8 Popular TV Stars Who Played Their Own Doppelganger
6. Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
If there is any actor or actress who has mastered playing more than one role at a single time on a show, it is Tatiana Maslany. For Orphan Black, Maslany doesn’t play just one doppelganger, she plays many, all with different looks and personalities, which makes the challenge that much greater for the star. While the amount of clones she has to play mean that Maslany has a full time acting double, when it comes down to what is seen, it is all her. “I think, for me, it’s the most natural thing an actor can do, is transform like this. I think that’s what we’re born to do,” she said. “At least the people I admire and the people I work with, we are thrilled to get to transform, and we’re excited by that challenge.”
5. Tom Welling – Smallville
Of course Tom Welling’s entire Smallville role revolved around being Clark Kent as he became Superman, but more than once he had to take on other characteristics as well and eventually even had to play his own doppelganger. In season six’s “Bizarro” Welling not only played the beloved Clark Kent but also Bizarro Clark, the last Phantom wraith, who absorbed Clark’s DNA to become his clone and inherited Clark’s powers. Much like other series who introduce a doppelganger to a lead character, Bizarro was everything Clark was not, meaning he was confident and rude and believed he was superior to everyone around him, giving Welling a chance to break away from his mild-mannered Clark Kent character for a little while.