Happy Feet: Hugh Jackman
Happy Feet was a film featuring a who’s who of big-time cast members. Among them doing vocal work, the film included Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Fat Joe, Anthony LaPaglia, Steve Irwin, Brittany Murphy, and Carlos Alazraqui. Also voicing a main character — specifically one of lead penguins named Memphis — is Hugh Jackman.
We know Jackman mostly as a physical actor in thriller-type productions. However, the casting director clearly thought that he had the vocal chops necessary for this role. Based on the movie, he more than delivered a solid performances.
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The Lion King: Jonathan Taylor Thomas
When Jonathan Taylor Thomas landed this gig, he was already starring on arguably the most popular sitcom on network television. Of course, he was the middle son in Tim Allen’s Home Improvement. People absolutely LOVED this show — which surely catered to JTT getting this spot among the unbelievable ensemble vocal cast.
Before Simba became an adult (voiced by Matthew Broderick), baby Simba was vocalized by Thomas. Interestingly enough, he wasn’t asked to do the singing portions of the character. That role went to Jason Weaver — most likely known as older brother Marcus in the sitcom Smart Guy.
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Homer Simpson: Dan Castellaneta
For nearly forty years, Dan Castellaneta’s most well-known role has been as TV’s most popular animated father, Homer Simpson. Castellaneta first voiced the buffoonish patriarch for short animated films that would air during The Tracey Ullman Show (he was a cast member at the time). The performance actually began as an impression of Walter Mathau, though Dan evolved it into the recognizable one that we know today in the three years before The Simpsons was adapted into its own half-hour sitcom.
Castelleneta also gives voice to other beloved Simpsons characters, like Barney Grumble, Mayor Quimby, Krusty the Klown, Grandpa Simspons and Groundskeeper Willie. In addition to that, he has also done voices for shows like Hey, Arnold, The Batman, The Tick and even occasionally pops in live-action series.
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Fantastic Mr. Fox: George Clooney
The titular role of this Wes Anderson classic went to none other than George Clooney. This film was actually adapted from a Roald Dahl novel way back when (roughly 50 years ago). By nabbing Clooney as the leading ‘voice’ for this project, Anderson procured a guy who not only has a recognizable tone, but one who’s constantly perfected the leading man role — even if he’s technically an animated fox in this case.
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Bugs Bunny: Mel Blanc
While many actors have since done the job, the original and still most recognizable voice of Bugs Bunny is Mel Blanc. Often called “the man of a thousand voices” , Blanc gave life to Warner Bros. animated mascot for over 50 years.
Originally dabbling in vaudeville, Blanc moved to radio in the early 1920’s, and quickly caught the attention of Hollywood. While working with Warner Bros in the ’30’s and ’40’s, Blanc voiced characters like Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird and Foghorn Leghorn. He continued to be prolific through the 1960’s and beyond — voicing dozens of characters for Hanna Barbera and even some well-known commercials (he was the original voice of Toucan Sam).
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Bolt: John Travolta
Bolt was a critically-acclaimed Disney film when it came out in 2008. Of course, Disney is no stranger to landing some real starpower as it casted the primary roles. The leading protagonists in this film were voiced by the two people in this picture: Miley Cyrus as Penny, and John Travolta as Bolt the dog.
Bolt the character was a perfect match for Travolta. Both have natural charisma — and Travolta’s vocal prowess really jumped off the screen as a brilliant fit for the character’s composition. The movie was so well received that it garnered an Oscar nomination and multiple Golden Globe Awards nominations.
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Puss in Boots: Antonio Banderas
A fan favorite of the Shrek franchise, Puss is brought to life by well-known Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. The actor has voiced the mercurial feline in every Shrek film except for the first, as well as two of his own spin-off feature length adventures.
Banderas got his start in theater after studying the dramatic arts in Málaga. He caught the eye of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, and made the jump to film. After becoming an international star in the ’80’s, Antonio broke out big in the ’90’s and has since starred in a number of hit films including Desperado, Philadelphia, The Mask of Zorro (and its sequel), and Frida.
