Would you be surprised if you discovered that your favorite celebrity had a twin brother or twin sister? If so, you are in for a treat. Many celebrities have identical or fraternal doubles out there, and knowing who they are makes you want to know and love them even more. Some celebrity twins are both famous because the world got to know them at a young age. Such is the case with the likes of Tia and Tamera, the Olsen twins, and even Dan and Cole Sprouse. The world loves and adores twins, especially because the chances of having twins are less than 3.5%, with the chances of having identical twins even slimmer.
Now think of how rare it is to have identical twins that can act, sing, play football or become celebrities for any reason out there. Identical twins attract the most attention because people like to stare and try to tell them apart. Some twins look and act the same, such that they can replace each other on set whenever the need arises. Some of our favorite movies and TV series have cast both twins playing the role of the same person, and the audience was hardly able to tell.
Fraternal twins can at times be even more fascinating because there are those who do not look or act the same, making the knowledge of the relationship even more unbelievable. Here is a list of ten celebrities and their twins, some famous and others preferring to live in the background.
10. Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager
Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager are the twin daughters of President George W. Bush (the 43rd president of the United States) and his wife Laura Bush. Being children of a former president, they sure received a lot of publicity and media attention in the past, though even today people still follow their every move. The fact that they are not identical twins can lead some to conclude that they are just sisters. These twins are famous mostly because of their father and grandfather, who were presidents of the United States at different times. However, they have managed to make their own headlines, whether along the lines of underage drinking charges or good and charitable causes.
9. Ashton and Michael Kutcher
Yes, it is true; Ashton Kutcher has a twin brother by the name of Michael Kutcher. Michael is not an actor like his brother, partly because his talents lie in motivational speaking and partly because he has cerebral palsy. Ashton Kutcher has played numerous roles in Hollywood, with his starring roles as Steve Jobs in Jobs and Walden Schmidt in Two and a Half Men being some of the most memorable ones. Michael Kutcher on the other hand is a salesman in L.A. and loves talking to young people on issues related with sensitivity to disability, having respect for one another, and facing all of life’s obstacles.
8. Aaron and Shawn Ashmore
Shawn and Aaron are identical twins, and they have been acting together for quite a while now. Their rise to fame started with them starring in commercials, but has now evolved into Hollywood stardom. These twins were born in British Columbia, Canada on October 7, 1979 one minute apart, with Aaron coming out first. Aaron has been in numerous TV series and movies, with some of his most memorable roles on television being in The West Wing, Veronica Mars, Smallville, and in Warehouse 13. Shawn has also been in many TV series and movies, with some of his most memorable roles being in the X-Men films, Animorphs, The Following and many others.
7. Gisele and Patricia Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen is one of the highest paid supermodels on earth, and she receives the world’s attention wherever she goes. Gisele is only seven minutes older than her twin sister Patricia Bundchen, and both women are extremely gorgeous. These two Brazilian beauties are not identical twins, but they are very close and spend a lot of time together. Gisele is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environmental Programme, alongside other successes that she has picked up thanks to her successful modeling and acting career. Patricia usually acts as her sister’s manager, and was once a model when they were growing up.
6. Vin Diesel and Paul Vincent
Watching a character on screen for so long and in numerous movies can make the audience think that they know the actor inside out. However, most of our favorite celebrities have a lot to them we don’t know about, and Vin Diesel is one with a few surprises. Vin Diesel’s real name is Mark Sinclair Vincent, and he has a fraternal twin brother named Paul Vincent. Many people identify Vin Diesel with his roles in The Fast and the Furious movies, xXx and many other action flicks he has acted in and produced. His twin brother Paul Vincent is a very private man, leaving all the celebrity hassles to his brother.
5. Kiefer and Rachel Sutherland
Have you ever heard of Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland? No, those are not the names of a group of friends; it is the name of one very popular man. Kiefer Sutherland has acted in numerous movies and TV series, though people remember him most for his leading role as ‘Jack Bauer’ from the very popular TV series 24. Kiefer has a twin sister by the name of Rachel Sutherland who is just seven minutes younger than he is. Rachel Sutherland works in the film industry as a production manager, producer and editor, leaving all the acting to her twin brother. Rachel has numerous production and editing credits to her name, meaning she does a great job behind the scenes.
4. Tiki and Ronde Barber
Tiki and Ronde Barber are two fierce football players who have played for different teams but managed to stay close. These identical twins only have seven minutes separating them and ever since they came out of the womb, they have complemented and challenged each other. They played football together at the University of Virginia, and brought great success to their team during their term there. Later they both proceeded to the NFL where they were drafted to different teams, and both proved to be assets to the organizations they played for. Although Tiki Barber retired in 2006, these twins are still very close and telling them apart is quite a challenge.
3. Jason and Jeremy London
Jason and Jeremy London are actors in Hollywood who have taken part in numerous movies and TV shows. Although they have been in countless productions, they have only acted together once, in an episode of 7th Heaven, and Jeremy did the stunts for Jason in the movie The Man in the Moon. Unlike most identical twins that have a few minutes separating them, Jason and Jeremy were 27 minutes apart. Jason has often played roles of rebellious characters in his films, something that started to reflect in his life as well. Jeremy struggled with an addiction to drugs, a problem that he worked hard to overcome.
2. Jon and Dan Heder
Jon and Dan Heder are identical twins who were born in October 26, 1977. The brothers grew up in Oregon, studied in the Brigham Young University, and thereafter became actors. Jon is best known for his role as Napoleon Dynamite in the movie of the same name, as well as his roles in The Benchwarmers, and Blades of Glory. Dan, on the other hand, played a role in 47 Ronin, the animated film Monster House, and Funky Town. Dan prefers to work on the visual effects aspects of movies while Jon acts them out, making them a great twin combination.
1. Kofi Atta Annan and Efua Atta
Kofi Annan is one of the most famous Africans of all time; he is in the league of the late Nelson Mandela, the late Kwame Nkrumah and many other timeless leaders. He is best remembered for his role as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, a role he played well until he resigned in December of 2006. Kofi Annan is one of the few people to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and one of the few Africans to serve his country and continent in such a great way. The interesting thing is that Kofi Annan had a twin sister by the name of Efua Atta, who passed away in 1991. Both were born in April 8, 1938, in Ghana, where Efua was a few minutes older than Kofi.