Elizabeth Banks gets mistaken for Chelsea Handler, goes with it

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Elizabeth Banks was a guest on the Chelsea Handler show on Monday, where the two revealed that they’re sometimes mistaken for each other. Chelsea bitched that people compare her to Elizabeth but think she’s older than her (since she is but continues to lie about it) and Elizabeth told a funny story about how a guy mistook her for Chelsea, his girlfriend’s favorite author, and she went with it because she didn’t want to ruin it for him.

During an appearance on Chelsea Lately Monday, 37-year-old Banks admitted that while she’s often mistaken for the Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang author, she rarely corrects people when they’re wrong.

“I was sitting in Toronto and a guy walked up to me and said, ‘Oh my god, my girlfriend loves you. She would die if I didn’t get your autograph. This is so exciting!'” the Our Idiot Brother actress recalled. “He’s like, ‘I just love your books. I mean, My Horizontal Life….’ I was like, ‘Oh, he thinks he’s meeting Chelsea Handler.’ I couldn’t ruin it for him!”

“I was like, ‘It’s nice to meet you,'” Banks told the man, acting as Handler. “I was just hanging out, being Chelsea, drinking my vodka and having a good time. He couldn’t have been happier.”

Handler experienced a similar situation in April when Bill O’Reilly mistook her for Banks at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

“People always say, ‘They look alike, but Chelsea’s obviously much older.’ Meanwhile, we’re the same age,” Handler, 36, quipped. “It’s like, what is wrong with everybody? Why can’t I just get a break?

[From US Weekly]

Chelsea’s story wasn’t as clear cut a case of Bill O’Reilly mistaking her for Elizabeth. She said that O’Reilly was talking to her at the White House Correspondents dinner, but that she said “I think you’re confusing me with Elizabeth Banks,’ because I wanted to get the f#&% away from him

I said if I ever get caught with an underwear shot in public I’m just gonna blame you.”

Banks joked “I blame Rachel McAdams.”

If that ever happened where someone legitimately mistook Handler for Banks you know they’d be saying “Wow, Banks is looking so rough.”

Banks also told a funny story about her first day on the set of 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer with Paul Rudd. She said that she immediately had to make out with Rudd. “That was it. We just made out. Like horribly, licking , sucking, noisy, like really gross. We did it on a floating dock. I couldn’t get up on to the dock to save my life… they had to bring over a P.A… He held on underneath the dock with his hands up and his feet up and I used his stomach as a ladder. Me getting up on the dock in the movie is me standing on this poor kid.”

Banks is promoting My Idiot Brother with Paul Rudd and Zoey Deschanel. It’s about a stoner guy (Rudd) who stays with each of his three sisters after he’s busted selling pot. It’s out in the US next week and it looks decent and maybe funny. Here’s the trailer. Kaiser just covered the premiere photos, which featured some laughably bad fashion by the female cast.

And here’s the interview with Elizabeth on Chelsea Handler.

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23 Responses to “Elizabeth Banks gets mistaken for Chelsea Handler, goes with it”

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  1. Marianne says:

    Oh C’mon she is not 36. If she is, she is a rough 36. But still, I would buy her being 45.

  2. brin says:

    If I was Elizabeth Banks, I would feel so insulted.

  3. neelyo says:

    If there’s ever a good reason for a celeb to go batshit crazy on a fan, I think being mistaken for Chelsea Handler would be it.

  4. corey says:

    Chelsea is definitely in the category of ” celebrities who are totally lying about their age” along with (IMO) Beyonce(by about 5 years), Catherine Zeta Jones and Gaga(25….more like 35) Again just my opinion

  5. serena says:

    Elisabeth should be pissed and offended to be compared to such an old-ugly-hag.

  6. Tierra says:

    I would run to the nearest plastic surgeon if someone said I looked like Chelsea Handler.

  7. lucy2 says:

    I think there’s a resemblance, but Elizabeth is WAY prettier and younger looking.

