Saturday, February 26, 2011
Old Navy Ad Star: Kim Kardashian Comparisons Are "Extremely Flattering"
Melissa Molinaro doesn't see it.
"To me it's extremely flattering. She is a beautiful woman...That's an amazing compliment," says the singer and actress in response to the oodles of Kim Kardashian comparisons that have blown up the Internet since Molinaro's peppy Old Navy ad—in which she certainly does resemble the E! star—premiered this week.
But, Molinaro assured us in an exclusive sit-down, she did not answer a casting call for "Kim Kardashian look-alikes."
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"I have the email that my agent sent me—this is from the client, from Old Navy," Molinaro told E! News, proceeding to read a copy of the casting notice.
"'Role Name: Female Singer,'" she began. "Then it says, 'Description: Looking for a true dance pop superstar. The talent will lip-synch, so just looking for a performer. The performer has experimental vocal style that borrows from such legends as Prince, David Bowie and Madonna. Wardrobe: Think Prince, Madonna, Lady Gaga and David Bowie.'"
But after the ad premiered, it doesn't appear that any of those stars came to mind.
"It went from me getting phone calls from my family and people I went to high school with, people I grew up dancing with," Molinaro said. "They're saying, 'Oh my god, [people are] saying you look like Kim Kardashian!'"
And yet, she's gotten very few comparisons to Kim until now.
"I get told that I look like a lot of famous people," the Ontario, Canada-born performer said. "It seems to be a trend for me. Eva Longoria, Nicole Scherzinger, Fergie, Vanessa Marcil—these are just a couple of the people [she's been compared to].
"It's just crazy to me because I think I look like Melissa Molinaro," she said. "I've been in the business for a long time and...thank God I booked this commercial because I've gotten so much airtime."
So does she think she has a future in the Kim-impersonation business?
"You're not going to find me at a Bar Mitzvah or a communion or someone's birthday doing that," Molinaro said.
It doesn't appear as if she needs the work, anyway. A veteran of shows like Making the Band 3 and The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, Molinaro is up next in Honey 2, a straight-to-DVD sequel to the Jessica Alba-starring original.
And Molinaro has a message for her doppelgänger:
"Kim, I think you're beautiful woman, an amazing business woman, and it would be nice to meet you someday! I hope you don't think all this is weird."