When an actor portrays a character on screen, it's difficult to differentiate that character from the actor who's in that role. Fans rarely think about the family of an actor while they watch a movie or TV show. It's kind of like thinking about how your teachers at school had lives outside of school-- it's just weird.
That's why it's pretty surprising when you learn that some of your favorite actors are actually twins.
Some actors have identical twins, while others have twins of the opposite gender. Of course, there are a few famous twins around Hollywood, including Cole and Dylan Sprouse and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. However, most of the time, actors who have twin siblings act alone rather than with their brother or sister.
Not everyone wants to be famous. For these twins, they've been thrown into the spotlight without the desire to actually be noticed (especially when they are an identical twin and fans constantly mistaken them for their famous sibling). Being related to someone famous is one thing, but being the twin of someone famous is a whole different thing entirely.
There are plenty of Hollywood actors who have a twin that you might not have known about. Some of these twins tried to be actors themselves and some of them have never desired to be in the spotlight.
Here are the 15 Actors You Had No Idea Were Twins.
15 Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel is best known for his roles in the The Fast and the Furious franchise, as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. He has been in other movies too, such as The Pacifier, xXx, and Saving Private Ryan. (Fun fact: Diesel also voiced The Iron Giant in The Iron Giant, which might make you question your entire childhood.)
It's hard to imagine Vin Diesel having a twin, let alone a twin who has a full head of salt-and-pepper hair. Well, surprise, because Vin Diesel has a twin named Paul Vincent who chooses to live a very private life.
There aren't many pictures of him on the internet, nor is there much information about him, as we can only guess that he has worked very hard to stay out of the spotlight.
14 Kiefer Sutherland
Most people know Kiefer Sutherland as the star of the Fox series 24. He was last spotted starring in the television series Designated Survivor. The series follows Sutherland's character, who eventually becomes president after almost everyone who has a higher status than him in the U.S. government dies. The show has been renewed for season 2.
Sutherland has a twin sister named Rachel Sutherland. While her brother is always in front of the camera, Rachel decided to try something else-- work behind the scenes.
Rachel is a production manager and has worked on television shows such as Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, and Mary Kills People. She doesn't mind stepping out onto the red carpet with her famous brother, but she prefers being behind the scenes most of the time.
13 Rami Malek
Rami Malek is best known for his role as Elliot Anderson on the television show Mr. Robot. With that said, Malek has also been in some major movies. He starred opposite Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke, and Robin Williams in Night at the Museum.
He was also in the Tom Hanks produced mini-series The Pacific, which is partially how he nabbed his role in Mr. Robot.
Malek has a twin brother who looks almost exactly like him. His brother is named Sami Malek, and he has one acting credit from a long time ago. Sami stays out of the spotlight for the most part and works as a middle school teacher. He has taught ESL and even wrote an essay in 2011 about how the California budget crisis has affected teachers.
12 Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox is best known for her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. She has also starred as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again. She is currently splitting her time between Netflix and her new television series Doubt.
Cox has a twin brother named M Lamar who has actually made a couple of appearances on Orange is the New Black. He portrayed Sophia Burset before her transition in a few flashback scenes. They wanted someone who looked a lot like Sophia, but didn't want to use Cox herself for the flashback scenes, so they hired her twin instead.
In real life, M Lamar is a punk-rock musician who calls himself an artist, first and foremost.
11 Logan Marshall-Green
Though he may not the most well-known actor in Hollywood, Logan Marshall-Green is probably best known for looking pretty similar to Tom Hardy.
Don't let that fool you, though, as Marshall-Green has earned himself quite a few acting credits over the years. He has starred in movies such as The Invitation, Prometheus, Devil, Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as Netflix's Sand Castle as Sergeant Harper.
In real life, Marshall-Green has a twin (who is not Tom Hardy) named Taylor who works in Hollywood, but not in front of the screen. Taylor Marshall-Green is a supervising producer who mostly works on low-budget reality television shows. One show he worked on for awhile was called, My Cat from Hell, and yes, that is a real television show.
10 Willow Shields
That's right, Katniss Everdeen's little sister from The Hunger Games is a twin. Willow Shields is best known for her role as Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games series. She hasn't done very much acting besides this, but she's currently only 17 years old and will probably do more once she's no longer in school.
Willow Shields has a twin sister named Autumn Shields who has also dabbled in acting. Autumn has been in a television, movie, as well as a few short films. The sisters are super close, though they look nothing alike.
There's not much known about Autumn, but Willow once said that they share each other's clothes a lot, which isn't really newsworthy. For the most part the sisters stay out of the spotlight.
9 Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Fiennes might be best known for being the little brother of Ralph Fiennes (aka the infamous Lord Voldemort). It's not like he hasn't held his own in Hollywood, though.
Joseph Fiennes is also known for his roles in Shakespeare in Love, American Horror Story, and the recent success The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. He also ran into some controversy earlier this year for portraying the late Michael Jackson in the miniseries Urban Myths.
Fiennes has a twin brother named Jacob, who is a renowned conservationist. The two may look like they are brothers, but they don't necessarily look like twins. Either way, Jacob prefers to stay out of the spotlight unless he's being interviewed about specific wildlife.
