These days, it takes more than just knowing how to read a script or pretending to be one person to be a successful actor. Actors take on multiple roles in the same movie or show and display an impressive range. We’ve seen Eddie Murphy do it in The Nutty Professor (though that film was arguably a flop), and Lindsay Lohan did it brilliantly when she played the roles of twins Annie and Hallie, in the family flick remake, The Parent Trap (and she was just 11 years old).
This double-trouble casting strategy even extends into TV. As far as television goes, an actor portraying multiple roles in one show is actually not something that’s experimental, it’s been happening for years. Often a television show, especially old soap operas, shake things up by throwing in a long-lost twin or similar-looking relative. Other times, actors play two characters completely unrelated to each other in the same show. This is a true challenge and displays amazing acting skills, especially if the actor plays contrasting dual roles in the same episode or scene. Here are 15 actors who you probably forgot played multiple characters (and not just twins) on the show. Which one do you think did the best job?
16 David Schwimmer, Friends
15 Seth Meyers, The Mindy Project
14 Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries
13 Kristen Kreuk, Smallville
12 Sean Gunn, Gilmore Girls
11 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Full House
10 Sherman Hemsley, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
9 Phill Lewis, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
8 Larry David, Seinfeld
7 Kevin James, Everybody Loves Raymond
6 Amanda Schull, One Tree Hill
5 Jeffrey Combs, Star Trek
4 Ali Larter, Heroes
3 Judy Greer, Two and a Half Men
2 Jerry Orbach, Law & Order
1 Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana
We all know that Miley Cyrus doubles as the average teenager Miley Stewart and pop star Hannah Montana in the popular Disney show, Hannah Montana (the show that essentially put Miley on the map). Miley has to hide her identity as Hannah Montana throughout the series in order to live her life peacefully. But, do you remember Cyrus playing another role in the show? In episode 17 of season 1, Torn Between Two Hannahs, Cyrus also plays the role of her look-alike cousin, Luanne. Her cousin visits Miley Stewart from Tennessee and causes trouble when she dresses up as Hannah Montana and attempts to expose Miley’s long-kept secret.
Sources: Friends.Wikia, IMDB, KramersApartment, EW.com
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