Off Topic: People Keep Telling Me I Look Like Penelope Garcia

Written by Angela Atkinson

I always thought it would be kinda cool to look like a celebrity, but I was never really “one of those girls” who had it like that.

And while I was accused of looking like Dana Delaney in college (I didn’t) and of looking like Marilyn Monroe recently (I was wearing a costume, so I kinda did, I guess), I never really heard anyone else accuse me of looking like a famous person.

So, yeah – I didn’t get accused of looking like a celeb too often, and I couldn’t have cared less. It obviously wasn’t something I focused on, because, honestly, I just wanted to be the best possible version of ME. And really, do you know anyone who is so miserable because nobody tells them “OMG YOU LOOK JUST LIKE (INSERT CELEB NAME HERE)!”??

But then, a couple of years ago, people started telling me I looked like “that girl from Criminal Minds” – and at first, I just figured it was a fluke, or maybe that the person needed glasses. 

After it happened five or six times, I finally Googled it and saw who they meant; they thought I looked like Kirsten Vangsness – the beautiful and talented actress who plays Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds. 

Kirsten Vangness Look Alike

I don’t know – what do you think? Would you say I’m a Penelope Garcia look-alike? And people keep telling me that I sound like her too. I hadn’t watched the show before, and I didn’t know how I felt about the comparison.

So I watched a few YouTube clips – and you know what? I wasn’t mad – that girl is HOT and SMART! So, I’ll take it as a compliment! Wouldn’t you?

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What do you think? Is it true? Do we really look alike? Be honest with me – I can take it! 🙂 What celebrity do people say you look like?


  • Angela Atkinson

    Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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