Celebrity lookalikes: 8 locals who will make you do a double-take

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Each year, we ask readers for local lookalike nominations, and these 8 celebrity twins rose to the top of our inbox for this issue’s double-take. Whether it’s Amy Poehler’s signature smirk or Maggie Gyllenhaal’s subtle smile — they’ve got the look!

Sarah Jane Marchant and Michelle Dockery

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Who is Michelle Dockery?

Michelle Dockery is a British actress best known for her role in the popular TV series “Downton Abbey.” She plays Lady Mary Crawley and has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. She is also a jazz singer.

Age: 23
Hometown: Provo
Occupation: Accountant

What is the best experience you have had as a celebrity lookalike?

I was at Rita’s Italian Ice one day and two employees were talking about how I looked like Michelle and said, “I wonder if she has ever been told that before.” I don’t think they realized I could hear everything they were saying. It was funny.

Are you a fan of Michelle Dockery?

Yes, she seems like a down-to-earth girl! I’ve watched a couple of episodes of Downton Abbey just so I could see who everyone kept telling me I looked like.

Who first noticed you resembled a celebrity?

My cousin Demarie.

If you could live your lookalike’s life for one day, what would you do?

I would sing all day! I don’t have that talent, and I wish I could belt out a good song sometimes. And I wish I had her accent!

Matt Titensor and Henry Cavill

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Who is Henry Cavill?

Henry Cavill is a British actor known for his debut role in “The Count of Monte Cristo.” He also has appeared in “The Tudors” and the 2013 Superman remake “Man of Steel.”

Age: 26
Hometown: Orem
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Who first noticed you resembled a celebrity?

My mom. My wife agrees, too! I also get told I look like some of the other people who have played Superman before, such as Christopher Reeve.

If you could live your lookalike’s life for one day, what would you do?

Travel!

If you were actually Superman, what skill would you most enjoy?

Flying! For my job I get to work with remote control military drones and so I am fascinated by that sort of stuff.

Do you share similarities other than looks?

Not much! I am six years younger than he is.

Are you a fan of your lookalike?

Yes, I loved watching Superman growing up, and I really enjoyed the latest movie version.

Jennifer Pugh and Amy Poehler

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Who is Amy Poehler?

Amy Poehler is an accomplished actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. A Saturday Night Live alum, Amy starred as Leslie Knope in sitcom “Parks and Recreation” and her voice can be heard on Disney’s new animated film, “Inside Out.”

Age: 35
Hometown: Springville
Occupation: Artist/Owner of Jennifer Pugh Studios

What is the best experience you have had as a celebrity lookalike?

I posted a comparison picture of Amy Poehler and myself on Facebook a few weeks ago and people actually thought both pictures were me and that I had just changed my hair to blonde.

Do you share similarities in addition to looks?

We both have a very sassy personality. I’m very outgoing and like to joke around and make people laugh.

Who first noticed you resembled a celebrity?

A friend of mine from the gym first mentioned it about a year ago. I didn’t think much about it because she’s blonde and I didn’t feel she looked that similar to me. But when I saw her on Jimmy Fallon recently with the dark hair I could totally see it.

Marla Olson and Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Who is Maggie Gyllenhaal? 

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared in films including “The Dark Knight,” “Crazy Heart” and “Nanny McPhee.” She is married to actor Peter Sarsgaard and is the sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

Age: 44
Hometown: Pleasant Grove
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

What is the best experience you have had as a celebrity lookalike?

A man and his wife followed me around Winco and then asked to take a picture with me.  Then, shortly after that, my friend brought me a picture of Maggie in a “Got Milk?” ad.  That was the first time I thought, “I look just like her!”  All I needed was a milk mustache and leopard dress.

Are you a fan of Maggie Gyllenhaal?

I think she’s great in “The Dark Knight,” and my kids and I love her in “Nanny McPhee Returns.”

Who first noticed you resembled a celebrity?

My nephew after “The Dark Knight” came out in 2008.

If you could live your lookalike’s life for one day, what would you do?

Travel to a beautiful location where they’re filming and stay awhile.

Lacy Crook and Lauren Graham

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Who is Lauren Graham?

