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Actors who were way older than the characters they played

Have you ever googled an actor after watching a movie and were blown away by their age?

Have you ever googled an actor after watching a movie and were blown away by their age? Many TV shows and movies notoriously take advantage of the way actors look and with some visual changes to their clothing, hairstyles, and dialogue, they easily are passed off as teenagers or younger actors.

So, here are five actors who were way older than the characters they played!

Jason Earles

In the Disney show Hannah Montana Jason, Earles played Jackson Stewart, a not-so-smart 16-year-old when he was actually 29-year-old. They portrayed him as someone more interested in video games, girls, and food than he is in schoolwork when he was way past schooling years in real. His portrayal of the 16-year-old was so convincing that most fans were shocked when they came to know about his real age.

Moaning Myrtle

If you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies you already know that Shirley Henderson aka Moaning Myrtle was 37 years old when she first played the 16 years old Moaning Myrtle. She was the oldest of the cast of the Hogwarts students but the actress easily blended in with the students without raising eyebrows.

Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire

Everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood superhero, Spiderman has been played by three famous young actors. Spiderman or Peter Parker is supposed to be a 17/18-year-old, and when Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire played the role they were 29 and 27 years old respectively. But they were able to pull off those swings with their youthful looks and gave us the Peter Parker we all love. Although Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker did age a bit in Spiderman 3 since he was 32 years old when the movie got released he is still the most loved Spiderman or is he?

Emma Thompson

In the Oscar-winning movie Sense and Sensibility, Emma Thompson was 35 when she played 19 years old Elinor Dashwood. Her portrayal of the 19-year-old young character Elinor was so good that the age difference between the actor and the character didn’t make much difference. The movie even won several awards and accolades and is still considered a classic among movie buffs.

Paul Wesley

The handsome and calm 17 years old vampire Stefan Salvatore was portrayed by Paul Wesley who was 27 when the Vampire Diaries series started. Although his character stopped aging at 17, by the time Vampire Diaries wrapped up Paul Wesley was 35 years old. But he portrayed the young character so well that fans were/are still drolling over him after the series ended.

Most of the teenagers in movies are portrayed by actors in their 20s or even older. Netflix is famous for casting older actors for young characters’ roles. The entire cast of Riverdale is so much older compared to the characters they play. In the recent Netflix hit TV series Never Have I Ever, 29 years old actor Darren Barnet portrays the hot Paxton Hall-Yoshida, a 16-year-old student. Which of the above mentioned shocked you the most? Get on Rizzle to answer.

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