The Most Powerful Historical Shorts
We all like to see glimpses into forgotten periods of history, and to imagine for ourselves what it may have been like during certain golden eras of time. Thanks to the magic of photography, we still have images and snapshots of some of the most ionic moments of the past—and through history lessons and memories, there is always so much for us to learn.
But once in a while you see a photo from the past that can truly shock and surprise you—as it just doesn’t make sense in today’s world. Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing photos from the past that you would never see today.
Penny Lane, 1967
What a time to be alive! The Beatles’ song “Penny Lane” became an instant hit when it was first released in 1967, at the peak of the mega successful and globally adored rock band’s fame. The impact of their hit can be seen in this brilliant photo showing two girls unscrewing a road sign from the road itself, most likely to take home as a priceless souvenir.
Since the 1960s, the Penny Lane sign has been stolen so many times that the city started painting the road name on the wall instead, before eventually installing theft-proof signs in 2007.
Christian Dior Hat Show, 1963
The 1960s was truly an iconic decade in more ways than one. As well as the revolutionary “peace and love” way of living, there was also a huge amount of change and innovation in all types of creative outlets, from music and art to even the fashion world.
Here we can see iconic fashion designer Christian Dior’s new and innovative styles of hats, being showcased by models of the moment Oonagh Dunne, Nena Dubois, and Anne Milling. What we wouldn’t give to be a fly on that wall!
Alexandria, Egypt, 1953
This scene looks like a pretty idyllic holiday resort, and actually is. What is so unusual about this photo, showing a young woman relaxing on a vacation in Alexandria, Egypt?
The reason you would never see this photo today is because it was actually sent from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. While a common sight at the time, these days the religious laws in Saudi strictly forbid women from revealing their bare legs, meaning an image like this would be considered totally unacceptable.
Stars on the Big Dipper, 1954
What a wild ride! Here we have classic musical theater superstars Elizabeth Larner and Shani Wallis, having the time of their lives as they zoom down the super speedy Big Dipper ride at Festival Gardens. Behind them you can also see fellow stars Sybil Summers and Gail Kennedy, also known for their work across the stage.
What we wouldn’t give to hear all of their dulcet tones crying out in excitement and joy as they plunge to the bottom of this ride!
Beach Beauties, 1924
This picture was taken around 1924 and brilliantly showcases the old school seaside fashions that were super popular in the U.S. at that time. Just look at those classic lines and gorgeous sophisticated styles shown off in this variety of what in those days was the epitome of high-fashion swimsuits.
You don’t see bathing suits like this really nowadays, except perhaps for athletic competitions or some sort of aqua-based sports training. We are not sure why—it really is a strong look!
Fashion Models, 1954
Look at this astonishing display of style! This looks like an artist’s sketch or a beautiful painting, but it is in fact a real life photo from 1954. This stunning shot features models of the moment—Marla Scarafia, Pat Goldsworthy, Ann Farrar, and June Hatfield—strutting down a street in New York City, looking impossibly stylish and cool.
Move over Carrie and pals, these gals had the Big Apple in the palm of their hands way before the advent of the TV series—and showed off a sense of style that no one has ever been able to capture since.
Beetle Pile-In, 1964
This may look like a random and somewhat silly pic, but it’s actually quite a popular thing for young people to try and pull off in front of the camera. In this photo we can see high school students attempting to squeeze themselves into a Volkswagen Beetle, seeing how many of them they can actually fit inside the vehicle.
Over the years, people have tried to emulate this spirit and pull off the same feat, but this photo remains one of the most amazing ever—as there are no less than 31 teenagers stuffed into this car!
John Glenn Returning From Space, 1962
John Glenn made history in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. He set off in the Friendship 7 mission, circling the Earth three times before making a stunning landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Here we can see members of the U.S. navy surrounding the waterborne aircraft, waiting for the famous astronaut to disembark the vessel. From the wilds of outer space to the ravages of the ocean—this photo is truly a glimpse into one of the most momentous and iconic moments of history.
