I’ve always felt overly fond of fictional, pop-culture Samanthas.
It doesn’t seem like it now, but when I was growing up I had one of “those” names… the kind you’d never find on a personalized barrette or those little dumb license plates and keychains in the gift shop.
As a kid, it always made me feel sad and left out… even though now, of course, I love being an outsider. Who wants some dumb barrettes anyway? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
However. Because I never met or even heard of any other real-life Samanthas until I was in my early 30s (true story!), I’ve always felt overly fond of fictional, pop-culture Samanthas.
So for no reason at all, here’s the fictional Samantha roundup you never asked for and probably don’t care about…
1) Samantha Stephens, the witch from Bewitched, which we watched on Nick at Nite (although she would’ve been even cooler if she used her powers for more than just household chores)🧙🧹✨
2) Samantha Micelli from Who’s The Boss, aka Alyssa Milano, the cool teenage alter ego to my 80s kid self (who then went on to play a witch in Charmed… ?!??!?!?) 🤔
3) Sam-I-Am, who encourages everyone to try new things and will annoy the shit out of you if you ignore them 🍳🍳🍳
4) Samantha Baker from 16 Candles, aka “Sammy Baker Davis Jr.” aka Molly Ringwald, who also had a birthday nobody could remember 🎂🎂🎂
5) Samantha Jones from Sex & The City, who had lots of sex and a cool job and 3 besties who always had her back 🍸🍸🍸
6) Samantha Mulder, Agent Fox Mulder’s little sister on the X Files, who supposedly got abducted by aliens and was never really in the show (welp) #thetruthisoutthere 👽👽👽
That’s it! At least, those are the ones on my radar. Did I miss any? Who are your fictional alter egos?
Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.
She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.
Emails for cult thought leaders.
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I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.
(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)
*Just kidding. It’s only an email list.
Books. Cats. Rants. Drawrings.
(and every couple months or so, an unexplained absence 🤷🏻)