Principia is home to many celebrities. Although our campus is small, we do seem to have some extremely high profile people floating around. You may not have realized it, but the campus is infested with professional athletes, actors and models … or at least their doppelgängers!
Best known for starring in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” as Sloane Peterson, actress Mia Sara looks astonishingly similar to freshman Desi Schnaitman. “I wish I could have played her role. That movie was gorgeous. [Sara] is gorgeous,” Schnaitman said. She said that at least six people have told her that she looks like Bueller’s girl, but she believes she doesn’t look like the actress. However, the freshman always takes it as a compliment because, as she said, that movie “defined a generation.”
Freshman Timon Keller had a great career at Principia Upper School playing soccer, where he was a center-back. Ironically, one of the most popular names in soccer, a Brazilian star named David Luiz, also plays center-back for Brazil and one of the top teams in Europe, Paris Saint-Germain. Keller said, “Players from other teams told me that I looked like him while playing soccer. I actually play the same position as he did and during the World Cup, all my friends texted me asking why I was playing for Brazil.” Unfortunately, Brazil suffered a humiliating loss in the semi-finals to Germany which resulted in tears for the Brazilian star, but not his German twin. “A friend told me to get my act together on TV,” Keller said. He also considered buying a David Luiz jersey and wearing it around just to see what happens. Although Keller doesn’t speak Portuguese, he would happily sign some autographs.
Junior Jake Roometua, a rugby player from Tahiti, is also widely compared to Khal Drogo, one of the predominant characters in the first season of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” The islander may not be chieftain of the Dothraki people, but Roometua said that one of his favorite quotes is by the real-life warlord Genghis Khan: “I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you. So, it appears that both Roometua and Drogo have a common love of taking over large swaths of territory. Upon being shown a photo of Drogo, Roometua was surprised and honored to be the doppelgänger of such a great warrior. Roometua, an All-American wrestling champion in high school, said of Drogo that “He is a man among boys, and emulates what we all should in our manhood of power.”
Lastly, it’s time for a humble brag. This past summer, freshman Briggs Hurley of the men’s soccer team alerted me that I look identical to Luka Modric, a Croatian soccer player on Real Madrid. I have to say, the resemblance is pretty unreal. I am highly considering tweeting at him, hoping he flies me to Madrid just so we can meet and be best friends. Hurley texted me this past summer after watching the World Cup and thought, “When I was watching Brazil play Croatia, I saw Luka Modric, and made the connection that he looked identical to Nate Waters, and I had to tell him.” I am pretty honored to be compared to Modric, and the fact that Real Madrid paid 30 million euros ($37.5 million) for him is pretty cool, too. All I need to do is buy a checkered jersey and see how many hotels I can get into for free in Madrid.
Hopefully the campus will continue to recognize our famous lookalikes that are spread over the world. Whether taking over an evil kingdom or riding floats through the streets of Chicago, Principia certainly has a diverse student body for only having 500 students.