Victoria Pedretti has a real talent for playing a twin, and there are uncanny parallels between the twins whose skins she was in. Their respective characters on Haunted Hill House and You – Nell Crain and Love Quinn – are both widows with male twins struggling with addiction, and both appear on shows where death is a major character.
But while Nell is a likable, sensitive character, Love is manipulative and murderous. Speaking to Elle about becoming love after playing Nell, Pedretti said, “While they have many similar circumstances, and they are [both] Coming from a large, publicly known family, they are completely different people. … It was really cool to be able to address a lot of the same issues with a character who internalized them in such different ways.
Pedretti had some memorable moments of bonding with the actors who played her twins on both shows, telling TVLine she was having a blast with “You” co-star James Scully in a bathtub while rehearsing some of their final scenes together turned. And before she made the big entrance, she and Oliver Jackson-Cohen speculated on how audiences would react to Haunted Hill House. She recalled to The Hollywood Reporter, “I remember sitting on a balcony with my castmate Oliver and we were like, ‘Are people going to like this?'” Yet even though Pedretti doesn’t have a twin in real life, she’s evolved a close bond with this sibling.
Victoria Pedretti’s special relationship with her half-sister
Victoria Pedretti grew up in Philadelphia with parents who were both involved in theater, according to the Daily Press. In an interview with StyleLikeU, Pedretti said she didn’t feel like she had a stable upbringing, but she didn’t realize how traumatic her childhood was until she spoke to a college psychologist. “I was very disturbed when I found out that was my story,” she said. Pedretti recalled the psychologist telling her, “You know, the parents are the one responsible for the child, right?” But despite the emotional distress she’s endured, the actress still loves her parents. “I really appreciate that they’ve consistently done their best,” she said.
Luckily, Pedretti had an older half-sister who was there for her when she needed advice. “Ever since I was a kid I felt such a strong bond and a desire to be around her and a protective instinct,” Pedretti told Harper’s Bazaar. “She’s pretty much my favorite person in the world.”
The actor said her sister was 25 years her senior, pointing out that extreme age difference meant they had nothing in common when Pedretti was a kid. However, this only seemed to make their relationship even more special. “I understand that sometimes there is just a connection that is just there. It’s a bond,” she said.
Victoria Pedretti contradicts fans who believe she has a celebrity twin
Some of Victoria Pedretti’s fans believe she bears a striking resemblance to “Lizzie McGuire” star Hilary Duff, per Teen Vogue. The official Twitter account for the series You even endorsed the idea of the two being celebrity twins, citing a fan who suggested that Pedretti’s co-star Penn Badgely also resembles Duff’s husband Matthew Koma. But Pedretti does not share this assessment.
In an interview with InStyle, Pedretti listed some other actors that fans consider their doubles, including Rachel McAdams and Kat Dennings. “I don’t really look like any of those women,” she said. While she understands that people find such comparisons flattering, they make them uncomfortable. She questioned why there was a desire to see similarities in the looks of female actors and suggested that it was harmful because it sets expectations for a woman to behave a certain way just because they share the same physical characteristics like someone else did. “Nobody should want that,” she said.
Since her on-screen twins were men, Pedretti didn’t have to put up with being compared to them in this way, but according to Oliver Jackson-Cohen, their fictional family connection influenced the script of the second project they appeared in together, The Haunting of Bly Manor”. Her characters were originally going to be romantically involved, but Jackson-Cohen told Entertainment Weekly, “And then I thought Netflix was like, ‘No, that’s a little bit weird seeing that [you played] Twins.'”