Anaïs Bordier, French-Korean and studying in London, always had friends telling her so-and-so looked like her from time to time.
“Yeah I can see, okay, the Asian eyes, maybe,” Anaïs said. “But this time was really different. Something was strange.”
Her friend Kelsang Dongsar had been watching YouTube when he told Anaïs he saw an actress who looked a lot like her—but then he paused the video on her smile.
“I thought, ‘That is the same smile Anaïs has as well!’ That just blew my mind. It was actually like seeing Anaïs in the video,” Dongsar said. He had to show her.
So Dongsar took a screenshot and shared it with her on Facebook.
It blew up among her friends.
“Tell us where you got the video. This is bizarre,” Dongsar recalled people asking.
Anaïs’s first reaction was, this is “crazy.”
“Sometimes you meet people and you say, ‘Okay, we have the same eyes or the same nose, but everything else is different.’ Here, everything was similar,” she said.
Anaïs was adopted, so she thought there was a possibility that they were sisters, half-sisters, or even cousins. Without a doubt, they had to be related.
The two of them scoured YouTube and IMDB hoping to find a name and a credit, and eventually came up with one: Samantha Futerman.
She was an LA-based actress born in South Korea—like Anais—and was adopted by a couple in New Jersey with three boys.
Then Anaïs saw the birthday: November 19, 1987. Both had been adopted from South Korea, looked eerily similar, and had the same birth date. It was like a scene out of Parent Trap.
“It was almost like we were in a movie and being set up because it was so bizarre,” Dongsar said.
Anaïs, in a state of shock, wanted to reach out for answers. So she sent a message to Samantha on Facebook.
“My name is Anaïs, I am French and live in London,” she started. She told her about how her friend had seen a YouTube video and immediately saw similarities, and then the two of them had—admittedly—stalked her online a bit because the resemblance was so uncanny.
“Then [I] came upon the ‘how it feels to be adopted’ video,” Anaïs said.
“So….I don’t want to be too Lindsay Lohan, well…but…how to put it…I was wondering where were you born?” she wrote. She gave the name of the city and hospital she was born in, her Korean name, and added that she arrived in France three months later.
“Let me know….don’t freak out….” she finished.
Then Anaïs and her friend waited.
The nail-biting few days dragged on, and then they decided to send her a Tweet, asking her to check her Facebook inbox, since they weren’t already friends on Facebook and the message could have easily missed.
But Samantha didn’t reply via Facebook.
“The first thing Sam did before she even said hi was that she sent her documents with her birthday and birthplace to Anaïs straight up. It was insane,” Dongsar told People.
They were definitely long lost twins.
A year before Samantha got Anaïs’s message, she had actually been to Korea and looked over her birth records, and found no indication of a sibling.
And when she saw Anaïs’s message for the first time—and her profile picture—she actually thought it was a photo of herself.
“When I was reading her message, somehow it completely made sense—even though it was completely bonkers,” she said.
They set up a time to chat on Skype—and instantly hit it off. The two chatted for three hours, and made plans to meet in person. They felt like friends who had known each other for a long time and were just catching up.
Their parents were just as excited—“My Dad was probably more excited than anyone else,” Samantha added.
They made plans to meet for the first time in May 2013, a few months after connecting, and—at first—the meeting was awkward.
But after they broke the ice, it was like the two of them had grown up as sisters.
“Finding Samantha changed my life. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without Sam. It’s wonderful to have an extended family now,” Anaïs said.
Watch an interview with the twins below: