinner reservation under the name of “Bacon,” just to see what people do when we all walk up to the hostess desk.

With all of them, I’ve known them for so long that it just seems normal for people to think they are someone famous; it’s different with this guy, because I haven’t even met him in real life. I am not going to hold my feelings against him, but I’m just glad I don’t look like anyone famous, especially someone who is actually infamous and only known for doing something bad. I love my non-celebrity-looking-self, thank you very much.

If someone reminds you of someone famous, do you instantly project that persona upon the person? Do you look like someone famous and get stopped on the street? Share your stories!

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

9 replies on “What Happens When You Look Like a Celebrity?”

I don’t look like any celebrity I know off (and really people, linking me to any ginger celebrity because we share a hair colour’s not how it works). Not do I think I know of lookalikes ..

I used to work with a brother-lookalike though. Which was so annoying because every time I spotted him my little sister state of mind went in overdrive. Not a necessary good thing on the office floors.

When I was still blonde, I was told a lot that I looked like Jewel. Not to the degree of being mistaken for her, but the big round face and blond hair made people think of her.

I have a friend whose wife looks just like Rachel Griffiths (from Six Feet Under and that… show set in CA with the large family and Sally Field? Can’t remember the name of it at the moment). And another friend who looks so much like Laura Prepon aka Donna from That 70s show. They even have a similar voice. When we were in California in high school she had so many people shout at her, “HEY DONNA!”

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