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Heather Snowden

Cast your mind back to 1998, to the release of The Parent Trap, the film that brought us the godly Oreo & Peanut Butter combo, excellent headbands, prank inspiration for years and, of course, a cute freckled-faced Lindsey Lohan.

Cool Cali gal Hallie and British twin-set champ Annie first meet at summer camp, where they don't exactly hit it off straight away...

But, after some incredible battles, a brief stint in isolation and that "aha moment" with the photo torn 'right down the middle,' the girls ecstatically realize they're twins, plot to reunite their parents, and live happily ever after.

This super coming-of-age movie made girls around the globe wish they had a long-lost identical twin - and you'd be totally forgiven if you thought they were actually identical twins, I know I did!

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, given the last decade), LiLo does not have a body double, though that was some pretty convincing CGI. Admit it, it caught you up too.

The character Hallie was in fact the first role ever for Broadway actress and stage singer, Erin Mackey. And this is what she looks like now:

Post Parent Trap, Mackey appeared in Wicked as Galinda the Good Witch, in a 2011 musical based on Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility as Lucy Steele, and in the New York Philharmonic's adaption of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She's also appeared in Broadway shows Sondheim on Sondheim, Anything Goes and Chaplin, and an episode of hit TV show Gossip Girl. In 2003 she won an L.A Music Center Spotlight Award for Non-Classical Voice.

Erin Mackey plays a casting agent in Gossip Girl
Erin Mackey plays a casting agent in Gossip Girl

I've no idea why they didn't get identical twins to play this role, but that doesn't matter because it's still so great. Here are a bunch of pictures of LiLo and Mackey looking adorbs together on set all those years ago.

Strong outfit coordination vibes...

The whole gang, plus Sammy, the dog that knew something was up all along...


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