Everyone knows that the Wimbledon tennis tournament is the epitome of British style and class. Is it the stereotypical poise, is it the stiff upper lip, is it the ever fresh strawberries and cream served at every event to this day? We are not sure, but probably the crisp white tennis fashions have something to do with it—a tradition that the tournament’s been rocking since the 60s.
Here we can see a truly iconic moment, during the pre-Wimbledon fashion show, some stunning models show off the impeccable style that’s now become a staple of tennis fashion.
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Celebrities Now and Then Who Haven’t Aged
Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Beyonce, and Gabrielle Union have one thing in common: They keep getting older, but refuse to age! Sure, Hollywood stars have an advantage when it comes to longevity compared to the general population, as they have access to personal trainers, chefs, and expensive products, creams, and fitness equipment. However, many of them maintain that their forever-young looks are the result of simple healthy habits. Read on to see 10 stars who haven’t aged in 20 years and learn about their secrets to longevity—and to get beach-ready yourself, don’t miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!
Sandra Bullock, 57, has a sense of humor about her longevity. “I’m sleeping in a container that is devoid of outside carcinogens, that helps lift what you don’t have and — come on, please!” she joked to Entertainment Tonight in 2018 when asked about her secret to anti-aging. In all seriousness, she revealed to InStyle that exercise, including Pilates, kickboxing, and weight training with Simone La Rue, helps keep her body forever young. “When I’m in Austin, I run or ride a bike,” she explained. “If I can work out every day, I will.”
Jennifer Lopez is the first to admit she is in the best shape of her life at 52. “In my 20s and 30s I used to work out but not like I do now,” she told InStyle’s 2021 The Beauty Issue. “It’s not that I work out more; I just work out harder and smarter. And it doesn’t take me as long as it did in the past. I do it more for my health than I do for looks, which is funny. When you do things for the right reasons, you actually look better!” She also drinks a ton of water, per her trainer Dodd Romero. “She drinks a minimum of seven glasses a day,” he told US Weekly.
If you want to look like Jennifer Aniston at 52, plan on transforming your eating habits. “I don’t let eating habits get out of control where I need a reset button. My general philosophy is to eat healthy. It’s pretty clear: eat as much organic fruits and veggies as you can, keep sugar [intake] low, drink tons and tons of water, and get good sleep,” she told Yahoo Food. In fact, when it comes to cheating, she has the willpower to eat a morsel. “A chip. Crunch, crunch, crunch,” she recently joked to InStyle about her stress-eating food of choice. “Usually. I’m good at that. I can have one M&M, one chip. I know, that’s so annoying.”
Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones attributes her ageless figure to constantly moving. She exercises “at least 45 minutes a day, seven days a week,” she told InStyle, adding that fitness also boosts her mental health. “It really helps my mood too, which, with the bipolar thing, is important,” she said. She added to W that swimming, tennis, peloton, working out in her home gym and tap dancing are some of her other favorite workouts. “I have a ballet barre in my gym,” she told The Telegraph. “I turn the music up so loud that the walls are pulsating, and I go for it for an hour. I also hula-hoop, walk on the treadmill, do the elliptical [machine]. I try to keep the whole body working.”
Beyonce has been dabbling in plant-based eating since 2018, when she famously went on Marco Borges’ 22-day Vegan Challenge. “Me getting the weight off was so much easier than getting back in shape and my body feeling comfortable,” she said in a 2019 YouTube video about her transformation.
Eva Longoria doesn’t take any shortcuts when it comes to her health. “Especially as you get older, people want to know the secret to looking good and there is no secret. It’s diet and exercise,” she told Vogue Australia. “People say they eat well but they don’t exercise. Or they run 20 miles a day but they can’t lose weight. You have to do both.” Some of her workouts include trampoline exercise and strength training with Julia Brown of Thrive With Julia or Grant Roberts of Granite Gym. “I do very heavy weights,” she recently told Women’s Health. A few include squats on a weight rack with at least one 25-pound plate on each end and hip thrusts with a 50-pound plate on her hips. “I feel like my body changes the most when I do that—I wear a heart rate monitor, and I can see my heart rate spike from just doing a heavy bicep curl,” she added.