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Spongebob Squarepants: Tom Kenny
While sharp-eyed comedy fans might recognize Tom Kenny from his appearances on sketch comedy series Mr. Show, most will know him best through his voice work — particularly his now twenty-plus-year run as the voice of everyone’s favorite animated porifera, Spongebob Squarepants. Kenny has dozens of credits, voicing characters for shows like Adventure Time, The Batman, CatDog, The Fairly OddParents, and Rocko’s Modern Life. It was actually on that last show, voicing Rocko’s best friend Heffer Wolfe, where Kenny would meet marine biologist, animator and future creator of Spongebob Squarepants, Stephen Hillenburg. Tom Kenny has earned two Daytime Emmy’s and one Annie Award in his time bringing this beloved character to life.
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Coraline: Dakota Fanning
Coraline was a bit of a reprieve from what Dakota Fanning is used to doing. Up until this point, the young actress was lauded as operating in the real of drama. We’re talking about stellar performances in I am Sam, Man on Fire, and War of the Worlds.
In this situation, she was able to voice the character of a young girl who embarks on a coming-of-age tale involving fantasy elements and a parallel universe. While it’s a bit dark with some horror features, Fanning really hits it out of the proverbial park here.
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Family Guy: Mila Kunis
This one should be all too familiar to those who watch Family Guy. It was a major coup for the show to cast Mila Kunis as daughter Meg. Kunis — at the time of her joining the show — was arguably the biggest actress in Hollywood (she still is a megastar). Being able to use her effervescent voice for the Meg character was a brilliant move. It gave the show immediate credibility (in addition to it being iconically funny), and it provided Kunis with a different platform off-screen.
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The South Park Kids: Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Like most of the male cast that populate the not-so-quiet little mountain town of South Park, the four main characters are voiced by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Trey voices Stan and Erich, while Matt voices Kyle and Kenny.
The two met while attending the University of Colorado Boulder. Parker and Stone produced a couple of independent films before they got their actual big break creating a video Christmas card for a Hollywood executive. Made in the same animated cardboard style that would become the hallmark of South Park’s early seasons, the video was an early viral sensation — and led to a deal to produce South Park for Comedy Central.
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Beavis and Butthead: Mike Judge
Both Beavis and Butthead were voiced by their creator, Mike Judge. The characters first appeared in a short film featured during MTV’s Liquid Television. The show was picked up for series and ran for seven seasons, showing the misadventures of two Gen-X slackers who spent as much time watching music videos as they did getting into trouble.
Mike Judge was born in Ecuador and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He bounced around pursuing different interests until he found his passion in animation. The highly prolific director, writer and producer would go on to create King of the Hill, Silicon Valley, and feature films including Idiocracy and Office Space.
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The Berenstain Bears: Michael Cera
We all know Michael Cera as the witty, quirky, sometimes off-beat kid in various teen movies (Juno, Scott Pilgrim, Youth in Revolt, Superbad, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). He’s also an iconic performer in Arrested Development. What some people might fail to realize is that he was actually a child actor in his native Canada before making it big in the States.
One of those roles came on the television adaptation of The Berenstain Bears. For two seasons and 26 episodes, Cera actually voiced the character of Brother Bear. He then left the show, and was replaced by another actor for the final season. Still, we think Cera probably made the right decision considering the trajectory of his career.
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Finn The Human: Zack/Jeremy Shada
Finn, the human protagonist of Pendleton Ward’s long-running animated fantasy series Adventure Time, has been portrayed by two different voice actors who happen to have a very interesting connection.
The show began its life as a seven minute short film made almost entirely by Ward. At that time Finn was voiced by Zack Shada, a young actor from Boise, Idaho. The short would eventually go viral, and the series was commissioned by Cartoon Network. When it was time to re-cast for series, it was Jeremy Shada, Zack’s younger brother, who won the role.
There must not be any hard feelings between the two of them as they are both members of the same Los Angeles-based band Make Out Monday.
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Philip J. Fry: Billy West
Philip J. Fry is the lead character of Futurama, Matt Greonig’s 30th century follow-up to The Simpsons. Fry is voiced by Billy West, arguably the modern day Mel Blanc. Originally a musician, West worked in radio before transitioning to voice acting in the late ’80’s. Blanc has hundreds of credits and has voiced several other iconic characters in animation, including Doug Funnie from Doug, Stimpy from Ren & Stimpy, the Red M&M.
