Celebrity siblings often make epic pairings — but what about celebrity twins? While the power of twin relationships is undoubtedly strong, things tend to get complicated when celebrities have non-famous twins.
From Ashton Kutcher to Aaron Carter, Hollywood fame and fortune can get the best of even the most iconic celebrities, causing difficult relationships with their non-famous twins. Read on to learn what it’s really like when only one twin gets to live in the limelight of Hollywood.
Rami and Sami Malek
In 2018, Rami Malek stunned the world with his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek closely resembled Queen’s famous frontman, but the Hollywood star also has a double of his own: his twin brother, Sami. Born four minutes before Rami, 38-year-old Sami Malek is an identical twin.
He decided to pursue education instead of acting and works as a school teacher. The siblings seem to be fairly close. Back in 2015, Rami told Jimmy Kimmel that his brother asked him to perform a Greek monologue in his place during college to get him a better mark. Rami gladly stepped in and scored him a phenomenal grade!
Aaron and Angel Carter
Talk about a family full of stars! Aaron and Angel Carter are twins and the kid siblings of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Growing up, the twins participated in their star brother’s show House of Carters. As a young woman, Angel went on to pursue acting, while Aaron pursued music.
Aaron eventually released four studio albums and performed on a variety of stages, from Nickelodeon to Broadway. Despite pursuing different career paths, Angel and Aaron have remained immeasurably close, with Angel sticking by Aaron’s side through the pressures long-term fame placed on him. In OK!, Angel said, “There’s definitely, like, a twin connection…you connect with them more, you know?”
Vin Diesel and Paul Vincent
Vin Diesel may be one of Hollywood’s most legendary action stars, yet his twin brother, Paul Vincent, is as far from the spotlight as you can get. The 52-year-old Paul tends to stay out of the public eye, so not much is known about the sibling of the charismatic action star.
Details about his education and personal life aren’t known, but Paul has worked as a sound engineer on a number of films. He even worked on some of Vin’s films in the past, including a movie from The Fast and The Furious series. However, beyond a few career snippets, Paul’s life is relatively private, and he seems to prefer it that way.
Scarlett and Hunter Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is one of the most successful actresses in the world, leading 2019’s highest-paid actresses list on Forbes with a $56 million paycheck. The only thing she doesn’t have is the height of her twin brother, Hunter Johanson, who is a staggering foot taller than she is.
All jokes aside, Scarlett and Hunter are an epic set of siblings. Hunter did a bit of acting when he was younger, but he eventually turned to politics, working for Barack Obama during his presidency. He is passionate about campaigning and supporting charitable organizations, as well as escorting his sister to red carpet events and premieres.
Jon and Daniel Heder
Did you know the star of Napoleon Dynamite (2004) has a twin? Yep, the funny, cult-classic star Jon Heder shares a birthday with his brother, Dan. As you can see, Dan Heder looks uncannily like Jon. However, he prefers to be behind the camera, working as an animator and previsualization/visualization artist.
On films such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), he helped design digital pre-filming storyboards. On other flicks, including Alita: Battle Angel (2019) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), he worked as a leading visualization artist. The tech-savvy twin has lent his visual effects skills to more than 25 projects over the course of his career.
Efren and Carlos Ramirez
Speaking of Napoleon Dynamite — Heder wasn’t the only leading man with a twin. The actor who portrayed Pedro, Efren Ramirez, has a twin brother just like his co-star. Weird, right? Although Efren landed the role of Pedro, his brother is an actor of equal skill and hilarity.
The multi-talented Carlos Ramirez has studied theater, dance, acting, martial arts and more. He works as a film producer and, in his extra time, focuses his attention on human rights projects. He enjoys getting involved in charitable outreach and practices motivational speaking across America. Also like the Heders, he resembles his brother to an almost frightening degree.
Laverne Cox and M. Lamar
Actress Laverne Cox is known for her role on Orange Is the New Black, as well as her advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community. Laverne plays a transgender woman named Sophia on OITNB. In certain scenes, the show flashes back to a time before Sophia’s transition. To accomplish these scenes with seamlessness, they enlisted the help of her IRL twin brother.
That’s right, Laverne has a twin! Her brother, 35-year-old M. Lamar, is a musician and multimedia performance artist. He often produces art that is a reflection on the queer community, collective trauma and racial issues. His engaging work has been displayed at significant venues, such as Abrons Art Center and Dixon Place.
