Top Ten Adult Actors Playing Teenagers on TV

Age is just a number is a saying known by many people. Well this saying holds for some of the Hollywood actors. The fact that they have a pretty youthful look has granted them the opportunity to play teenager roles.

It may seem to be luck, blessing, curse or whatever you may wish to call it, but to these actors it has been great advantage. Some of them have even managed to play the teenager roles throughout their whole career. Check out the list of ten adult actors who played teen roles in movie and TV shows.

10.  Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing is iconic just like some other characters. In the film “Greese”, she played the role of Betty Rizzo, a 17 year old teenager. At the moment, Channing was 34 years old.She was too much old to be the leader of the Pink Ladies or Kenickie’s addition, other adults who featured playing teens roles were Olivia Newton who played Sandy Olsson turned 29 by the time of the filming.

 9. Holland Marie Roden

Holland Marie Roden

She features in the series teen wolf as Lydia Martin, a smart popular beautiful student at Beacon Hills High school. Rodenplayed 16-year-old teenager but was 29 years old. Other characters in the show who play teenage school students include Tyler Garcia Posey- Scott McCall, Dylan O’Brian- Stiles ‘Stilinski’, Arden Cho- Kira, Shelley Henning among others.

8. Jon Heder

Jon Heder

Jon Heder, was 26 at the time he played the title character from the cult indie flick ‘Napoleon Dynamite.

7. Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek

She almost missed a role in the 1976 big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Carrie.’ She had to convince Brian De Palma that she wasn’t too old to play the part at 26.

6. Gabrielle Carteris

Gabrielle Carteris

Most of the characters who featured in the film ‘Beverly Hills, 90210 where older than the teenagers they were meant to play. However, Gabrielle Carteris, who played 16-year-old Andrea Zuckerman, was 29 years old, the oldest of all. She actually lied about her age to get the role.

5. Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith

 In 2009 when the film “Glee” started, football jock Finn Hudson was still in high school. But at the same time, actor Cory Monteith had graduated and was 28 years old. Despite of being a decade older, he still perfectly captured Finn’s “naïve sweetness.”

4. Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire

If you are familiar with comic, then you should be aware that Peter Parker became Spider-Man while still in high school. At 27, Tobey Maguire first starred as the Webslinger. In 2010 during the planning of ‘Spider-Man 4′, director Sam Raimi and key members quit the franchise after script problems and a dispute with the studio which was eventually rebooted Andrew Garfield who appeared younger.

3. Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Agena was born of Japanese parents in Honolulu. By the time she featured in the film ‘Gilmore Girls, ‘she was 27 years old when she started playing Rory Gilmore’s 16-year-old best friend Lane Kim. By the time the show was ending in 2007, show was already in her 30s.

2. Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox

In the film ‘Back to the Future,’ Marty McFly is only 17. But he was first portrayed by Michael Fox at 24 years old. In 1990, when the film franchise was coming to an end with ‘Back to the Future III, he was approaching 30.

1. Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey

Those who have watched the film “Ferris Buelle’s Day Off” do remember Jennifer Grey as Ferries resentful teen sister Jeanie. At the time of that movie, she was 26. And that would explain why she so easily kicked Mr. Rooney’s butt. The actress is now 52 years old and won season 11 of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

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