Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited
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THE STORY BEHIND THE FILM TWINSTERS
One of the Top Ten Facebook Stories of the decade
When twenty-five-year-old South Korean adoptee and actress Samantha Futerman opened a Facebook message from a stranger named Anaïs Bordier, she had no idea that it would change her life forever…
Adopted from South Korea as an infant, Sam grew up in New Jersey with her parents and two brothers. She never imagined she had a sister; nor did Anaïs—who grew up in France and was also adopted from South Korea—until she saw an actress with a face identical to her own in a YouTube video and decided to contact her doppelgänger via social media. A few dubious exchanges turned from mistrust and cynicism to utter shock, as the women discovered more in common than just their looks—and their birth date.
Samantha and Anaïs’s ensuing adventure is a dive into the fascinating research on identical twins, particularly those who have been separated since birth; a reexamination of nature vs. nurture; a guide through the often befuddling territory of foreign adoption; and an emotional soul-search for two inextricably connected set of parents and children.
Their discovery can only be described as the unimaginable journey of a lifetime—one that spans languages, continents, cultures, and ultimately proves that none of these barriers can disrupt the unbreakable bond between sisters.
the monumental event. Everything at JFK did not go completely smoothly. As my mother relaxed into comfortable mom-under-control mode with her (now!) three well-behaved kids, my brother Andrew took on the power challenge. He had gotten it into his head that the families could pick the baby they wanted from the airplane. I was as bald as Daddy Warbucks, but Andrew had seen some of the other parents come off the plane with babies sporting really cool hairstyles, and he wanted one of those. He had a
twins come about when two eggs are fertilized by two different sperm. Identical twins, also known as “monozygotic twins,” come from one egg fertilized by one sperm that divides up to fourteen days after conception. Identical twins, which are about one-third of the natural twin population, occur in approximately three of every thousand births. Whatever kind of twins we were, we were looking beyond that to the personality testing. We were both really looking forward to finding out what Dr. Segal
changing me in all the best ways possible. I had no idea where Sam and I and the Futermans and the Bordiers would go, but we were definitely heading there together. 12 SAM coming face-to-face with . . . myself It was time to face it: Anaïs and I had been in a long-distance relationship. We were so long-distance, the only way to even see each other was by plane. I knew the relationship was going to be worth it. We’d just have a visiting schedule, when it turned out we were twins. What made all
had the longest and most uncomfortable laughing fit I’ve ever had in my life. I couldn’t stop. My brain wasn’t working. My body was just pumping blood and adrenaline all the way through. I was hot, sweating, freezing, and amped up all at the same time. It was me . . . it was me . . . she was me! Seeing her face for the very first time was remarkable. I never thought that I looked like that. It wasn’t me, but it was my entirety staring back. It felt like a dream where you know that the person in
vinegar, cucumber, and a variety of other things. After lunch, Anaïs found a shop that sold mass quantities of salty dried seaweed snacks, which made her ecstatic. There was no such shop in Paris! She bought way more than she could possibly carry, but she was happy. She was like a kid in a . . . dried seaweed store? Then it was time for Anaïs to meet her foster mother at Holt. Despite her nerves, I hoped that this was what she wanted. I didn’t want to force her to do something she wasn’t ready