10 Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over (And It’s Usually Themselves)

Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

The best actors and actresses are capable of playing roles so varied that they're incapable of being typecast-Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Sean Penn, Daniel Day-Lewis, etc. Then there are those actors who play the same role over and over again-one that weirdly resembles them in real life. Keep clicking to see the 10 stars who rarely stretch their acting abilities beyond what they see in the mirror.

Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Jennifer Aniston
The Role: Almost always "unlucky in love," Aniston routinely plays a somewhat dry-witted, fickle, but good-hearted Average Jane who ultimately finds Mr. Right. Oh, and her hair is always perfect.
Seen In: "Rumor Has It," "The Break-Up," "He's Just Not That Into You," "Picture Perfect," "Along Came Polly," "The Object of My Affection," "Management," "Love Happens," "The Bounty Hunter," "The Switch."
Exception: "The Good Girl," in which Aniston plays a woman who is sad. The film was so well-written and subtle that her talents were able to shine.


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Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Matthew McConaughey
The Role: A charming-and occasionally sleazy-ladies' man who, in the case of all his rom-coms, just needs to meet the right woman in order to settle down.
Seen In: "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Fool's Gold," "Failure to Launch," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "The Wedding Planner."
Exceptions: His characters in "We Are Marshall" and "Dazed and Confused" were sleazy/charming, but as these weren't rom-coms, we didn't get to see McConaughey fall in love against the odds. "A Time To Kill," his breakout role, is probably his most diverse.

Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Kate Hudson
The Role: Perky and bubbly, but always with a strong backbone, Hudson always plays a girly-girl who won't take any s**t.
Seen In: "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Fool's Gold," "You, Me & Dupree," "My Best Friend's Girl," "Bride Wars."
Exception: Her breakout role in "Always Famous" scored her a well-deserved Oscar nomination, but she's been on a downward spiral into rom-com purgatory ever since.

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Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Michael Cera
The Role: Anxious, nerdy, and boyish, Cera always plays a completely non-threatening wuss who still manages to win the girl with the size of his heart and the sweetness of his stutter.
Seen In: "Juno," "Superbad," "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," "Paper Heart," "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World," "Youth In Revolt."
Exception: Some might argue that "Youth in Revolt" showed off Cera's acting chops because he played two roles in the movie-one of which was not a stuttering wuss-but in the end, that stuttering wuss was trying to win the heart of a girl and all of the cigarette smoking and faint mustache-growing won't change that.

Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Vince Vaughn
The Role: Ultimately, whether they're married or coupled up or single, all of Vaughn's characters are eternal womanizing bachelors with a 17-year-old's emotional maturity.
Seen In: "Wedding Crashers," "Old School," "The Break-Up," "Couples Retreat," "Swingers," "Four Christmases."
Exception: Um, "Psycho," the remake of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, maybe?



Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Katherine Heigl
The Role: Heigl is definitely following in Jennifer Aniston's footsteps as the "unlucky in love" type, only her version gives much better b---- face (see above).
Seen In: "27 Dresses," "Knocked Up," "The Ugly Truth," "Killers."
Exception: I have no idea. Every other movie she's been in hasn't even been worth renting.

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Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Sandra Bullock
The Role: A strong-willed-and maybe a little wacky-Alpha Female whose tough exterior eventually reveals a softer side.
Seen In: "The Proposal," "Two Weeks Notice," "Hope Floats," "While You Were Sleeping," "The Lake House," "28 Days."
Exception: "The Blind Side," obvs, but I would like to go on record as saying that the film-and her performance-was completely overrated.

Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Ryan Reynolds
The Role: The somewhat fratty guy that every girl would love to date if she could just see him as more than a friend.
Seen In: "Just Friends," "Definitely, Maybe," "The Proposal," "Van Wilder."
Exception: Hopefully, the upcoming "Green Lantern."

Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Owen Wilson
The Role: A dopey stoner with a heart of gold.
Seen In: "You, Me & Dupree," "Shanghai Nights," "Drillbit Taylor," "Wedding Crashers."
Exceptions: Whenever Owen Wilson teams up with Wes Anderson, good things happen. See: "The Royal Tennenbaums," "Bottle Rocket," and "The Darjeeling Limited." Also, I can't hate on his performance in "Zoolander." I just can't.

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Stars Who Play The Same Role Over And Over

Jennifer Garner
The Role: So sweet God gave her dimples, Garner always plays a smiley angel-on-earth type whose only flaw is that she's extremely dull.
Seen In: "Catch and Release," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Valentine's Day," "The Invention of Lying."
Exception: "13 Going On 30" had Garner playing a teen trapped in the body of an adult. It's the kind of material that gets James Lipton hard.

Posted by: Amelia McDonell-Parry at The Frisky

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