But recently, a few celebs have exposed a dark secret at the heart of these quizzes: They are not always 100% accurate. Below, a selection of celebrities who have taken online personality quizzes, only to find out that they were not themselves. Gasp!
Shirley Manson of Garbage
The first star to receive a shocking surprise was British rock star Shirley Manson, who in early February took a Female Alternative-Rock Musician of the 1990s quiz and did not get herself. Manson stayed mum on the answer she received, resulting in feverish speculation: Was she more of a Courtney Love or a P.J. Harvey?
Took this Girls quiz and I got Marnie, so I guess the apocalypse is coming? http://t.co/SntAczbEMJ— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 19, 2014
Weeks later, Girls auteur Lena Dunham took a quiz about the characters in her HBO dramedy, only to find that she was not her own character, lovable screwup Hannah Horvath. Instead, she apparently had more in common with Hannah's prickly and pristine best friend, Marnie Michaels. The result raises an interesting question about the way actors and characters can blend together in the public consciousness. Dunham likely has at least a little Marnie in her – somehow we doubt Hannah could get it together enough to write and direct a cable series at the age of 25.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sorry Kristy Swanson – but Sarah Michelle Gellar just is Buffy. Except according to this quiz, of course. In a subsequent tweet, Gellar revealed that she had gotten River Tam from Firefly.
Which Seinfeld Character Are You? It would be interesting to see who you get... http://t.co/bdQZbl1Doc … This says I'm Jerry. ????— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) February 24, 2014
In Seinfeld lore, the character of George was based in large part on series co-creator Larry David. Does this quiz result mean that the character of Jerry was then based on actor Jason Alexander? It's an infinite recursive loop – or, as Seinfeld would put it, the nexus of the universe.