How has Gabrielle Union maintained her glow? She drinks a gallon of water per day. “It’s made a tremendous difference with my hair, skin, and nails. Everyone is always like, ‘What did you do differently than everyone else? Why are you aging so slow?’ It’s something that everyone has access to and it not only helps with your beauty, it also helps with your fitness and digestion,” she told Elle. Her goal is to chug half a gallon by noon, “casually” drinking the other half until 6:00 pm. During workouts she drinks “a good 32 ounces” to stay fueled up. “Just try and do as much as you can early,” she suggests.
Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow does a lot of things to promote longevity, including cleanses and healthy eating. But when it comes to her body she doesn’t need to try any new trends and sticks with the Tracy Anderson Method. “Her method works so well for me. I’ve seen all these fads come and go, and nothing works for me the way that Tracy’s approach does, so I really stick with it,” she told Shape. “Many of you may already know of my passion for the Tracy Anderson Method and my investment in it. She has kicked my formerly sagging ass into shape and I will be forever grateful,” she added on Goop.
Reese’s secret to looking good? “In my 30s, I learned to accept my body for what it is. This is what looks good on it. It will never look good in that thing over there with all the fabric and the bows and the ruffles. It just won’t,” she revealed in the December 2021 issue of InStyle. In a recent Instagram Reel, she also confessed that drinking lots of water and sleep help keep her looking and feeling great. “In bed by 10pm. *no late night TV binges,” she said. “Try to get 8 hours of rest!”
In addition to her commitment to exercise, the keto diet and intermittent fasting have been keeping Halle Berry looking decades younger for, well, decades. During an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan she explained that the diet helps her manage her diabetes. “Nothing white. No sugar, no carbs,” she said. Healthy fats like “avocado, coconut oil, butter” and no sugar also help. “That’s the secret!” In an August 2018 Instagram story she discussed intermittent fasting, revealing that she eats two meals a day, saying she would “normally skip breakfast” and “sort of fast.”
Top 10 Real Life Hulks You Don’t Want To Mess With
Yes it might seem absurd when we think about a giant green Hulk leaping across buildings and causing mayhem in his path. Yes an average Joe would die of exposure to intense gamma radiation if exposed directly to it. No you would not instead turn into a rage monster whose alter ego has anger management issues and if provoked would make your life hell. The Hulk’s power seems tempting and way too fictional in the real world. Even though joining the Avengers would be the best thing in the world, you sure would never have a chance and are way too underqualified for the job. But despite the real world limitations, there are very much real life Hulks that prove that you don’t have to rip your pants during transformation and being green is not part of the resume requirement to become the Hulk. Grab your popcorn because here are the top 10 real life Hulks you don’t want to mess with.
10. Romario Dos Santos Alves
Romario Dos Santos Alves is a Brazilian bodybuilder who wanted to bulk up, starting at the age of 15. Due to lack of seeing any results, Romario started depending on injections filled with mineral oil to achieve the exaggerated bulked up features of the character Hulk. He pumped mineral oil in his body to such an extent that he ended up getting 20 inch arms and along with being addicted to the oil for nine months straight. Romario aspired to be big and wanted people to give him respect, which is why he started injecting himself it. As he started seeing results, which he wanted, he became more addicted to it. With high volumes of the oil going in his body, with time Romario started seeing abnormal changes in his body. He started feeling sick and got breathing problems as his energy levels dropped. In his abnormal transformation endeavours, his wife Marisangela Marinho got worried for her husband’s health and gave him an ultimatum that she would leave him if he didn’t stop. On the news of his wife’s pregnancy, Romario decided to turn a new leaf and go drug free as he considered his wife and child more important than being the real life Hulk. Like any addiction he had to undergo depression for some months as he had been way too dependent on the injections.
Eventually things worked out for him and Romario recalled that if he hadn’t stopped this dangerous obsession, he would have ended by getting killed in the process. Now that’s some motivation to steer away from artificial transformations. So guys injecting yourself with oil is not the way to go for muscle transformation. Even Bruce Banner wouldn’t agree with this now would he?
