What would you do if you saw a photo of someone who looked exactly like you? What would you do if that person turned out to be your twin who was separated from you at birth?
This is the true story of Anaïs Bordier and her sister, actress Samantha Futerman.
In their new book, “Separated @ Birth,” the young women reveal how they found out they were related two years ago.
It happened in London. Someone sent Anaïs a screenshot of a young woman in America who looked exactly like her.
“I was shocked,” says Anaïs, who was adopted as an infant in South Korea and raised in Paris and Brussels (she knew nothing about her birth mother). “I didn’t understand . . . who could that be?”
Naturally, she wanted to learn more. After some researching, her friends saw the same woman in a trailer for the movie “21 & Over.”
“I found her date of birth,” she says. “What are the chances you find someone adopted from the same country, same town, who was born on the same day?”
It was basically “The Parent Trap” come to life.
Dude...check this out. This picture is not of me. Its of @AnaisFBordier. Who is also adopted and born on… http://t.co/iNjXxlCCgC— Samantha Futerman (@samfuterman) February 21, 2013
Dude...check this out. This picture is not of me. Its of @AnaisFBordier. Who is also adopted and born on… http://t.co/iNjXxlCCgC
On Feb. 13, 2013, she sent Samantha a friend request on Facebook and this accompanying message: “I stalked you a bit and found out you were born on the 19th of November 1987 . . . and discovered you were adopted too. So . . . I don’t want to be too Lindsay Lohan, well . . . but . . . how to put it . . . I was wondering where you were born?”
Sam was shocked. Though it took her a few days to respond, she knew in her heart that Anaïs was her long lost sister.
“That entire day, I’d just keep randomly turning to my friends, saying, ‘I have a twin! I have a twin!’”
Thirteen days later, they had their first Skype session (that lasted three hours!) and immediately knew they were related. Twins separated at birth. Twins who missed out on 25 years together. And their parents were angry the adoption agency in Seoul had lied about it all. (A DNA test later proved they were identical twins.)
Three months later — and after raising funds for the trip through their Kickstarter campaign — they came face-to-face for the first time with their loved ones surrounding them.
Never been a "happy cry" girl, but ive been brought to tears so many times in the past few days. Thank you so much for your donations.— Samantha Futerman (@samfuterman) March 24, 2013
Never been a "happy cry" girl, but ive been brought to tears so many times in the past few days. Thank you so much for your donations.
“It was very strange,” Anaïs says. “Physically, very strange. I would describe it as opposing magnets attracting each other. It’s like seeing a mirror that doesn’t react the way it should.”
When they were finally alone for the first time, they took a nap and slept next to each other. In the book, they recall that moment among many others.
“Maybe this was our way of resuming our story where it started — twins in the womb,” Sam writes. “We were resuming our life together, waking up with no fear of ever being separated again.”
The NYPost.com reported the story.
Exactly a year ago I was on a bus in the middle of Hackney looking at @YouTube videos & discovered my twin sister. @samfuterman I love you— Anaïs Bordier (@AnaisFBordier) February 19, 2014
Exactly a year ago I was on a bus in the middle of Hackney looking at @YouTube videos & discovered my twin sister. @samfuterman I love you
Learn more about their story by checking out Sam's new non-profit organization with "Glee" star Jenna Ushkowitz: Kindred Adoption
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