Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter at the ‘Infinity War’ premiere: cute or creepy?

Film Premiere of Avengers Infinity War

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: I thought people were just being mean anti-Cumberbatch people when they said that Benedict and Sophie Hunter looked alike. I just thought it was some kind of anti-posh, anti-otter, anti-comet thing. But now that my Bendy-stan goggles are off, I can see clearly: holy sh-t do they look alike or what? Sophie is just Benedict with longer hair. They have almost the exact same face!! It’s like he married a woman who looks just like a long-lost twin sister. I can’t un-see it now. It’s really freaking me out.

Anyway, these are photos of Benedict and Sophie at the LA premiere of Avengers: Infinity War. Sophie has been attending a lot of the major events for Benedict’s Marvel contract. It’s sweet, I guess. I was thinking about this the other day though: do you notice that we’re not hearing anything else about how she’s an opera director and the most avant-garde artiste EVER now? I think she just gave all of that up to be a stay-at-home mom and Benedict’s wife. Which is fine, but that’s not how she was billed when they first got together.

Film Premiere of Avengers Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War Premiere

Here’s another spouse supporting her Marvel-contracted husband: Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. Jennifer wore a hideous Louis Vuitton ensemble and Paul didn’t take off his sunglasses the entire time. I love them as a couple, but I’m getting weird vibes from these photos. Hm.

Film Premiere of Avengers Infinity War

The World Premiere of Marvel Studios “Avengers: Infinity War”

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. lightpurple says:

    Jennifer Connolly has her own Marvel contract! She’s the voice of the operating system in SpiderMan’s suit. I forget the name they use for her. Just like Bettany was originally the voice of Jarvis, the operating system in Iron Man’s suit before they used him to make Vision.

    ETA Spiderman calls her “Suit Lady” and then names her Karen. Jennifer voices Karen.

  2. grabbyhands says:

    Jennifer Connelly is so gorgeous but she has the worst style.

    • Birdix says:

      She looks different—is it her eyebrows? Maybe she’s lost weight and her face is narrower? Can’t quite pinpoint it…

    • SKF says:

      It’s insane how beautiful she is!! I preferred her curvier but I guess the Hollywood pressure to be thin is intense. In any case, whenever she appears on a red carpet it doesn’t seem to matter what she’s wearing, girl just gives FACE and immediately everyone else fades into the background.

    • Stella in NH says:

      I wish she would lay off on some of the eye make up. I think she would look better with less of it.

    • Audi says:

      Exactly. She never gets it right.

  3. Lindy79 says:

    Didn’t Bettany defend Johnny Depp during the whole Amber Heard thing?
    In a “he’s never been anything but nice to me” kind of way….I could be wrong

    Sophie looks good here, but yes there is definitely a very strong resemblance.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Shhhh. Please don’t ruin Paul Bettany for me.

      We need another hashtag as well as #metoo. How about #himtoo?, which conveys our dismay when a seemingly lovely man ends up being one of them.

    • Sunny says:

      Yes, Paul Bettany defended Depp. Said he’d known him for years, how he was kindest, sweetest, etc.etc. He also said that trial by Twitter wasn’t helpful.

      • Bridget says:

        Isn’t it weird how women supposedly say things in support of men who had been accused and they get vilified and men who say things in support of men who did awful things get the “let’s close our ears, I don’t want to hate him” treatment?

        Internalized misogyny is real

      • jetlagged says:

        I don’t want to hate him, but I also didn’t close my ears when he said it. I lost some respect for him over his defense of Depp. It sounded like Bettany really didn’t want to lose any future invites to Depp’s private island. It wasn’t a good look.

      • Sunny says:


        I’m not sure tbh, for example Javier Bardem clearly didn’t get “let’s close our ears, I don’t want to hate him” treatment when he defended Woody Allen just recently. I think it very much depends on who exactly does the defending. Some will be cancelled asap, while others may get that treatment you are talking about cause they are more popular/liked by public for whatever reasons. The same goes for some women. Cate Blanchett had a bit of that “I don’t want to hate her ” treatment when she spoke about Allen and #MeToo.

  4. Lucy says:

    That’s exactly what I’ve been saying ever since they made their first public appearance together! Anyways, she does look lovely here. Great dress and shoes!

  5. aerohead21 says:

    I noticed Bendy and wife looked alike when they first got photographed together! Anyway, I like her dress (on her). And Jennifer and hubby look AWFUL! Was he high?

  6. Lynn says:

    They don’t really look alike to me *shrugs* Both have high cheekbones but the eyes and everything else is different.

    They do look nice up there though! And yeah Connelly’s outfit is awful.