9. The Iranian Hulk
Sajad Gharibi is 24 year Iranian weightlifter. The big guy has taken up the title of the ‘Iranian Hulk.’ Looking at this physique, it is no surprise why. He is also known as the ‘Persian Hercules.’ Standing at 6’1 feet, Gharibi has an imposing physique and can lift upto 400 pounds. The 350-pound man has a huge fan following on social media as everyone is in awe by his impressive physique. With around 60,000 followers on Instagram, there is no stopping the man. With a lot of attention also comes along scepticism and some people have suspected his photographs to be doctored. That is still debatable. Gharibi has strong aspirations to join wrestling and in one of his social media posts, he has warned famous WWE wrestler Triple H that he is coming soon. The guys on the arena better watch out. The man has a lot of self-confidence and his massive arms could sure throw a good punch or two. While some of us hit the gym to look good for the next Instagram photo, the ‘Iranian Hulk’ has made a mission to become the biggest and best possible version and the next time if we see the man doing signature moves in the WWE ring, we sure hope that he goes easy on his opponents.
8. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The man has to be part of this list because why not. We all know about the Austrian-American actor and his Hollywood popularity. Starring in action movies like True Lies, Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, The Predator, to name a few, the actor has come a long way since his professional bodybuilding days. You walk in a gym and see the man’s pictures of his prime decorating the walls, flexing his biceps. He has been the persona in the bodybuilding business that everyone looks upto. Arnold’s story is a true rags to riches kind and he has become an iconic image when you think of a big action movie star and bodybuilding. His persona is synonymous to both mediums. Lifting weights since the age of 15 and going on to win the Mr. Universe title at the age of 20, Arnold has been talented in whatever he does, especially during his time working on every muscle of his body. His attention to aesthetics in bodybuilding has been important for other bodybuilders and people in general, who want to look and feel good or compete. Many exercise programs are blueprints of his regime. Lifting heavy weights like a piece of cake, Arnold made good use of his physique later on when it came to being a badass cyborg in The Terminator series or an alien butt kicking soldier in The Predator. He has earned the spot to be the real life Hulk in this list.
He has deadlifted 683 pounds, benched 440 pounds and squatted 473 pounds at one point. There is a big repertoire of achievements associated with Arnold and he has clearly shown that he has had a lot of strength up his sleeve, especially during his peak period. So besides bashing bad guys in movies, the man and the ‘machine’ is nothing less than the mean green Hulk. Its ironic that he had once auditioned for the 1970s Incredible Hulk show, but was turned down for actor Lou Ferrigno. Never fear Arnie, because in our eyes you are the real life Hulk one surely shouldn’t mess with. Arnold proves that you don’t have to be part of a gamma experiment accident to be big and awesome. Hasta la vista baby.
7. Stongman Brian Shaw
The American professional strongman Brian Shaw proudly sits in this list of real life Hulks you don’t want to mess with. The winner of 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 World’s Strongest Man competitions, the man is a sight to behold. Standing proud at 6’8, Brian sure isn’t green, but he sure is mean when you look at his size and the amount of weights he lifts as if they were jelly. He is known for being the first to win the World’s Strongest Man and the Arnold Strongman Classic competition in the same year, in 2011 and 2015. Holding many strength records under his belt like the 820 pound squat and the 880 pound deadlift, his strength is as much unrivalled as his diet that is required to maintain it. During his trips to the grocery store, he shells out about $622 and the food lasts him approximately five days a week. This also includes 14 kg of meat for himself and that doesn’t even occupy a lot of space on his shopping list. His 12,000 calorie diet consists of cereal, eggs, peanut butter, ground beef, breadsticks and pasta, to name a few and Brian indulges in seven meals a day to fulfil his diet goals. The day in the life of a strongman is never easy and you see that in a number of video series of the athlete, showing off his intense training that goes into him preparing for the competitions and being at peak perfection to take on anyone who crosses his path.
