“I don’t know where I end and he starts,” Maya Rudolph brags of her lookalike boyfriend (OK, her) in the 2005 Saturday Night Live ad for “Me Harmony.” And we can’t help but wonder if that eerie feeling we get from seeing comedians standing next to themselves in drag is part of what inspired Elle’s art department to pose Kristen Stewart with masculine, slicked back hair and wearing a suit, looking on admiringly and possessively at a much more feminine version of herself, all sexed up in a bustier and leather skirt. Or are the magazine’s people big fans of Lady Gaga’s Jo Calderone act — particularly when the two romance each other on a piano in her “You and I” video? Was Gaga channeling Rudolph, Horatio Sanz and Rob Riggle? Cross-dressing ladies are no new thing (see: ancient history, Shakespeare), nor are stars who poke fun at the narcissism of stardom. But we think Gaga and KStew do a damn sexy job at portraying something so fundamentally creepy as romancing doppelganger, don’t you?
In case you missed everyone pointing this out yesterday, the Elle cover story also marks the second time Kristen has let the word “boyfriend” slip during a magazine interview (the first was when she told GQ that her boyfriend is English). After spotting a copy of Guy de Maupassant‘s Bel Ami at a bookstore, she tells the reporter, “Oh my God, my f—ing boyfriend just did this movie!”
The Elle issue hits newsstands May 22.
[Photos: Elle via Us Weekly; Interscope Records]