The comparison to Mel Blanc is doubly apt. West is an accomplished mimic and has portrayed characters that Blanc made famous for other projects — including Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.
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Shrek: Cameron Diaz
The Shrek franchise truly is a juggernaut. It’s considered to be the second highest grossing animated franchise in the history of film. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz carried this series with their vocal brilliance.
After her roles in The Mask, There’s Something About Mary, Any Given Sunday, Being John Malkovich, and Charlie’s Angels, few would’ve guessed that she’d then become a legendary voice-over actress. From back when the first film came out (2001) until the end of time, Diaz will always be associated with protagonist Princess Fiona.
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Marge Simpson: Julie Kavner
One of television’s most famous Moms, Marge Simpson is voiced by the indelible Julie Kavner, who has now spent the better part of forty years giving life to the gravelly-voiced matriarch.
Like Dan Castellaneta, Julie was a cast member on The Tracey Ullman Show when she was tapped to lend her voice to one of Matt Greonig’s animated shorts. Prior to that, she was already an accomplished actress, having earned a number of nominations and a win for Supporting Actress Emmy for her work on Rhoda in 1978. The Los Angeles native also has a long list of live action performances in films including Awakenings, Radio Days, Forget Paris and Hannah and Her Sisters.
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Tommy Pickles: E.G. Daily
Little Tommy Pickles is the industrious, diaper-clad leader of The Rugrats and de facto protagonist of the show. He’s voiced by E.G. Daily, an actress and singer from Los Angeles who does both live action and voice work. You might have heard her in Babe: Pig in the City where she voiced the titular pig, or perhaps The Powerpuff Girls or Happy Feet. Her highest profile live-action performance was when she portrayed Dottie in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, though she also had large supporting roles in films like Valley Girl, Streets of Fire, and Better off Dead.
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Stuart Little: Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox’s upbeat and energetic voice truly is a seamless pairing for animation. When looking at the thoughtful, kind, lovable character of Stuart Little, we can’t envision a better choice than to use the affable and quite popular Canadian actor.
Of course, the trilogy of films were based on E.B. White’s novel from the mid-’40’s. Fox was called back to do voiceover work on all three of the films — which commercially did very well.
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The Little Mermaid: Jodi Benson
Ariel, the lead character from The Little Mermaid, is portrayed by actress and singer Jodi Benson. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, she originally began performing on stage, landing Broadway roles in the mid ’80’s. It was during a production of Smile in 1986 that she made the contact that would lead to her auditioning and winning the part of Ariel. This launched a voice acting career for film, television and video games that continues to this day. She also continued performing on stage, and even earned a Tony nomination in the early ’90’s for her performance in the music Crazy For You.
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Avatar Aang: Zach Tyler Eisen
Created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the most successful franchises produced by Nickelodeon. For the entire run of the original series, Zach Tyler Eisen was the voice actor of Aang, the titular Avatar. According to his IMDB, Eisen is originally from Connecticut and he recorded most of his voice over work from there. Prior to that, Zach has credits for animated series like Little Bill and The Backyardigans.
Since his work on Avatar, Eisen has apparently transitioned into production work, with credits as both an Assistant Director and various roles related to sound recording.
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The Minions: Ensemble Cast
Who doesn’t love a Minion?
Originally appearing in Despicable Me in 2010 as, you guessed it, minions of the supervillain Gru, the lovable yellow creatures have become de facto mascots for the animation company Illumination.
The three most well known Minions are Kevin, Stuart, and Bob. While they have a somewhat limited vocabulary, they are voiced by accomplished actors. In the original film, each had a different actor: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Jemaine Clement. Both Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin designed the minions, with Renaud providing the voice for the minions in each subsequent film that they’ve appeared in.
Jemaine Clement is, of course, the famous actor, comedian and musician who was one half of Flight of the Conchords and star of films like What We Do in the Shadows and Men In Black 3. He was only credited for the first Despicable Me film.