So you see guys, you don’t have to be a scientist to become big. Its all in the meal plan and the demanding workout sessions. Sure doesn’t sound easy, but that is the least of your worries when you think of the grocery bills accompanying your strongman adventures.
6. The Asian Hulk
Looking at pictures of Hwang Chul Soon, one would imagine him to be buffed since he was in diapers. But what common between him and Hulk’s alter ego Bruce Banner? You guessed it right. He was skinny and a victim of bullying. Taking matters into his hands and running on the road towards immense physical transformation, he got what he wanted. Weighing in at 220 pounds at 5’9 inches, Soon became bigger and meaner like we all see him today. He is also known as the Korean Conan, Asian Aesthetics and the Seoul Swole, but we can proudly coin him as the ‘Asian Hulk.’ He is an example of someone facing his fears of bullying and using that to alter his body into pure muscle, which required his dedication of 12 years. The guy doesn’t just show off his physique, but he has also taken part in many fitness and bodybuilding competitions. Soon has taken up first place in the 2012 Musclemania World Championship and the 2014 Musclemania Universe. Like many others in the bodybuilding business, it comes as no surprise that the man spends $500 a month just on food. He adheres to a high protein diet and other supplements along with fruits and vegetables. Even though he has been suspected of taking steroids, Soon denies it and is sticking to the guns. Looks like he won’t be ditching his Hulk mode avatar anytime soon.
His bullies’ better watch out now, you would not want to make him angry. You wouldn’t like him when he will get angry.
5. The Great Khali
Dalip Singh Rana, also known by his stage name “The Great Khali,” is a force to be reckoned with. Belonging from a small town in India, the 7 foot tall Hulk has made a name for himself in the WWE world. He is the first Indian wrestler to enter the WWE ring in 2006 and looking at his built and rough physical exterior, he is one intimidating guy. Before entering the wrestling arena and smashing people’s heads with his bare hands, the giant was involved in a bodybuilding career. The wrestler suffers from Gigantism, a condition under which the pituitary gland produces more growth hormone, leading to unstoppable growth. Because of Khali’s unique physical prowess, an Indian bodybuilder recognized his talents and thus he used the opportunity to take part in domestic and regional level competitions. With a swap in career choices, he joined WWE and with that he became a popular face in the wrestling sport. Defeating the likes of WWE superstars like The Undertaker, John Cena, Kane and Shawn Michaels in his roster, the “giant from the East” has proven time and again that he is not to be messed with. We will take him for his word and kindly oblige him by staying away, especially during his angry moments.
Now this Hulk surely means business and we can’t refuse the offer he has to make, otherwise its hospital bills and a whole lot of therapy in store for us.
4. The English Hulk
Edward Hall ‘strongman’ is an English professional lifter. Similar to Brian Shaw, this guy is another beast that teaches us that we don’t have to subject ourselves to freak accidents in order to take the mantle of the next real life Hulk. He has officially taken the crown of Britain’s strongest man title. Looking at Eddie aggression and a lot of testosterone flowing through his body comes to mind. But in person Hall is a gentle giant. Following a strict routine and feeding himself copious amounts of food, serving himself 10,000 calories a day, he uses that fuel to train hard and hone is body for the purpose of being the strongman. With the nature of the tournaments, Hall mentions how strongmen have to shake up their training as well and tailor it to every event. It is never constant. The man gives credit to strength in the strongman competitions, but he emphasizes a lot more on technique itself. This mean green machine has a lot of aspirations and wants to try other things like Olympic bodybuilding and weightlifting, once he gets hold of the World’s Strongest Man title. Compared to other strongmen, Hall wants to reach a point where he is considered a role model in a sense that children get inspired to follow their dreams, especially when others deem them as impossible.
Now that’s something we can all get behind and vouch for Hall and for his feats on the field, he sure is inspirational. He clearly shows that there is more to a book than just a cover, which is why this real life Hulk deserves a spot on this list. Go Hall!
