Lookalikes … and Backhanded Compliments

Posted by Lori Wilhite

My brain has been in mass overdrive lately. I don’t know if it is the shocking fact that December is already here. I don’t know if it is the calendar crazies or that some days it seems a good portion of my brain has been sucked out of my noggin.

So, oddly enough, I’ve been thinking of this tonight. We have lots of Impersonators around Vegas. I mean, who wouldn’t want Elvis to marry them, right? Between the impersonators and the wax museum, you can get your picture made with fake-famous people all over Vegas. It is a little strange.

But a while ago, I was sitting at the Taco Bell drive-thru window and the guy with the headset said, “You look like that girl in Pulp Fiction. I’m sorry …. I’m so sorry. You do, but I’m sorry.” Then he smiled a big, toothy grin and handed me our sack of burritos.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to make of his declaration. I sat for a moment trying to figure out if this was some sort of strange compliment or a straight up insult. I couldn’t decide if he was apologizing to me or Uma, but either way he was apologizing … profusely.

I think it must be the hair … or the Pulp Fiction dance that I obviously would be amazing at. Obviously.

So … tonight, with no deep thoughts left in my brain …  I’m wondering who people say you look like. What famous person could you pass for? Or if you needed to hire a celeb to play you in a movie, who would it be? And just FYI, Uma would not be my first pick. 🙂

66 thoughts on “Lookalikes … and Backhanded Compliments

  1. Tiffany Cooper

    OK, I can not remember the girls name at all…so wish I could. People have stopped me at the mall to tell me I look just like her. Ladies at the L&L It retreat in Nashville said I looked like her too. I get it a lot. Why can’t I think of her name. I tried to find it on Celebrity Lookalike generator and they said I look like Jennifer Lopez…ahh, that would be amazing but, no, I don’t look like her.

    Lori, it’s totally a compliment to look like Uma in Pulp Fiction. Gorgeous! You are Gorgeous!

  2. Andrea

    When I first met my Hubby he told me I looked like Lauren Conrad from Laguna Beach!

    I don’t see it, but it was a nice compliment.

  3. Michelle Meeks

    Ooh Lori! Uma is so sassy – definitely a compliment to you and Uma.

    I get Robin Wright-Penn normally and Miss Piggy when I am pregnant.

  4. Vanessa

    I’m told that I look like Stockard Channing. Yep, that’s Rizzo from Grease! I don’t see it, but I guess it could be worse. Fun post, Lori!

  5. LeadHership

    Lately, I’ve been getting the (shall we say) “comments” (cause I’m not sure theyre compliments) that I remind them of the deranged, blond shopper in the Chrustmas Target commercials…

  6. Cindy Beall

    When I was younger people said Julie Roberts. Never saw that, but that’s cool.

    Sometimes they said Daryl Hannah. Didn’t really see that one either.

    Now, well, sometimes people tell me that Amy Groeschel and I could be sisters. I’ll take that cuz she’s a babe 🙂

  7. Emily H

    I usually get “Do you know who you look like? … That girl who used to be on 90210… The one with her won show now…” Sometimes I pretend not to know who they are talking about. Other times I shake my head and reply. “Yes, Tori Spelling …”

  8. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Helen Hunt is lovely.

    If I was picking for a movie right now, I’d probably go with Ashley Greene from those Twilight movies b/c she is super young and adorable & her hair was super cute in that last one. And who wouldn’t want to take 10-15 years off. 🙂

    But, who would be a more accurate reflection? Well, that one I’d have to think on for a while.

  9. Lori Wilhite Post author

    And I bet people don’t apologize when they say that either … because that is a sweet compliment! 🙂

  10. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Oh no … do you remember anything she is in. I want to look her up!

    And … wouldn’t we all love to have the perfectly lovely skin of J-Lo.

  11. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Oh no! Not miss Piggy at all! I saw you a couple of months before he was born and you were fabulous.

    I can totally see Robin Wright-Penn also. Lovely.

  12. Lori Wilhite Post author

    I always liked Rizzo. If you can sing like that too … I’m buying you a Pink Ladies jacket. 🙂

  13. Lori Wilhite Post author

    You were blonde?! I can hardly imagine it.

    And you both have beautiful eyes.

