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7 Actors Who Have Played More Than One Character

Reid Nakamura |
October 28, 2013 | 5:57 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Noomi Rapace is set to play septuplets. (Iker Arbildi/flickr)
Noomi Rapace is set to play septuplets. (Iker Arbildi/flickr)
“Prometheus” star Noomi Rapace has recently been cast in Tommy Wirkola’s “What Happened to Monday?” She won’t be playing just one character, though. The actress will be playing a set of seven sisters.

It’s likely to be a challenge, but an actor filling multiple roles is pretty common in film and television. Whether they’re playing siblings, clones or something else entirely, here are a few actors who have taken on the challenge:

Lindsay Lohan played twins in "The Parent Trap" (mayabot/tumblr)
Lindsay Lohan played twins in "The Parent Trap" (mayabot/tumblr)
Lindsay Lohan in “The Parent Trap”
Ah, the good ol’ days. Back when she was still getting her start, Lindsay Lohan starred in Disney’s adaptation of “The Parent Trap” as twins who were separated upon their parents’ divorce and kept in the dark about each other’s existence. It’s a cruel concept if you think about it, but the movie was charming and gave the young actress a chance to show off her potential.

Tatiana Maslany in “Orphan Black”
A relatively unknown actress until this summer, Tatiana Maslany is the star of BBC America’s sci-fi series “Orphan Black.” In the show she plays as many as six clones of the same person. Her extraordinary talent and ability to give each clone a unique personality—including a soccer mom, a cop, a scientist, and a psychopath—made her omission from this year’s Emmy nominations laughable.

The cast of “Fringe”
At the end of its second season, “Fringe” introduced an alternate reality with slightly altered versions of the show’s main characters. Over the course of the next two seasons the cast got to play two different versions of the same character, occasionally alongside themselves in some of the strongest episodes of the show’s run.

Eliza Dushku in “Dollhouse”
Though she’s technically just one person, Eliza Dushku’s “Dollhouse” character Echo is a “doll” who has been wiped of her own personality and is programmed with a new one as necessary. The show only ran for two seasons, but Dushku played several different “characters” over those 26 episodes.

Hillary Duff in “The Lizzie McGuire Movie”
The famous doppelganger is a common movie trope, particularly in kid’s movies. In the movie that wrapped up Disney’s popular series “Lizzie McGuire,” Hillary Duff as the titular character discovers that she coincidently resembles an Italian pop star. Spoiler alert: Lizzie takes her place and puts on a concert.

A few of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry's characters from "Cloud Atlas." (blackfilm/twitter)
A few of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry's characters from "Cloud Atlas." (blackfilm/twitter)
The cast of “Cloud Atlas”
“Cloud Atlas” is made up of six different stories set in six different eras. The movie follows one soul as it is reincarnated into different bodies throughout the ages. As though that wasn’t confusing enough, the movie reuses the same cast for all six stories. Halle Berry, for instance, plays everything from a slave woman to a human living on a foreign planet to an old Korean man.

Tyler Perry in any Tyler Perry movie ever
Actors playing multiple characters is a device commonly used for comedic effect. For instance, Mike Myers plays both the titular spy and his enemy Dr. Evil in the “Austin Powers” movies. Tyler Perry brings cross-dressing into the mix with an inexplicably long series of movies revolving around Madea, his elderly female character. In the movies he plays Madea as well as her brother and nephew, just becuase he can.

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