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10 Actors Whose Age Didn’t Match Their Characters, and How They Actually Should’ve Looked

In Love Actually, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who was actually 13 years old at the time, played the 10-year-old Sam. At the same time, Keira Knightley, who was only 5 years his senior, acted as someone older. A good 10 years later, Brodie-Sangster starred in Game of Thrones as a 13-year-old. Looking at his pictures, side by side, we can see why he was cast to act as someone younger than his real age.

Bright Side is comparing pictures of actors and actresses at the ages they played on-screen and at their real age, side-by-side, and the results are quite amusing.

1. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo’s character in Catch Me If You Can was a 17-year-old named Frank who lied about his age, saying he was 28 years old. It was actually DiCaprio’s real age when the movie premiered in 2002.

2. Saoirse Ronan

The Atonement child star acted as a 17-year-old in Lady Bird when she was actually 23 years old.

3. Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Brodie-Sangster played 13-year-old Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones when he was 23. When he was 13 in real life, he acted as a child named Sam in Love Actually.

4. Bianca Lawson

Bianca Lawson has played a teen character on screen for about 2 decades! She acted as a 17-year-old in Pretty Little Liars when she was in her thirties.

5. Ralph Macchio

Macchio’s character, Daniel Larusso, in Cobra Kai was 52 years old in Season 3. His real age at that time was 59.

6. Amanda Bynes

Bynes played a high school student in Easy A when she was 24.

7. Tobey Maguire

In Spider-Man (2002), Maguire, who was actually 27, played the role of a high school student.

8. Sasha Pieterse

When she got the role on Pretty Little Liars, she was only 12. She began filming when she was 13 as a 15-year-old girl.

9. Zac Efron

Although the title of the movie itself mentioned Efron’s age in 17 Again, he was really 22 at the time.

10. Betty White

At the start of The Golden Girls, Betty White’s character, Rose Nylund, was supposed to be 55. White was already 63 at that time.

Which actors and actresses do you think look like the ages they were portraying? Do you know any other actors and actresses who took on younger or older roles?

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