Double-Teaming the Internet
Michael T. Jarvis

Los Angeles Times Calendar
June 6, 2004

The ever-present Olsen sisters aren't the only twins in demand in Hollywood. Identical twins Lesley and Carrie Nagy found it necessary to add a page to their site ( just to accommodate all the casting calls for stereophonic siblings.

"Twins have become such a hot topic, we added casting information because casting directors contacted us looking for twins," says Carrie, who works as an actress. Twins are almost inescapable today in pop culture, Carrie says, citing Neil and Adrian Rayment from "The Matrix Reloaded" as well as Tiki and Ronde Barber, who star in the National Football League and a Visa commercial.

"For a long time, it was just the [Wrigley's] Doublemint twins, but I've seen more twins in ads than ever," she says. "I don't know why. In television and films they use kids or babies because a child can only work a number of hours. That's a big pull, and there are so many shows that need children, many parents are interested in getting their twin babies into acting."

The Nagy sisters are no strangers to entertainment: They once portrayed twins in an episode of "The New Unsolved Mysteries" and Lesley, who lives in San Francisco, hosts "The Daily Mixx," an entertainment show on WB Channel 20.

Twins might be better prepared for Hollywood than most, Carrie says. "So many people are fascinated with twins that, from an early age, you are constantly put in the spotlight. They're kind of the little celebrities in their own way."

And there are practical advantages to having an identical surrogate -- being at two auditions at once, for instance, says Carrie, who impersonated Lesley several years ago on a job. "We met in the bathroom and swapped clothes. I was editing press releases. I even answered her phone calls."