11 Adult Actors Who Perfectly Aced Their Teenage Roles (Barbra Streisand Knows Best How to Play a 17-Year-Old at 41)
Talent is a great thing, and Hollywood actors keep proving their amazing abilities on film and TV! How else can you explain these adult actors’ ability to turn into high school students without viewers even noticing?
At Bright Side, we want to reveal some of these actors’ actual ages even though they played much younger.
1. Jason Earles, Hannah Montana
Jason Earles obviously knows the secret of eternal youth. Otherwise, how can you explain that fact that at the age of 30, he portrayed a 15-year-old Jackson Stewart on “Hannah Montana”, the brother of the main character? During the filming, Earles was already a happy father and husband.
2. Tom Welling, Smallville
Tom Welling was considered a heartthrob for many young girls back in 2000 when he portrayed the young Superman. Smallville tells us the story of Clark Kent back when he was in school. Tom was 10 years older than his character and was 6’3 ft tall.
3. Jared Leto, Girl, Interrupted
In the psychological thriller, Girl, Interrupted, Jared Leto portrayed Tobias — the boyfriend of the main character. In the movie, Tobias finished school and was going to college. But Leto was actually 27 years old during filming.
4. Stacey Dash, Clueless
In Clueless, Dionne Davenport was a school student portrayed by Stacey Dash. In real life, the actress was 28 years old. The movie was so successful that the producers made a TV-series where Stacey continued to portray a teenager until the age of 33.
5. Bianca Lawson, Pretty Little Liars
In Pretty Little Liars, Bianca Lawson portrayed Maya St. Germain, a 17-year-old high school student. Lawson was 31 years old during filming. The actress was on the show for 2 seasons and left at the age of 33. Bianca, what is your secret?
6. Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Here’s another actor who portrayed a school student: Matthew Broderick. He easily turned into 18-year-old Ferris Bueller, a rebellious high school student. And his friend Cameron Frye was portrayed by Alan Ruck who was actually 29 at the time.
7. Barbra Streisand Yentl
Barbra Streisand played the leading role of Yentl at the age of 41. Her character, a Jewish girl named Yentl, was only 17 years old in the movie. In order to get a degree, she dresses as a boy and enters college. Streisand did her job wonderfully and the movie got 5 Oscar nominations!
8. Sissy Spacek, Carrie
Sissy Spacek was 26 years old when she played the role of a high school student Carrie White in the horror movie based on the Stephen King novel. Several years ago, a remake was released. Chloë Grace Moretz played the role, and she was just a couple years younger than her character.
9. Taylor Kitsch, Friday Night Lights
When Taylor Kitsch was on Friday Night Lights, he was 27 years old. And his character, Tim Riggins, was only 14 years old.
10. Andrew Garfield, Spider-Man
Andrew Garfield was handed the baton by Tobey Maguire and played the 17-year-old Peter Parker at the age of 28. Andrew had dreamt of playing this role since the age of 3 when he put on a Spider-Man suit for the first time in his life.
11. Emily Kinney, The Walking Dead
Emily Kinney became popular after playing the 15-year-old Beth Greene on The Walking Dead on seasons 2 through 5. Kinney was actually 29 years old at the time.
Do you think that adult actors look real when portraying such young people? Share your opinion in the comment section below!