    • WingKingdom says:

      Agree – I really do not see the resemblance. To me, BC is so unique looking that I feel like I would really notice if his wife looked like him. 🤷‍♀️

    • lobbit says:

      Yeah, I’m not seeing the twinning either…

  7. Rumi says:

    Woah they look very alike. Almost like twin siblings.
    I do like Sophie’s dress. I find Jennifer to be very striking, her clothes are not fitted properly. The skirt is not tailored well and the blouse is too big for her.

  8. bread says:

    Both couples in this post have really stiff, awkward body language.

    • Beluga says:

      As far as I remember, the Bendies have always been like that. Maybe it’s just their way idk. But I’m getting weird vibes from Paul and Jennifer too, especially since it’s a light-hearted event.

  9. Sunny says:

    Creepy. Both couples.

  10. Birdix says:

    It doesn’t have to be either/or—Sophie could be taking a few years off to focus on the children with plans to go back to directing when they’re off to school…

    • Brunswickstoval says:

      Completely agree. Not every woman can or wants to work when her kids are young. I’ve had a few years off across my 4 but have been back working for years now.

      Comment seems a little shady.

    • hoopjumper says:

      Thank you, my exact thoughts. She could also be doing some low key consulting. Her career is as a director/producer, so work is gonna be sporadic. It’s not like she had a 9-to-5 she’s no longer clocking into.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I think though, the point CB was trying to make was that when Benedict was pushing for the Oscar and Sophie first came on the scene, his team seemed focused on pushing them as some sort of theatre power couple, to bump him up. That’s how I saw it anyway, and it was discussed on here a fair bit. More as a criticism of his team, that she needed to seem worthy of him artistically.

      • SKF says:

        Well why not? Is she not worthy of him artistically? Just because he is famous it doesn’t actually mean he is worthier. I don’t understand this critique at all. When they got together she was in a high point of her career and right now she has two very young children and seems to be taking a break. There is nothing wrong with that. It doesn’t make her any less talented or creative or even career-oriented. Despite the Tagline it really is difficult to “have it all”, something has to give at some point. Why can’t she have been a creative champ when they got together who is now on a break to raise kids for a while and can return to that career when she wishes to? I have seen so many women I know become devalued because they’re taking time off to care for children and it really bothers me. Especially after the second baby it is statistically much harder for mums to re-enter the workforce. It took my sister 6 months after baby #2 to find a job way below her skill set, experience level and earning capabilities. I think the whole conversation around this has to change.

  11. violet says:

    I’ve always thought they looked like twins. Most actors are narcissists, maybe he married her so he could look in a mirror and see himself every day. Anyway, she’s pretty, I like her coloring (I’ve always been partial to dark hair contrasting with blue eyes and fair skin, I don’t get the thing about blondes at all) and I like her dress. Jennifer Connolly’s outfit, however – omg. Gurl, maybe you need a mirror at home, too?

    • Jules says:

      *dons psych hat*

      People are attracted to a person with shared features simply because it’s familiar, and that feels safe and predictable (many people are unconsciously are attracted to people who share features with them or their parents, there’s loads of studies on it).

      I should add most people don’t have an accurate view of themselves, either–that’s why we’re surprised by photos of ourselves.

  12. Taxi says:

    Due to the reflection on Sophie’s bosom in the first pic, I couldn’t figure out why the dress had Nebraska on the front!

  13. Jayna says:

    I love Paul Bettany. He told the funniest story on late night TV once about trying to be cool when he was invited to Guy Ritchie’s home in England for a dinner party with I guess famous people and how he made a fool of himself. I laughed out loud when he was telling it. Plus, he adores his wife. But Jennifer looks horrible here. Who told her that outfit was a good idea?

  14. Lisa says:

    It’s actually a scientific theory (some say proven) that we are attracted to people that share our own features. There are actually a lot of couples that this applies to. Christian Bale and his wife (also Sophie, I believe); Jason Bateman and his spouse. I’m drawing a blank on more but they’re out there! I also realize how creepy it is that I not only realized this but then looked it up a few years ago too. Probably nothing to do with the fact that my husband and I also share very similar features.

    • Jules says:

      LOL yep I was just saying! The basic jist is that it feels safer.

    • Dee says:

      Everyone says my husband and I look so much alike but I must disagree, I am waaaaaay cuter!!!!

    • isabelle says:

      Exactly, MOST couples look similar to their partners and people are lying to themselves if they believe look very different than their partner. Of course some do but most have similar features.

  15. Jayna says:

    I don’t see the resemblance at all. She has darker skin. He’s pale. She has darker, close-set eyes. He has light, wide-set eyes.

