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Actor and Actresses whom play older or younger

ElliPonto 2012/02/15 15:52:58
Had you ever notice that many of your favorite shows have actor or actress that play either a younger or older role than their actual age.

For an example the ABC Show Last Man Standing, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) has three daughters (can you say Home Improvement but with girls). In the order of oldest to youngest it would be Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), Mandy (Molly Ephraim) and Eve (Kaitlyn Dever). I just find it odd that the actual oldest actress play the middle sister who is still in high school

Alexandra Krosney play the Baxter oldest (20) but actually is 21
Molly Ephraim plays the Baxters middle (16) but actually is 25.

It is not that Alexandra looks older than Molly, change the way they are dressed and she would look younger. What is your thoughts about actors and actresses playing roles which are much younger or older than their real age?
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  • ♥Amelia Arya Moonchild♥ 2012/04/22 15:49:27
    ♥Amelia Arya Moonchild♥
    Actually I don't know the age of many actors and actresses I like...But especially in teen movies, most of the actors are older than the age they're supposed to be.
  • Happy_Evil_Dude 2012/02/15 22:37:24
    Happy_Evil_Dude
    Common occurence, at least for playing younger.

    In season 1 of The O.C., these characters were all supposed to be 15. In reality the actors were 17 (Mischa Barton), 22 (Rachel Bilson), 23 (Chris Carmack) 24 (Adam Brody) and 25 (Ben McKenzie).

    In season 1 of Smallville, these characters were all supposed to be 14. In reality the actors were 19 (Kristin Kreuk & Allison Mack), 22 (Sam Jones III & Eric Johnson) and 24 (Tom Welling)

    In season 1 of Hannah Montana, Hannah and her buds are supposed to be 13 while her brother was meant to be 16. In reality Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment were 14, Mitchel Musso was 15 and Jason Earles (the brother) was 29!

    In season 1 of Gilmore Girls, these characters were all supposed to be 16. In reality the actors were 18 (Jared Padalecki), 19 (Alexis Bledel & Chad Michael Murray), 23 (Liza Weil) and 27 (Keiko Agena)

    In season 1 of Dawson's Creek, these characters were all supposed to be 15. In reality the actors were 18 (Michelle Williams), 20 (Katie Holmes & Joshua Jackson) and 21 (James Van Der Beek)

    In season 1 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, these characters were all supposed to be 16. In reality the actors were 20 (Sarah Michelle Gellar), 23 (Alyson Hannigan), 26 (Nicholas Brendon) and 27 (Charisma Carpenter). Addtionally, the character Angel was ...

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    Common occurence, at least for playing younger.

    In season 1 of The O.C., these characters were all supposed to be 15. In reality the actors were 17 (Mischa Barton), 22 (Rachel Bilson), 23 (Chris Carmack) 24 (Adam Brody) and 25 (Ben McKenzie).

    In season 1 of Smallville, these characters were all supposed to be 14. In reality the actors were 19 (Kristin Kreuk & Allison Mack), 22 (Sam Jones III & Eric Johnson) and 24 (Tom Welling)

    In season 1 of Hannah Montana, Hannah and her buds are supposed to be 13 while her brother was meant to be 16. In reality Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment were 14, Mitchel Musso was 15 and Jason Earles (the brother) was 29!

    In season 1 of Gilmore Girls, these characters were all supposed to be 16. In reality the actors were 18 (Jared Padalecki), 19 (Alexis Bledel & Chad Michael Murray), 23 (Liza Weil) and 27 (Keiko Agena)

    In season 1 of Dawson's Creek, these characters were all supposed to be 15. In reality the actors were 18 (Michelle Williams), 20 (Katie Holmes & Joshua Jackson) and 21 (James Van Der Beek)

    In season 1 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, these characters were all supposed to be 16. In reality the actors were 20 (Sarah Michelle Gellar), 23 (Alyson Hannigan), 26 (Nicholas Brendon) and 27 (Charisma Carpenter). Addtionally, the character Angel was supposed to be trapped in a 26 year old body, but David Boreanaz initiated the role at 28 and ended it at 35.

    In the first High School Musical film, these characters were all supposed to be between 16 & 17. In reality the actors were 16 (Corbin Bleu), 17 (Vanessa Hudgens), 18 (Zac Efron), 20 (Ashley Tisdale), 21 (Lucas Grabeel) and 25 (Monique Coleman). And by the time the third film came they were all two years older while their characters were supposed to be between 17 & 18

    In season 1 of One Tree Hill, these characters were all supposed to be 16. In reality the actors were 18 (James Lafferty), 21 (Hilarie Burton & Sophia Bush) and 22 (Chad Michael Murray & Bethany Joy Galeotti)

    In season 1 of Felicity, these characters were all supposed to be 18. In reality the actors were 22 (Keri Russell), 23 (Scott Speedman), 24 (Tangi Miller), 28 (Amy Jo Johnson) and 32 (Amanda Foreman)

    In season 1 of Everwood, Ephram & Amy were supposed to be 15. In reality while Emily VanCamp was 16, Gregory Smith was 19

    In season 1 of Gossip Girl, these characters were all supposed to be 16. In reality the actors were 20 (Blake Lively), 21 (Leighton Meester & Penn Badgley) and 22 (Chace Crawford).

    In season 1 of Veronica Mars, these characters were all supposed to be 17. In reality the actors were 22 (Jason Dohring & Percy Daggs III) and 24 (Kristen Bell & Teddy Dunn)

    A rare reversal is the film What A Girl Wants, where the character played by Amanda Bynes is 17 while Bynes herself was 16 when the film was shot.
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  • Marz 2012/02/15 18:29:17
    Marz
    (The cast from Life with Derek) Michael Seater (25) and Ashley Leggat (25) played the roles of 15 year old's all the way to 18 when the show ended. I just find it a bit strange that actors/actresses would want to play a younger role, especially when they're in their 20's or 30's. Like Jason Earles (34) who portrayed a teenager on Hannah Montana Actors/actresses who play older roles, I don't see any problem with that. But adults that played roles that were fitted for teenagers... I just don't see how they would want to do that. Shouldn't their be an age where it's not appropriate to play certain roles in movies/tv shows? lol
  • Junichi 2012/02/15 16:04:43
    Junichi
    +1
    most asian actors play high schoolers on the shows here and they are like 20 and up haha
  • ♥K14 2012/02/15 15:55:00
    ♥K14
    +1
    BBC have an unusual childrens show, I think it's called Roy, Which has a 46 year old woman playing the main characters 17 year old sister...
  • ElliPonto ♥K14 2012/02/15 15:59:56
    ElliPonto
    Does she look that young
  • ♥K14 ElliPonto 2012/02/15 16:37:25
    ♥K14
    +1
    Not really:
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