Celebrities are accustomed to being recognized all the time in public, but sometimes it’s a case of mistaken identity. Maybe they resemble another famous face, or share a similar name, or have similar careers that blend together. For one reason or another, the two seem interchangeable. It may be flattering, but can also be a hit to the ego to be considered indistinguishable from someone else. Here are some stars who regularly get mistaken for other stars.
1. America Ferrera and Gina Rodriguez
Just this year, actress Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin fame was mistaken for Ugly Betty‘s America Ferrera…by the Twitter account of the Golden Globe Awards. Oops. It was considered quite the embarrassing faux pas, as if all Latinas look alike or something. Both Golden Globe winning actresses took the high road about it, though. Gina said of the oversight, “America’s lovely. She’s so beautiful and such a fantastic actress. If there’s anybody I want to get mixed up with — it’s her for sure!” A few weeks later, America was presenting at the Globes with Eva Longoria, who opened with, “Hi, I’m Eva Longoria, not Eva Mendes,” in mockery of the gaffe.
2. Andy Samberg and Andrew Garfield
These two share the same first name, but really that’s about it. They don’t look alike and certainly don’t sound alike (Samberg’s American and Garfield’s British). However, that didn’t stop airport officials from mixing the two actors up. When Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Samberg was heading to his honeymoon in the Maldives in 2014, he was greeted with fanfare and VIP treatment during a Dubai layover. However, it soon became clear he was being mistaken for the Spider-Man actor when reporters started asking him about the superhero film. Rather than correct the mistake, he just went with it and enjoyed the royal treatment.
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