Here Are 16 Side-By-Side Photos Of Actors Who Played Real Dolls, And Some Of Them Really Got The Look Down

    From G.I. Joe action figures to American Girl dolls.

    It's Barbie-mania! The new film about the legendary doll is out in theaters, and it seems like it's all anyone can talk about right now.

    1. Margot Robbie stars as the titular character, and she really nailed the physical appearance of the doll. Yes, even her arched foot. Movies based on children's toys (and subsequently updated children's toys based on successful movies about said children's toys like this Barbie doll below) are nothing new.

    Just look at the Transformers and Trolls franchises, for example.

    In particular, though, Barbie joins the ranks of several dolls that were eventually the subjects of live-action films. So here are 15 other actors who brought actual dolls to life on screen. Soon, Lily Collins as Polly Pocket will join their ranks. Margot and Lily, you're in good company:

    Note: The doll photos are not all original editions, which many of these films are inspired by.

    G.I. Joe:

    In 2009, the long-running action figure franchise G.I. Joe finally made its way to the big screen. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra starred Channing Tatum as Duke, Dennis Quaid as Hawk, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Heavy Duty. A sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, came out in 2013 with Dwayne Johnson playing Roadblock. In 2021, Snake Eyes with Henry Golding as the titular character became the most recent film in the franchise.

    2. Dennis Quaid as Hawk in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

    3. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

    4. Channing Tatum as Duke in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

    5. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

    6. Henry Golding as Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes (2021)


    Bratz made it to the big screen in 2007. The fashion dolls, which first debuted in 2001, were played by Logan Browning as Sasha, Janel Parrish as Jade, Skyler Shaye as Cloe, and Natalia Ramos as Yasmin.

    7. Logan Browning as Sasha in Bratz: The Movie (2007)

    8. Janel Parrish as Jade in Bratz: The Movie (2007)

    9. Skyler Shaye as Cloe in Bratz: The Movie (2007)

    10. Nathalia Ramos as Yasmin in Bratz: The Movie (2007)

    American Girl:

    American Girl dolls are no stranger to the screen. Live-action adaptions of the iconic toy brand have been released for nearly two decades, starting with AnnaSophia Robb as Samantha in 2004. She's joined by the likes of Shailene Woodley, Abigail Breslin, Marsai Martin, and Olivia Rodrigo, among others who've played these legendary dolls.

    11. AnnaSophia Robb as Samantha in Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004)

    12. Shailene Woodley as Felicity in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure

    13. Abigail Breslin as Kit Kittredge in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

    14. Samantha Hanratty as Chrissa in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009)

    15. Olivia Rodrigo as Grace in An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success (2015)

    16. Marsai Martin as Melody in Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story

    So do you think these actors look like their plastic counterparts? Let us know in the comments!