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    23 Age Gaps Between Actors Who Played Parent And Child That Are So Small, It's Ridiculous

    Kate Mara was 21 when 25-year-old Heath Ledger played her dad in Brokeback Mountain.

    It was recently announced that Tom Holland (25) was cast in a new TV series, where Emmy Rossum, who's only 10 years older than him, will be playing his mom.

    Side-by-sides of Tom Holland and Emmy Rossum on red carpets

    The series, The Crowded Room, will be an anthology series about people who have successfully learned to live with their mental illnesses.

    Tom Holland on a red carpet

    And since Tom Holland is 25 and Emmy Rossum is only 35, many people feel that their age gap is too small to play parent and child.

    EMMY ROSSUM PLAYING TOM HOLLAND’S MOM????

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    However, writer Carina Adly Mackenzie clarified that most of Emmy's scenes will be flashbacks to when Tom's character was around 4 years old.

    Guys — Emmy Rossum is playing Tom Holland’s mom because the vast majority of her scenes are flashbacks to his character’s very early childhood when he endured the trauma that caused his Dissociative Identity Disorder. It started before he was 5 years old. Okay, carry on.

    Twitter: @cadlymack

    Still, since this casting has started a conversation around age differences in movies and film, I figured I'd compile a list of other TV shows and movies that have strangely small age gaps between actors who played parent and child.

    We asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community to give us some examples and here are their shocking responses:

    1. Kate Mara was 25 during the filming of Brokeback Mountain.

    Kate Mara in a scene from the movie

    Heath Ledger was 25 during filming.

    Heath Ledger in a scene from the movie

    In the movie, they played father and daughter.

    Kate and Heath in a scene from the film

    2. David Duchovny from The X-Files was born in 1960.

    David in a scene from the movie

    Rebecca Toolan was born in 1959.

    Rebecca Toolan in a scene from the show

    In The X-Files she plays his mom, even though they are only one year apart.

    Side-by-sides of David and Rebecca Toolan

    3. Adam Garcia was 28 when Riding in Cars with Boys came out.

    Adam in a scene from the movie

    Drew Barrymore was 26 when the film came out.

    Drew in a scene from the movie

    So Adam Garcia was two years older than Drew Barrymore when he played her son in the film.

    A scene of Adam and Drew from the movie

    4. Elizabeth Rodriguez was born in 1980.

    Elizabeth Rodriguez in a scene from a show

    Dascha Polanco was born in 1982.

    Dascha in a scene from the show

    In Orange Is the New Black, Elizabeth Rodriguez played Dascha Polanco's mother even though they have a two-year age gap.

    Elizabeth and Dascha talking in a scene from the show

    5. Gina Rodirguez was 29 when Jane the Virgin started filming.

    Gina in a scene from the movie

    Andrea Navedo was 36 when it started filming.

    Andrea in a scene from the film

    In Jane the Virgin, Andrea Navedo and Gina Rodriguez played mother and daughter.

    Gina and Andrea sitting together on the bus in a scene from the movie

    6. Taron Egerton was 28 when Rocketman, started filming.

    Taron in a scene from the movie

    Bryce Dallas Howard was 37 during filming.

    Bryce in a scene from the movie

    They played mother and son in the film.

    Taron and Bryce talking on the phone in a scene from the movie

    7. Rachel McAdams was 26 years old during the filming of Mean Girls.

    Rachel in a scene from the movie

    Amy Poehler was 33 during the filming of the movie.

    Amy in a scenee from the movie

    In the movie, Rachel McAdams plays Regina and Amy Poehler plays Regina's mom.

    Amy and Rachel in a scene form the movie

    8. Tom Selleck is currently 77 years old.

    Len Cariou is currently 82 years old.

    In Blue Bloods, Len Cariou plays Tom Selleck’s father.

    Tom and Len in a scene from the movie

    9. Colin Farrell was 28 in Alexander.

    Colin in a scene from the movie

    Angelina Jolie was 29 in the film.

    Angelina in a scene from the movie

    She played his mother in the movie.

    Angelina and Colin in a scene from the movie

    10. Orlando Bloom was 35 during filming of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

    Orlando in a scene from the movie

    Lee Pace was 33 years old during the filming of the movie.

