20 Teen Television Characters Who Were Played by Older Actors
Teen TV shows are an entertainment staple. They provide the juiciest drama, the most ridiculous storylines, and some of our fave teen television characters. But, anyone who has ever watched a teen TV show knows the confusion over how these supposed high schoolers look so mature and beautiful when everyone you knew looked like they just left the womb. Simple answer: barely any teen television characters are actually played by teens. While they’re often close enough in age to be passable, plenty of your fave TV teens are actually full-on adults in disguise. Y’all know how many 30-year-olds have played 16-year-olds over the years?! ALOT.
Roles as teens on TV are perfect for the eternally baby-faced. Think about it — these adults have lived all the experiences that make playing a teen easy without currently going through any of the actual drama teens deal with. Sure, it makes your fave shows feel a little bit less authentic. But how else did you think every teen on TV looks like a runway model instead of a pimply, hormonal kid?! Still, we’re a little shocked by how old some of the actors playing teens actually are!