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Dexter: Christine Cavanaugh/Candi Milo
Dexter’s Laboratory was one of Cartoon Network’s first popular original series. Its original run was from 1996 to 1998, with a brief revival from 2001 to 2003 and a TV movie between the two in December 1999. The voice of Dexter, the precocious genius who often found himself at odds with his frenetic older sister, was actually done by two women. For the first three seasons, it was actress Christine Cavanaugh, who you might best know from voicing Chuckie from Rugrats, Gosalyn from Darkwing Duck or as the titular pig in the film Babe.
After Cavanaugh retired from acting in 2001, Candi Milo took over the role. Another prolific, Annie nominated voice actress who has also performed on screen and stage, you might have heard her work most recently in Space Jam: A New Legacy where she played Granny.
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Kim Possible: Christy Carlson Romano
Created by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, Kim Possible was the second animated original series produced by the Disney Channel. Kim Possible, the titular crime fighting antagonist of the series, was voiced by Disney Channel vet Christy Carlson Romano. The Connecticut born actress made her Broadway debut at the age of 14. She’s probably best known as Ren from Even Stevens, which remains one of the Disney Channel’s most beloved series.
Romano has truly diversified as a performer and content creator today. She continues to act, in addition to recording audiobooks, directing films and music videos, launching a podcast network and even penning a young adult novel.
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Batman: Kevin Conroy
While there have been dozens of animated Batman projects to date, Batman: The Animated Series remains the most critically acclaimed of the bunch. The series, which ran from 1992 to 1995 and produced 104 episodes, stars Kevin Conroy as Batman. It gave audiences what has become the definitive voice of the Dark Knight.
Conroy studied drama at Juilliard. He was an actor for stage and screen before he first stepped into the VO booth to portray the Caped Crusader. Conroy would go on to voice Batman in an endless parade of DC Animated projects and video games. He also remains the only actor to voice Batman and play him in live action (as he had a guest appearance as an alternate universe Bruce Wayne on an episode of The CW’s Catwoman).
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Garfield: Lorenzo Music
The 1980’s was the height of Garfield mania. It was the most popular comic strip in America and it seemed like every other car had a Garfield stuffed animal hanging in the window. The lazy, lasagna loving cat was given 12 television specials. Then in 1988, his very own animated series called Garfield and Friends. For these, as well as countless commercials, video games and licensed toys, Garfield was voiced by Lorenzo Music.
Music was a writer and actor who got his start in the 1960’s on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Music would go on to co-create The Bob Newhart Show and write for Rhoda, a Mary Tyler Moore Show spinoff. Music would actually have a recurring role on the spinoff which helped him gain popularity among the public. ’80’s kids might also recognize him as the voice of Peter Venman in The Real Ghostbusters.
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Jimmy Neutron: Debi Derryberry
Debi Derryberry was the voice of Jimmy Neutron in both the film and the computer animated series that followed. This accomplished voice actress began working in the late 1980’s, and has lent her talents to film, television, video games and even some anime dubs.
Debi is also an accomplished singer and musician, producing music for preschoolers. She has released three CDs – “What a Way To Play”, “Very Derryberry”, and “Baby Banana!” – and her track “Baby Banana” charted on SiriusXM Radio.
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Elsa: Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel is both the singing and speaking voice behind the adult version of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. Menzel is a Broadway veteran (sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Broadway”) as well as a singer and prolific star of film and television. She is a Tony award winner for her performance in Wicked and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A New York native, Menzel studied drama at Tisch and landed her first major role when she was cast in Rent in 1995, a role that she would reprise when the play was adapted to film in 2005. Her filmography also includes episodes of Glee, roles in Enchanted, 2021’s Cinderella and a supporting role in the thriller Uncut Gems.
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Genie: Robin Williams
Genie was the breakout character from Disney’s smash animated feature Aladdin in 1992. In this and the third film in the series, Genie was voiced by the beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. The genius comic brought life to the role with his improvisations, with the producers letting Williams riff off of the script and thus inspiring the animators.
Williams would go on to lend his voice to a number of other animated productions like FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Happy Feet and Robots.
For the second Aladdin film as well as the animated series, Genie was voiced by veteran VO heavyweight Dan Castellanata.
