“You look so familiar” : what it’s like to get recognized

I recently got an email asking me about the "recognizing thing." I get this question a lot, so I thought I would answer it here. People want to know if it still happens (yes, but not as much as it used to) and if I hate it (hate is a terribly strong word. I hate bigotry …

Farewell to Robin Williams: a thank you note

    Robin Williams died today. It seems surreal to write that. But since writing is the way I process the incomprehensible -- I find myself writing. Everyone is tweeting and facebooking and calling into radio shows about what a great talent Robin was. Yeah. He was. But that wasn't what I adored about him. It …

Hello, my name is Lisa Jakub and I used to be an actor (Or: The answer to “why did you quit acting?”)

Hello, my name is Lisa Jakub. But most people in a restaurant/dentist’s office/yoga studio dressing room, call me “Hey, you look like that girl from Mrs. Doubtfire/Independence Day/Matinee.” There is a good reason for that. I am that girl. More accurately, I was that girl. Or maybe I always will be her. Twenty years later, …