    By the way, got your card and it was even cuter in person. Such a sweet, precious family.

  14. Lori Wilhite Post author

    I LOVE that crazy, deranged shopper lady. She totally cracks me up. And you crack me up to.

    It does make me laugh that people would compare you both. Funny.

  15. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Ok … new mission. Get Cindy, Amy, and Tiffany together for a photo op to see how sisterly you all look.

    I do think you are right Cindy … you are all babes! 🙂

  16. Lori Wilhite Post author

    That Andrea girl from the original 90210? Hummmm …. I don’t think so.

    But … while I’m a long way from Carrie Underwood, I wouldn’t mind that one either. Snap that compliment up! 🙂

  17. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Well, if you team up with Natalie up there, we are part way to a 90210 look-alike reunion show.

    Any takers on Shannen Doherty or Tiffani Amber Thiessen?

  18. Jaye M. Bice

    Lori you do look like her…and I think she’s stunning. People tell me I look like Sara Evans. I’ve had some people come up to me and ask me if I was her. If I would have been singing they would have never approached me lol. I’ve also been told {by people that know me well} that I reminded them of Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side. It was more her character than her looks though.

  19. Brandi Wilson

    I knew you’d have a funny answer… not that I don’t think you look identical to all three of those! 🙂

    I am sure Carrie wear sassy red heels too! 🙂

  20. Brandi Wilson

    These answers are awesome!!! I don’t ever get told I look like anyone.

    But if you asked who I would WANT to look like… Probably Jennifer Aniston. Super gorgeous, but not too gorgeous… just perfectly pretty!

  21. Kristyn VanBuskirk

    This is fun! Loving all the responses! I’ve been told on numerous occasions that I look like Heather Tom, a soap opera star. Had a group of people who literally did not believe me that I wasn’t her! They followed me around for my autograph! It was crazy! I didn’t even know who she was! Also been told I look like Tapanga from Boy Meets World, & at the retreat everyone thought the lovely Tiffany Cooper & I were sisters! 🙂

  22. Grace Jones

    When I had blonde hair people told me I look like Drew Barrymorre- an she is one of my fav actors… So I’m ok with that…

    But on the look alike note- there is an elementary school teacher in my town that people mistake me for ALL the time and vice versa… To the point that people who know her WELL thought she was having an affair with MY husband… We finally met last year! She is a super sweetie and I am proud to be her look alike!!

  23. Lori Wilhite Post author

    I love Sandra Bullock in the Blindside. Who doesn’t love a strong Southern woman? 🙂

  24. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Jim Carrey?! That’s hilarious. I don’t see that at all.

    Jud either gets Kevin Bacon or Matt Damon. I can totally see Kevin Bacon … but Matt Damon is a stretch and the one that we hear most often.

  25. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Jennifer Aniston could totally play you in your own fabulous Brandi Wilson Hallmark movie special.

  26. Lori Wilhite Post author

    I just looked her up and I can totally see it!

    And I could also see how you and Tiff might be considered sisters. Both beautiful!

  27. Lori Wilhite Post author

    That is CRAZY!! How cool that you got to meet here since you are recognized as each other all the time.

  28. Dianna

    Once, I was checking into a hotel and the front desk girls thought I was one of the Dixie Chicks.
    But – most often people think they know me and have seen my on TV or on christian television…I haven’t figured out who they think I am. But since they are usually excited about meeting me (or whoever they think I am) I’m ok. 🙂

  29. Meredith

    I won’t cut my hair short so I play with the color ALL the time. My husband gets a kick out of people because when it’s blonde I’m told I look just like Meredith Baxter-Birney (the mom off of the 80s show Family Ties). When I dye it dark I get told I look like Martina McBride (we both have blue eyes and big mouths, but I cannot sing like her even though I always try to in the car with my 13 year old daughter just to see her roll her eyes and shake her head).

  30. Stephanie

    At our staff Christmas party, my Sr. Pastor told me someone said to him I looked like and reminded them of Lady GaGa???….definitely one of those, UM, compliment, I think not moments! It was quite amusing! #wowthanks?
    My team thought it was SO hilarious that they photoshopped my face onto a GaGa photo and put them all over my office before i arrived Monday morning.
    PS, there aren’t any similarities and I still think I was being punked 🙂 lol

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