Jori Schiraldi is living the dream. He's 20 years old, working on his public communications degree at Kent State University in Ohio and hoping to land a dream gig with the Los Angeles Lakers when he graduates. He's thinking about what he's going to do this summer...
Oh, and he looks just like Harry Styles.
Like, people constantly stop him to take pictures. He fought it at first, of course, but now he's not afraid to say it's pretty awesome, and a little weird, to look like a member of One Direction.
"It's kind of a weird experience overall," Schiraldi told MTV News about the increased attention he's gotten over the past year from women and their frequently annoyed boyfriends. Jori said he started growing his hair out last year and the resemblance really popped with his new locks.
"I haven't really had an opportunity to take advantage of it yet, but if I have a chance to I will definitely take advantage of it," he said of the potential to get free concert tickets to a 1D show (or any other bonuses) because of his genetic lottery win. "I probably owe this guy [Styles] a couple of fruit baskets or an edible flower arrangement for the [attention] he’s given me in my life."
Where It All Began
Jori said it's hard to pinpoint exactly when he got Style'd, but he does recall playing basketball with some friends a year ago when his buddy Tommy's sister, Mariah, told him to put a bandana on his head because she had a hunch. "I'd heard it a little bit before then, but she was like, 'Oh my god, you like just like Harry Styles!'" he said. "That was the first time I saw any resemblance."
Mariah, it's worth noting, is best friends with Jori's older sister, Gabby, who first chronicled the resemblance in a post she wrote for Mashable about how conflicted she is over the whole thing. Basically, she's a huge 1D fan and has a crush on Harry -- who, of course, looks like her brother. Or vice versa. Anyway, Greek myths should be penned about her is what we're saying.
"When all this started happening with Jori, I was like, 'This is not gonna fly,'" Gabby told MTV News, admitting that it's a bit weird being a successful 22-year-old adult living and working in New York with an 16-year-old's taste in music.
"Everyone has their favorite and mine was Harry. For the longest time we thought it was crazy, but then we realized he does kind of look like him. I think it's my being in denial," she said. "It's to the point now where I'll go home and take pictures of him and my friends will be like, 'Are you eating dinner with Harry?'"
It's All About The Hair
The resemblance didn't really pop until Jori grew out the buzz cut he'd rocked for most of his life. Once he did, Jori noticed that when he went to bars women would start giving him more attention than usual, which was great for him, but not so good for their boyfriends. "Normally when someone's girlfriend says I look like Harry, some drunk guy will yell at me and I've learned to turn and give a smile and wave and keep walking," he said.
Spoken like a true lookalike professional.
What about all those girls without boyfriends? His Styles-like appearance is definitely an asset with them, right? "It does make things easier with girls," Jori said, laughing. "It's a good foot in the door."
When it comes to Big Sister's love life, however, having a crush on a guy who looks like her brother isn't exactly a plus. "I love all five of them... Zayn included, but I'm a Harry girl" she said, vowing not to change her allegiance despite the weird tweets she got after her story ran. "People were like, 'So you fancy your brother?' I was like, 'Don't be perverts, calm down.' It's just so unfortunate for me that my brother happens to resemble him."
Teasing each other nonstop during their chat with MTV, Gabby took a playful jab at baby bro by noting that he doesn't have any tats (yet) and definitely can't sing. Jori was quick to shut her down, though. "I just don't want to sing a lot because I don't want to make people feel bad that my voice is better," he snapped back.
And not for nothing, but Jori said he was doing all the things Harry does way before the comparisons began. "There are some similarities in how I wear clothes, but I have my own distinct style," he said, pointing out that in high school he usually wore black jeans and a white t-shirt -- and button-down shirts open to reveal more chest than his mom cared to see.
"I don't want people to get the impression that I’m some kid trying to look like a celebrity to get ahead or get my 15 minutes. I'm a very proud of the person I am now," he said.
That said, he added, "I'm pretty sure if Kendall Jenner wanted to get to know me because I look like him I would not have the biggest problem with that."