When young stars first venture out on their respective career paths, they probably aspire to become recognizable celebrities in their own rights. However, as these 40 familiar faces have found, the new kids on the block can wind up being compared to other famous folks who have come before them. And judging by the following examples, it’s not hard to see why that would happen.
40. Justin Bieber and Paul Wesley
The resemblance between former teen idol Justin Bieber and The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley is uncanny. Though they’re separated by 12 years in age, the pair possess very similar-looking sculpted jawlines, shapely eyebrows and brooding glares. And Wesley himself even appeared to acknowledge his likeness to Bieber by reportedly dressing up as the pop star on one occasion.
39. Sebastian Stan and Mark Hamill
Sebastian Stan entered the world of sci-fi with his 2011 appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger. It just so happens, though, that his celebrity doppelgänger had already been a star of the genre for over three decades. Yes, with his wide blue eyes and slightly downturned mouth, Stan is a dead ringer for a young Mark Hamill, who’s more than 30 years the other man’s senior.
38. Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges
Long before Liam Hemsworth became a heartthrob in The Hunger Games, Jeff Bridges had already set pulses racing in a number of Hollywood classics. The pair don’t only have dashing good looks in common, though; they also basically share the same face. Indeed, despite the four-decade age gap, both boast dreamy blue eyes and the ability to carry an impressive amount of facial hair with style.
37. Jessica Biel and Christy Turlington
With their bright, wide smiles, striking green eyes and button noses, The Sinner actress Jessica Biel and supermodel Christy Turlington look like they could genuinely be related. And with their 14-year age difference, the two could perhaps play on-screen sisters. In fact, given just how similar the pair appear, they could probably even pass off as twins.
36. Olivia Cooke and Winona Ryder
Thanks to her big brown eyes and creamy complexion, Ready Player One actress Olivia Cooke looks just like a young Winona Ryder. And not only do the pair share a physical likeness, but both women also started their careers at early ages. Ryder was just 16 when she appeared in Beetlejuice and Heathers, you see, while Cooke was 18 when she landed her debut film role in The Quiet Ones.
35. Anne Hathaway and Julia Roberts
Throughout her career, Anne Hathaway has been constantly compared to Julia Roberts. And looking at the two, it’s not hard to see why so many people make that connection. The actresses sport flowing brunette locks, beaming grins and an allure that has made both women firm fan favorites. What’s more, according to reports, Roberts was in fact once approached to play Hathaway’s mom in a movie. But with only 15 years separating her and the younger actress, the Hollywood A-lister allegedly didn’t take very kindly to the idea.
34. Jennifer Lawrence and Renee Zellweger
Not only do Jennifer Lawrence and Renee Zellweger each possess an Oscar, a BAFTA and three Golden Globes, but they also share an undeniable resemblance to each other. Indeed, although there’s a more than 20-year age gap between the two actresses, the press have noted a number of striking similarities between them – particularly their piercing blue eyes and golden tresses.
33. Paula Patton and Halle Berry
Paula Patton was dubbed “the next Halle Berry” following her success in action movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in 2011. The role came almost ten years after Berry herself starred in the Bond movie Die Another Day. And both actresses share a radiant beauty and bright eyes – not to mention knowledge of how to wield a gun on screen.
32. Bradley Cooper and Ralph Fiennes
If you’d have told us that Bradley Cooper shared a likeness with Harry Potter villain Voldemort, we’d have laughed in your face. But it turns out that, underneath all that makeup, British star Ralph Fiennes has more than a passing likeness to the A Star Is Born actor, who’s more than a decade Fiennes’ junior.
31. Brad Pitt and Robert Redford
The comparisons between Brad Pitt and Robert Redford are nothing new, of course. Nonetheless, as both stars have gotten older, their similarities have grown. While both were once blond-haired, blue-eyed Hollywood heartthrobs, the two actors have matured into more rugged hunks. And, interestingly, one of Pitt’s breakthrough roles came in 1992 when he starred in A River Runs Through It – a film directed by Redford.
30. Selena Gomez and Catherine Zeta-Jones
With their plump lips, glinting eyes and smoldering looks, Selena Gomez and Catherine Zeta-Jones could convincingly star as mother and daughter. As a full two decades separate the two actresses, such casting would be almost perfect. And Zeta-Jones at least has plenty of parental experience in real life, given that she and her husband Michael Douglas share son Dylan and daughter Carys.
29. Dacre Montgomery and Robert Downey Jr.
Stranger Things’ Dacre Montgomery also has a famous doppelgänger in the form of an older actor. In certain corners of the internet, Montgomery’s resemblance to a young Robert Downey Jr. has been discussed at length. And it’s not hard to see why. Both stars boast strong jawlines and mysterious eyes that can perfectly execute a dreamy far-away gaze.
28. Daisy Ridley and Keira Knightley
With their brown eyes and brunette locks, British beauties Daisy Ridley and Keira Knightley could seriously be sisters. It seems that Star Wars star Ridley doesn’t agree, however. You see, when asked in 2015 about the comparisons between her and Knightley, she told the Daily Mail, “People have always said that I look like [the other actress]. But it is actually really frustrating.”
