Is ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Lesley Fera Related to Mariska Hargitay?

So many people have heard the phrase “everyone has a doppelgänger.” Whether it be that you know someone who looks just like you, or that person who bears a striking resemblance to you lives on the other side of the world, chances are, there is someone who could be your long-lost twin! Occasionally, we find two celebrities who look so much alike that we often mistake them for each other. According to Insider, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley look like sisters, while Joanna Gaines looks just like Meghan Markle. There are so many lookalikes, even in Hollywood, and it often causes fans to do a little digging to find out who may be related to whom. Now, people are wondering — is Pretty Little Liars’ star Lesley Fera related to actor Mariska Hargitay? 

A little about Lesley Fera

TYLER BLACKBURN, LESLEY FERA
TYLER BLACKBURN, LESLEY FERA | Eric McCandless/Freeform via Getty Images

Who exactly is Lesley Fera? For those who don’t know, the actress, born in 1971, has an Italian and Irish heritage. According to People Pill, she is best known for her roles in Pretty Little Liars, 24, and CSI: Miami. As talented as she is on the small screen, the pretty performer enjoys being on stage in theater productions and started her acting career all the way back in 1998. Married to Ned Mochel, Fera has also appeared in numerous films, including Boone: The Bounty Hunter as well as Herstory and Dating in LA and Other Urban Myths. 

Some background on Mariska Hargitay

Any fan of Law & Order: SVU would instantly recognize her name, and for good reason. Hargitay has portrayed the character of Olivia Benson on the popular show for over 20 years, and we have enjoyed watching the character evolve from NYPD detective to captain of the unit. Known for her striking beauty, the actress is the daughter of iconic sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, and Hello! Magazine reports that her father, Mickey Hargitay, was also famous in his own right, although the couple divorced before the actress was born. Tragically, when Hargitay was only three, she was in the backseat of the car during an accident that claimed her mother’s life. Married to actor Peter Hermann since 2004, Hargitay has three children, and it is safe to say that she has a happy family life. Says her husband, “I think what sustains our marriage is that I know [Mariska] loves me in spite of who I am, and that is the definition of grace.” Before pursuing acting, Hargitay had the honor of being crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA, and went on to take smaller roles on various shows and films. She is active with charity work, as the founder of Joyful Hearts Foundation, which provides support to abuse victims. Overall, it seems that the beautiful actress does it all, and her hard work does not go unrecognized. She has received both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for her work on Law & Order: SVU and fans couldn’t imagine the show without her. 

We know that Hargitay has several siblings, but is Fera one of them? While the two may look extremely similar, it turns out they are not related. Several fans have taken to Reddit to ask about a possible relation between the actresses, with one user saying “Who thought Lesley Fera and Mariska Hargitay were the same person?” Other fans were quick to answer, saying that they definitely thought that they were the same person, and were shocked to see just how strong the resemblance is. 

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