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The Last Word: Almost Famous?

Do You Often Get Compared to a Famous Actor?

"Although my head falls sideways in disbelief when this happens, I have been compared to Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis. My first thought is, 'But I don't have a big jawbone, and I'm not skinny and weird.' Okay, maybe a little bit weird, but my ego would much prefer to be compared to Meryl Streep or Kate Winslet, for their dashing looks and Oscar nominations.

"Ultimately, I should be grateful to be compared to other, more famous and recognizable actresses. If someone else finds comfort in forming the association, then so be it. But I am and always will be Ellie Araiza!"

Ellie Araiza, Los Angeles

"Recently I have been compared to Amy Adams. Partly it's because of our similar features. We both have fair skin, reddish hair, and blue eyes. But also I would fit many of the roles she has played, especially Giselle in the movie 'Enchanted.'

"I, not unlike Ms. Adams, dance and sing and have been told that with my bubbly and optimistic personality, I appear to be living in a musical world of my own. I like being compared to Amy Adams, because she is a diverse and talented actress and I would be happy to follow in her footsteps!"

Stephanie Float, Los Angeles

"I have been told that I'm like the goofy, confident, and stunning Eva Mendes. I think I'm compared to her mostly because of her role in the movie 'Hitch.' Mendes portrayed her character as a mix of confident, fun, clumsy, beautiful, and down-to-earth. I enjoy the compliment because I'm being compared to a talented and gorgeous actress. I hope one day that I can be as amazing and successful as Eva Mendes."

Crystal Magallanes, Los Angeles

"People say that I look like Ali Larter! One morning I was working out in a private gym in Studio City. While warming up on the treadmill, this girl got on the one next to me. I was running, minding my own business, when all of a sudden she stumbled off the treadmill into the wall. I jumped to her rescue. She gushed, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Oh, I'm so embarrassed. I love you on "Heroes"! I couldn't stop staring. That's why I fell. Can I have your autograph?' I didn't want to embarrass her, so I signed a piece of paper. Hey, I enjoyed the brief moment of stardom!"

Jade Warner, Studio City, Calif.

"Wow, I can't believe how many times I get compared to the girl from 'The Brady Bunch'! Lucky for me it's not Jan. It's Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! Every time this happens, I begin to question my style. Am I stuck in the '70s? But after the first moment of doubt passes, I realize she was hot for her time. Hey, I'd rather look like a Hollywood star than some serial killer! I choose not to let someone's opinion of me get me down."

Amanda Cook, Los Angeles

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