Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number In Hollywood: Older Actors Who’ve Portrayed Significantly Younger Characters

April 17, 2013 ‐ By Nicole Akoukou Thompson

Since the beginning of film-making, directors have cast actors and actresses into roles based significantly on talent, often letting factors like age fall by the wayside. Age ain’t nothing but a number in Hollywood, and that’s evident when a 41-year-old Barber Streisand was cast to play a 17-year-old in Yentl, or a 34-year-old Stockard Channing was cast to play an 18-year-old girl in Grease. Let’s see what other actresses and actors are old enough to father or give birth to some of the characters they’ve played–or at least be a young aunt or uncle to them.


Donald Glover

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Donald Glover, who currently stars as 24-year-old college student Troy Barnes on Community, is just marginally older than his character by 5 years, making Glover 29 years old.

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  • Nate

    Where’s Tom Welling on this list? He was 24 when he began to portray the teenage Clark Kent on Smallville in 2001, and he continued doing so well into his 30s!

  • Dee Hines

    what about Rachel True. She was the queen of high school roles at like 32

  • kisstheringfool

    Have you seen some of the highschoolers today? They mostly look over 25 this list does not impress me.

  • Ianca lawson is so beautiful. She is always playing a teen. There is another girl named Jessica kennedy parker or some variation of that name who always plays younger

  • chanela

    ya’ll are so wrong for the picture of monique coleman! LMAO

  • DinaLineth

    Mmmmm. More articles about my baby daddy Donald Glover puh-leeze!

  • Ladydi82

    Wood “Avon” Harris. #thewiresexy

  • BEE

    Like the title says, BLACK DON’T CRACK! lol