Charlotte and Samantha Ronson
Described as “rock aristocrats” by Harper’s Bazaar, twins Charlotte and Samantha Ronson come from a family of artists. Their older brother, Mark Ronson, is a famous music producer, so the 42-year-old twins have fairly big shoes to fill. Nonetheless, they’ve made a name for themselves beyond their big brother’s spotlight.
Charlotte Ronson works in fashion design in New York City, where she manages her own uber-successful brand. You can find her clothing worn by everyone from Winona Ryder to Kate Moss. Samantha Ronson, much like her brother, found her footing in the music industry. She works as an esteemed DJ, with many of her gigs taking her around the world.
Gisele and Patricia Bündchen
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen has a twin sister as gorgeous as she is. She and her sister, 39-year-old Patricia Bündchen, have a strong relationship and are best friends. Growing up, both of the sisters tried their hand at modeling.
As Gisele rose in popularity, Patricia cheered her on and eventually worked for Gisele, ensuring her career was well-managed. They have always been close and as young children almost seemed attached at the hip. In 2009, Patricia told Vanity Fair, “…she was always trying to protect her sister…’Don’t mess with my sister, or you’ll have to deal with me!'”
Tasha and Sidra Smith
Did you know that actress Tasha Smith of Empire and Power fame also has a twin? Tasha’s twin sister, Sidra Smith, looks pretty identical to Tasha. The 48-year-old has done minimal acting in her day, but she does extremely engaging work behind-the-scenes.
While Tasha enjoys fame onscreen, Sidra prefers to work her magic offscreen. She specializes in directing, casting, writing and producing films and television shows and has worked on projects like A Luv Tale (2018) and Daredevil (2003).She and her sister were close growing up and shared similar hobbies, even starting a joint hair-styling business when they were still pre-teens.
Eva and Joy Green
French actress Eva Green is a marvel in Hollywood, starring in beloved films like Dark Shadows (2012) and The Dreamers (2003). Even if you’re a die-hard fan of the actress, you may not know much about her twin sister, Joy. The 39-year-old isn’t an actress like her mother, aunt or her celebrity twin.
In an interview with EvaGreenWeb.com, Joy said, “I’m not sure people realize how many sacrifices it takes. It’s almost incompatible if you want to raise a family or live a normal life.” What is Joy’s normal life? She went to school to study business and now runs a vineyard in Tuscany called Le Crocine with her loving husband, Niccolò.
Peyton and Spencer List
Peyton List is best known for her role as Emma Ross on Disney’s popular kids’ show Jesse (2011-2015). These days, Peyton continues to act, model and spend plenty of time with her loving twin brother, Spencer. The 21-year-old is an actor like his sister and has appeared in episodes of Fringe and Law & Order.
Spencer and Peyton are two peas in a pod. In 2016, Peyton told Sweety High, “I have a built-in best friend. We can always go to each other with anything, and I trust him more than anyone.” In a 21st-birthday Instagram post for his sister, Spencer said, “Couldn’t ask for a better womb mate. Love you #besttwininthaworld.”
Willow and Autumn Shields
Most people know Willow Shields for her role as Katniss’ sister in The Hunger Games film franchise. However, many don’t know about her sister IRL, Autumn Shields. The 19-year-old Autumn is also an actress, known for her role in the film Beyond the Blackboard (2011).
The fraternal twins each sport their own styles, yet their connection seems strong. Autumn frequently posts about Willow on her Instagram account. In one sweet birthday post, Autumn said, “We all need someone in our lives that cries when you step on their toes or laughs like a psychopath when they’re nervous. I got this nerd for these moments.”
Nicholas Brendon and Kelly Donovan
On Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Nicholas Brendon played star-slayer Buffy’s best friend, Xander Harris. In real life, Nicholas’ best friend is his identical twin brother, Kelly. Born three minutes before Nicholas, Kelly also took an interest in the entertainment industry — in the form of stunt work.
Whenever Nicholas fell ill during Buffy filming, Kelly was there to step into his shoes as Xander. In one episode of Buffy, “The Replacement”, Kelly played the role of Brendon’s double-self after a demon manifested a second copy of his character. He continued to work on Buffy after his work on that episode concluded and also contributed to work in the Art Department for the show.