    Lee in a scene from the movie

    Even though Lee Pace is two years younger than Orlando Bloom, Lee played Orlando's father in the movie.

    Lee and Orlando in a scene from the movie

    11. Zachary Quinto was 30 when the 2009 Star Trek movie started filming.

    Winona Ryder was 36 when the movie started filming.

    Winona in a scene from the movie

    In the movie she played his mother.

    Winona and Zachary in a scene from the movie

    12. George Lopez was 41 at the start of The George Lopez Show.

    George in a scene for the show

    Belita Moreno was 52 at the start of the series.

    Belita in a scene from the show

    Belita played George's mother on the show.

    George and Belita in a scene from the show

    13. Monique was born in 1978.

    Monique in a scene from the show

    Countess Vaughn was born in 1967.

    Countess Vaughn in a scene from the show

    For five years, Countess Vaughn played Monique's daughter on The Parkers.

    Monique and Countess Vaughn in a scene from the show

    14. Meryl Streep was 69 in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

    Meryl in a scene from the movie

    Cher was 72 during filming.

    Cher in a scene from the movie

    In the movie, Cher played Meryl Streep's mom.

    Cher and Meryl in a scene from the movie

    15. Janet Hubert was born in 1956.

    Karyn Parsons was born in 1966.

    In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Janet Hubert and Karyn Parsons played mother and daughter despite having a 10-year age gap.

    Janet and Karen in scenes from the show

    16. Tom Hanks was 37 during the filming of Forrest Gump.

    Tom in a scene from the movie

    Sally Field was 47 during filming of the movie.

    Sally Field played Tom Hanks's mom in the movie.

    Still from the movie with Tom Hanks and Sally Field holding hands while she's on her sick bed

    17. Essence Atkins was 25 when the first season of Smart Guy aired.

    Essence in a scene from the show

    John Marshall was 35 during the first season.

    John in a scene from the movie

    They played father and daughter on the show.

    John and Essence in a scene from the show

    18. Harrison Ford was 46 during the filming of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

    Sean tied up in a scene from the movie

    Sean Connery was 58 during filming of the movie.

    Harrison talking in a scene from the movie

    Sean played Harrison's father despite only being12 years older than him.

    Sean and Harrison in a scene from the film

    19. Jennifer Lopez was 27 years old when she starred in Selena.

    Jennifer in a scene from the movie

    Constance Marie was 31 years old when she was in the movie.

    Constance in a scene from the movie

    They played mother and daughter in the movie with only a four-year age difference.

    Constance and Jennifer in scenes from the film

    20. Mandy Moore is currently 37 years old.

    Mandy Moore in a scene from the show

    Sterling K. Brown is currently 45 years old.

    Sterling K. Brown in a scene from the show

    Justin Hartley is also currently 45 years old.

    Justin Hartley in a scene from the show

    Christina Metz is 41 years old.

    Christina Metz in a scene from the show

    In This Is Us, Mandy Moore plays Sterling, Justin, and Christina's mother despite being younger than all of them

    The cast of This Is US

    21. Bellamy Young was 50 in the first season of Prodigal Son.

    Bellamy in a scene from the show

    Michael Sheen was 51 during the first season.

    Michael in a scene from the movie

    Tom Payne was 38 during the first season.

    Tom in a scene from the show

    In the show, Bellamy Young and Michael Sheen play Tom Payne's parents.

    Belamy, Michael, and Tom in scenes from the show

    22. Peter Krause was born in 1965.

    Peter in a scene from the show

    Frances Conroy was born in 1953.

    Frances in a scene from the show

    In Six Feet Under, Frances Conroy and Peter Krause play mother and son, even though they’re only separated by 12 years.

    Frances and Peter in scenes from the show

    23. And lastly, Estelle Getty was 62 when Golden Girls started.

    Estelle in a scene from the show

    Bea Arthur was 63 when the show started.

    Bea in a scene from the show

    Despite Estelle Getty being younger than Bea Arthur, Estelle played Bea's mother on the show.

    Estelle and Bea in scenes from the show

    What age gap between actors who played parent and child shocked you? Let us know in the comments!