5 True Stories of Twins Separated at Birth


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Twin sisters Anais Bordier (L) and Samantha Futerman
Twin sisters Anaïs Bordier (L) and Samantha Futerman talk during a Q&A for the documentary 'Twinsters' on July 18, 2015, in New York City. Rob Kim/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Anaïs Bordier, a young woman raised in France and studying in the U.K., is alerted by a friend in 2012 to an American actress who — how freaky would this be? — looks just like her. As it turns out, the actress, Samantha Futerman, was born (like Bordier) in South Korea and (like Bordier) adopted.

The deal-sealer: They have the same birthday, too.

It's not the Lindsay Lohan feature film "The Parent Trap," the remake of the 1961 film of the same name about twin sisters separated at birth.

But it's the spitting image of it.

"So ... I don't want to be too Lindsay Lohan, well ... but ... how to put it ... I was wondering where were you born," Bordier wrote in her Facebook message to Futerman [source: Baker].

A lot of Skype chats, a meeting in London and a little DNA testing ensued, all of which form the basis of the 2015 documentary "Twinsters" and the sisters' 2014 book, "Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited."

For the nature-nurture argument, there's this:

"Besides hating cooked carrots, the two said they share almost everything in common from painting or not painting their nails at the same time and going to the hairdresser almost on the same date. The biggest difference, they say, is their taste in music. Bordier likes old and classic rock and roll or electro-techno music while Futerman likes rock and roll, soul, funk, and pop singers such as Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber" [source: Suh-young].

Or, as Bordier told The Guardian in 2015: "We're so similar: she reacts to things the same way I do. We're both awkward and have the same strange sense of humour. She doesn't have to explain herself to me and she understands me perfectly, too."