Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Celebrity Look-a-like?

I just saw a breakdown for "a young (No older than 25) celebrity lookalike (for any star in that age range) in for a party scene in a Malibu Mansion. Speaking role dialogue improvised)."

It's a rush call for an indipendent film that shoots this evening. It pays $100, so I googled Hollywood Starlets to decide who I look like! In the past I've been likened to Jennifer Garner, Amanda Peet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeanne Tripplehorn, a soap star whose name no one can ever recall and I don't agree with this one, but I've been told one of my serious headshots looks Hilary Swank-ish.

Since none of those women fit the age range, I submitted that I could be Rachel Bilson (Jumper, The OC) or Ann Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, Brokeback Mountain, The Princess Diaries).

Are those a stretch? Who do you think I look like?

It's hard to say if I'll get a call; the $100 would be nice, but there is a huge danger in being a look-a-like. One of the managers I had lunch with a few weeks a go told me the following story:

"A young actress, lets call her "Jane" arrived in LA just after Jenny McCarthy had hit it big with her sexy body and funny facial expressions. Everywhere Jane went everyone was telling her how much she looked and acted like Jenny McCarthy! Word spread quickly and before she knew it, Jane was getting calls from everyone! In LA there are five top agencies and even one of them called Jane; they wined her and dined her with breakfast, lunch and dinner and before she knew it, Jane was signing on the dotted line! But Jane never worked a day in LA."

"Let me guess," I said, "Jane's back in Kansas because it was Jenny McCarthy's agency that signed her?"

"Exactly!" the manager said, shocked I beat him to the punchline. At the risk of sounding really conceited, I think people in LA are used to others in LA being really dumb. Either that or I must look dumb, because I've impressed several people with what I find to be basic knowledge or common sense.

Anyway, it's better to be original and make sure you never sign with someone who already represents an actor that is too much like you. Although, for the purpose of an indie film and a hundred bucks, hopefully I look just enough like one of the ladies listed above!


Anonymous said...

Yes I see Jean Tripplehorn. Could you post photos and let us do comparisons?
Nancy M

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

If you click on each of their names now it will go to photo galleries.

Thanks for the input!


Anonymous said...

Well, I didn't get a call, so I guess I'll be happy to be an original! LOL!

Although the hundred bucks would have been really nice!!!!