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Mulan: Ming-Na Wen
The lead character in Disney’s 1998 animated feature Mulan was voiced by Ming-Na Wen. Her breakout role came in The Joy Luck Club in 1993 — which opened up a number of new opportunities in film and television (including a major role on NBC’s ER). She remains a prolific actress, recently popping up all over Disney’s Marvel and Star Wars franchises, appearing in series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
The singing voice for Mulan was provided by Lea Salonga, a Filipina singer, producer and actress of the screen and stage. Mulan was her second Disney film as she had also performed the singing voice of Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin in 1992. Lea is also the first woman of Asian descent to win a Tony Award, for her work in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon.
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Optimus Prime: Peter Cullen
In both the original 1980’s animated series and the recent blockbuster Transformers film franchise, the leader of the Autobots Optimus Prime has been voiced by Canadian actor Peter Cullen. His career began in the 1960’s working in Canadian radio. In the ’70’s and ’80’s, his voice work career took off with him earning dozens of film and television credits for projects as varied as Knight Rider, Pac-Man, Rainbow Brite and even providing the vocal noises for the great ape in the 1976 remake of King Kong and the monster in Predator.
Outside of Optimus Prime, this in-demand voice actor’s highest profile roles are Monterey Jack from Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers and Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh among hundreds of others.
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Peter Griffin: Seth MacFarlane
Like many of the voice actors on The Simpsons, it seems reductive to simply say that Seth MacFarlane, creator and executive producer of Family Guy, is the voice of Peter Griffin. MacFarlane also voices Stewie, Brian, Quagmire and a handful of others. This is also in addition to voicing various characters on Family Guy’s sister show American Dad.
MacFarlane started in animation working as a writer and storyboard artist for Hanna-Barbera on shows like Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo. Soon after that, he caught the attention of Fox and within a few years had pitched and sold Family Guy to the network, becoming the youngest showrunner in animation at the time.
MacFarlane would of course go on to be one of the most successful creators in television — not just in prime time animation but also live action film and television.
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The Iron Giant: Vin Diesel
The Iron Giant is a beloved cult classic animated feature film. It also marked the directorial debut of Brad Bird — who would go on to have great success with Pixar and beyond.
The titular Iron Giant, an enormous alien robot that seems to have a distaste for violence and a taste for metal, is voiced by Fast and Furious and xXx star Vin Diesel. While the character utters very few actual words (and plenty of grunts and groans), Diesel’s performance is still an impressively nuanced one.
While Vin is mostly a live action star, he has one other similar VO performance with a character that also has a famously limited vocabulary: Groot from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Bart Simpson: Nancy Cartwright
Bart Simpson, the mischievous elder child of the Simpson family, is voiced by Nancy Cartwright. Nancy was already a working actress and voice artist when she auditioned for the role of Bart Simpson. She had been interested in voice work at a young age, and was mentored early on by veteran voice actor Daws Butler through correspondence after she reached out to him by mail.
Cartwright performs several popular characters in the Simpsons menagerie, including Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders and Ralph Wiggum. Outside of The Simpsons you might recognize her work from shows like Rugrats, Pound Puppies, Kim Possible and Snorks. Cartwright has also leveraged her success to create a production company, and has written and produced a feature film of her own.
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The 25 Craziest Celebrity Lookalikes
Logan Marshall-Green and Tom Hardy
There’s a clear likeness between English actor Tom Hardy and Rhode Island native Logan Marshall-Green. LMG has been a character acting dating back to 2003. You’ve seen him in a number of projects ranging from television to film. Among them include 24, Big Sky, The O.C., Across The Universe, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Of course, Hardy has been critically acclaimed for a plethora of strong performances. An intense and sometimes intimidating performer, you can truly feel Hardy’s emotion popping off the screen with a real fervor. Black Hawk Down, Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, and The Revenant are only a few of these sparkling performances.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Bella Hadid
There’s an undeniable similarity between socialite/model Bella Hadid and actress Jennifer Lawrence. The daughter of a Palestinian businessman and a Dutch model, Hadid has long been in the limelight. Her family has been featured in various reality shows, and Hadid herself has carved out a very successful career for herself as one of the most famous models on Earth.
Lawrence hails from the great state of Kentucky. The Louisville native was a child actress on various sitcoms before really emerging in film as an A-Lister. Silver Linings Playbook was her breakout role as a dramatic actress. From there, Lawrence has starred in American Hustle and Joy (among other projects).
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Richard Madden and Gus Kenworthy
Richard Madden (pictured right) is one of those familiar faces you’ve most certainly seen on the silver screen. He played a rather unsavory character in Rocketman (the Elton John-themed film). However, the Scottish actor is likely most known as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. Madden was also terrific in the series Bodyguard.
Gus Kenworthy (pictured left) hails from England originally — though he and his family moved to the United States when he was just a toddler. Growing up in Colorado, Kenworthy became an exceptional skier. He did represent Great Britain in one competition. However, he switched to Team USA where he ultimately won a Silver Medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
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Zach Braff and Dax Shepard
These two could be brothers! Both are exceptionally funny, charismatic, and wholesome guys with very loyal fan bases. Dax Shepard (pictured left) is more of a comedic actor with tons of appearances in different big-time projects (among them, Parenthood and The Ranch). More recently, Shepard has been exploding in the world of podcasts with his show Armchair Expert.
Zach Braff broke out with the quirky comedy Scrubs — and followed that up with notable performances in Garden State and BoJack Horseman. As his career has developed, Braff has transitioned more and more towards a behind-the-camera capacity. He even directed an episode of the hit show Ted Lasso.
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Javier Bardem
Now, these two legitimately look to be related (despite Bardem hailing from Spain — and Morgan born and raised in Seattle). A man of many talents growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Morgan ended up moving down to LA where he pursued gigs in both television and film. Of course, most know him as Negan in The Walking Dead. But he was also a regular in The Good Wife and Grey’s Anatomy.
Without a doubt, Bardem is one of the best actors in this generation. He’s been nominated for four Academy Awards in total (winning one for his role in No Country For Old Men). Married to fellow actor Penelope Cruz, Bardem continues to star in projects that millions across the globe enjoy on an annual basis.
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Millie Bobby Brown and Halsey
The transformations of both Halsey and Millie Bobby Brown have been quite profound. Stranger Things was the platform for Brown to showcase her immense ability on screen. She portrays the mysterious Eleven — and has since she was a young girl. As she’s now become a young adult, Brown’s range as an actress has expanded to more serious projects with more serious content matter.
Halsey had an atypical upbringing which involved some real issues in her private life. Living on the East Coast, she was able to push those aside and let her vocal talent shine in a massive way. Since overcoming everything in her life, Halsey has become a massive pop star.
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Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry
There are three defining characteristics linking these two individuals:
- Red hair/blue eyes
- Both hailing from the U.K.
Prince Harry obviously grew up in the limelight his entire life (as a part of the Royal Family). He’s since left England and now resides reportedly close to Santa Barbara (in Southern California). Ed Sheeran has built a lofty career for himself which includes a multitude of Grammy Awards and adoration from millions across the planet.
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Ed Sheeran and Rupert Grint
There’s a clear likeness here between both performers. We’ve spoken in the previous slide about Sheeran’s exploits as one of the biggest singers within the pop genre. Speaking of pop culture over the last 20ish years, Rupert Grint has been firmly engrained into the era. He played the plucky sidekick Ron Weasley in the iconic book series-turned-film series focused around the exploits of a young wizard named Harry Potter.
Even though Grint continues to act and has branched away from the franchise, he’ll still always be known by many as ‘Ron’.
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Niall Horan and Allen Leech
Even if you’re not a music lover, the band One Direction is surely a group you’ve heard of before. In the post-Boy Band era, One Direction might’ve been the biggest entity since the days of *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. One of those members is Niall Horan (pictured left). Hailing from Ireland, the 29-year-old musician has gone solo and is currently experiencing some real success.
Also coming from Ireland is actor Allen Leech. You may first recognize him from his role in Bohemian Rhapsody (as one of Freddie Mercury’s closest allies). He also is a fixture in Downton Abbey as Tom Branson.
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Sophia Bush and Katharine McPhee
These two beauties have been performing on stage for quite some time. Katharine McPhee (left) grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles. She first became known from her spot on American Idol. From there, McPhee’s career skyrocketed — as she both sang and acted in a number of very successful projects. She’s currently married to famed musical genius David Foster.