3. Becca Swanson
Who says being the Marvel gamma radiated green goliath is restricted to real life men. Becca Swanson is the real life She-Hulk, the cousin of Bruce Banner who got an emergency blood transfusion from the scientist, which explains her transformation. Swanson is an American powerlifter who has set many records. She is the only woman to squat 854 pounds, benchpress 600 pounds and deadlift 683 pounds. She is so good at her game that many of her feats are unrivalled. She was operating in the late 90’s and the early 2000’s and she has an impressive resume of bodybuilding, professional wrestling, powerlifting and strong woman competitions. With a height of 5’10 and weight no less than 242 pounds, and added to that Swanson’s strength and muscles mixed in together, she is the She Hulk one would never mess with. Her physical prowess and ability to remain unmatched in various competitive events, clearly gives makes her the winner in the strongwoman category and most importantly as the female Hulk for the purpose of this list.
She defines what it truly means when it comes to girl power and she sure means business.
2. Big hands Denis Cyplenkov
If you think Hulk smashes whatever he comes across with his massive hands, there is Denis Cyplenkov in the real world to replace the green fighting machine. The Ukranian born arm wrestling champion happens to have big hands and knows what to do with them. He has taken part in many competitions and won as well, like the Nemiroff World Cup in 2010 and 2011. Along with that he also has several Russian Arm Wrestling Championship titles. Known for the biggest biceps (64 cm circumference) and ginormous hands (24 cm circumference), one could easily imagine Cyplenkov creating sonic blasts like the Hulk. When you compare his hands to normal people, everything dwarfs next to him. It is no wonder that many have fallen to dust in the arm wrestling events when they are competing against Cyplenkov. He has gotten attention by many thanks to his abnormally large hands.
A bodybuilder and an armwrestler, this man of pure muscle is going places because of his talents. Who needs a nutcracker when we can use Cyplenkov to decimate open those pesky walnuts.
1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
You all might be wondering why the ‘Brahma Bull’ has taken a spot on this list. When you look at Dwayne Johnson and his irresistible charismatic demeanour, you simply just can’t ignore the guy. His bulging biceps and toned physique is a sight to behold and he is no less than the Hulk. We all know Johnson, also known as ‘The Rock,’ his stage name during his career in WWE as a pro wrestler in the 1990s and 2000s. We have seen the man do his signature moves and his wrestling entrance theme has been ingrained in our minds. We have been exposed to many of his Hollywood ventures and reality shows. His infectious personality has tagged him along a long way since his wrestling days and like the green giant, he is unstoppable. Did you know his family was in the wrestling world before Johnson stepped in the ring? He carried forward the lineage by taking part in wrestling and the rest like everyone knows, became history.
Also his iconic tattoos speak of his Samoan heritage and yes in order to keep himself fit, The Rock, takes part in mindboggling meal plans and workouts, which only make sense because they apply to him. There was a point in time when he considered being part of the FBI, but his professor told him that he would need a law degree, resulting in Johnson to call the whole thing off. We sure can picture Johnson strapped up in a suit and being undercover. He has achieved so much in his career and his size is symbolic in regards to being “Dwayne Johnson,” that it is hard to fathom this Hulk to not make the list. With successful films like The Fast and The Furious series, Jumanji, Central Intelligence, to name a few, the guy now also gives thought to taking part in the election to be the next president of The United States. The big guy has an aptitude to take risks, learn from his failures, follow his dreams, works his ass off and is part of a successful family. Under Armour, the American company that manufactures sports, footwear and casual lines made a deal with Johnson in 2016 to come together and combine the Dwayne Johnson brand with the company’s products. Johnson supports Under Armour’s fitness initiatives. The range of products in association with him have proven successful. ‘The bull’ just doesn’t know how to stop and because of his relentless passion to reach higher goals, a net worth tag of $220 million as of 2018, comes as a no brainer. We are all waiting for that imminent call from Nick Fury to make sure Dwanye Johnson is part of the Avengers. He can sure knock Thanos senseless and not turn into dust in the process.
