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Funny Party Ice Breaker

Funny Party Ice Breaker

We invited friends over for dinner a few months ago, and while eating pasta and emptying a few bottles of rosé, we were having a nice time chatting in little groups. But then Alex busted out a question that brought everyone together…

“So… who’s your celebrity look-a-like?”

I’m not sure why the question popped into his head, but once our friends started naming their doppelgängers, we were all crying tears of laughter. Here’s what people have said:

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Kavi gets Christina Aguilera when she had black hair.

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Her husband, David, looks like Alexander Skarsgård — specifically as a vampire in True Blood.

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Stef IS a young Cher.

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Ameer said, “I have gotten George Clooney, usually when I’m dressed in a suit. But the one I get more often is Jeff Goldblum.”

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I’ve heard Amanda Peet, Hilary Swank and ’90s Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.
(Basically anyone with big teeth.)

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And a flight attendant recently compared Alex to Seth Rogen.

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But Chris was the evening’s hero. “On a really good day, I’ll get ‘nerdy Justin Timberlake,'” he said. People also liken him to Ron Howard and Lane from Mad Men, and I pointed out his similarity to comedian Chris Gethard. “YES! All of them,” he said. “I’m every stuffy dork.”

What about you? Do you have a celebrity look-a-like?

P.S. A very easy dinner party, and are you okay with conversational pauses?

(Top photo of Diana and Yehudi Menuhin, 1950.)

  1. Kim says...

    Venus Williams. I think my husband has a crush on her.

  2. Stacie says...

    Hahaha to the big teeth comment. I, too, have “big” teeth and was once compared to Julia Roberts.

  3. Allison says...

    Ooh, this game could get uncomfortable! (Also, Alex is far more handsome than Seth Rogen.)

  4. Amanda says...

    Joanna, you often remind me of a young Jill Clayburgh.

  5. meli says...

    sandra bullock .. SIGH lollll

  6. I was in Jane Magazine in the early ’00s bc “People Say I Look Like Ashlee Simpson” – I’ve also gotten Luna Lovegood and most recently Emily Osment (who is from Hannah Montana, had to google her) and I can totally see that!

  7. Angela says...

    I don’t think I have one! I’m Chinese-American, but I have darker skin, double lids, and non-almond shaped eyes so I don’t really look like any of the few Chinese actresses that are known in the U.S. I have randomly got Leah Remini before, but I have no idea whatsoever where that came from…

  8. I am shy and I don’t really know how to start a conversation with people I don’t know well, so I am definitely going to start using this question! But I will have to think of what my answer will be..

  9. monica says...

    For a while, I used a very nice black and white headshot of Janeane Garafolo as my profile picture on Facebook (in the early days). I never got so many compliments on my picture than then. Funny part about this, not only have people told me I look like her (short, big glasses, brown hair) I *sound* like her and with my sarcastic sense of humor, when the ‘who is your celebrity doppleganger’ question gets asked, people are stunned when the realization hits.

    • Mrs D says...

      Fricken hilarious!

  10. Dani says...

    My life went on for a long time without ever being given a celebrity lookalike. Until the Game of Thrones show got popular, and now I hear that I look like Maisie Williams all the time!

  11. Alexandra says...

    I’m a singer and a little bit on the plumper side, so often I’ll get Adele. But facially I look nothing like Adele! (not that there’s anything wrong with how Adele looks… I’d love her auburn-y hair colour actually)

    A recent comparison I was rather surprised and flattered by was the most recent Bond girl Lea Seydoux… I’ll take that!

    Generally I have no idea who I particularly look like from the celebrity world!

  12. Ruth says...

    A while back when Grey’s Anatomy was new and big, I got Ellen Pompeo a lot. Like stopped in the grocery store.

  13. Samantha says...

    I get Solange and it makes me transendently happy! I adore her. And it’s wonderful to see my complexion, hair texture and my underbite reflected so beautifully.

  14. Billie says...

    Ever since Les Miserables (film version) came out, I consistently get told I look like Amanda Seyfried. We both have plain faces and ver large blue eyes, so I can see the resemblance.
    I’ve gotten other random ones over the years- but the common thread is always huge eyes!

