Someone at Jodi's Oscars party last weekend went on and on about how much I look like Janeane Garofalo. He told me he did a triple-take, thinking I was really her until he realized I was probably a lot younger.
And you know what? That's not the first time I've heard it. It's been a while since anyone has told me that, but I used to get that all the time in college.
And even though I've always been a fan of her no-nonsense attitude, I used to take offense when people made that claim. After all, a big part of her career was based on self-deprecating humor, insisting that she was ugly.
My attitude changed when I met a friend of my old roommate. Both of them were visiting to perform comedy in my college town. While hanging out after the performance, the friend looked at me and said, "Do you know who you look like?" I half-laughed, half-rolled my eyes, expecting what was to follow. When I explained to him that I got that all the time but wasn't necessarily a fan of hearing it, he explained that she's actually a close friend of his and that I really should take it as a compliment because she's a beautiful person.
That shut me up. I do think she's quite cute, even if she didn't seem to think so in her stand-up routines and movies. And she is a beautiful person inside and out. Maybe I'll run into her on the streets of LA some day, and then I can tell her so in person.
So the question is, do people think that you look like anyone? If so, whom?
"I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth." - Janeane Garofalo