Real People With The Same Name As Celebs

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  • 2 George Bush We can only imagine that there have to be some serious perks — and perhaps some serious setbacks — when you have the same name as a president. For George Bush, a concert promoter in California, his experiences have run the gamut. He was once detained at London’s Heathrow Airport, suspected of trying to dupe international officials for a nefarious plot. But he was also able to leverage his famous name to get entrance into last year’s Grammys. And he’s a president in his own right, having been elected by fellow students at Pennsylvania’s Cheyney University.
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  • 3 Faith Evans What does the Faith Evans who lives in Washington, D.C., think she has in common with Faith Evans, the R&B star? “I think Faith Evans and I both have great taste in fashion. She looked amazing at the Grammys this year since my friend posted the picture of me on my Facebook wall!” Unfortunately, her great style couldn’t prevent an odd encounter while renting a car in Nashville. “The poor guy at the rental car desk was so disappointed that I wasn’t the famous Faith Evans he almost cried,” said Faith. “He had switched shifts thinking he was meeting the famous Faith Evans. He asked me if I could sing for him and I told him no one would want that at 2 a.m.”
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  • 4 Shawn Carter Shawn Carter is a professor at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, and says her students and daughter hipped her to the fame of that other Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z. “I do respect his business acumen and appreciate his entrepreneurial skills,” said the professor. She could probably even give the hip-hop star a run for his money for scouting talent, since she said she occasionally gets demo CDs in the mail from aspiring rappers!
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  • 5 Adam Levine Videographer and web designer Adam Levine was pretty much able to live a relatively normal life until the rise of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. Watch the clip to see how having a famous name led to a hilarious encounter all the way across the globe.

  • 6 Samuel Jackson Though they don’t share a middle initial, tech professional Sam Jackson still gets plenty of comparisons to movie star Samuel L. Jackson. “As soon as people find out my middle name does not start with ’L,’ they recommend I change it. No one seems to see why I might disagree!” All of that aside, Sam totally considers himself a fan. “… Almost any line of dialogue from Pulp Fiction could take top billing for best quote,” said Sam, but he refrained from doing an impression, saying he “would only do [the actor] an injustice!” He’s not even the only one with a famous name in his family — his father is Michael Jackson!

  • 7 Naomi Campbell Getting phone calls from rich men at 3 a.m. may have been pretty standard for supermodel Naomi Campbell, but for New York-based artist Naomi Campbell, it’s something that comes with having a well-known name. “They want to send you a plane ticket to Monaco or Paris,” said the artist. “They think I’m lying to them when I tell them I’m not who they’re looking for!” The art world’s Naomi Campbell has plenty of friends in fashion, but she’s never met the model. But if they ever did meet, maybe they could see who could throw a cell phone the farthest!
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  • 8 Jennifer Lawrence We all know that movie star Jennifer Lawrence isn’t afraid to get real in interviews, and the same goes for upstate New York’s Jennifer Lawrence. “I hate to exercise and everyone doesn’t believe me that I really don’t exercise ever and I love to eat and talk about how I love to eat,” said Jennifer. Wow, two fabulous Jennifer Lawrences in the world? Guess there’s something to having that name after all!
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  • 9 Janet Jackson Illustrator Janet “JayJay” Jackson decided to create a new moniker to distinguish herself from the megastar. Find out why she figured she couldn’t garner the same name recognition as “the Jackson 5’s little sister.”

  • 10 Michael Phelps Was the world ready for two famous swimmers named Michael Phelps? A former sportswriter, Mike Phelps began swimming competitively when he was 11, and continued with the sport through college. However, he was coming up around the same time as that other Michael Phelps, and found another career path. But seemingly innocuous encounters like going to the dentist or calling the cable company always take him back to that famous name. Mike even penned an article distinguishing himself from the swimmer, and shut down the critics by dressing up as Ryan Lochte for Halloween!
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  • 11 Katy Perry Is it possible that pop star Katy Perry changed her name to be more like Washington state’s Katy Perry? Ok, maybe not, but the former Katy Hudson has caused some interesting times for the winery owner. “When skiing this winter the lift operators, having read my name on the season pass, would announce ‘Katy Perry in da house!’ every time I skied into the lift line. Annoying!”
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  • 12 Hillary Clinton Concert promoter Hillary Clinton was only a kid during Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings, but she kept hearing her name come up a lot among adults. It couldn’t have been easy having the name of the trailblazing first lady, but the lesser known Hillary has heard every joke in the book. “I used to have witty comebacks, but know I don’t really care. It’s almost good to have the name, people don’t forget me.” Plus, just in case, she already knows what she would do if she became president. “The first thing I would do is look up all the files I could find about alien activity. Then I would decriminalize marijuana.” Plus, her pantsuit game is already tight!
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  • 13 Ralph Nader It’s not easy having the same name as an unsuccessful presidential candidate. Just ask Ralph Nader. Watch the clip to find out more about how he dealt with the consumer advocate’s run at the White House in 2000.

  • 14 Robin Williams Even with being an accomplished author and graphic designer, Robin Williams hasn’t yet reached the fame of the Hollywood star. But hey, she’s not sweating it, even if it means she occasionally disappoints people hoping to have a run-in with the actor. “I check in to a fancy hotel and they say, ‘Oh, you’re Robin Williams.’ I go to a tony restaurant and they say, ‘Oh, you’re Robin Williams.’ I can tell they quickly change the room or the table from the nicest one in the place to a schlubby one for normal people.”
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  • 15 Julia Roberts Creative strategist Julia Roberts loves her job, but wouldn’t mind the paycheck earned by Hollywood’s Julia Roberts. If the two were to switch places for a day, the lesser known Julia joked she would “change [the actress’] home address with her agent, so her checks would come to the right place!” But there would be more to it than that. “I’d [also] meet and talk with Oprah, and hang out with [the actress’] kids. You can tell a lot about a person from her kids.”
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  • 16 Chris Brown Ok, so we did talk with a guy named Chris Brown, but he declined to show his face. And with all the trouble Breezy is in these days, can you blame him? The other Chris Brown doesn’t have much in common with the R&B bad boy these days, but he recalls some curious phone calls when the singer was still a teen star. “I had to unlist my phone number because when Chris Brown was starting to blow up, numerous young girls would call my apartment in Brooklyn at 1 a.m. and ask ‘Is this Chris Brown?’ and then giggle or scream and then hang up.”
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  • 17 Anne Hathaway What’s one of the best things about having the same name as a celeb, especially if they haven’t yet leveraged the power of Twitter? Anne Hathaway tells us all about it.

Life as a celebrity must be pretty sweet, but what is life like if you happen to have the same name as a major star? When you think about it, names like Robin Williams and Janet Jackson are relatively common, prompting us to go on a search for everyday people who live life with well-known monikers.


We mined the interwebs to find various people willing to share their daily frustrations, flubs, and funny stories that stem from the fact that they’re frequently mistaken for someone else. And with all their charisma and wit, we started to think they might actually be more interesting than the stars who bear their names!

Watch our video featuring four of the people who talked with us, and then hop into our gallery to read the hilarious stories from more folks with famous names.

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