Dave Karger
September 01, 2009 AT 09:01 PM EDT

They’re both adorable actresses in their 20s. They’re both early contenders for a Best Actress nomination thanks to their strong performances in period films, from female directors, that are screening at the Toronto film festival later this month. And they’re even both represented by the same PR firm, WKT Public Relations. So it’s understandable that some people might get Abbie Cornish and Carey Mulligan confused. Like the folks at Variety, who, in touting their upcoming screening series in today’s issue, listed Mulligan’s name under Cornish’s photo. (Oops.)

Well, you’re going to be hearing their names in the same sentence a whole lot over the next few months, so let’s get this out of the way now. Abbie Cornish, the leading lady of Jane Campion’s Bright Star, is Australian and has lighter hair. Carey Mulligan, the breakout from Lone Scherfig’s An Education, is British and has darker hair. I have a feeling we’ll all be able to tell them apart before too long.

Photo credit: Cornish: Ian West/PA Photos/Landov; Mulligan: Lucas Jackson/Landov XX

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