  8. Maritza says:

    Elizabeth Banks is so much prettier.

  9. Quest says:

    OMFG! That’s gotta hurt…bad.

  10. koala says:

    chelsea lies about her age by 10 years. it’s easier to remember what year she should have been born (’84 as opposed to ’74.)

  11. mln76 says:

    Banks is such a pretty woman eventhough there is a vague resemblence to Handler she could Handler’s granddaughter. Goes to show what hard living and bad botox can do to a woman.
    @corey Gaga isn’t lying about her age there have been too many pictures of her in school and details about her school in the media she just wears too many costumes and too much makeup.

  12. juicyjackie says:

    Anyone else watching current cycle of Britains next top model with elle macpherson? In the into elle looks a lot like chelsea – she has jacked her face far too much

  13. The Truth Fairy says:

    I would go home and cry and then seek intensive therapy.

  14. gee says:

    Banks is so so so pretty, and Handler is a man.

  15. corey says:

    @min76 I’ve seen pics of her with little makeup and still thought she looked older, but I won’t argue with you. Like I said, just my opinion, totally based on visual.

  16. How insulting for Elizabeth.As for chelsea,being compared to Big Foot would be a step up.

  17. Sue says:

    I would just die theirs no coming back from that.

  18. Camille says:

    Poor Elizabeth, what an insult.

  19. Becky says:

    I don’t think Chelsea’s lying about her age-I think she just looks older than 36. It’s very tough to get away with lying about your age in this day and age-if she truly was lying she would have been called out on it by now instead of people just speculating.

  20. Kelly says:

    Elizabeth is beautiful but I don’t think Chelsea is that bad, she’s kind of pretty

  21. G says:

    Whenever this happens to Elizabeth, does she go home and cry after? I would.

  22. Meghan E.B.S. says:

    You guys are being WAY too hard on Chelsea Handler. I have always thought that she and Elizabeth Banks resemble one another. No, they’re not “twins,” but they have many similar features, face shape, wavy blonde hair, and they appear to be even the same height and weight. They are the same age; in fact, Chelsea is younger. It is SHE who should be so greatly offended. The younger woman, getting slammed for her age and appearance by being compared to a slightly older and extremely similar looking woman?? How would you feel if people were calling you ‘the uglier version’ of yourself? Also, do you notice at the beginning when Chelsea calls Banks “my twin” and Banks responds with a very reluctant “I wish, I wish..”? What she really sounds like she means is, “I wish you wouldn’t have said that” and doesn’t even pretend to sound very happy about being compared to her, even right in front of Handler’s face. Don’t get me wrong, I think that Banks is a gorgeous woman and I agree that she is the more attractive of the two, but they do look a lot alike and therefore Banks should take up for Chelsea a bit more, because she would be, in essence, defending herself and her own looks. Who really cares what age these women are or who they do or don’t resemble anyway? If anything, Handler appears to look EXACTLY her age of 36, just like any other regular run of the mill 36 year old, while Banks seems to be defying age altogether and does the Hollywood thing of looking a decade younger, 27 instead of 37. The only plastic surgery that Handler, a beautiful woman who looks her age, should consider is getting a new facialist and maybe some Retin-A (I use it every day, it works wonders, and I’m only 24). They are both pretty, talented women. People should focus on the inner beauty of both, and also try to apply that to individuals in the world at large, and focus on both women’s amazing senses of humor (since both are COMEDIANS, not models) and focus less on skin-deep outer beauty. Maybe if consumers, people like you and me, would do this and value women for what’s on the inside and what we have to offer the world as far as talent, humor, and intelligence instead of merely judging a female’s worth based on looks and outer appearance (which fade with time for EVERYONE), then there wouldn’t be so many young girls growing up with self-esteem problems, starving themselves, and sacrificing integrity in order to be thought of as pretty, and therefore prove their “worth”.

  23. Meghan E.B.S. says:

    And, @koala- if Handler was born in 1984, that would make her 26 as opposed to her actual age of 36.