Korean-born twins separated at birth reunite after 25 years

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Feb 13, 2014 - 20:14
  • Updated : Feb 13, 2014 - 20:14
Samantha Futerman (left) poses with her twin sister Anais Bordier (Yonhap)

Two Korean-born women, both 26, adopted at birth to different continents, recently discovered that they are twins.

Samantha Futerman was adopted to the U.S. and Anais Bordier to France. They re-connected through Facebook last February after Futerman, an actress living in Los Angeles who appeared in the 2005 film “Memoirs of a Geisha,” received a message from a stranger at the time. It was from Bordier, a French fashion designer living in London.

“The message said she had seen me in a YouTube video, then after looking my name up online, saw that we were both adopted, and born on the same day, in the same city. When I saw her profile, it was crazy. She looked just like me,” Futerman said during an interview on Good Morning America.

Bordier later said, “You can’t imagine that you might have a twin sister somewhere that you don’t know about.”

The pair soon worked out that both were born in Busan on Nov. 19 in 1987. They then decided to chat via Skype to find out if they really were twins.

After sharing their life stories for hours on Skype, they met for the first time in London.

The two took a DNA test to clear doubts and the results proved that they were actually related.

The “twinsters,” as they have dubbed themselves, decided to film a documentary about their inspiring story and launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds, according to foreign news reports.

Futerman described finding her sister as “the pure feeling of joy” on Christmas when opening up the presents.

Bordier also feels “a lot more confident” knowing the existence of her “second half back.”

They have now united again in Manhattan to complete their documentary.

By Ock Hyun-ju (