Top 9 Oldest Actors to Play Teenagers on TV

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Turns out not all actors who play teens are actual teenagers. Who would’ve thought, right? That’s all because it’s so damn hard to find talented, experienced teen actors for big Hollywood movies (*cough* Spider-Man *cough*) and due to the fact that it’s nearly impossible to tell someone’s age in all that makeup, we get 20- and even 30-something actors trying to fit in as high-schoolers. Of course, there are people like Keanu Reeves and Patrick Stewart, who look today the same as when they were 18, but cloning is still illegal and immoral, so we have to improvise.
Let’s see if you can guess the age of the following actors and actresses, who played carefree teenagers on the small screen!

 

 

James Van Der Beek, born March 8, 1977
“Dawson’s Creek”

James, of course, played Dawson himself, who was supposed to be 16, yet in 1998, when the show premiered, he was already 21. That may not seem like much, compared to the other, but 5 years is a huge difference when you’re a teen.
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