  15. Katie says...

    Multiple unrelated people have said I look like a cute version of Katy Perry, but Katy Perry is already cute so I’m not sure how to interpret it.

  16. Mistie says...

    I once walked into a crowded pub where a cover band was playing to a drunk crowd. When the singer spotted me, he immediately stopped singing to tell me I looked like a blonde Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny. I was in my early twenties at the time and had to Google the reference. Her big eyes and full cheeks looked a lot like mine. I’ve always felt self-conscious about my soft, round face but now I just think about Marisa Tomei and how beautiful her face was in those Google image results.

  17. Emily says...

    I used to be told Anne Hathaway all the time. Dark hair, light skin, big eyes. But lately no one has said anything! So who knows anymore…

    • Emily says...

      Actually, just remembered more recent suggestions that I look like Rachel Weisz! She is a hungarian jew like me and I wouldn’t be surprised if we were distant cousins, so it made sense and was o h so flattering. :)

  18. Sarah J says...

    Yesterday someone said that young Joan Didion was my doppelgänger. I almost died of happiness even though I don’t reaaaallllyy. My husband confirmed this morning that it’s true and said “wow, she’s like your hero” I KNOW!!! It was based on this picture. I really don’t look like her, but I look a bit like this picture :)

    https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Netflix-Announces-Original-Documentaries-Joan-Didion-The-Center-Will-Not-Hold-and-Voyeur-20170823?platform=hootsuite

  19. Courtnay says...

    Joanna you look like Laura Main from Call The Midwife.

    • Julia says...

      oh my gosh, yes! she does!

  20. I get Sarah Silverman, which is definitely just because I have long dark hair and strong eyebrows.

  21. I have someone who looks like me in the same city – we work and run in different circles though. But the best compliment ever – I was once (!) told I have legs like Steffi Graf. Sadly those days are no more but I tell myself if I got super toned I at least have that ?

  22. I don’t really get anyone ever :( I wish I did! But my fraternal twin sister always used to get Uma Therman, which I still see.

    Funnier though, my sisters and I were in Montreal a couple years ago and went to a cute boutique in Mile End. The shop people were following my twin around and saying things to her like “anything you need…”, while totally ignoring me and my other sister. When we were leaving they were like “are you Rachelle Lafavre!?” I had never heard of her but apparently she is a French Canadian actress from Twilight. It was a hysterical thing to witness!

  23. Emma Watson! I’ve been hearing it over the years from people from all around the planet. I’m probably the biggest Hermione fan you can find, so you can imagine how much I loved the comparison when Emma and I were both kids; but now I love it even more because she’s an amazing lady and oh so beautiful! and I feel so humble every time someone new says “have you ever been told you look like Emma Watson?”. More than you know, friend, more than you know.

  24. brianna says...

    Nobody, but my cousin looks like Zooey Deschanel, bangs and all.

  25. Sarah says...

    Joanna, I always think that Shelagh Turner on Call the Midwife looks just like you! Anyone else see it?

    • kristen says...

      YES! that’s a good one! i agree.

  26. Alison says...

    I get Ione Skye from Say Anything…and I take it as a big compliment!!

  27. Char says...

    I’ve been likened to many celebrities, none of whom I think I actually resemble.
    Semi-recently my sister told me she couldn’t watch Fifty Shades Of Grey because I look too much like Dakota Johnson and it was making her feel weird. LOL.

  28. Andrea George says...

    Your friend Kavi is also reminding me a lot of Hannah Simone — Cece from New Girl!

    • YES totally!!

  29. Sarah says...

    No one’s ever told me this, but I’m pretty sure I look like Paul Dano. I’m female.

    • kristen says...

      not sure if that was meant to be funny, but it made me laugh! i often feel i look a lot like a cross of weird al and hagrid. ☺ i’m female also.

    • Sarah Jensen says...

