Samantha Futerman and Jenna Ushkovitz co-founded The Kindred Foundation for Adoption
Identical twin sisters Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier lived the first 27 years of their lives with no idea the other existed – until December 2012, when Bordier watched a YouTube video and felt as if she was staring back at herself.
Bordier found her lookalike’s name in the film’s credits, and soon learned that the young woman, Samantha Futerman, was also born in Busan, South Korea, on Nov. 19, 1987 – and that she, too, was adopted.
“I was shocked,” Bordier told PEOPLE of her discovery.
She decided to reach out to the woman via Facebook message, complete with a The Parent Trap reference – and the two soon learned that they are identical twins who were separated at birth.
Since their revelation, they have spent the last few years making up for lost time. They’ve learned everything they can about each other and event wrote a book about their experience and shot an award-winning documentary, Twinsters.
Their fame resulted in many people sharing their adoption experience – and they realized that there wasn’t a go-to resource for the adoption community.
Futerman, an actress in New York, teamed up with fellow Korean-adoptee, Glee star, Jenna Ushkowitz, to establish The Kindred Foundation.
Drawing inspiration from The Trevor Project, The Kindred Foundation hopes to build an online community for all things adoption. “At any point if (someone’s) thinking, ‘I want to start my birth search,’ or ‘I’m an adoptee and I’ve never told anybody’ – we are here for that.”
They also hope to change the notion of what family is. “You hear people, without even thinking say, ‘Well, that’s not my blood’ ” Ushkowitz says. “I don’t know what that means – I want [people] to say, ‘That’s more than blood.’ ”
While preparing for their recent New York gala in celebration of their project, Futerman joked that the evening was so huge for her it felt like “senior prom.” And her sister, despite being across the globe, was itching to be involved.
“She was texting me before, saying, ‘How are you doing? How is it going? Talk to me!’ ”
Despite being separated by thousands of miles, the sister talk “every day.”
“She is doing amazing [in Paris],” Futerman says. “She has a dog and a boyfriend – so I don t think she s leaving anytime soon!”
As for whether she approves of her sister’s boyfriend, Futerman says, “I love him. He s so wonderful – beyond wonderful!”