Having A Familiar Face

I don’t know what it is, but apparently I have a familiar face.

I don’t know how often this happens to other people, but I get a lot of remarks from people who feel like they have met me before. I also have had a few encounters of being told I look like someone else.

Somewhere between 5 and 10 years ago, I was at a checkout lane at Wal-Mart. I was standing there minding my own business when this complete stranger comes up to me. 

He says, “you look a lot like that one lady..”

I questioned him back, “uh what lady?”

“You know the one in politics, what’s her name?” He was trying to remember. 

I sort of just stared off because I didn’t follow politics whatsoever at that time period, until he finally remembered. 

“Sarah Palin!” He shouted.

I had no idea who that was at the time. I answered back with, “you think so?”

“Yep, maybe it’s the glasses though.” He smirked.

Of course I had to figure out who she was after that and, uh no, I do not think we look alike at all expect for having fashionable black frame glasses.

That’s the only time, in my adult life, that I have been told I look like a famous person.  (Incase you’re wondering when I was younger people thought I looked like Stephanie from the show Full House.)

In the last 6 months or so, more people have told me that they feel like they have met me before. They always say I look so familiar, but they don’t know where from. 

Before Pickle started school we took him to the notorious first day of school hair cut. The stylist kept looking at me until she finally said, “do I know you from somewhere?”

I didn’t recognize the woman, but then again I am not always the best at remembering people. I told her I didn’t think so and she asked if I had been to certain places or where I had worked before. None of it correlated with her. She seemed to be really mind boggled by it though.

I have been at my current job for almost a month now. I have met a lot of people. On my first day of work, the woman who was training me and myself were seriously twinning. I didnt say anything to her, but another associate commented on it to me. 

A week or so later, I was walking and one associate thought I was the woman who trained me. She said she thought I was her and that she grew several inches overnight. I said nope, “it’s just Jenn.”

Then last night, I was working in another department and someone else tells me “you look familiar, but I don’t know from where.”

I responded with, “I do? Well you don’t to me..” Other than the fact that we had seen each other at work multiple times. 

I don’t know where they think they know me from because truth is, I sort of have been living under a rock for the last 6 years. I really don’t get out much because I am a hermit crab and I like my little hermit house. 

I personally haven’t had many encounters where someone looks familiar, but I don’t know where from. That I can remember, I would say less than a handful of times. 

Have you been told you look familiar? Have you been told you look like someone else? I am curious how often this happens to others. Let me know in the comments below!



13 replies to “Having A Familiar Face

  1. That happens to me a lot at my job. In my case though, it can be an advantage. People tend to trust familiar faces. I’m a nurse, trust is necessary. I usually just laugh it off at this point.

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    1. Hell yeh, most of the people think they know me but they don’t know from where and they are completely sure we met but I can not recognize them. This is a big question to me also. Why is that? But I am a Muslim and in our religion there is a answer: before we born we were living in another life which is named Alam Zar. In this place we live pretty the same as we do now. And it’s possible we’ve been met there.

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  2. Yes, this does happen to me as well to the point it is annoying and I tend to have a regular speach to convince others that we have never met.

    Usually they don’t remember where they know me from, but I have had many who honestly thought they knew my name.

    I have hitch hiked coast to coast 3 times, been to or thru 45 states, been on cruises, and on average, at least 8 times per year someone mistakes me for someone else.

    I’m not that attractive. Maybe years ago, but it seems the older I get it happens more often.

    I am great with people, but I only like but a few. I am a homebody as well. I wonder if it’s more about my eyes than my face, as I have a few scars.

    It’s all weird. I’m glad I am not the only one.


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  3. About once a week someone comes up to me and tries to figure out how they know me. It’s getting super annoying. Just trying to figure out why I’m like this.

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  4. Awesome! I’m not a unicorn lol. I get this to the point I’ve worried id be apprehended for something I actually didn’t do for someone’s “recognition” of me. I’ve wondered if my memory was failing me or if I was simply that self involved I wasn’t retaining the memory of having met these people. This happens to me at least once a month if not more like once a week… If I’m not being a total hermit as I tend to do. Which seems to be a common factor among us and an odd one at that to me. I’m curious to know more similarities between us.

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  5. This happens to me every. Damn. Day! Even happens when I go to another state. It never fails. I’ve had a couple of little girls come up to me all nervous and ask for my autograph and I’m just like. I have no clue who you think I am. Lol. It always leaves me wondering. Heck. Maybe I am meant to be famous or something??? Lol.

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  6. Haha I found this today after my “familiar face” got me into trouble again and wanted to see if others have this problem. I’ve never been told I look like someone famous, I would say I am extremely average looking, although my eyes are blue and a little on the larger side which is what I blame for most of it. About once a month someone either thinks they know me from somewhere, or instantly feels so comfortable with me that they tell me their entire life story or some huge secret within seconds of meeting me. Last night I was walking into a store and a man approached me, said he thought he knew me but was mistaken, then suddenly told me about his fight with his girlfriend, his army service, his kids who are a few years younger than me, his dad’s cancer, then he was crying… I think I probably said 8 words total in the 15 minute encounter, but he ended the outpouring by saying “you’re amazing, you totally get it” then got an old dried up flower from his truck, handed it to me, and made me promise to protect it forever. He didn’t ask me for anything or hit on me, he just… kinda crazied at me for a bit, but I’m used to it.

    A lot of times when I do encounter someone a few times they’ll tell me later they had the feeling like they already knew me the first time we met, or sometimes someone will say “you don’t look like ____, but when I talk to you it feels like when I’m talking to ____” usually referencing some close friend or family member.

    The only time it really bothers me is if I encounter someone repeatedly and they have some made up idea of who I am that they don’t adjust from. I think a lot of people have liked me based on their imagination of me more than anything true to me, it can be hard to get them to see I’m not the fictional character in their mind.

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