Bush — on the other hand — is more so known for her roles in the realm of acting. Brooke on One Tree Hill is most likely the role she’s most known for. Since then, the Southern California native has featured in various films (John Tucker Must Die, Marshall, Incredibles 2) over the years. There’s no denying the similarities between the two!
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Carla Bruni and Bella Hadid
If one didn’t know better, you’d legitimately think both of these stunning women are related. Bruni and Hadid do have some similarities. As you’d expect, both are fashion icons having modeled for quite some time. Bruni has Italian heritage, and grew up mostly in France. Much of her career professionally has been spent modeling across Europe. However, she’s also acted in a number of projects — and has cultivated a nice career as a singer. Bruni is currently married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Alex Daddario and Tiffany Thiessen
For one generation, Kelly Kapowski was the dream girl for millions of people tuning in to watch Saved By The Bell. The actress who played Kapowski — Tiffani Thiessen — was the ‘it’ girl for a long spell from the late ’80’s well into the ’90’s. Her big blue eyes and iconic chestnut brown hair made her quite popular.
Actress Alex Daddario cultivated a similar following a generation later with strikingly similar looks herself. Daddario has featured in children films, adult comedies, dramatic roles, and pretty much everything in between.
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Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman
Keira Knighley exploded onto the scene in the early 2000’s — starring in Bend It Like Beckham where she played the sidekick to a girl who was hiding the fact from her parents that she was secretly playing soccer. Knightley continued on what’s been a very lucrative film career. Among her next big projects included Love Actually and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Portman is among the better actors on the planet. Since she was a little girl, we’ve seen her take the silver screen in such as films as Leon: The Professional, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, V For Vendetta, Closer, and Black Swan.
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Kacey Musgraves and Kyle Richards
Another mother and daughter duo? Not quite! Kyle Richards was a child actress-turned-reality television star. You can routinely see her on Bravo! as a member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She’s very family oriented, and is quite fashionable in the process.
Pictured on the right is country star singer Kacey Musgraves. The 34-year-old native of Texas has won four Grammy Awards throughout her illustrious music career. Without a doubt, the resemblance between these two media figures is quite strong!
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Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer
We’ve seen numerous iterations of Superman over the years. The most recent version of the famed superhero is portrayed by Henry Cavill. The English actor has been a fixture in film and television for nearly 20 years. The Tudors, The Witcher, Enola Hughes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and the aforementioned Superman are among his biggest achievements and accomplishments.
Fellow lookalike Matt Bomer is also an actor. His career arc is fascinating– as he went from a soap opera actor to one who dabbled in the realms of dramatic television and film. Bomer is highly versatile, and has played a number of very captivating roles (which even includes time on Broadway as a theater actor).
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Thandiwe Newton and Zoe Saldana
Often times, Thandiwe Newton and Zoe Saldana are mistaken for one another. Both are beautiful actresses with a long list of highly popular and successful projects. Hailing from England, Newton has garnered massive praise for her roles in the likes of Crash, Westworld, Mission: Impossible 2. and The Pursuit of Happyness.
Saldana is one of the primary stars of the Avatar franchise. From Scratch was a highly popular series shown on Netflix, and Saldana also was featured in Avengers: Endgame. She split her time growing up in both New Jersey/New York and the Dominican Republic.
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Victoria Justice and Nina Dobrev
These two virtually look like twins. Victoria Justice (pictured right) was a child actor. She primarily featured on Nickelodeon as one of their headlining leads. Along with that, the Florida native has since appeared in a plethora of noteworthy shows in the form of cameos. She’s also cultivated a rather nice music career for herself.
Bulgarian-Canadian actress/model Nina Dobrev has featured in a number of shows which people absolutely love. Among them, Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Vampire Diaries. Most recently, the 33-year-old has entered into a relationship with Olympic athlete Shaun White.
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Emma Mackey and Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie has turned into a legitimate superstar within the world of acting. Hailing originally from Australia, she has since acted with true heavyweights in the industry. We’re talking about the likes of Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Saorise Ronan, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman (among others). Her two Oscar nominations came in I, Tonya (where she portrayed Tonya Harding) and Bombshell (where she portrayed an employee of Fox News).
