It takes two: Aniela Mack ’17 and Courtney Kobren ’17

Brown has 6,264 undergrads, 2,094 grad students, and 490 med students. Somehow, someway, a lot of these people look like each other. You might not know their names, and you might not be friends with them, but you know these pairs exist. And don’t you just want to tell them? We definitely do.

Meet Ani Mack and Courtney Kobren, both in the Class of 2017. Although this dopplingangin’ duo had never met, the pair immediately attributed their strong eyebrow game to their “It Takes Two” match-up. Ani is a proud Northern California girl studying economics, whereas Courtney admits that she is less inclined to show hometown pride for Long Island, and is double concentrating in Slavic Studies and BEO. Check out Ani and Courtney’s questions for each other after the jump!

Aniela (left) and Courtney (right)

Aniela (left) and Courtney (right)

Ani: What’s your favorite compliment to get on your eyebrows?

Courtney: Hm, I always get weird compliments on my eyebrows, especially when I get my makeup done.

A: Do you ever get compared to any celebrities?

C: By nobody other than my grandmother (laughs). What about you?

A: I don’t know, people always say different ones. I don’t think any of them actually mean anything, but one time my friend told me I looked like the girl from Game of Thrones who plays Khaleesi.

C: I actually think somebody told me that before!

A: Okay, so maybe it’s not that far-fetched.

C: What’s your favorite book?

A: I was that kid in middle school who on Friday and Saturday nights could be seen reading on my couch, so I read a lot of books. My favorite one is probably Pride and Prejudice, a class. How about you?

C: Solid. Mine’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

A: Oh my god, I was going to say that before! If you had to play one character in To Kill a Mockingbird, who would it be?

C: I mean, can I be so typical and say Boo Radley? Who would you play?

A: Freshman year we did the play in high school and I was Atticus, but I think you’re right. I want to play Boo Radley. If you could tell your thirteen-year-old self something, what would you tell yourself?

C: Um, find new friends? (laughs). No, honestly I have no clue because everything I learned was a worthwhile experience.

A: That’s a very zen perspective. I like that. I’d probably just tell myself to listen when my mom told me to wash my hair more.

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BREAKING: President Paxson has a twin??

At BlogDH, we’re all about doppelgangers. We have a special doppelganger column, and we even welcomed a writer this semester who thinks that he’s Ellen DeGeneres. Thanks to a crucial news tip from a Blog alum, we have found the ultimate doppelganger pair that will shatter everything that you think you knew. We’re not sure how to conduct ourselves.

We have found a set of twins that will soon join the ranks of Mary Kate and Ashley, Tia and Tamera, and the Weasley twins if they haven’t already. We must also disclose that we’re almost positive these two people aren’t actually related. But one can dream.

Are you sitting down? Please do so before you proceed.

Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 1.03.55 PMMeet President Paxson’s twin, or known to most as Amy Klobuchar, a US Senator from Minnesota (D). You recognize her name because you read her book, Uncovering the Dome, in your City Politics class. You might also know her as Minnesota’s funniest senator….or maybe you know her because she is LITERALLY CHRISTINA PAXSON WITH AN ORANGE SCARF.

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It Takes Two: Jess Harper ’16 and Marileni Benopoulou ’17

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Marileni Benopoulou (left, we think) and Jess Harper (right, we think) might just be the best dead ringers we’ve had this year. These foreign ladies, who are actually, and truly, often mistaken for each other, are known for… well… having everything be exactly the same. Interviewing them was trippier than Diplo on Spring Weekend.

Jess: For a while now, whenever I’ve been going out or in the Ratty, I’ve had people come up to me and go, like, “Hey Marileni!” Literally, the other day in the Ratty some guy nudged me, and he was like, “Hey!”
Marileni: (Laughs.) Yes, he told me. He was telling me that he was shouting at me—or you, that’s confusing—and then he pushed me—or you?—and you turned around and he was like, “Oh my god, I pushed the wrong girl.” I was at a party in the middle of last semester and I bumped into a guy and we said hi. And then I walked away and then he was like, “Just because we’re at a party you’re going to pretend you don’t know me?” And I was like, “We’ve never met before!” And he was like, “C’mon Jess!” and I was so confused.