      Kristen, yours made me laugh too! Good combo, haha! And yes, it was totally meant to be funny… can’t take yourself too seriously :)

  30. Twyla says...

    I get Katherine Heigl quite a lot, and once a VERY handsome man told me I looked like Seven of Nine (Star Trek) – why thank you, sir!

    • Sarah says...

      Ugh, you must be gorgeous ;)

  31. Cheryl says...

    Sorry but Chris is Lee Evans, famous for playing Tucker in Something about Mary and the Mousehunt movie
    And the Cher lookalike gave me more of a Sophia Coppola vibe
    And Kavi is Cece from New Girl

    • Cheryl says...

      I have been stopped on the street repeatedly for Cate Blanchett and while I was dancing professionally, my friends were all so weirded out by Cate in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. They said it was like watching me in a movie from afar.

    • Andrea George says...

      YES, I thought the same thing about Kavi!

  32. Hannah says...

    I find it hilarious that you get “basically anyone with big teeth”, as I get basically any brunette with a big jaw + big eyes. I’ve gotten Linda Ronstadt, Emily Deschanel, Megan Boone (The Blacklist), and Violet from the Incredibles. My favorite ever though was when my father called me to say that I look “just like that young actress on the cover of the Vogue magazine this month, but MUCH prettier”. It was Olivia Wilde. In this picture: http://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/q-and-a/g27531/elle-women-in-tv-2016/

    HA! Dads. They’re the best.

    • Hannah says...

      Oh but I’ve died my hair ice blonde and I get at least “You look like Daenerys!” at least twice a day. I also get “whats that chick’s name from Frozen?”

      Elsa.

      Also, I work on a college campus. Hence the “chick” part. We’re working on it.

  33. Anna says...

    I would hear, when I’m in shape, that I look like Doutzen Kroes, well, in the face… not the body…LOL

  34. Laura says...

    in that photo, your friend Kavi kinda looks like kate micucci if kate had long hair!

  35. Amy says...

    I think your friend Chris is a better looking Rick Astley.. but specifically Rick Astley from the ‘Never gonna give you up’ music video when he is in the blue denim shirt.

  36. My family all say I look like Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, so I guess that’s what I’ll be for Halloween!! What’s funny is I’m half Palestinian, while she’s Israeli – I think we’re not so different!

  37. growing up i got Shirley Temple so much, but as i’ve gotten older i have no idea who could be my doppleganger lol i’ll have to ask around!

  38. Sherry says...

    Do I get any points for knowing that the guy eating spaghetti in the top picture is the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin?

  39. I’m all Ross Geller, from Friends, but I can pull off a pretty good Ali G when needed at Halloween.

  40. Jen says...

    I hear a young Caroline Kennedy a lot, usually from the older generarions. I think it is my nose and forehead are similar. I will take it!

  41. I’ve gotten a few…Sandra Bullock, Calista Flockhart, Alicia Keys, but the one I get the most is Jennifer Love Hewitt. As we get older we look less alike, but in the aughts we looked so much alike it made me uncomfortable to look at her! I once changed my Facebook profile pic to a photo of her and everyone thought it was me. It only stung a little that everyone thought it was the best picture of me ever taken. Haha.

  42. Bea says...

    Jo – I’ve always thought that you look just like Carly Simon!

  43. Rob says...

    Haha… Seth Rogin is spot on!

  44. Jodie says...

    Well, the day of my wedding my Stepmother In Law said I looked like Grace Kelly (yay me!)…but then she added “Well, not in the face” (record scratch).

    • Robin says...

      I literally just LOL’ed. My MIL is famous for comments like these!

    • Silvina says...

      LOL!

  45. Nicola says...

    I’ve been getting Debbie Reynolds for 30 years! Guess I’m growing old like her – cannot complain!

  46. eg says...

    I’ve gotten everyone from Alannis Morisette and Monica Lewinsky (uh, thanks mom!), to Jennifer Connelly, Angelina Jolie (thanks, drunk guy on the street!), and finally, the most undisputed, Aubrey Plaza.

