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.