The premiere of the new rapture-based HBO show The Leftovers premiered Sunday night, and if you weren't busy staring at Justin Theroux's weird back tattoo, you probably noticed the pair of identical Matt Damon lookalikes. In the premiere of The Leftovers we saw nice guy twins Scott and Adam Frost assisting the police chief's daughter, Jill Garvey, bury the dead dog that wound up in her trunk (long story) and help her cope with her mother's departure. The twins appear to be sticking around The Leftovers, which begs the question — are these two really twins, or just a Lindsay-Lohan-in-the-Parent-Trap trick of the camera? Luckily for us, there really are two Frost brothers — Scott and Adam are played by Charlie and Max Carver, whom you might have seen portraying twins on shows like Desperate Housewives and, more recently, Teen Wolf.
Though Charlie and Max are the real deal, it wouldn't be the first time that a show or film has given us the illusion of two people when there's really just one. With modern filming technology, it can be a challenge to tell what actors really have an identical running around.
Here's a breakdown of which characters are mere illusions — and which are the real deal.
Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss, The Social Network
The 2010 Facebook film told the true(ish) story of how the real-life Winklevoss twins sued Mark Zuckerberg.
There may be two real-life Winklevoss' (Winklevii?!) but there's only one Armie Hammer. Which means only one person to blame for that whole Lone Ranger thing.
Fred & George Weasley, Harry Potter Films
Ron's mischievous older brothers solemnly swear that they are up to no good... but was it only one person stirring up all that trouble?
Nope! Fred and George were portrayed by James and Oliver Phelps, respectively. Here's them in real life, differentiating themselves by their haircuts.
Mark & Luke Gray, The Following
They're serial killers! They're twins! They're the most murderous siblings since Cersei and Jaime Lannister!
...And there's only one of them. Sam Underwood portrays both Mark and Luke on The Following seamlessly, despite the differences in their personalities and amount of hair gel they use. Ironically, The Following actor Shawn Ashmore does have an identical twin, fellow actor Aaron Ashmore.
Elena Gilbert & Katherine Pierce, The Vampire Diaries
Elena has had a ton of doppelgangers running around lately (remember Amara?!?) but Katherine is by far the most memorable.
Alas, there is only one Nina Dobrev, who portrays Katherine (RIP) and Elena on The Vampire Diaries, as well as any future doppelgangers to spring up on the show. Too bad... wouldn't it have been adorable if she had a twin so both Stefena and Damon shippers could have a real-life romance to root for?
Liv & Maddie Rooney, Liv & Maddie
Remember The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, starring twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse? Liv & Maddie is Disney Channel's answer to that...
...but unlike the dual roles played by the Sprouse twins, Liv and her twin sister, Maddie, are played by just one person, talented newcomer Dove Cameron. (She's also playing Maleficent's daughter in Disney's Descendants.)
Porter & Preston Scavo, Desperate Housewives
Perhaps the only two twin redheads who could give the Weasley brothers a run for their money.
These two were played by twins Brent and Shane Kinsman from Season 1 through Season 4, until a four-year time lapse between the fourth and fifth season had them replaced by none other than Max and Charlie Carver. (Sorry, but I'm not totally sure that puberty is that powerful — those kids were like, nine!) We're sure they are better behaved in real life.
Sutton Mercer & Emma Becker, The Lying Game
The twins-separated-at-birth thing was mastered by LiLo in The Parent Trap, but in this ABC Family drama, it took a very twisted turn.
Alexandra Chando portrayed both twins — the kindhearted Emma and her Regina George-esque sister, Sutton.
Looks can be deceiving.
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