If I were talking about characters who were, in canon, dopplegangers, this list would obviously read “Katherine, Katherine, Katherine, Elena, Katherine.” But I’m actually talking about actors who’ve played more than one iconic TV role, to the extent that it confuses my poor little Jen-Brain for at least a season and a half of the new show.
1. Isabel Evans (Roswell) and Izzy Stevens (Grey’s Anatomy).
The first time I sat down to watch Grey’s Anatomy, I went “Hey, that’s the girl who played Isabel on Roswell!” And then I discovered that Katherine Heigl’s Grey’s character was named…Izzy. As in Isabel/Isobel/however-you-want-to-spell-it-it’s-still-the-same-name. I spent the whole first season expecting her to dreamwalk or show signs of telekinesis.
2. Damon Salvatore (Vampire Diaries) and Boon Carlyle (Lost)
I watched these two shows in reverse order: I had two seasons of Vampire Diaries under my belt before I ever watched LOST, which was really disconcerting, because watching Ian Somerhalder go from Delightfully Evil With Eyebrows of Sarcasm to being a super-eager former lifeguard with puppy dog eyes was downright disturbing.
3. Charlie Salinger (Party of Five) and Jack Shepard (Lost)
Really, I could have filled the majority of this list with characters from Lost. The whole reason I started watching it was that my understanding of the premise was “Charlie from Party of Five, Damon from Vampire Diaries, and Tess from Roswell are stuck on a deserted island…”
Seriously, though, the Charlie/Jack duality made it really hard for me to wrap my mind around Lost season 1, because every time someone said “Charlie,” I started looking for Jack.
4. Pacey Witter (Dawson’s Creek) and Peter Bishop (Fringe)
Four seasons in, and my friends and I *still* refer to Peter as “Pacey.”
5. Angel (Buffy) and Booth (Bones)
The first time I saw David Boreanaz goofing off and smiling on Bones, it really and truly freaked me out. He’s the LEAST broody person on the show. But eventually, I stopped waiting for Buffy to show up and hopped on the Booth/Brennan train.
And that’s it for my top five! Feel free to add your own…
My dad recently got the new iPhone. He started playing with Siri, and the following scene was the result. To get the full effect, you have to read Siri’s lines in a robotic voice that places emphasis on the wrong words and speaks surprisingly quickly.
DAD (to Siri): Read new texts.
SIRI: You have no new texts.
MOM: Do you want me to send you a text, honey?
MOM: *hard at work on a text*
SIRI: You have one new text.
DAD: Read my text.
SIRI: I am sorry, I do not know what you mean by “read my cat.”
DAD: Read my TEXTTTTTT.
SIRI: Reading your text. You have one new message from *YOUR WIFE*. (slight pause) You suck.
MOM: *starts giggling uncontrollably.*
DAD: Very funny.
MOM: I was just going to say “hi Bill,” but this was so much better.