Character Pictures/Profiles- The Legio Twins Series

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Some of the characters from an idea for a novel series I'm working on, but haven't posted yet, "The Legio Twins" books. Photos are of celebrities, but this story is greatly based on my own life.

Submitted: March 17, 2011

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These are just some pictures/profiles I came up with for most of the main cast of characters of a novel series I’ve started working on, the “Legio Twins” series. Unfortunately, I will most likely not post any of these books on Booksie any tine soon, partially because I technically haven’t even started on the first book yet, but more importantly because of the plagiarism issues on this site and mother writing sites on the web. If you’d like to know more about the series, would like to read anything I’ve written, or have any suggestions for me, please let me know, but for now just enjoy these celebs I think look closest to what I’ve had in mind for my characters. Not all of them have pics yet, because even though I know pretty much what they’d look like in my mind, I just can’t seem to find pictures of anybody that would suit them well, and I’m not really entirely happy with all the ones I have.
SUMMARY (SORT OF): It’s kind of a story about growing up, but since the novels eventually see my two main characters beyond college and possibly into married life, I’m not sure exactly how to classify this, except as generic young adult. The story is told mainly from the alternating POV’s of fraternal twins Mark and Stephanie Legio, and is somewhat based off of my own life. It starts out on Election Day, 2000, when the two are in 6th grade, as told from the perspective of their older selves, and follows them through their time in a small high school in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, and eventually to college life and beyond. Since this “summary” is really more like a rough sketch of ideas that I have, I will probably have a few major spoilers in here. Though it’s mostly meant to be a lighthearted comedy, a major plot point in the series is the death of their father, John, in a car accident when they are 16, sometime around the 2nd book. This drives the twins apart, making them bitter and angry at each other (but mostly Stephanie). They don’t come back together again until a series of strange events that occur after they end up in a car accident together; eventually their relationship is stronger than ever because of this.
Stephanie Legio (as portrayed by Anne Hathaway (eyes Photoshoped green))
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Name: Stephanie Josephine Legio
Age thru story: 11-26
Hair: brown
Eyes: green
Height: 5’6”
A Little About Steph: Twin sister of Mark Legio and daughter of John and Mary Jo Legio. Smart, sarcastic, with a take-charge personality and more than a bit cocky when she feels like it (which is a lot, but mostly as a joke), Steph loves nothing more than to tease her brother, a trait that becomes much less severe as she grows up but never fully goes away. Despite this, she loves him very much, shares most of her interests with him, and is somewhat protective of him (example: she once punched Mark’s pregnant ex-girlfriend because she had cheated on him and… well, she’s had it coming, anyway). A self-described “bitch,” Steph is a surprisingly friendly person and easily likeable, though it would not be wise to be on her bad side, which certain people do have this misfortune of being on. She tries hard to be a good person is a pretty clean-cut kid as a teen, not really getting involved in drugs, sex, and alcohol. She has her first kiss in 6th grade after loosing a bet on who would win the 2000 presidential election, then proceeds to punch the boy in the face when he sticks his tongue in her mouth. Many guys have found her attractive, but since Steph has almost as many guy friends as girl friends, dating was a tricky subject for her early in high school. Her first real boyfriend was her former best friend that she’d had a crush on since 8th grade; they started dating their junior year, but it only lasted until graduation. She ends up loosing her virginity to another one of her old high school friends, Mike, while home for Thanksgiving break her freshman year of college. They remain friends—occasionally with benefits. Her best friend is Nicole Rhea. The two are involved in a lot of activities together in high school, but Steph also plays soccer, basketball, and track, which keeps her pretty busy. Likes “nerdy” things like Star Wars (obsessed with Luke Skywalker), Star Trek (only the Original Series, obsessed with Dr. McCoy), and Dan Brown novels. Wants to become a surgeon.
Fun fact: Stephanie is based on several of my own high school friends, including one who’s name really is Stephanie. She shares my obsession with Luke Skywalker and Dr. McCoy.
 
