I am certain we all look like somebody in someone else’s eyes.
Sitting at the table, volunteering my time and minding my own business, a woman tells me I look just like her friend. I tell her “I get that a lot.”
I do get that a lot. Truth is, no matter what weight I am, what length or color my hair is, whether I am tan or not…I look like someone else. Who is she and why is she Single White Female-ing Me? I guess I don’t mind it so much and I am actually thankful I never run into this person who copies me.
Disappointment in Doppelgängers
Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity? Oh boy, I have. Not always flattering news. I believe there are four distinct feelings that come with having a doppelgänger.
“Oh, you think I look like Katherine Heigel!? No way; she is so hot. I couldn’t possibly resemble her.” Then the first chance you get on Facebook doppelgänger day you change your profile to a KH headshot.
You have no idea who they just referenced when they said you look like Queen Esther so you start Googling the first chance you get. Then you see there are a few options and you wonder which they meant.
They tell you that you look like someone you and you have never heard that one before or considered it an option and you can’t see the resemblance at all. Once, while bar tending in my younger years I was told (by a drunk patron) I looked like Britney Spears. Hmmm. I didn’t have the same hair or skin tone. I immediately started thinking about her least flattering features and putting them on myself. Well, her eyes are kind of wide set – does he mean my eyes are too far apart?! Then I realized he probably just meant we both have big boobs.
Another patron in my bar tending days told me I looked like Christina Ricci. He wasn’t the first person to tell me this either. I’ve heard it a lot. I was never happy to hear this. I didn’t see it. She has huge eyes, which are beautiful but I have almond shaped eyes and they aren’t big in any way. So I figured they were telling me I had a big forehead. I got so mad I actually yelled at the poor guy who thought he was paying me a compliment. So much for that tip.
It doesn’t just happen to women…
My husband is told often that he resembles, Wolverine a la Hugh Jackman, The Gladiator a la Russell Crowe and Steve Buschemi. I am sure you can imagine the plethora of feelings he experienced with the comparisons.
This happens to me so often that just after drafting this post I went to lunch and someone told me with my new darker ‘do that I look like Catherine Zeta Jones! I’ll take it.
Who do people tell you you look like? Do you agree?
Speaking of looking like other people, Halloween is coming up. What are you going to be?
Last year we talked our one year old into being a mariachi band with us. He didn’t even mind the mustache I penciled on his upper lip out of eyeliner and my husband never once complained about the huge amounts of bronzer I made him wear.
This year in light of today’s comments, maybe we can be Catherine Zeta Jones & Michael Douglas with a little Charlie Sheen?!
Today’s take-away, don’t let drunk people tell you that you look like anyone anything.