Parker and Christopher Posey
In the film industry, Parker Posey is adored for her acting in quirky films, unique television shows and thoughtful indies, such as Dazed and Confused (1993), Party Girl (1995) and Lost in Space (2018). She has credited her drive to be an actress to her family.
However, you may not know about one of the most important players in her childhood: her twin brother, Christopher. Unlike Parker, 50-year-old Christopher didn’t pursue a career in the arts. Parker may be a highly praised actress, but her brother chose a career that is about as far from entertainment as you can get. He works as an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.
Elvis and Jesse Garon Presley
You may know everything there is to know about the “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” or you may be surprised to learn that he was born a twin. Unfortunately, his twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, was stillborn a mere 35 minutes before Elvis came into the world. They would have been identical.
Although it’s difficult to gauge the full effect this had on Elvis, the event surely left a traumatic stain on the singer’s life. He never got a chance to know his brother, but he spent most of his young life caring for his mother, from calming her down during panicked phone calls to visiting her frequently to provide companionship.
Kiefer and Rachel Sutherland
Actor Kiefer Sutherland has spent his life portraying highly-engaging characters. However, many people don’t know that he scored the lifetime role of twin brother too. His sister, 52-year-old Rachel Sutherland, was born in London seven minutes after Kiefer. Their dad, Golden Globe award winner Donald Sutherland, was working on a movie at the time.
Both seemed destined to pursue careers related to the film industry. While Kiefer dominates the screen with his gripping personas and acting skills, Rachel prefers to thrive behind the scenes. She currently works as a television production manager/post-production supervisor and has worked on projects such as Rookie Blue (2010) and Lost Girl (2010).
Charles and Max Carver
Max and Charlie Carver, now 31 years old, grew up side-by-side in the spotlight. The duo worked on a handful of television shows together, including Desperate Housewives, Teen Wolf and The Leftovers, always playing twins on the shows. Quite a stretch, right? They have been acting since they were teenagers.
The two young men have won the hearts of fans worldwide with their charm and charisma, on and offscreen. What’s so cool about their twindom? Despite being identical twins, the timing of their births caused them to be born on completely different days in entirely different months. Charlie was born on July 31, while Max was born on August 1.
Alanis and Wade Morissette
Alanis Morissette isn’t the only musical child in her family. “You oughta know” that the 45-year-old has a twin brother who is also a musician. Wade Morissette writes and performs his own songs, along with being a proud yoga instructor. Although he considers himself a musician, Wade has devoted the majority of his life to his yoga training and retreats.
His music is extremely different than that of his pop-star sister. Wade’s unique songs combine both English and Sanskrit chants to create a fascinating sounds. The twins certainly share a number of killer qualities in the present day, including both being advocates for mental and spiritual health.
Giovanni and Marissa Ribisi
Not many sets of twins have the incredible resumes of Giovanni and Marissa Ribisi. The 44-year-olds were born to a talent agent mother, who certainly helped them get their feet in the door in the acting industry. Together, the twins boast more than 130 acting credits in films, television shows, sitcoms, documentaries and more.
Giovanni and Marissa are both remarkably gifted actors. Giovanni, who is known for films like Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Ted (2012), and Marissa, known for Dazed and Confused (1993) and The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), have both been married and have children. Giovanni is currently dating interior designer Emily Ward, while Marissa settled down with musician Beck Hansen.
Charlie and Craig Reid
You’ve surely heard these brothers’ hit song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” The catchy chorus became an instant classic and has appeared in a plethora of movies and TV shows. Still, you may not know much about the twin brothers beyond the song’s production.
In 1983, Scottish musicians Charlie and Craig Reid retired as high-school punk rockers and kicked off their professional careers as The Proclaimers. The two-man band toured early on and even landed some television appearances. “I’m Gonna Be” put them on the map. Since then, the talented twins at the heart of The Proclaimers have produced a stunning 11 albums.
Isabella and Isotta Rossellini
Beautiful 67-year-olds Isabella and Isotta Rossellini (shown below with journalist Pia Lindstrom) were born into fame. They are the twin daughters of Ingrid Bergman, a leading star in some of Hollywood’s most treasured classics, including critically-acclaimed Casablanca (1942). Their father was Roberto Rossellini, who was thriving as a famous producer and director in Italy when the girls were born.
