10 Hilarious Examples of Adult Actors Playing Teen Characters

In popular film and TV nowadays, we’ve gotten used to actors being much older than the characters they play. It’s almost impossible to dig out talented young actors that don’t have to clock in an 8 hours a day at high school, so casting directors pick up the phone and call Hollywood’s youngest-looking adults. Some of your favorite stars are a lot older than the characters they play on screen.

1. Cory Monteith – Glee

It’s hard to think of Cory Monteith as old, because he tragically died at the age of only 31 in 2013. His big breakthrough role as an actor was the lovable jock Finn Hudson on Glee. His solid acting anchored the show, and he was still a major part of the series when he died. It’s hard to realize because he does have such a boyish face, but when he played the high-school aged Finn, Monteith was almost 30.

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2. Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing

Jennifer Grey was already an experienced actress when she landed her first big Hollywood role. 27-year-old Grey was offered the role of the adolescent Frances “Baby” Houseman in the movie Dirty Dancing, which went on to be a huge hit when it was released in 1987. Even though she did a fantastic job on that movie, it was her later decisions that stalled her career. She got a nose job in 1990, only three years after Dirty Dancing premiered. The change rendered her almost unrecognizable, and she lost out on a lot of work.

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3. Taylor Kitsch – Friday Night Lights

Actor and model Taylor Kitsch was offered his first starring role in the TV series Friday Night Lights in 2006, only a few years after he moved from British Columbia to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of Hollywood stardom. Even though he was already 25, he was cast as the high-school aged Tim Riggins, a character who had to grow up quickly due to his alcoholic father abandoning him. He played Tim for five seasons, before moving on to a stint as a series regular in True Detective.

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