Mackey was born to an English mother and a French father. Being bilingual (growing up in both countries), Mackey has performed professionally in each language. However, without a doubt her breakout role came as the mysterious Maeve in Sex Education. Mackey has since become involved in a number of big-budget Hollywood productions including Death on the Nile and Barbie.
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Jaime Pressly and Margot Robbie
Robbie’s career has continued to flourish. One of her most noteworthy roles was when she played Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Being cast in a Tarantino role truly did cement Robbie’s legacy as a massively famous actress.
Jaime Pressly was pretty much a comedic actor early in her career. You saw her in a number of those crude ‘teen’ movies where her good looks and iconic North Carolina accent were showcased. The role in which her talent really shined came in My Name is Earl. She then spent over 120 episodes as a recurring member on Mom.
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Anna Gunn and Woody Harrelson
No…despite the internet rumors, Woody Harrelson and Anna Gunn are not siblings despite the strong resemblance. Gunn grew up in New Mexico. Ironically enough, it served as the setting for perhaps her most famous role as Skyler in Breaking Bad. The two-time Emmy Winner also performed in Deadwood and Sully.
You’ve seen Harrelson on screen in virtually every role possible. He’s played serious roles, comedic ones, and virtually everything under the proverbial sun. Among his most critically acclaimed performances, one could include Harrelson’s roles in White Men Can’t Jump, Cheers, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Messenger, and The People vs. Larry Flynt.
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Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly
It’s quite common for people to mix up Kelly and Meester. Both were on hit shows around the same time, and are roughly in the same age range. Everyone fell in love with Kelly during her days on Friday Night Lights as Lyla Garrity. This role propelled her career into both modeling and on-screen roles in such projects as Jane the Virgin, The Roommate, and Parenthood.
Meester’s big role came on Gossip Girl. She was a model as a young girl before really breaking into the world of performance — which featured film, television, and also vocal work. Since then, we’ve seen her in a number of films (The Roommate, That’s My Boy).
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Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel
For years upon years, these two have been compared to one another from a looks standpoint. The big, bright blue eyes against dark brown hair and a porcelain complexion. Actress Zooey Deschanel has been in the limelight for over 20 years — performing in a number of very good projects. Almost Famous was a great role for her, as was (500) Days of Summer. The sitcom New Girl will forever make her a darling in syndication.
Katy Perry went from being a shy, quiet girl growing up in Santa Barbara to one of the biggest and most prolific pop stars in the entire world. There are literally only a handful of musical giants considered to be ‘bigger’ than her at this point. Without a doubt, Perry forever etched herself into the fabric of high-end pop culture.
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Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain
Of all celebrity lookalikes, these two might be the ones most often mixed up for one another. We can’t blame the masses — as Chastain and Howard have striking physical similarities. The daughter of famed director/producer/writer/actor Ron Howard, Bryce (pictured right) stepped into her own shadow where she’s since created her own big-time career. This has included roles in the Jurassic Park franchise, The Help, and Rocketman.
Chastain reportedly grew up with some personal challenges as it pertained to her family’s background. The Sacramento native ultimately made it out to New York where her theater craft was honed. To this day, Chastain is considered one of the most talented American actors in the world. She’s earned three Oscar nominations — ultimately winning Best Actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
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Maggie Lawson and Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone will forever be known as the lead in one of the most iconic teen movies of all time, Clueless. Cher Horowitz continues to be a character over 20 years later which people dress up as for Halloween. Aside from that film, the Northern California native also starred in Batman & Robin, Miss Match, The Baby-Sitters Club, and American Horror Stories.
Looking like her identical twin, Maggie Lawson (right) grew up in Kentucky. She was also a child actor before moving to Hollywood and landing other roles. Some of them you may have heard of (Psych, Cybill, Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, Step by Step) and others you not be as familiar with (Model Behavior, The Ranch).
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Kate Middleton and Lauren Conrad
While both of these individuals work in completely different professions half way across the world from one another, there’s certainly a resemblance! Lauren Conrad (left) aka LC was first brought to us on the dramatic reality television show Laguna Beach. The Hills followed, and eventually Conrad became a very successful fashion designer with her own line (and she’s even written a number of books for good measure).
Kate Middleton — better known as her official title as the Princess of Wales — married into the British Royal Family. She married Prince William, which means that one day she’ll eventually become the Queen of England.
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