Mark Legio (Jonathan Bennett (eyes Photoshoped blue))
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Name: Mark Anton Legio
Age thru story: 11-26
Hair: brown
Eyes: blue
Height: 5’8”
A little about Mark: Twin brother to Steph Legio, son of John and Mary Jo. Like his sister, he likes to pretend to be cocky, but secretly has many moments of self-doubt. Smart, sometimes a little bit cynical, and has a dry, sarcastic sense of humor. Generally a “good kid” like Steph, doesn’t like to party much, and virtually doesn’t even touch alcohol until after high school. Would date the “hot, dumb chicks,” but has a “low tolerance for dumb people.” Mark often snipes at his sister and puts up with her teasing, but he still loves her and considers her to be one of his best friends. Sometimes grumbles and complains but very rarely has any kind of temper (with the exception of the time he punched his sister in the face). Likes Star Wars and Stark Trek like his sister. Keeps busy in high school with extracurricular activities and Soccer, basketball, and baseball, though he hates the baseball coach and quits by senior year. Likes to do voice impressions and is very good at them. Has a lot of friends, including girls, and has had “confused” feelings for his friend Nicole Rhea since junior high. His first “serious” dating relationship was in junior-senior year with a girl named Mattie, a new girl he had been assigned to show around the school. His feelings for Nicole also began to grow stronger while he was dating her. Mattie turned out to be a bit of a bitch and not exactly trustworthy, but before Mark had even seriously considered breaking up with her, he found out that she had cheated on him and was pregnant with some other guy’s baby (which doubly sucks because Mark and Mattie had never even had sex together). Eventually, Mark got together with Nicole their senior year, and maintained a friendly relationship with her after graduation. The two ended up loosing their virginity to each other over Christmas break freshman year of college, and ended up in a “semi-long-distance casually dating” relationship. This caused a few problems and they eventually broke up, but Mark still has strong feelings for Nicole. Mark is studying to be a chemical engineer.
Fun Fact: Mark is named after Mark Hamill. Yes, that’s Luke Skywalker and the voice of the Joker himself.
 
Nicole Rhea (Based almost exactly on myself, but I didn’t want to use pictures of me. In my mind, though, I see her as a bit of a combination of Ellen Page and Elisabeth Moss; maybe more like Page as a teen and more like Moss as she gets older? Both pictured below)
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 Name: Nicole Elizabeth Rhea (pronounced like “Ray”)
Age: 11-26
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown
Height: 5’1” (she’s a little shorty, I know, but that’s how tall I am!)
A little about Nicole: Nicole (sometimes called Nic, Ray-Ray, but mostly just Rhea), is an only child, but is almost like the 3rd child of the Legio family. Rhea has gone to school with the twins since kindergarten, but didn’t become friends with them until 3rd grade, when she was on a little kid’s local soccer team with Steph. Unfortunately, Rhea never picked up any sports too well, and isn’t very athletic. She’s bit chubby in high school, but eventually lives up to her vow to get into shape starting her senior year. She’s very smart, with many various activities in and out of school to keep her busy. Has a personality almost identical to mine: friendly, well-meaning, forgetful, often a procrastinator, quirky, sarcastic sense of humor, worries about a lot of things, seemingly innocent but with a dirty mind. Was once kind of shy but came out of her shell in high school. Has a few guy friends, but was never really “interested” in any guy at her school except for Mark, who she’s had feelings for since 7th grade. Never has her first kiss until she’s already 17, when Mark kisses her after they admit their feelings for each other after Mattie leaves him. Starts dating Mark and looses her virginity to him freshman year of college. Later breaks up with him, but they eventually get back together. Has a mostly tranquil home life, until her parents decide to divorce early during her freshman year of college. Also a big fan of Star Wars, and likes to write fan fiction. Likes to write anything, actually; her goal is to become a published novelist (that, and to earn her MD/PhD and become a medical scientist).
 
Mike Dexler (Adam Gregory)
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Name: Michael Dexler
Age: 12-26
Hair: black
Eyes: gray
Height: 5’10”
A little about Mike: Mike has been close friends with both the Legio twins since 6th grade (although Steph privately thinks of him more as “her brother’s best friend” since he’s been friends with Mark for longer) when he was the new kid in school. He’s generally a pretty good student and a friendly guy, but can seem awkward because he can be pretty clumsy, forgetful, and doesn’t always think before he speaks. Has a crush on Steph in 6th-7th grade, but eventually gets over it. Initially teases Nicole about her height and isn’t so much a true friend as he is a “friendly but aggravating” acquaintance, but the two eventually become better friends. Gets drunk for the first time at a house party thrown by his college-age older sister, and quickly finds out that he’s a “sad drunk.” Drunk dials Steph by mistake when he thinks it’s Mark’s number and ends up crying on the phone; Steph and Nicole then have to bring him back to spend the night at the Legio house to sober up and end up drawing on him. Mike consequently ends up hardly touching alcohol again until he’s nearly 21. Apparently breaks “Bro Code” when he looses his virginity to Stephanie. He had come home freshman year of college for Thanksgiving break and stopped at the Legio house to pick up Mark and Steph to see a movie, but Mark was out at the time; somehow he and Steph end up having sex on the living room couch and somehow Mark finds out, but in the end they’re all cool. Ends up becoming kind of a player, with Steph as an occasional friend with benefits on the side. Wants to become an architect.
 