27. Millie Bobby Brown and Natalie Portman
If it wasn’t for the 23-year age gap, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown was the long-lost twin of a young Natalie Portman. In fact, the likeness between the stars is so strong that some fans have expressed hope the pair might star together as mother and daughter one day.
26. Ryan Gosling and Alec Baldwin
Once you notice the physical similarities between Ryan Gosling and the Alec Baldwin of yesteryear, it’s hard to unsee them. The leading men seem to share the same jawline and chin, you see, while there’s also an unmistakable resemblance around the eye area. And, spookily, the pair both starred in a 2017 episode of Saturday Night Live on which Baldwin impersonated yet another of his lookalikes: Donald Trump.
25. Ariel Winter and Rachel Weisz
There’s something familiar about Modern Family’s Ariel Winter. You see, the raven-haired beauty looks exactly like a younger version of British actress Rachel Weisz. Both stars have round hazel eyes that stand out against their alabaster complexions and dark flowing hair. And as there are almost 30 years separating the pair, they too would make a convincing mom-and-daughter duo on screen.
24. Alexandra Daddario and Tiffani Thiessen
Down in part to their light blue eyes and sleek brown manes, Alexandra Daddario and Tiffani Thiessen look strikingly similar. In fact, the resemblance between the two actresses is so clear that some fans have actually believed them to be related. And although the two stars don’t actually share the same genes, they did appear together in the USA Network series White Collar.
23. Ella Purnell and Natascha McElhone
English actresses Ella Purnell and Natascha McElhone have more than their home country in common. Yes, thanks to their delicate bone structures and wide, round eyes, the pair could have been separated at birth – if it wasn’t for the near 30-year age difference between them, that is. Purnell is currently making a name for herself starring in Sweetbitter on Starz, while McElhone is probably best known for her role in Californication.
22. Christian Bale and James Brolin
By the time that Christian Bale was born in Wales in 1974, James Brolin was already a Hollywood star. However, that hasn’t stopped some fans from wondering if the pair could somehow be secretly related. After all, the resemblance between the two stars is pretty remarkable; both seem to possess the shared ability to pull off a great goatee, too.
21. Amy Poehler and Beverly D’Angelo
When it was pointed out online that Amy Poehler of Parks and Recreation fame looks just like Beverly D’Angelo from the National Lampoon’s Vacation films, people couldn’t believe they’d never noticed the resemblance before. Both women have big blue eyes and blonde hair, it’s true; not only that, but they’re also naturally funny.
20. Christian Slater and Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson is well known for his half-crazed grin and emotive arched eyebrows. Christian Slater is another actor who possesses those same distinct features and, as such, looks a lot like the Easy Rider star. And Slater is seemingly pretty pleased with the comparison. In 2017 he told audiences at the Edmonton Expo that being compared to his “role model” Nicholson “was a thrill.”
19. Ian Somerhalder and Rob Lowe
Despite a 14-year age gap, Ian Somerhalder and Rob Lowe seem as though they could have been separated at birth. Indeed, the two Hollywood heartthrobs are renowned for their dashing good looks and icy blue eyes. But in spite of the similarities between the pair, they aren’t related at all. Somerhalder grew up in Louisiana, you see, whereas Lowe hails from Virginia.
18. Dylan Sprouse and Leonardo DiCaprio
Dylan Sprouse was born an identical twin in 1992. By the time that the star had reached his mid-20s, however, he’d begun to look less like his famous brother, Cole, and instead more closely resembled a ’90s version of Leonardo DiCaprio. Yes, with his floppy blond hair and boyish charm, Sprouse could easily be cast as the new Jack if there were ever a remake of Titanic.
17. Matt Bomer and Henry Cavill
Matt Bomer and Henry Cavill look so alike that there’s even an online guide advising fans how to identify which actor is which. And while both men are tall, dark and handsome, there are indeed some ways to tell them apart. Firstly, Cavill is a Brit; Bomer, on the other hand, is American. In addition, the Man of Steel star is almost six years younger than the White Collar actor.
16. Lauren Cohan and Analeigh Tipton
Lauren Cohan rose to fame on horror TV series such as The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and The Walking Dead. Meanwhile, Analeigh Tipton’s big break came on America’s Next Top Model before she moved into movies. But although the women’s respective resumes are quite different, their faces appear practically the same.
15. Mary-Kate Olsen and Madonna
While Mary-Kate Olsen and Madonna have each been viewed as fashion icons at different points in the past few decades, the pair have begun to look more and more like each other in recent years. And although there may be close to 30 years between the former child star and the singer, both women certainly know how to rock a middle parting and smoky eyeliner.