J: Is My Big Fat Greek Wedding your favorite movie? Because it’s mine.
M: It’s my life. basically. My family is exactly like that.

M: Do people ever tell you that you look like a celebrity?
J: When I was younger, people said I looked like a young Kim Basinger.
M: Not really at home, but here I get Rachel McAdams a lot.
J: I also used to get Hilary Duff when I was younger, like when she was a younger Lizzie McGuire.

J: Have you been to London?
M: All my friends live there, so I’ve been there a lot. You’re a sophomore?
J: Yeah.
M: I’m trying to think of sophomores I know, but none are coming to mind.

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It Takes Two: Connor Sakwa ’15 and Pierre Eid ’16

Sigma Brothers: They grow up so fast.

Brothers: They grow up so fast.

Connor Sakwa (left) and Pierre Eid (right) are brothers from another mother for many reasons: not only are they doppelgängers, but they’re also both in the same fraternity. Connor and Pierre are known for their racial ambiguity, dark complexions,  bold eyebrows, big smiles, and their passion for the f—— Catalina Wine Mixer.

Pierre: When did we first hear that we looked alike?
Connor: [Editor-in-chief, William] Janover said it when you were like rushing, and I was like nah, I don’t see it, but yeah I think that was the first time. You were like a bigger version. A meatier version.
P: I think for me the first time was during rush when Philip [Heller, Copy Writer] told me that I looked like a brother. I think it’s a thing with those NYC prep boys, calling out doppelgängers.

C: Has your girlfriend ever mistaken you as me?
P: Never, fortunately.
C: That’s good for everyone.
P: I did hear once that my name infiltrated the Blog group, when Sydney [Mondry, Staff Writer] called me “a wider version of Connor Sakwa.”

C: What else…
P: Do you like the movie, Step Brothers?
C: It’s a quality film.

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It Takes Two: Nicole Grabel ’14 and Jamie Rosen ’17

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Jamie Rosen (left) and Nicole Grabel (right) showed up to our interview wearing the same outfit–tall brown boots, blue jeans, white shirts, tan sweaters, hair down. COMPLETE. COINCIDENCE. They’re known for their long, curly blonde hair, being petite (or fun-sized), and their smize (smiling with their eyes).

Nicole: We know each other from camp. We went to the same camp. Also, her brother is my age and he went to the boys camp of my camp, so…
Jamie: And when I would come visit my brother at Brown, we would run into each other sometimes… And Nicole, don’t you have an older brother that goes to Brown, too?
N: Yeah, he goes to the med school at Brown.

(Some silence. Mumbling. Not awkward, but definitely silence.)

J: Are we, like, really bad at asking questions compared to other people?
BlogDH: Ehh, I mean you’re kinda stumped here.
J: It’s hard!

(Jamie gets an idea.)

J: Where did you live your freshman year?
N: I lived in Pembroke.
J: Me too! What part?
N: New Pembroke 3. It was a shithole.

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It Takes Two: James Blum ’14 and Andy Willcock ’14

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Andy Willcock (left) and James Blum (right) are known for being… well…pretty much, almost identical. Truth be told, I had to ask them who was who multiple times throughout the interview. They had heard of each other before, and were aware that a doppelganger eerily existed somewhere around College Hill. Finally, they were able to break the ice and get to know each other face to face (rather, face to the same face), courtesy of BlogDH.

James: When did you know… like, when did you realize you had a doppelganger on campus?
Andy: It was probably spring of last year when Molly and I had a class together and she said, “Have you met James?” And she said, “Well, you look just like him. Like, we call you Athletic James.” And we ended up meeting at the GCB last semester and we definitely do look alike.
J: Sophomore year we both lived in Thete and you lived across from my two friends and we called you Thete James.
A: That’s funny… yeah I lived in Thete but I wasn’t actually in the frat.

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