Isabella Rossellini followed in the footsteps of her mother. The Italian actress has captivated audiences with her risky and dynamic roles in flicks such as Blue Velvet (1986) and Death Becomes Her (1992). Isotta, on the other hand, has a passion for writing and education. Among her most engaging writings? Her musings on her unique upbringing, of course.
Daryl and Evan Sabara
Kid actor Daryl Sabara is known for his charming portrayal of the quirky Junie Cortez in the Spy Kids series. His twin brother, Evan, was also a key player in the films, as well as a number of other flicks. While Daryl broke out in his Spy Kids role, 27-year-old Evan began to enjoy other successes in his acting career.
Evan works as both a voice actor and an onscreen actor. He has lent his voice to projects like The Polar Express (2004), Home on the Range (2004) and Dinosaur (2000). His onscreen appearances include films with his brother, such as Spy Kids (2001) and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003).
Linda and Leslie Hamilton
Think you’re seeing double? That’s only Linda and Leslie Hamilton, identical twins. Linda Hamilton’s time as Sarah Connor in The Terminator series has earned her infamy in the sphere of sci-fi action films. However, her twin, Leslie Hamilton, didn’t pursue acting like her sister.
Leslie, 62, leads a simple yet fulfilling life as a caretaker. While her star twin sister stunned film audiences across America, she chose to pursue a career in nursing. Of course, even though she’s not technically an actress, she couldn’t resist the offer to step in to play Linda’s double in the second Terminator film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Shawn and Aaron Ashmore
There is no shortage of talent when it comes to these brothers. Identical twins Shawn and Aaron Ashmore have both enjoyed massive success on screen. Born only a minute apart (Shawn being the eldest), the brothers both have nearly 70 credits each to their names. The 39-year-olds have starred in numerous television shows and films, as well as participating in substantial behind-the-scenes work.
Shawn Ashmore is known for a variety of roles, including his recurring role as Iceman in the X-Men film series and his role in the thriller TV series The Following. Aaron Ashmore has worked on a number of television projects in the last few years, including Lost Girl, Designated Survivor and Veronica Mars.
Joseph and Jacob Fiennes
Actor Joseph Fiennes has been a charismatic force in entertainment for years, while his twin, Jacob, has stayed out of the spotlight. Joseph has played numerous roles that earned him wild popularity, including the leading role in Shakespeare in Love (1998). In the last few years, he has become madly popular for his terrifying performance on The Handmaid’s Tale.
While Joseph is passionate about entertainment, his twin is strongly disassociated from the world of acting. Joseph and Jacob are two of five siblings, and 49-year-old Jacob is the only member of the family who decided to pursue a career outside the arts. Instead, he eagerly works as a conservationist.
Noah and Chloe Schnapp
Here’s a strange thing you didn’t know about Noah Schnapp: He has a twin sister! The 14-year-old, who plays Will Byers on the wildly popular series Stranger Things, has a twin named Chloe. Chloe isn’t an actress, but she maintains a major presence on social media.
In fact, she has amassed more than 400,000 followers on Instagram and has been spotted hanging out with other internet influencers like the Dolan twins. From the photos and videos the duo post online, she and Noah seem to have a great relationship. Obviously, they’re fraternal twins, but they share the same winning smile.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know about the most famous twins in America, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The duo first rose to fame while sharing the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House. The now-33-year-old child stars have since amassed dozens of acting credits, remaining relevant, charming and hilarious as they grew older.
The twins were always popular as a set, starring in twin roles in It Takes Two (1995) and Passport to Paris (1999). These days, the uber-successful pair has stepped back from acting, both focusing instead on fashion, style, modeling and the clothing industry, which they’ve had a flair for since they were teenagers.
Ashton and Michael Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher has been a breakout star since That 70’s Show aired. In his early years, half the attention he earned was split with his twin — and he was perfectly fine with that. His sibling, 41-year-old Michael, is an inspiration to Ashton. Michael is a public speaker who suffers from cerebral palsy, and Ashton grew up observing his brother’s incredible resilience.
When accepting the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award in 2017, Ashton’s speech included a touching tribute to Michael. “My brother was born with cerebral palsy, and it taught me that loving people isn’t a choice…He also taught me that he had…extraordinary gifts that I didn’t have,” said Ashton.