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    17 Actors Who Pretended They Were Both Super Young And Super Old At The Exact Same Time

    Age really is but a number.

    Now, we all know actors tend to play characters a *bit* out of their age range.

    Evan Hansen in a car
    Universal Pictures

    Sorry, Ben Platt.

    This can look a little odd, but I always find it especially funny when an actor plays a character of one age, then turns around and plays a character way younger or older.

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    Major Orphan vibes.

    Here are some of my favorite examples!

    1. Bianca Lawson played a high schooler in Pretty Little Liars the same year she played a high school guidance counselor in Teen Wolf.

    Maya in Pretty Little Liars and Morrell in Teen Wolf
    Freeform / MTV

    Bianca's character Maya died in 2012 on Pretty Little Liars, while her fully adult character on Teen Wolf was introduced that same year.

    2. Jennifer Lawrence played 17-year-old Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II the same year she played thirtysomething mother Joy in Joy.

    Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Joy
    Lionsgate/Courtesy Everett Collection, Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection

    A classic case that shows how Hollywood loves to cast adults as teenagers and also twentysomethings as middle-aged moms.

    3. Andrew Garfield played the single dad of what looked to be at least an 8-year-old in 99 Homes the same year he played teenage Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

    Andrew Garfield pulling his son next to him in 99 Homes and then as Peter Parker in the second Amazing Spider-Man
    Broad Green Pictures / Sony Pictures Releasing / courtesy Everett Collection

    Let's be real, did anyone buy Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as recent high school grads in that movie?

    4. Shirley Henderson played the 12-year-old Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter films while playing Bridget Jones' thritysomething best friend in the Bridget Jones' Diary series.

    Moaning Myrtle and Jude in Bridget Jones' Diary
    Warner Bros. / Miramax / courtesy Everett Collection

    ^Same woman, same time period.

    5. Anne Hathaway played the teenage Ella in Ella Enchanted, then the next year played Lureen in Brokeback Mountain for the duration of the decades-long story.

    Ella touching her necklace and Lureen holding a baby
    Miramax / Focus Films / courtesy Everett Collection

    Lureen was already probably almost a decade older than Ella, and then she became even older throughout the film.

    6. Samuel L. Jackson played 40-year-old Ken Carter in Coach Carter just a year before playing aging musician Lazarus Redd in Black Snake Moan.

    Coach Carter and Lazarus Redd
    Paramount / Paramount Classics / courtesy Everett Collection

    I don't believe they say Ken's age in the film, but the real Ken Carter was 40 during the events of the film.

    7. Gwyneth Paltrow played a kid in Hook, a college student two years later in Malice, and then the same-aged wife as 31-year-old Brad Pitt two years after that in Se7en.

    Young Wendy in Hook and Tracy in Se7en
    TriStar Pictures / New Line Cinema / courtesy Everett Collection

    I guess you can go from a kid to 31 in just four years! Who knew?

    8. Amy Poehler played a college-aged RA in Undeclared just two years before playing the mother of a teenager in Mean Girls.

    Amy in Undeclared and Mean Girls
    Fox / Paramount Pictures

    A real busy 2 years, I see.

    9. Paul Rudd played a teenage camp counselor in Wet Hot American Summer, then the thirtysomething Mike on Friends a year later.

    Paul Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer and Friends
    NBC

    According to the show's wiki, Mike was born in 1966, meaning he was 36 when he met Phoebe.

    10. Gabrielle Union played teenage Isis in Bring It On the same year she played a doctor on City of Angels.

    Isis in Bring it On and Dr. Courtney Ellis in scrubs on City of Angels
    Steven Bochco Productions / Universal / courtesy Everett Collection

    Unless I'm mistaken, to go through med school and a residency and become an actual doctor, you're probably at least 30, right?

    11. Joseph Gordon-Levitt played a teenager in Havoc and Brick the same year he played a crime kingpin's private doctor in Shadowboxer.

    Joseph in Brick and Shadowboxer
    Focus Features/ Teton Films / courtesy Everett Collection

    Lots of teenagers-turned-doctors here.

    12. Emma Roberts played a high schooler in Nerve just one year before playing a public defense lawyer in Who We Are Now.

    Emma in Nerve and Who We Are Now
    FilmRise / Niko Tavernise / Summit Entertainment / courtesy Everett Collection

    Again, I feel like you've got to be in your late 20s to be a lawyer. I also want to point out that Emma played a teenager for 12 years — from 2004, when she starred in Unfabulous, to 2016, when she starred in Nerve.

    13. Sally Fields played the young housewife/love interest of Tom Hanks' character in Punchline, then 6 years later played Tom Hanks' mother in Forrest Gump into old age.

    Sally Fields and tom Hanks in Punchline then Sally Fields as Forrest's mom in Forrest Gump
    Columbia Pictures / Paramount Pictures

    I still find this one so weird.

    14. Speaking of Forrest Gump — Tom Hanks played a widowed father in Sleepless in Seattle, a veteran baseball player/manager in A League of Their Own, and a senior law associate in Philadelphia, all about a year before playing Forrest as a high school student.

    Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle on the phone and in Forrest Gump with Jenny
    TriStar Pictures, Paramount Pictures

    Ah, another example of a single-dad-of-an-8-year-old-turned-high-schooler. It wasn't so weird when Forrest got older, but I still think they should've used another actor for high school/college Forrest.

    15. Stacey Dash played Luther's wife on St. Elsewhere seven years before playing a teenager in Clueless.

    Luther and Penny in St. Elsewhere, and Stacey Dash as Dionne in the Clueless TV show
    NBC / Paramount Television / courtesy Everett Collection

    If you count the Clueless TV show, Stacey continued playing a teenager a good 11 years after St. Elsewhere, in which she played an adult.

    16. Harry Shum Jr. played a 30-year-old in Single by 30 just one year after finishing playing the teenage Mike on Glee.

    Mike in Glee and Peter in Single by 30
    YouTube Red / Fox / Courtesy Everett Collection

    To be fair, Harry's character Mike was probably closer to 20 when Glee ended, but still.

    17. And finally, Stockard Channing played teenager Rizzo in Grease just one year before playing stuntwoman Kitty O'Neil in her twenties and early thirties in the TV film Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story.

    Stockard in Grease the The Kitty O'Neil story
    Paramount Pictures / CBS

    Funnily enough, Stockard was actually still playing younger than her age in The Kitty O'Neil Story — she was 35 at the time.

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