  16. FHMom says:

    I don’t find Cumberbatch or Sophie attractive individually, but together they make a beautiful looking couple. Jennifer Connelly looks miserable. I wonder why.

  17. Jussie says:

    I don’t think they look that similar. They have the same narrow, long face, but their actual features are very different.

  18. Cee says:

    She was made to be a UNICORN when they suddenly got engaged the moment she got pregnant. It was as if the woman he would marry had to be the greatest, the coolest, THE BEST. I think a lot of people over here had a bad reaction to that, myself included, because Sophie should have been good enough on her own merits instead of having her career and CV whitewashed to make HIM look better.

    • Sunny says:

      And now nobody knows what exactly this unicorn does, besides being a wife and a mother.

      • Cee says:

        She’s now a producer with his production company. She is producing her SIL’s novel (?). She seems to be a meddler in the sense that she’s tried everything out and nothing’s stuck yet. Perhaps her stint as a producer will.

      • SKF says:

        @CEE statistically it is very difficult for women to re-enter the workforce after baby #2. Job opportunities tend to dry up. My highly experienced, qualified and paid sister couldn’t find a job for 6 months in a strong job market and finally had to take an underpaid admin job until she could find something else. It’s actually a super messed up aspect of the job market. It’s not uncommon for highly skilled women who’ve had babies to end up working for family or friends because of this issue – people who appreciate their skills and merits. Now I imagine working in Opera is pretty competitive so someone else probably nabbed her roles while she was on maternity leave. It makes perfect sense for her to work for his production company. She has production skills already, it gives her flexibility for him (always travelling for work) and their kids where needed. I really dislike the judginess around this.

      • Cee says:

        SKF ITA that it is very hard, especially when there are no Maternity/Paternity laws that protect jobs. Or companies not offering day care when sometimes that is required by law (like it is in Argentina).

        But in Sophie’s case, she barely dabbed in Opera and that was AFTER getting engaged with Cumberbatch. She had a short lived acting career, a somewhat successful co-writing and co-directing career in the “avant garde” theater field and that was it. I’m not discounting her work because she managed to work in her chosen field and so many can’t even book one job. But her CV and achievements were grossly exaggerated, eg: she was held as THE winner of a Samuel Beckett award when in fact she was part of an ensemble that was given a grant to fund their play, and it wasn’t even that award, but the “lesser” Beckett award (still an accomplishment, IMO).

        Also – she must have realised she wanted to be there for her kids, raise them, her husband makes more than enough money for them to have a great lifestyle, her career wasn’t very successful in itself to even merit going back to, AND she can work for/with him. She made her choice and it is a very smart one.

      • Bridget says:

        She’s being a wife and a mother, as far as we can see. That’s what she does.

    • Beluga says:

      The original Amal/Neri

      • Cee says:

        I think Amal is the original Amal and some men actually try to recreate that PR game (although in all fairness, you can’t compare Amal to Sophie Hunter. Doesn’t seem fair for either)

      • Beluga says:

        Celeb gossip timings all blur for me, to be honest, but you’re probably right! It’s a weird, but apparently effective, PR game for the man because putting stories in the press that this special amazingly talented unicorn is the only one worthy elevates him with no reason whatsoever. I wouldn’t even know where to begin comparing the two outside of the PR barrage, which is probably the point. The actual substance beyond the relentless message of ‘the only super duper accomplished woman who can possibly match his greatness’ stops mattering.

    • Meggles says:

      Damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t…

      • Cee says:

        In this case, it is all on him and his crazy stooopid PR move around their sudden engagement when a week before he proclaimed to be SINGLE.

        God, his was a case of “what not to do” in PR. She was always good enough.

    • lobbit says:

      IDK it kind of sounds like people read a little too deeply into it. And it kind of sounds like die hard fans here and elsewhere would have had a bad reaction to any woman linked to their fave – no matter how she was “presented.” Fans get very territorial about their idols…

      • SKF says:

        I defending her and I’m not a fan at all. I think I’ve seen one thing he was in and I thought he was okay. I’m defending her because I cannot stand the constant judgment of mothers and what they do with their careers after having kids. I have seen many talented women really struggle with this and I think there is a lot of work to be done in terms of reintegrating talented and skilled women back into the workforce better and a big first step is to stop the judgment.

  19. Dr Mrs The Monarch says:

    I like the couples styling on Sophie and Ben. I think they look more like cousins than siblings, but there is a bit of a resemblance.

