30 Times Actors Played Out Of Their Age Range And You Probably Didn’t Even Notice

Published 4 years ago

It’s no big news that some actors go to extreme lengths to prepare for a role, like losing and gaining extreme amounts of weight or watching Freddie Mercury perform over a thousand times. But what if the role they’re going for requires them to be older, or better yet, younger than they really are? After all, it’s not like they can travel in time! Well, it turns out that when it comes to movies, sometimes age actually is just a number – as long as you look the part.

Apparently, there are plenty of actors who played roles way out of their age range and you most likely didn’t even notice. Just take actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster – he was 14 years old when he played 7-year-old Simon in Nanny Mcphee! Also, remember Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? The actor that played him, Alan Ruck, was 30 at the time! Check out more instances of actors playing roles out of their age range in the gallery below!

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#1 Thomas Brodie-Sangster Was Actually 14 When He Played A 7-Year-Old Kid In Nanny Mcphee

Image source: Universal Pictures

#2 Shirley Henderson, Who Played Moaning Myrtle In The Harry Potter Films, Was Actually 37 When She Appeared In The Second Film

Image source: Warner Bros. Pictures

#3 John Franklin, Children Of The Corn. The Role Of The 12-Year-Old Prophet In The Horror Movie Children Of The Corn Became A Debut For John Franklin. By That Time The Actor Had Already Turned 25

#4 Laurence Fishburne Was Only 14 When He Played A Soldier In Apocalypse Now

Image source: United Artists

#5 Audrey Hepburn 32 In Breakfast At Tiffany’s As 18 Year Old

#6 Amanda Seyfried Was 27 When She Played The Teenage Cosette In Les Misérables

Image source: Universal Pictures

#7 Keiko Agena Played A 17-Year-Old Lane In Gilmore Girls While Being 27-Years-Old

#8 Olivia Newton-John – 28 In Grease As Sandy Dumbrowski – 17

#9 Alan Ruck – 30 In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off As Cameron Frye – 18

#10 Winona Ryder Was 28 When She Played An 18-Year-Old In “Girl, Interrupted” As Susanna Kaysen

#11 Jack Gleeson, 25, As King Joffrey In Got, 17. In The Books He Was Only 13-Years-Old

#12 Keanu Reeves, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He Played A 17-Year-Old Schoolboy At The Age Of 25 In The Sci-Fi Comedy Of 1989

#13 Sophie Mcshera Plays The Young Kitchen Maid Daisy In “Downton Abbey” While Being 35-Years-Old

#14 Jon Heder – 25, Napoleon Dynamite – 16. He Certainly Knew How To Act Like A Teenager

#15 Cole Sprouse Is 27 Years Old, But His “Riverdale” Character Jughead Is Meant To Be Just 16

#16 Michael J. Fox – 29 In Back To The Future As Marty Mcfly – 17

#17 Jennifer Grey – 27 In Dirty Dancing As Frances “Baby” Houseman – 17

#18 Leonardo Dicaprio – 28 In Catch Me If You Can As Frank Abignale Jr. – 16

#19 Kit Harington Was 30-Years-Old While Jon Snow Is Supposed To Be 17. In The Books He Was 14

#20 Ian Somerhalder Started Playing Damon Salvatore, A Vampire Turned-At-25 When The Actor Was 30-Years-Old And Finished The Show When He Was 38-Years-Old Still Playing A 25-Year-Old

#21 Rachel Mcadams – 25 In Mean Girls As Regina George – 17

#22 Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries. His Character Stefan Salvatore Was 17, Actor 35

#23 Gabriel Union – 27 In Bring It On As Isis – 17

#24 Bianca Lawson, Who Played High Schooler Maya, Was 31 When The Pilot For Pretty Little Liars Was Shot

Image source: ABC Family

#25 Stockard Channing Was 33 When She Played High Schooler Rizzo In Grease

Image source: Paramount Pictures

#26 Ashleigh Murray Was 28 When She Began Shooting Riverdale As Teenager Josie

Image source: The CW

#27 Stacey Dash – 29 In Clueless As Dionne “Dee” Davenport – 17

#28 Emma Thompson Starred As 19-Year-Old Elinor Dashwood In “Sense And Sensibility” When She Was 35

#29 Jason Earles Was 29 When He Began Playing Hannah’s Teenage Brother, Jackson, On Hannah Montana

Image source: Disney Channel

#30 Denise Richards, Wild Thingsplaying A 16-Year-Old Schoolgirl, At The Age Of 27

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