Cory Monteith, the lovable football player on Glee, turned the big 3-0 on May 11th. Yes, you read that right, he turned 30. And he’s still singing and dancing on Glee as a high school student. Monteith isn’t the only actor who is older than the character played on TV. In fact, here are 10 more:
Sarah got her big break on the hit ABC comedy, Modern Family, and ever since then she’s been everywhere, from the Disney Channel Original Movie "Geek Charming" to MTV’s "Punk’d." She plays the popular high school senior, Haley Dunphy and she looks exactly like what one would imagine a high school senior to look like. That’s why many people are surprised to find out that Sarah’s actually 21!
Real Age: 21 Character’s Age: 17
Britt Robertson is similar to Sarah Hyland in many ways. They both play high school seniors, they are both in their early 20s, and they both look very young. Britt was bit by the acting bug as a young child and eventually moved to LA to follow her dreams. Britt is used to playing teenagers: She played Cassie Blake in "Secret Circle" and Lux Cassidy in "Life Unexpected."
Real Age: 22 Character’s Age: 17
Everyone’s favorite mean girl, Regina George, was played by the stunning Rachel McAdams. However, many people don’t know that Rachel was 27 years old when she starred in "Mean Girls." A whole 10 year age difference. But the difference isn’t even noticeable! Rachel has a beautiful, youthful look that allowed her to play a high school senior even though she’s much older, and it also helped her capture the heart of Ryan Gosling on and off-screen during her "Notebook" era.
Real Age (during the movie): 27 Character’s Age: 17
Oh, Sheldon. The socially-awkward, extremely intelligent physicist is played by Jim Parsons who is 11 years older than his character, but the age doesn’t show at all. Jim went to school a lot longer than most actors do. He studied theater at The University of Houston and got a master’s degree in theater from the University of San Diego, which helps explain his awesome acting skills.
Real Age: 39 Character’s Age: 28
Olivia Newton-John made a name for herself in the classic musical, Grease, alongside John Travolta. Olivia played the new girl Sandy, who was supposed to be 17 years old. However, Olivia was 30 at the time the film came out.
Real Age (during the movie): 30 Character’s Age: 17
Jason Earles starred with Miley Cyrus in the hit Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana. Jason played Miley’s annoying brother, but little did we know, he was a lot older. Most sources say that Jackson, Jason’s character on the show, was born in 1990, so that would make his character 22 years old right now. Jason is 35, so that’s a 13 year difference. The age difference wasn’t that noticeable, but now looking back on it, he did look a little older...
Real Age:35 Character’s Age: 22
Sunny California is the place that Teddy Montgomery, Trevor Donovan's character, calls his home. 90210 fans have grown to love the tennis playing hunk who just graduated high school, and many are shocked to realize that Trevor’s actually in his 30s! Even though there’s a 14 year age difference, Trevor fits right in with all of the other recent graduates in Beverly Hills. You’ll be seeing Trevor on the big screen soon—he’s starring in the new Oliver Stone film “Savages.”
Real Age: 33 Character’s Age: 18 or 19
Revenge is TV’s newest hot drama and Gabriel Mann’s star power is continuously growing. Gabriel plays Nolan Ross on the show and viewers everywhere have dubbed this character the one they love-to-hate. Nolan is in his mid-twenties, but Gabriel is 39 years old, almost 40. But he does pass for 26!
Real Age: 39 Character’s Age: 26
Bianca Lawson stars in Pretty Little Liars as Emily’s mysterious lover, Maya. PLL helped get Bianca’s name out there and led people to realize that she’s in her mid 30s playing a 16 year old girl. Bianca’s skin is flawless and that makes her character, Maya, extremely believable. You don’t even notice the 17 year old age difference. Bianca’s face may seem a little familiar. That’s because she starred in “Saved by the Bell: The New Class.”
Real Age: 33 Character’s Age: 16
Professor Snape, the potions master who captured the hearts of millions in the last Harry Potter book/movie was played by the talented Alan Rickman. Alan is 65 in real life, however his character is 39, making Alan is more than two-and-a-half decades older than the character he played in the Harry Potter franchise. He did such a good job, no one could even tell.
Real Age: 65 Character’s Age: 39
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