  20. Harryg says:

    No, I don’t think they look alike. I do think Clooney and his wife look alike, and Matt Damon and Franka Potente could be twins (not that they are together but still).

  21. tw says:

    Paul Bettany’s botox/possible face lift is weirding me out.

  22. tracking says:

    They do look like siblings. Not just facial features and coloring, but sort of oddly shaped tall builds as well.

  23. Veronica S. says:

    I like her dress a lot. Not all women can pull off tea length.

    I totally forget Bettany was married to Jennifer Connelly. I’m still salty that her career went bust after “A Beautiful mind.”

    • LB says:

      How did her career go bust? She still works regularly.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I just remember her being A BIG DEAL right around that time, and it just kind of…petered off? She still works, but she’s not doing any of the major headline films we saw her doing around that time period. Which is a shame because she is quite talented.

      • SKF says:

        She’s had two babies in the interim with a partner who works and travels a lot. This is not surprising, nor is it a tragedy. I really don’t get this attitude at all. I’m sure she will be back to kicking career goals if and when she is ready and if she can overcome the prejudices the job market typically has against mother’s re-entering the job market after a 2 (or more) baby break.

  24. Other Renee says:

    The Cumbys are a striking couple. She’s not hanging all over him or staring up at him like he’s God Almighty like some American women do at forced photo shoots.

    • Bridget says:

      American women? Wtf?

      • Kitten says:

        LOL when someone wants to take a pic of me and my BF I stare up at him AND hang all over him (at the same time!) while draped in an American flag. It’s the USA, baby, we gotta make sure our men feel like the special American studs that they are!!

    • tracking says:

      We’re not all Meghan Markle, Other Renee.

  25. Penelope says:

    I don’t see the resemblance (especially in their eyes, which are very different). Sophie looks lovely!

    Jennifer is so beautiful, but she’s been too thin for quite some time now. And she’s never, ever known how to dress herself.

    • MI6 says:

      I met them in person in NYC a few years back and she was beyond tiny. He was lovely and friendly. She pretended to be on her phone.

      • SKF says:

        There was a story on the Avengers Instagram early today (I was procrastinating) from the premiere and Cumby was signing autographs. He was doing his best but some of those fans are a bit crazy and demanding. You could see he was trying to be patient. One guy was insistently yelling at him to sign his thing and Bendy reached down to sign something for a little girl and kindly ask if she was okay (she was being squashed/swarmed by crazy adult fanboys). You can hear the loud guy saying (about a small CHILD) “hey, she pushed in!” and see Bendy try to keep it together. People are nuts! I laughed out loud. Dude was doing his best but you could see he really wanted to say something!

      • tracking says:

        Cumby seems like a genuinely decent guy to me. Thanks for the story, SKF.

  26. SJhere says:

    Mrs. C is a beautiful woman who dresses modestly/well tailored, lovely gowns with zero Kartrashian vibes. I think it’s nice if she is able to spend more time with their very young children instead of needing to have 2 full time careers to survive. He’s got to be fairly wealthy by now.
    I was young in the early days of women’s lib, and every woman free to make her own choices was the entire movement in my crowd.
    Why are some many folks so focused on if the wife chooses to be SAHM for a bit?
    Kate Middleton is always dogged for her lack of working?
    I disagree, I wish my family had enough $$ that I could have been with my young kids more but we are working class and every cent in was needed.

    Now, Jennifer should fire whoever told her that outfit looked good, Geez, even the shoes are ugly.
    Paul Bettany is and has always been good looking, and I agree he does look high as a kite in these pics. Please don’t let it be true that he has had a face lift. If so, Barf!

  27. Kay Hendricks says:

    Well, I think Benedict and Sophie look beautiful. I am glad he is enjoying success in his career and has a wife and two kids he obviously loves. Can’t wait to see Infinity War and will be ready for Sherlock Series 5.

    • MI6 says:

      Thank you! Totally agree. They seem really in love, and she’s very pretty. Why so much hate for this couple is beyond me.

    • Sunny says:

      Sherlock 5? Lol, Mofftiss run the show into the ground beyond repair and Martin Freeman and Cumberbatch seem to dislike each other. There likely won’t be any Sherlock 5.

  28. chilies says:

    Sophie is always creepy. It began when she stole others’ treatise and erased his ex-girlfriends’ names from Benedict ‘s Wikipedia.

  29. Bug says:

    They don’t look alike at all.

    The second couple, now, they have always been creepy.

  30. SM says:

    Paul and Jennifer look really uncomfortable together. And sort of sad

  31. Liliy says:

    Is it just me, or does Sophie Hunter radiate dullness? She seems like the most boring person in
    the world.