Scott Hardie | March 19, 2016
Wait a minute... Ellen Barkin and Ellen Burstyn are two different people?

I've seen Burstyn pop up lately in Interstellar and House of Cards, and I kept thinking it's great that she's still getting roles, since she was such a sex symbol in the 80s in steamy movies like Sea of Love and those kinds of actresses don't have much of a shelf life in Hollywood. Now that I've looked it up, I feel silly.

But it's happened before: Like other people I've seen online, I couldn't tell the difference between Dermot Mulrooney and Dylan McDermott for years. And I know that a lot of people mix up Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman.

Are there stars who you've gotten mixed up?

Aaron Shurtleff | March 21, 2016
I was just thinking today that I always seem to hear something on the radio by Liz Phair, and think it's by Heather Nova, probably because of the song "Supernova".

Erik Bates | March 21, 2016
Not so much a swap, but every time I see Gary Oldman, I cannot remember his name.

Samir Mehta | March 21, 2016
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Scott Hardie | December 30, 2016
All this time, I thought TJ Miller was the breakout star of Workaholics. It turns out it's some guy named Blake Anderson. Even when Anderson guest-starred in Arrested Development and Parks and Recreation, I thought he was TJ Miller. I can't be the only person who gets those guys confused.

Steve West | December 31, 2016
Jennifer Lawrence and Renee Zellweger look identical to me at times. My daughter says I'm crazy - that there's no resemblance. I think she's the crazy one.

Scott Hardie | January 1, 2017
Their ages, and how much longer Zellweger has been acting, make them easy to tell apart to me, but I certainly see the resemblance now that you mention it.

Samir Mehta | January 1, 2017
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Erik Bates | January 1, 2017
Wait, Homer Simpson wasn't modeled after Richard Nixon?

Scott Hardie | January 1, 2017
Nixon did make an uncredited guest appearance on The Simpsons.

Samir Mehta | January 3, 2017
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Scott Hardie | October 9, 2018
Christina Hendricks and Jessica Chastain.

Samir Mehta | October 10, 2018
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Scott Hardie | October 12, 2018
Bryce Dallas Howard was seared into my mind as a distinct individual when I watched the DVD extras for The Village and discovered her unbearably pretentious and self-interested video diaries.

Scott Hardie | March 30, 2019
I am embarrassed to have just discovered today that Zachary Quinto and Zachary Levi are two different people. In my defense, they have some pretty similar names and resumes, and they even look alike.

Scott Hardie | July 18, 2019
Go ahead, try to convince me that Lily James and Annie Murphy are two different people.

Erik Bates | July 18, 2019
Brittany Murphy has been reincarnated as Lili Reinhart.

Scott Hardie | October 7, 2019
When I saw that Rip Taylor died this weekend, I thought, didn't he die a few months ago? But no, that was Rip Torn. Despite one being a confetti-tossing goofball and the other being a mostly serious dramatic actor, I have mixed them up all of my life. (It's possibly because the one with the fake-sounding silly name is the serious one.)


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