8 Eva Green
Eva Green might be best known as being everyone's favorite Bond girl from the movie Casino Royale. That being said, she's also been in other movies such as 300: Rise of an Empire, Dark Shadows, and recently portrayed the title character in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Eva Green's twin sister doesn't look much like her. Green has a very unique look and personality, and her twin is completely different from her. Green's twin sister is named Joy.
Eva claims that the two used to argue all the time, though they now get along for the most par. Eva is thankful that her sister never chose acting because that would have made things between them "too competitive" for her.
Joy lives in Normandy and raises horses in the countryside with her husband.
7 Jon Heder
You probably know Jon Heder best from his role as Napoleon Dynamite in classic Napoleon Dynamite. With that said, Heder has been in some other box office successes, such as Blades of Glory, The Benchwarmers, and Surf's Up, where he voiced the character Chicken Joe.
In real life, Jon Heder has a twin named Dan and the two look almost exactly alike. Dan works in Hollywood as well, and has some done visual effects work for many major television shows and movies, such as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Edge of Tomorrow.
Dan was also an animator for the movie Monster House, which coincidentally starred his brother, Jon, who voiced the character Reginald "Skull" Skulinski. It must have been interesting for the brothers to work together.
6 Nicholas Brendon
If you lived through the '90s then you'll know Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Since the show ended in 2003, Brendon has been active in Hollywood. He's had a regular series role on Criminal Minds, as well as minimal roles in Private Practice and Faking It.
If you can remember back in the day, there was an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Xander encountered a body double who was trying to take over his life. That was his twin, Kelly Donovan, who also used to be Xander's stand-in on the show. Donovan also acted as Xander Harris in one episode of Buffy when Brendon was too sick to shoot.
Kelly has done minimal acting himself, though, and he hasn't done anything since 2002. He originally wanted to be an actor, but after Brendon made it big, Donovan backed away from Hollywood because he didn't want to compete against his brother.
5 Efren Ramirez
As another familiar face from Napoleon Dynamite, Efren Ramirez is best known as playing Pedro in the cult-classic film. He has also had roles on Scrubs, Constantine, and Bordertown. Though he is a working actor, Napoleon Dynamite seems to have been the peak of his career.
Efren Ramirez has a twin brother named Carlos Ramirez who is also an actor, though you probably haven't seen anything he's been in. Carlos served in the United States Air Force for about eight years. He is fluent in four languages and has become a talented dancer.
The two brothers are pretty much identical, so make sure you have the real Efren Ramirez before you walk up to Carlos, thinking that he's the guy who played Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite.
4 Linda Hamilton
Linda Hamilton is probably best know for her role as Sarah Connor from The Terminator franchise. She also had a role on the show Chuck for awhile and was on a Beauty and the Beast television show in '80s as well.
In real life, Linda Hamilton has a twin sister named Leslie Hamilton Gearren. The two look very similar to each other, which is the main reason why Leslie played Twin Sarah in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
With that said, that was a one time thing for Leslie, who has stayed away from the spotlight since. Leslie is actually a nurse. Wouldn't it be strange to be treated by a nurse who looked exactly like Sarah Connor from The Terminator?
3 Parker Posey
You might remember Parker Posey from Dazed and Confused. She's also been in Superman Returns, Scream 3, and Kicking and Screaming. She's made appearances on some major television shows, including Parks and Recreation, The Good Wife, and New Girl. She's also known for being in a lot of indie movies.
Parker Posey has a twin brother named Christopher Posey who is a lawyer in Atlanta. For the most part, he has stayed away from the spotlight, and only makes an appearance when Parker takes him as her plus one to red carpet events and premieres.
Their dad ran his own car dealership while the twins were growing up, and their family lived in Louisiana, and then Mississippi, until Parker branched out on her own and moved to New York to pursue her dreams.
2 Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is a familiar face to all. She's currently best known for her role as Black Widow in The Avengers franchise. There's also been a lot of talk (mostly by fans) that a Black Widow film absolutely needs to happen.
Other than this, Johansson has also been the lead in many movies, including Lost in Translation, Lucy, and The Prestige.
Many fans might not realize that Scarlett Johansson has a twin brother named Hunter Johansson who is a foot taller than his sister, standing at 6'3. The two are extremely close and Scarlett brings him out to many Hollywood events all the time.
Hunter has been very political in the past and worked on Barack Obama's presidential campaign during both of his election cycles.
1 Ashton Kutcher
Known for being a goof ball on That '70s Show, a major investor in technology, and the husband to Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher is a leading man in Hollywood. He's been in movies such as The Butterfly Effect, Dude, Where's My Car?, and No Strings Attached.
Kutcher is also a twin. His fraternal twin brother is named Michael Kutcher. The two have a pretty interesting story. When they were born, Ashton weighed eleven pounds while Michael only weighed four pounds. Michael had some major health issues and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. When he became older, he almost died and he needed a heart transplant.
Thankfully, Michael is healthy, happy, and married today. He is an advocate for children and adults with cerebral palsy.
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