Famous Child Star Twins Who Are Totally Unrecognizable Today
Being a twin, you’re already pretty unique. After all, only 2 percent of people on Earth are twins, with a mere 0.2 percent being identical. But given that the talented pairs listed in this article achieved fame young, they stand out even more! So, what’s become of these dynamic duos? Well, we provide all the answers — some of which might surprise you!
Tiffany and Krystle Mataras
The Mataras twins Tiffany and Krystle debuted on the big screen in the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy-drama Kindergarten Cop. In that 1990 movie, the identical twins from California played Tina and Rina. They followed that up with roles together in Problem Child 2, Single White Female, and Camp Nowhere in the next four years.
After 1994, the Mataras appeared together in the TV series High Incident and movies Journey of Redemption and 100,000 Zombie Heads. The latter from 2012 is their last acting credit listed on IMDb. Today, the twins run a joint Instagram account in which they describe themselves as “Identical mirror twins, business owners, artists, L.A. natives, [and] sometimes actors.”
Cali and Noelle Sheldon
Imagine starring on arguably the biggest sitcom of all time and not remembering a single thing about it. Well, that’s what twins Cali and Noelle Sheldon did. But it’s not because they were wasted, or anything. It’s because they both portrayed baby Emma on Friends, the little daughter of Rachel and Ross. Adorably, they changed places when the other was having a nap.
Now young adults, the identical twins haven’t given up on this show business lark. The sisters have appeared together in a number of short films, before landing roles in the acclaimed horror thriller Us. That movie hit screens in 2019 to great success, so be sure to keep an eye out for these talented young ladies in the future.
Scarlett and Hunter Johansson
Twins Scarlett and Hunter Johansson were welcomed into the world on November 22, 1984. They joined an arty family that included their producer mother Melanie Sloan and their screenwriter and director grandfather. So, it was hardly surprising that the brother and sister caught the acting bug from an early age. They appeared together in the 1996 movie Manny & Lo, in which Scarlett played her first lead role.
Since that movie, however, the Johansson twins have taken very different paths in life. Scarlett has gone on to be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and a bona fide beauty icon to rival Marilyn Monroe. Hunter, meanwhile, has moved into political campaigning and community organizing. Still, the siblings remain close and are often seen together at red carpet events. Aww.
James and Oliver Phelps
Remember Ron Weasley’s elder brothers Fred and George from the Harry Potter films? Of course you do. Well, those roguish twins were portrayed by real-life bros James and Oliver Phelps. They first appeared in the role in the opening movie in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
But that movie was released way back in 2001. So, what’s become of the brothers in the two decades since? Well, they’ve been quite busy pursuing their acting careers. James and Oliver have worked together in the movies Last Night in Soho and Own Worst Enemy. They also host a podcast entitled Normal Not Normal that’s seen them get back in touch with various Potter alumni.
Shane and Brent Kinsman
The Cheaper by the Dozen movies were big hits with kids and parents alike. And that popularity was in no small part down to the impish on-screen twins Nigel and Kyle Baker. Those memorable characters were portrayed by real-life identical twins Shane and Brent Kinsman, who were discovered aged just four at a baseball game. But what are they up to now?
The first thing to say is that the Kinsman brothers are no longer the gawky kids of yesteryear. No, fast-forward to today, and they’re two dapper young men with degrees from California Polytechnic State University. They’ve not been on screens since 2011, when they appeared as Porter and Preston Scavo in Desperate Housewives. But they both plan to return soon, with a stated goal to make it into the Star Wars franchise.
Sama and Haya Khadra
Never heard of Sama and Haya Khadara? Erm, us neither — but Google is our friend. It informs us that they’re two Palestinian fashionistas born in Saudi Arabia, who are often jointly referred to as SimiHaze. The twins were discovered in Paris when they were just 14, before being recruited by Chanel to walk the runway at the next Fashion Week in the French capital.
Since they exploded onto the fashion scene, the girls have made big strides in the industry. They’ve relocated to Los Angeles, amassed over a million Instagram followers, and made friends with the likes of Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. After founding the company SimiHaze Beauty and studying film and art, the world appears to be their oyster.