Hollywood Is Allergic To Casting Actual Teenagers, So I Pulled Together All The Real Teenagers In Teen TV Shows And Movies That I Could Find
Almost none of the teenagers you see onscreen are actual teenagers.
Hollywood loves to make TV shows and movies about teenagers — but labor laws make it a little hard to cast actual teenagers in these roles.
Still, sometimes this casting is out of control — like, they'll have 30-year-olds playing 15-year-olds.
To show just how rare it is to have actual teenagers playing teenagers, here are a bunch of examples of some age-appropriate* casting!
*A lot of these people are technically teenagers at 19, but they're playing 15- or 16-year-olds. Still, better than someone in their 20s or 30s!