Mary Jo Legio (Amy Ryan)
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Name: Marie Johanna Legio (?ee Marchinski)
Age: 37-53
Hair: blonde
Eyes: gray-green
Height: 5’4”
A little about Mary Jo: Mother of Mark and Stephanie, wife/widow of John Legio. An attorney, works in the same law firm as her husband. Met and married John in law school, had the twins just a few months before passing the bar. Falls into depression for a brief time after her husband dies in a car accident. Lives with her kids (and husband, before his death) in the house owned by her brother-in-law Jim since the family home was nearly destroyed by a fire in early 2000, and continues to live there with Jim for a few more years while the twins are in college.
 
Jim Legio (I’m torn on this one. In my mind, Uncle Jim looks mostly like John Krazinski, but he’d have to be about 10 yrs. older for most of the story and a bit older later on, judging from these pics, but his current age would work well enough for a younger Jim (get it, he’s “Jim” from The Office!) or when the story is just starting out. Otherwise, try to imagine him older, since he really doesn’t look old enough to be the uncle of 2 high school/college-age kids.)
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Name: James Thomas Legio, PhD
Age: 30-46
Hair: dark brown
Eyes: blue
Height: 5’11”
A little about Jim: Uncle Jim (known mostly as just “Jim” to the twins) holds a PhD and is an associate professor of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh. Jim is the younger brother of John Legio by 8 years, brother-in-law of Mary Jo, uncle to Mark and Steph, and later the husband of Natalie Legio, father of Luke Legio, and stepfather of Alexis. Probably best known for his love of Star Wars, and was nicknamed “Uncle Vader” by the twins as little kids because he consistently dressed up as Darth Vader for Halloween. His parents got divorced when he was young, and his mother died of cancer when he was 16; he moved into his older brother’s apartment soon after because he didn’t get along with his dad. Jim would later return the favor by letting his brother’s family move into his house temporarily following a devastating house fire. He and then-fiancé Lauren had bought a house in a Pittsburgh suburb, but ended up breaking up after she ended up pregnant after cheating on him, leaving Jim heartbroken (Sound familiar? Guess Mark relates to him well…). The move became permanent and Mary Jo even continues to live with him for a few years after the twins graduate high school.  Thinks of Steph and Mark as the kids he never had and does his best to be a friend and second father to them, especially after his brother’s death. Had the biggest crush on Mary Jo from when they first met to a few years after the kids were born. Eventually meets and marries Natalie, a widowed single mother with a 7-year-old girl, and has a son with her, Luke.
 
Natalie Legio (Cara Buono)
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Name: Natalie Legio
Age: 34-43
Hair: blonde
Eyes: hazel
A little about Natalie: Natalie is a general surgeon at a UPMC hospital in Pittsburgh. Her first husband was a police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty 4 yrs. before she meets Jim. She is a widow and single mother of her daughter, Alex, when she first meets Jim Legio in 2007. The two date for 3 yrs. and eventually get married in 2010 and have a son, Lucas, later that year.
 
Alex Legio (Kiernan Shipka when’s she’s younger, looks more like Amanda Bynes as a teenager)
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Name: Alexis Legio
Age: 7-16
Hair: blonde
Eyes: brown
A little about Alex: Alex (sometimes simply called “Al”) is the daughter of Natalie, stepdaughter of Jim Legio, and older sister of Luke Legio. Her biological father died when she was only 3, so she doesn’t remember much about him, but she has his eyes. First meets Jim when he comes over to have dinner at the apartment for a 3rd date with her mom, but Natalie gets paged by the hospital about a patient and Jim ends up watching her. She impresses him with her intelligence and knowledge of Star Wars. Very energetic as a kid and sometimes acts like a tomboy, but develops a more laid-back personality as she gets older. Friendly, outgoing, and kind of feisty, gets herself into trouble by doing dares and loosing bets. Grows to love Jim a lot and quickly accepts him as her “Dad” once he and Natalie get married. Idolizes Mark and Stephanie. Favorite childhood TV shows are Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Spongebob, “before it got stupid.”


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