In the movie business many people have played both much younger as well as much older characters, and managed to pull it off with conviction and bravado. Did you know that in Jodie Foster’s film debut the love scenes had to be performed by her older sister as she was only 13 years old at the time? Or that Mary Lynn Rajskub, the actress playing teenage-looking Gail the Snail in ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ is into her forties?
Well, perhaps you did know, but no matter how often it happens, we always end up pleasantly surprised. Perhaps it’s proof for the theory that age is purely a mental thing?
How much older are we talking about?
Let’s look at some other similar successful roles that you might have not known of.
1. Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls
Rachel was playing a 16-year-old student when in reality, she was 26 years old! Could you tell?
2. Zac Efron in High School Musical
Efron was 19 so he couldn’t have found playing a varsity athlete a daunting task.
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3. America Ferrera in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
The L.A. born actress of Honduran origin playing a 17-year-old while being 21.
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4. Raven-Symoné Pearman in That’s So Raven
When they began shooting, Raven-Symoné was 18 but she played a 14-year-old.
5. Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries
Mia Thermopolis was a 16-year-old girl played by an actress who was 19.
6. Leighton Meester in Gossip Girl
Leighton was 21 when she played 16-year-old Blair Waldorf.
7. Nina Dobrev in The Vampire Diaries
Dobrev was 20 years old when she started playing a 16-year-old character.
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8. Cory Monteith in Glee
Cory was 27 years of age when he started playing a teenage Finn Hudson.
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9. Gabrielle Union in Bring It On
Gabriele was 28 but she played a 17-year-old…
…and this is how she looked like at 43.
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10. Lucy Hale in Pretty Little Liars
Lucy Hale was 22 years old in real life when she played 16-year-old Aria Montgomery.
11. Troian Bellisario in Pretty Little Liars
Troia was 26, but she was playing the 16-year-old character of Spencer Hastings.
Source: Pretty Little Liars Wiki
12. Dylan O’Brien in Teen Wolf
Dylan was 20 years old while Stiles Stilinski was 16.
Source: Teen Wolf Wiki
13. Tyler Posey in Teen Wolf
Tyler was also 20 when he played a 16-year-old.
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14. Bianca Lawson in Pretty Little Liars
Bianca had no problem portraying a character who was half her age: she was 32 and Maya was supposed to be 16 years old.
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That’s Bianca Lawson in her private life.
15. Brenda Song in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Brenda was 17 when she first appeared as a 15-year-old London Tipton.
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16. Ian Somerhalder in The Vampire Diaries
Ian won over the casting agents who wanted an actor in his twenties playing a 16-year-old. At the time he was 31.
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17. Jason Earles in Hannah Montana
Earles played Jackson Stewart who was just starting college, but in reality he was 29 years of age.
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18. Alexis Bledel in Gilmore Girls
She was 19 when she played 15-year-old Rory Gilmore.
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