THE PRIVATE LIVES OF CELEBRITY LOOKALIKES
Looking uncannily like Beyonce or Brad Pitt doesn’t sound like something many people would consider a problem. But for struggling actors, resembling someone famous can be distracting and cost them work. Rather than fight the genetic hand they’ve been dealt, some performers decide to embrace it—and make a few bucks in the process. The celebrity look-alike and impersonator community (which does not include the Hollywood Boulevard variety) is small but tightly knit. The A-listers all seem to know each other. None of them take themselves too seriously and most have unrelated day jobs. I actually found myself oddly disappointed by their lack of competitiveness. For instance, the ’90s-period Madonna I photographed had only kind words for her “Lucky Star”-era counterpart. But what happens when the whistle blows and you’re stuck in a work face that won’t come off? I spent the last year photographing them in their homes and in other places they frequent. Here’s a look at what celebrity look-alikes look like when no one’s looking.