Reese Witherspoon introduced us to her body double, and we’re not convinced they aren’t long-lost twins
The internet loves a celebrity doppelgänger, but the internet loves a professional celebrity doppelgänger even more. We’re talking about celebrity body doubles, like Emilia Clarke’s uncanny Game of Thrones twin and Zac Efron’s dreamy double. Body doubles, unlike stunt doubles, are the people who stand-in for a celebrity during lighting and camera set-ups, and they often look a lot like the famous person they’re emulating because they might have to step in for a small on-camera stunt or a reverse angle shot. Reese Witherspoon just introduced us to her longtime body double Marilee Lessley, and we’re not convinced that these two aren’t long lost sisters.
In a now-expired Instagram Story, Witherspoon said that she and Lessley met on the set of Legally Blonde 2 and started working together on the 2005 film Just Like Heaven. Now, 13 years later, they are still twinning on Big Little Lies.
"Meet Marilee! She has been my double in 5 movies and now she is helping out on #BigLittleLies! Don’t we look alike," Witherspoon wrote in an Instagram caption.
Back in 2015, Lessley shared a photo from their first job together, and in a 2016 Instagram post, she opened up about how she had just lost her brother and was going through a divorce and relied on Witherspoon for emotional support.
"Reese came to me on this shoot as she learned about all the tragedies and trials that had unfolded in my life that month and she asked how she could help," Lessley shared on Instagram. "Even told me I could go home paid."
Cheers to these lovely ladies and here’s to what we hope is a long career of professional twinning.