  47. Parkie says...

    Echoing some similar sentiments regarding the challenge of this game as a minority but I still love seeing the resemblances of others and celebs! Being of mixed race, the closest personality I ever came close to looking like is Alicia Keys, especially when I was younger living in the Caribbean and would get my hair plaited/braided (braiding usually meant braided extensions).

    My stunning mother has, for decades, been commonly compared to Princess Diana. The hair cut, the piercing eyes, the gracefulness – it’s dead on! My sister found this hilarious pillow in a thrift store awhile ago with Princess Di’s face stitched on and now we always have a “Omg – it’s ma!” moment when we visit her.

  48. Liz says...

    I get Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks and Courtney Love (Golden Globes Courtney Love).

  49. Oh man, I don’t think I look like anyone famous, but I look like SOMEONE everyone knows (cousin, brother’s ex-girlfriend, college roommate).

    My brother, however, is a dead ringer for Adam Savage from Myth Busters.

    • kristen says...

      funny, me too. never a celebrity, always someone they knew once…

  50. Anne says...

    These responses are pretty funny without a photo- pic or it didn’t happen, folks! ;) Joanna, you are so Laura Main! (from Call the Midwife)

    • Amanda says...

      YES

    • Thirded!

  51. Ladypants says...

    Bridgit Fonda, I see it but maybe like I ate Bridget Fonda? My ma is DEAD RINGER for Carly Simon.

  52. Natalie says...

    I always used to get spam from the office ??

  53. Miriam says...

    I’m torn but I’d have to go with Natalie Imbruglia

    • I see what you did there.

  54. Kirsten says...

    I once got Halle Berry, which was hilarious because I’m a pale skinned blonde lady.

  55. I’ve been told Bryce Dallas Howard and Kirsten Dunst. :)

  56. Cindy says...

    I think Kavi looks like she could be Rachel Roy’s younger sister

  57. Beth says...

    Oh no! Is looking like a pale vampire a good thing!?

    • eg says...

      If it’s that pale vampire, yes! ;)

  58. Erin says...

    I think your friend Kavi looks more like Hannah Simone! As far as my doppelgänger, I’ve had many comment that I look like Jessica Biel from various people. I’ll take it!

  59. Rebecca says...

    When I saw Kavi I thought it was a picture of Hannah Simone from The New Girl!

  60. Cindy says...

    I ALWAYS get “Winnie Cooper” and sometimes I get Rose Byrne

  61. Barb says...

    Joanna you also remind me of Carly Simon!

  62. Sherri says...

    Jackie Kennedy! Always Jackie.

  63. Kate says...

    When I was little I looked like the girl in Little Miss Sunshine, and I got that a lot. As I grew up, I tend not to get any comparisons.

  64. Carrie says...

    I’ve heard I look like Kathryn Prescott from SKINS. I see it, but only a little bit. We share a kind of “baby face” look and similar coloring. When she had bangs we really did look quite a bit alike!

  65. Katherine says...

    Right after Love Actually came out, I was told several times I looked like the mom backstage at the end of the movie (ie, Claudia freakin’ Schiffer). I am not blonde and not super model pretty but I’ll take it! Also, any time I straighten my crazy frizzy curly hair my sister tells me I look like Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) from Full House.

  66. Elle says...

    Mena Suvari! When she was in American Beauty.

    • Carrie says...

      Oooh she is COOL looking too!!

  67. Kimberly Jewel says...

    Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett!
    I can’t say I see it, but I’m flattered.

  68. Olivia says...

    I am Korean and I used to always get random Chinese actresses like Lucy Liu a lot, I would be so annoyed b/c I knew I didn’t look anything like her other than us being Asian. There are so few popular mainstream Asian actresses that I felt that Lucy was the only one they could compare me to. Then one day somebody randomly stopped me and said I look so much like an actress who I never heard of named Lindsay Price and I thought here we go again, but I looked her up and found out she was half-Korean and her and I had a similar smile and eyes. I asked my husband and he agreed too :). It’s nice to know that I have a celebrity doppelganger out there.

    • Laura says...

      I love Lindsay Price in Lipstick Jungle!