"When 12-year-old girls are watching something like the CW’s long-running campy drama One Tree Hill (which aired from 2003-2012), in which actors like 25-year-old Hilarie Burton played 17-year-old cheerleader Peyton Sawyer, they’re not seeing an accurate portrayal of their future on screen. They’re seeing a glamorized vision of some executive’s idealized version of high school instead. When a real 16-year-old cheerleader flips on the CW and sees fellow pompom shakers who look like Burton or costar Sophia Bush, also well beyond her high school years, they’re looking at themselves at wondering why they don’t look like that in their uniform. Here’s the secret: they didn’t when they were 16, either."

— Samantha Wilson, Why Teenagers Need to Play Teenagers On Screen (via thunderboltandlightning)

Aka the thesis of my entire tumblr.

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nothing-rhymes-with-grantaire:

newtalby:

thomas brodie-sangster through the years 2002-2014

This guy is 24 years old. In 2005 he was 15 and he looks 8.

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On the left: Sebastian Stan in 9th grade (approx 15 years old)
On the right: Sebastian Stan, age 20, playing 15-year-old Justin Capshaw in an episode of “Law & Order” (“Sheltered”, 2003).

On the left: Sebastian Stan in 9th grade (approx 15 years old)

On the right: Sebastian Stan, age 20, playing 15-year-old Justin Capshaw in an episode of “Law & Order” (“Sheltered”, 2003).

herswagger:

When they were little!!!

Not quite adult teens, but still AMAZING

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Here’s something odd, an actual teen on Teen Wolf!

Dylan Sprayberry (Liam) is 16 (born July 7,1998)

Like, some of the other “teen” cast could be cast as his parents with that 11 year age difference. :-)

In other news, “Sprayberry” is my new fav surname.

The AV Club gets on the adult teen bandwagon

Have you guys seen this article from the AV Club today about adult actors who always play teens? It includes the patron saint of Actual Teen vs. Adult Teen, Bianca Lawson.

On the left, 16-year-old Kimberly McCullough as Robin on General Hospital.
On the right, 22-year-old Kimberly McCullough as 16-year-old Jen on Once & Again.
This is one of those actual teens I remember finding odd at the time. Despite her tiny size and youthful appearance, McCullough’s character on GH was always the same age as the actress. So when she left GH an adult and popped up on O&A as a 16-year-old it was kinda weird.

On the left, 16-year-old Kimberly McCullough as Robin on General Hospital.

On the right, 22-year-old Kimberly McCullough as 16-year-old Jen on Once & Again.

This is one of those actual teens I remember finding odd at the time. Despite her tiny size and youthful appearance, McCullough’s character on GH was always the same age as the actress. So when she left GH an adult and popped up on O&A as a 16-year-old it was kinda weird.

actualteenadultteen:

On the left, 15-year-old Kristy Swanson as Simone in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
On the right, 22-year-old Kristy Swanson as 16-year-old Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
ETA: ages updated 07/13/2014 after Kristy herself corrected them on twitter. Follow her on twitter at @KristySwansonXO Love you gurl!

My Kristy Swanson post from awhile ago, with ages corrected BY KRISTY SWANSON HERSELF WHO TWEETED ME.The original recipe Buffy tweeted me!! Life goal achieved.

actualteenadultteen:

On the left, 15-year-old Kristy Swanson as Simone in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

On the right, 22-year-old Kristy Swanson as 16-year-old Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

ETA: ages updated 07/13/2014 after Kristy herself corrected them on twitter. Follow her on twitter at @KristySwansonXO Love you gurl!

My Kristy Swanson post from awhile ago, with ages corrected BY KRISTY SWANSON HERSELF WHO TWEETED ME.

The original recipe Buffy tweeted me!! Life goal achieved.

OMG you guys: Kristy Swanson herself (!!!) tweeted me to correct the ages I’d posted about her in the post above.

Show the original Buffy some love on twitter @KristySwansonXO :-)

On the left, teenage Nico Mirallegro as Newt on Hollyoaks.
On the right, 23-year-old Nico Mirallegro as teenage Finn on My Mad Fat Diary.
Thanks for the suggestion, nipsandlizards! I couldn’t find actual teen pics of the other cast members from MMFD, but it looks like another great show for adult teen casting.

On the left, teenage Nico Mirallegro as Newt on Hollyoaks.

On the right, 23-year-old Nico Mirallegro as teenage Finn on My Mad Fat Diary.

Thanks for the suggestion, nipsandlizards! I couldn’t find actual teen pics of the other cast members from MMFD, but it looks like another great show for adult teen casting.

kanayacutie said: Have you done one for Robin Scherbatsky/Robin Sparkles on himym? Thanks!

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On the left, 16-year-old Cobie Smulders in her high school yearbook photo.

On the right, 24-year-old Cobie Smulders as teenage Robin on How I Met Your Mother.

Interestingly, when she was 24, she was regularly playing an older character on HIMYM. Funny because so many 24-year-olds play 16-year-olds on other shows.

veryyoungtvparents:

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sean Connery (born 1930) plays the father of Harrison Ford (born 1942).
Age difference = 12 years.
Amazing what some white facial hair can do to sell the age difference.

Are you following my other tumblr, veryyoungtvparents? Because I’m posting fun stuff like this Harrison Ford thing!

Plus I need more ideas of young tv and movie parents, so feel free to submit those as well as adult teens! xo

veryyoungtvparents:

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sean Connery (born 1930) plays the father of Harrison Ford (born 1942).

Age difference = 12 years.

Amazing what some white facial hair can do to sell the age difference.

Are you following my other tumblr, veryyoungtvparents? Because I’m posting fun stuff like this Harrison Ford thing! Plus I need more ideas of young tv and movie parents, so feel free to submit those as well as adult teens! xo

So here are some film clips of everybody’s internet boyfriend, Dylan O’Brien, first as an actual 16-year-old… (wait until the girl’s intro is done):

And

And then here’s Dylan O’Brien, aged 20 (or so?) playing 16-year-old Stiles on Teen Wolf:

And then bonus! 22-year-old Dylan O’Brien playing 16-year-old Thomas in The Maze Runner:

Thanks for the submission, agentsex!

jack-frost-froze:

mrfalling12345:

OMG WHAT DID I DO!?

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I LEARNED A THING

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On the left, 16-year-old Katie Stevens during her late 2009 audition for American Idol.

On the right, 21-year-old Katie Stevens as 15-year-old Karma on Faking It.

On the left, 16-year-old Katie Stevens during her late 2009 audition for American Idol.

On the right, 21-year-old Katie Stevens as 15-year-old Karma on Faking It.