Actress Lauren Graham is best known for playing Lorelai Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls” and Sarah Braverman on “Parenthood.”

Age: 39
Hometown: Alpine
Occupation: Marketing and Business Development Consultant at LacyArnold.com

Do you share similarities in addition to looks?

We were both born in March and love to write.

Are you a fan of Lauren Graham?

Yes, I think she’s probably a pretty funny person with an interesting personality based on the characters she plays.

Who first noticed you resembled a celebrity?

My then-boyfriend, now-husband Steve.

If you could live your lookalike’s life for one day, what would you do?

If I were a famous actress for a day I would probably like to spend time out of the spotlight with my family or friends just being normal and enjoying the little things in life. I’ve never wanted to be a famous actress.  It would be way too much work. I’ll leave that to the real Lauren Graham!

Kali Schauerhamer and Miranda Lambert

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Who is Miranda Lambert?

Miranda Lambert is a country music artist known for hits including “The House That Built Me,” “Mama’s Broken Heart” and “Little Red Wagon.”

Age: 22
Hometown: Herriman
Occupation: Receptionist, UVU student

Do you share similarities in addition to looks?

We have the same middle name, Leigh.

Are you a fan of Miranda Lambert?

Yes! I like her music and her personality. I also admire the friendship she has with Carrie Underwood and the strength, fire, and girl power she has behind some of her music.

Who first noticed you resembled a celebrity?

My friend Carly Sission tagged me in a Facebook photo of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert on the cover of a magazine announcing their marriage saying, “I didn’t know Kali was married to Blake Shelton.”

If you could live your lookalike’s life for one day, what would you do?

I would love to perform in a concert in front of hundreds of people. I’m terrified of singing in front of people and I would love to get over that.

John Munoa and Anthony Hopkins

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Who is Anthony Hopkins?

Anthony Hopkins is a film, stage and television actor. He is best know for his role as Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs” as well as films including “The Mask of Zorro,” “Meet Joe Black,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Legends of the Fall.”

Age: 55
Hometown: Alpine
Occupation: Film producer and composer

Who first noticed you resembled a celebrity? 

I’ve had many people tell me I look like him over the years. He is 22 years older than I am, so I like to think I’m a “young” Anthony Hopkins. There is a scene in “Mask of Zorro” where they flash back to Anthony Hopkins’ character in his younger years and I think they could have put me in.

Do you share similarities in addition to looks?

We both work in the entertainment industry. He is an actor and I am a film producer and composer.

Are you a fan of Anthony Hopkins?

Yes! I think he is a phenomenal actor. He was great in “Silence of the Lambs,” but I think I only need to see that movie once.

Antonela Oliveira and Kimberly Williams-Paisley

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Who is Kimberly-Williams-Paisley?

Kimberly’s breakthrough performance was in “Father of the Bride.” She went on to co-star in popular TV series “According to Jim” and to appear in NBC’s “Nashville.” She is married to country music star Brad Paisley.

Age: 27
Hometown: Provo
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

Are you a fan of Kimberly Williams-Paisley?

Yes! I used to love the movie “Father of the Bride” growing up, and I used to watch “According to Jim.”

Is your dad anything like George Banks? 

No! He was so happy when I got married.

Have you ever been told you look like a different celebrity? 

I used to get told I looked like Angelina Jolie a lot. I’ve also been told Mila Kunis a few times. I’d be happy to look like any of these ladies!

Who first noticed you resembled a celebrity?

My neighbor Jen mentioned that I look like her.

If you could live your lookalike’s life for one day, what would you do?

I would probably try to meet every possible celebrity she may know.

bronwynMeet the Stylist

Hair and makeup stylist Bronwyn Haws gave our lookalikes the red-carpet treatment to help them closely match their celebrity counterpart. Bronwyn graduated from Renaissance Academie and specializes in bridal and event styling at Suggestions Salon (801-226-6993).

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Kate Lehnhof Nash first joined Bennett Communications as a summer intern in 2009. Now, as an associate editor, she writes for magazines including Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley Bride and Prosper. Kate lives in Springville with her husband Steve and enjoys running, reading, sushi and her french bulldog, Chief.

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