Stephanie Hsu and Alice Lee for Discover Card

This currently airing 30-second spot for Discover Card has Stephanie Hsu as a Discover cardholder calling to ask a representative, played by Alice Lee, about her cashback bonus.

If one didn’t know otherwise, one might assume that it’s the same actress playing both roles in this commercial, as both ladies look very similar. Why did the producers of this ad hire two girls who look alike? Did they want viewers to think there are twins here like in that other Discover Card commercial (with Sinab and Meltem Gulturk)? Perhaps they wanted viewers to think it is the same girl in both roles because of Discover Card’s ad slogan; “At Discover, we treat you like you’d treat you.” Maybe Stephanie or Alice can say for sure. Stephanie’s on Twitter and so is Alice.  Also see more of Stephanie at her official website. You may have also caught her playing a not-too-concerned babysitter in another recent commercial for Nest smoke alarms. It’s wrong, but funny.

Stephanie Hsu and Alice Lee
Evidently, many people thought it was the same actress playing both roles in this
commercial, which is why Alice (right) posted this photo at her Twitter, with a
caption that reads; “Look! We’re actually two different pple!!”


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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English, traveling, and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the monthly magazine, Effective.


    • These are the two ladies who appear in the commercial. Although they don’t look identical, I wouldn’t say the look “vastly” different, except for maybe their heights. Standing next to each other, you can see they do look similar. Seeing them separately, they could easily be mistaken as being the same actress.

  1. I did think they were the same actors, but not after seeing their photos. The main reason I inquired about the commercial was because I thought they were doing an unnecessary exaggerated job of acting like “hip” African-American young women.

  2. I LOVE the other commercial with the two actresses “more money more money…” It’s delightful. Is a great message for Discover and it’s happy too! Both did a great job!

  3. I did think they were the same girl because first of all, I have never paid very close attention to the commercial and because there WAS a series of commercials where someone was on the phone with themselves and I assumed this was one of those. They are both just cute as a button and I see them going far.

  4. I assumed they were they same actress because that’s what Discover has done in the other ads in this series, but thought it odd they didn’t quite look alike. I figured it was different makeup, clothes and lighting.

    So now I’m wondering why they went to using people who just look similar instead of the same person. I suspect it was to get people thinking about the commercial and wondering why they seem different. Seems to have worked.

  5. A few post saying there was a series of commercials with people on the phone talking to themselves so they thought this was the same. But that’s the point, those were also Discover commercials using people who looks similar but none of them were the same people(1 set were twins). I’m just curious as to what’s the point of doing that

    • We’re not talking about all Asians looking alike. We’re talking about these two actress looking very similar. They both realize it (hence the photo Alice posted at Twitter) and that’s probably why they were cast in this commercial.

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