Age definitely plays a huge role in the entertainment industry. However, it doesn’t stop you from portraying younger teen characters. As long as you are able to captivate the audience with your performance and charming looks (mostly because of labor laws though), age is just a number.
Have you ever wondered how these movies would turn up if they were played by the same actors BUT in their actual teenage years? Let’s take a look at these pictures of celebrities who were cast as teens VS what they actually looked like as teens.
1. Leonardo Dicaprio As Frank Abagnale In Catch Me If You Can
Leo plays 17-year-old Frank when he was actually 28 years old while shooting.
2. Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss Everdeen In The Hunger Games
Jennifer was actually 20 years old when she first played the role of 16-year-old Katniss
3. Gabrielle Union As Isis In Bring It On
Union was 27 years old when she portrayed the teen character of Isis on the show.
(Gabrielle as a Teen)
4. Lili Reinhart As Betty Cooper In Riverdale
Lili was 20 years old when she played the role of a 16-year-old high schooler Betty Cooper.
5. Liam Hemsworth As Gale Hawthorne In The Hunger Games
Hemsworth played a teen in the hunger games when he was actually 21 years old.
(Liam as a Teen)
6. Dylan O’Brien As Thomas In The Maze Runner
Dylan was 22 years old when he played the 16-year-old character of Thomas
7. Cole Sprouse As Jughead In Riverdale
Cole was 24 years old when he played the character of a 16-year-old teenage high school junior.
8. Kerry Washington As Chenille In Save The Last Dance
Washington played the character of a teen while being 22 years old.
(Kerry as a Teen)
9. Lucy Hale As Aria On Pretty Little Liars
Lucy portrayed the 16-year-old Aria when she was 20
10. Harry Shum Jr. As Mike Chang in Glee
Harry played the role of a teenager while actually being 26 years old.
(Harry as a teen)
11. Alisha Boe As Jessica In 13 Reasons Why
Alisha who was actually 20 years old played the character of a 16-year-old.
12. Timothée Chalamet As Elio in Call Me By Your Name
Timothée played 17-year-old teenage Elio when he was actually 22 years old.
13. Asa Butterfield As Otis In Sex Education
Butterfield as well played a teenager while he was actually 22 years old.
(Asa as a teen)
14. Haley Lu Richardson As Veronica In Unpregnant
Haley played the character of 17-year-old Veronica when she was actually 25.
15. Darren Criss As Blain In Glee
Criss played the role of a high schooler while being 22 years old.
(Darren as a teen)
16. James Van Der Beek As Dawson In Dawson’s Creek
James being 20 played the role of a 16-year-old on Dawsons Creek
17. Joshua Jackson As Pacey In Dawson’s Creek
Joshua played the role of 15-year-old Pacey while actually being 19.
18. Greta Onieogou As Layla in All American
With almost a decade gap between reel and real life, Greta played a teenager while she was 28 years old.
(Greta as a teen)
19. Zendaya As Rue Bennet In Euphoria
Rue, a teenager was played by Zendaya while she was actually 22.
(Zendaya as a teen)
20. Thomas Brodie-Sangster As Newt In The Maze Runner
Sangster played a teenager while he was actually 24 years old
(Thomas as a teen)
21. Saoirse Ronan As Christine In Lady Bird
Ronan portrays a teenager when she was actually 22 years old
(Saoirse as a teen)
22. Sarah Michelle Gellar As Buffy In Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Sarah was around 20 years old when she started for the 15-year-old character Buffy
23. Michelle Trachtenberg As Georgina In The Gossip Girl
Michelle portrays 16-year-old Georgina while she was 22 in reality
24. Emma Stone As Gwen Stacy In The Amazing Spider-Man
Stone played the role of a high schooler at the age of 22.
(Emma as a Teen)