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    24 Celebs Pretending To Be Teenagers Vs. What They Actually Looked Like As Teenagers

    *Phew* I thought I was just ugly at 16.

    You *may* have noticed that movies and TV shows don't usually cast real teenagers.

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    This is largely due to labor laws that requires specific working hours and resources for underage actors.

    But what would these classic movies and films look like if they actually *did* use teenage actors?


    To that end, here are 24 actors who played teenagers and how they actually looked at the age of their characters!

    1. Leonardo DiCaprio playing a 17-year-old in Catch Me If You Can

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    Leonardo DiCaprio as an actual 17-year-old

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    2. Lili Reinhart playing a 16-year-old on Riverdale

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    Lili Reinhart as an actual 16-year-old

    3. Gabrielle Union playing a teenager in Bring it On

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    Gabrielle Union as an actual teenager

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    4. Jennifer Lawrence playing a 16-year-old in The Hunger Games

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    Jennifer Lawrence as an actual 16-year-old

    Jennifer Lawrence in Cold Case

    5. Liam Hemsworth playing a teenager in The Hunger Games

    Murray Close/Lionsgate/Courtesy Everett Collection

    Liam Hemsworth as an actual teenager


    6. Cole Sprouse playing a 16-year-old on Riverdale

    Dean Buscher / The CW Network/Courtesy Everett Collection

    Cole Sprouse as an actual 16-year-old

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    7. Kerry Washington playing a teenager in Save The Last Dance

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    Kerry Washington as an actual teenager


    8. Dylan O'Brien playing a 16-year-old in The Maze Runner

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    Dylan O'Brien as an actual 16-year-old:

    Dylan O'Brien singing in a YouTube video
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    9. Lucy Hale playing a 16-year-old on Pretty Little Liars

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    Lucy Hale as an actual 16-year-old

    Lucy on Ned's Declassified

    Ok, this one pisses me off because if Aria was played by a 16-year-old Lucy, we absolutely would not have been okay with Ezra.

    10. Timothée Chalamet playing a 17-year-old in Call Me By Your Name

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    Timothée Chalamet as an actual 17-year-old

    old YouTube video of Timothée
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    Another one where it would've been SUPER CREEPY if 17-year-old Timothée played Elio.

    11. Harry Shum Jr. playing a teenager on Glee

    Miranda Penn Turin / Fox / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Harry Shum Jr. as an actual teenager (right)

    12. Asa Butterfield playing a teenager on Sex Education

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    Asa Butterfield as an actual teenager

    Asa in Ender's Game
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    13. Haley Lu Richardson playing a teenager in Unpregnant

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    Haley Lu Richardson as an actual teenager

    Haley in the short "Meanamorphosis"
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    14. Alisha Boe playing a 16-year-old on 13 Reasons Why


    Alisha Boe as an actual 16-year-old

    15. Darren Criss playing a high schooler on Glee

    Adam Rose / Fox / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Darren Criss as an actual high schooler

    James Corden showing a high school photo of Darren on his show

    16. James Van Der Beek playing a 16-year-old on Dawson's Creek

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    James Van Der Beek as an actual 16-year-old

    James on Clarissa Explains It All

    17. Joshua Jackson playing a 15-year-old on Dawson's Creek

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    Joshua Jackson as an actual 15-year-old

    Joshua Jackson in The Might Ducks sequel playing ice hockey
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    18. Greta Onieogou playing a teenager on All American

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    Greta Onieogou as an actual teenager

    Greta Onieogou on Degrassi: The Next Generation

    19. Zendaya playing a teenager on Euphoria


    Zendaya as an actual teenager

    Zendaya on Shake It Up
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    20. Thomas Brodie-Sangster playing a teenager in The Maze Runner

    20th Century Fox

    Thomas Brodie-Sangster as an actual teenager

    Thomas in Nanny McPhee
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    Thomas was 15 when Nanny McPhee was released.

    21. Saoirse Ronan playing a teenager in Lady Bird

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    Saoirse Ronan as an actual teenager

    Saoirse Ronan in Hanna
    Focus Features/Courtesy Everett Collection

    Hanna came out when Saoirse was days away from turning 17.

    22. Sarah Michelle Gellar playing a 15-year-old on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar as an actual 15-year-old

    Sarah in Swans crossing

    Sarah was 15 in Swans Crossing.

    23. Michelle Trachtenberg playing a 16-year-old on Gossip Girl

    Giovanni Rufino / The CW / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Michelle Trachtenberg as an actual 16-year-old

    Michelle as Dawn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    24. And finally, Emma Stone playing a high schooler in The Amazing Spider-Man

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    And Emma Stone as an actual high schooler

    Emma singing for In Search of the Partridge Family

    Which of these were most surprising? Do you feel better about your teenage self now? Let me know in the comments!

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