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Left: Zooey Deschanel (Getty), Right: Me, Stylelist Associate Editor Sarah Leon (Bobby Doherty/AOL)

"Has anyone ever told you," asked Taylor Swift when I interviewed her earlier this month, "that you look like Zooey Deschanel?"

"Sometimes..." I giggled, turning red and fumbling to turn the conversation back to the pop star. The truth is, it is a question I am asked frequently. Everyone, from the supermarket check-out girl to Christie Brinkley have asked about my resemblance to the star of "The New Girl." Slightly awkward? Yes. Flattering? Of course. Besides having brown hair, bangs, blue eyes and fair skin, I don't really see the resemblance, but I trust Taylor Swift (and the rest of the Stylelist team) that they know what they see.

Deschanel has plenty of look-a-likes herself. I recall when Katy Perry first came onto the scene and immediately confused her audience. At first listen, I recall being surprised at how Deschanel had reinvented herself before discovering that Katy Perry was a completely different person. Deschanel, Perry and even "The Devil Wears Prada" actress Emily Blunt have a collection of less famous twins, such as Welsh actress Siwan Morris and Canadian actress Mia Kirshner, but perhaps due to my love of girly dresses and black tights, I am mostly told that I look like Deschanel.

Katy Perry, Emily Blunt, Siwan Morris, Mia Kirshner (WireImage)

At the after-party for "Martha Marcy May Marlene" at the Empire Hotel in October, I was standing by myself, trying to get an interview with any of the Olsens (I eventually found success with younger sister Lizzie), when a blonde girl approached me. "You're not Zooey, are you?"

"No, I'm not."

"That's what I thought. My friend was 100% convinced that you were Zooey Deschanel. Just thought I'd make sure."

The blonde girl turned out to be Carson Griffith, who writes the "Gatecrasher" gossip column for the New York Daily News. "Damn, I wish you were her," she continued, "I was wondering why no one had interviewed you yet..."

Before I knew who she was, I debated lying. I could have pretended to be the starlet, but fortunately decided against it. What kind of scandalous headline would that have been, "Huffington Post Writer Steals Celeb Identity?" Only once have I actually followed through with pretending to be my celebrity doppelganger:

Left: Me, Right: Zooey Deschanel (WireImage)

"You must get this a lot..." an unidentified man in a dive bar on Tybee Island in Savannah, Georgia started to ask. "Shhhhh," I hushed him, "don't let anyone know it's me."

"Are you serious? Can I have your autograph?"


He bought me a drink, and proceeded to tell his friends, most of whom had never heard of Deschanel. One kindly said that I look like a "real person" version of Katy Perry. "Thanks." My friends and I had to leave the bar shortly after (before I blew my own cover) but I am glad to know that there is at least one phony signature on a cocktail napkin floating around the country.

I have been a fan of Deschanel's since she played the cool older sister in Cameron Crowe's film "Almost Famous" in 2000, and to this day I find myself watching her sitcom "The New Girl" out of loyalty. As celebrity lookalikes go, she's not a bad one to have - and it is certainly an ice breaker. Let us know in the comments section below if you have any funny stories about your celebrity twin:

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