Debby Ryan Reacts to Theory She and Chase Stokes Are the Same Person

Not so fast. Debby RyanA popular fan theory that she was a witch was shut down Outer BanksActor Chase StokesYou are the same person. No, really.

During an interview E! News’ The Rundown on Wednesday, August 24, Ryan, 29, recalled being in the same room as Stokes, 29, “at least one time” in the past. “I went to eat at a Brazilian steakhouse in Universal City with some of my family members,” the Disney Channel alum recalled. “And years later Chase Stokes told me that he was our server and that we interacted.”

Stokes addressed fan speculation regarding Ryan’s connection. In May 2020, the actor replied to a follower asking if he thought he looked like the Alabama native, saying via Instagram Live, “The internet is a weird place.”

He added: “Thank you crazy people for putting me and Debby in contact. Debby is the homie, and Debby and I chit-chat.”

The conspiracy theory originally emerged on TikTok earlier that year when social media users compared Ryan and Stokes’ facial structure using a morphing filter. “THEY HAVE THE SAME EYEBROWS AND FACE SHAPE,” a fan captioned the video in 2020.

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A second person later pitched an idea for the duo to play siblings in a project together, tweeting, “Debby Ryan and Chase Stokes are literally the same person. Like, they look so similar it’s almost scary. I don’t care what you say, for me, they are siblings. Argue with the wall.”

Although Stokes and Ryan aren’t currently set to appear on screen together, both have been hard at work on other projects.

The Maryland native has been filming season 3. Outer Banks in Barbados alongside Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Rudy Pankow Jonathan Daviss. The. Tell me your secretsAlumnus asked fans to not share information about the new season on social media in advance of its release.

“I hate that I’m having to post this again but please, do not post spoilers of us working,” the Netflix star wrote via Instagram Story in March. “This is an exhausting process, and we have a really exciting story to tell. We are working hard to bring you the best experience possible when it is time. I know you’re all excited and anxious but I promise — it will be worth the wait.”

Stokes concluded: “Please … please respect our process. Not just the cast but also to our crew who is working endless hours to make this show come to life.”

Ryan, for her part has been promoting Ryan’s role in Spin Me RoundWith Alison Brie Aubrey Plaza. After filming the indie comedy in Tuscany, Ryan’s costar Ayden MayeriThe cast members decided to get matching tattoos as a way to commemorate the experience.

“We all became great friends in Italy,” Mayeri, 31, told VarietyThis month. “So while we were shooting, Debby and I thought it would be a great idea to get a tattoo in honor of the movie. The rest of the cast was like ‘absolutely not!’ So when we returned home, Debby and I were determined to show our commitment to each other.”