14. Gemma Ward and Amanda Seyfried
The likeness between model Gemma Ward and actress Amanda Seyfried is plain to see. Both women boast enchanting green eyes, for instance, as well as adorable dimples and bouncing blonde locks. And what’s more, their mouths look eerily similar, too. Nevertheless, there’s no familiar connection between Ward – who’s Australian – and Seyfried, who is all-American.
13. Justin Theroux and John Slattery
When you glance between photos of Mulholland Drive actor Justin Theroux and Mad Men star John Slattery, the resemblance between the pair isn’t glaringly obvious. But there’s still something in the celebrities’ face shapes that just makes them look alike. Furthermore, both men are of slim build, while each seems to possess an air of urbanity that sets them apart from most of their contemporaries.
12. Sophia Lillis and Amy Adams
Sophia Lillis bears such a resemblance to Amy Adams that the pair play child and adult versions of the same character in HBO mini-series Sharp Objects. And the similarities between the actresses go well beyond their ginger hair and pale blue eyes. However, when it comes to looking like the youngster, Adams has competition. You see, fellow redhead Jessica Chastain will be portraying Lillis’ grown-up character in the forthcoming sequel to It.
11. Ben Stiller and Ron Perlman
There’s no denying that comedy legend Ben Stiller is gradually morphing into a less muscular version of Hellboy star Ron Perlman. Indeed, both actors – who happen to have been born 15 years apart – have distinctively crooked smiles and increasingly furrowed brows that only serve to add to their on-screen charisma.
10. Leelee Sobieski and Helen Hunt
Leelee Sobieski has been acting since she was just a girl. And as she’s gotten older, she’s grown to look more and more like Helen Hunt of Twister fame. Certainly, both women have blonde hair, blue eyes and a clear facial likeness. One big difference, however, is that Hunt is almost exactly 20 years older than Sobieski. And funnily enough, that makes the pair Geminis – a star sign that’s sometimes referred to as “The Twins.”
9. Sarah Hyland and Mila Kunis
Sarah Hyland and Mila Kunis look so much alike that the pair are often mistaken for each other. Both actresses have strong brows, dark eyes and a similar facial bone structure – even their noses appear the same. Regardless of those matching physical traits, though, Kunis is actually seven years older than Hyland. In that respect, then, the comparison with the Modern Family star “makes [Kunis] feel young,” according to an InStyle article from 2014.
8. Selena Gomez and Rachel Bilson
Selena Gomez was a child star on Wizards of Waverly Place in the noughties – around the same time that Rachel Bilson found fame on teen drama The O.C.. But despite the 11 years that separate them in age, the two actresses look remarkably similar, with both sporting glossy brown hair, pretty eyes and full cheeks.
7. Amanda Bynes and Jennifer Aniston
Both Amanda Bynes and Jennifer Aniston began acting at early ages. However, while the Friends star would go on to become one of Hollywood’s highest-paid celebrities, in 2010 Bynes took a step back from show business due to personal issues. If she’s ever to stage a comeback, though, the Easy A actress could definitely play Aniston’s daughter thanks to the strong resemblance between the pair.
6. Kendall Jenner and Ricky Martin
Supermodel Kendall Jenner and singer-turned-actor Ricky Martin may not seem like the most obvious of celebrity twins. However, when you compare images of a young Martin to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, the likeness is clear to see. The pair seem to share the same face, in fact, and so appear just like male/female versions of one another.
5. Emma Watson and Kate Winslet
Both Emma Watson and Kate Winslet have been labeled as stereotypical “English roses” throughout their careers. And when you look at them closely, the similarities between the two stars become all the more obvious. As well as boasting creamy complexions, the women appear to share the same soft pink lips and delicate facial bone structure.
4. Emma Stone and Julianne Moore
Emma Stone and Julianne Moore are two of Hollywood’s most recognizable redheads. But the two actresses – who boast an age gap of 28 years – have much more in common that just their flaming locks. For starters, both of them have sparkling green eyes as well as enviably strong cheekbones. What’s more, Stone and Moore are both immensely talented and are the proud owners of Oscars.
3. Zoë Saldana and Thandie Newton
Zoë Saldana and Thandie Newton are two of the acting world’s best known doppelgängers. That’s despite the age difference of six years between the stars, with Brit Newton being older than American Saldana. Nevertheless, owing to their model good looks and dark almond eyes, the pair could have been separated at birth.
2. Margot Robbie and Jaime Pressly
If it weren’t for the fact that My Name is Earl star Jaime Pressly is 13 years older than I, Tonya actress Margot Robbie, the pair could surely have been twins. After all, there are clear similarities in their blonde hair and twinkling blue eyes. Not only that, but there’s also an undeniable likeness between the women when it comes to the lower halves of their respective faces – particularly with their noses and mouths.
1. Owen Wilson and Donald Trump
It seems unlikely when you look at the two men as they are now, but it has to be said that Owen Wilson bears a striking resemblance to a younger Donald Trump. As old pictures can attest, the current President of the United States and the Zoolander star both sport a blond mop of hair, a slightly crooked nose and signature pouty lips. The likeness really is uncanny!