The Robbins sisters, who together play the White-Faced Women from A Series of Unfortunate Events, took a break from hunting the Baudelaire orphans to get their coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines right here in Vancouver.
“Look who stopped by to get their COVID-19 vaccines. 👀,” Vancouver Coastal Health tweeted Friday. “When asked if they could have their photo taken they said, ‘We would have been disappointed if you hadn’t have asked. We didn’t dress like this for nothing!’”
Look who stopped by to get their COVID-19 vaccines.👀 It’s the White-Faced Women from “A Series of Unfortunate Events”.— Vancouver Coastal Health (@VCHhealthcare) April 9, 2021
When asked if they could have their photo taken they said, “We would have been disappointed if you hadn’t have asked. We didn’t dress like this for nothing!” pic.twitter.com/RFiECZ5r8G
Jacqueline and Joyce Robbins are no strangers to the silver screen. The identical twin sisters appeared in 2006’s The Wicker Man with Nicolas Cage, you know the one - the “not the bees!” movie. According to their IMDb page, in 2011 they were named "International Women's Day Honoree" by the Union of British Columbia Performers Women's Committee for their history of giving back to the union, the industry, and causes of social justice.
Both graduates of UCalgary, they received their BEd degrees in 1971 and then received BAs a year later. After teaching in Calgary for close to 15 years — while dabbling in Calgary’s nascent amateur theatre scene. In 2017 they landed their roles in director Barry Sonnenfeld’s Netflix series vision of the 13 books penned by Lemony Snicket, A.K.A. Daniel Handler.
Both now in their 70s, the twins have far from lost their spunk. In an article written about their involvement with the show by the University of Calgary, the sisters were asked what kind of show they would want to be involved in next.
“We’d love to star as the psychopathic sisters in Arsenic and Old Lace,” says Joyce. “But we’d call it... Arsenic and Old Maids.”