On the left, 15-year-old Kevin Schmidt as 12-year-old Henry in Cheaper by the Dozen.

On the right, 21-year-old Kevin Schmidt as 17-year-old teenage Henry on Unnatural History.

This is some Neville Longbottom style puberty going on here. Thanks for the tip, oh-captainmyswan!
On the left, 18-year-old Graham Patrick Martin as Pete on iCarly.
On the right, 21-year-old Graham Patrick Martin as 16-year-old Rusty Beck on The Closer/Major Crimes.
Thanks for the suggestion, montanaharper!

On the left, 18-year-old Graham Patrick Martin as Pete on iCarly.

On the right, 21-year-old Graham Patrick Martin as 16-year-old Rusty Beck on The Closer/Major Crimes.

Thanks for the suggestion, montanaharper!

angelschilde asked: Hey, someone mentioned that the networks don't know what teenagers are anymore and I just thought I'd point out that the most likely reason they use 20+ for teenagers is because they don't have to provide tutoring and school time. By law child actors (even teen ones) have to attend school (on set or not on set), as well as only work a certain number of hours a day (child labour laws - don't know if that applies to teens thou). Cuts a lot of costs (less fluctuations too in physical appearance).

Oh, definitely. I’ve posted about this before. Basically, there are very good reasons why it makes sense to cast people 18+ as younger teens (they can work more hours per day, you can put them in more dangerous and/or sexy situations) but that being said, there’s a difference between casting a 28-year-old as a teen versus casting a 20-year-old as a teen.

Here’s a post I did about some notable teen roles played by actual teens.

But mostly, it’s just interesting how easily we all accept 25-year-olds as teens, forgetting what actual teens look like.

Thanks for reading!

drownedinlight:

So this is what Logan Lerman looked like during Hoot, when he probably would have been around 13. This is (approximately) what Percy would have looked like in The Lightning Thief, had his age been sync’d with the first book.


Noted.

drownedinlight:

So this is what Logan Lerman looked like during Hoot, when he probably would have been around 13. This is (approximately) what Percy would have looked like in The Lightning Thief, had his age been sync’d with the first book.

Noted.

(via thebookhangover)

On the left, 17-year-old Emma Roberts as Poppy in Wild Child.
On the right, 23-year-old Emma Roberts as teenage April in Palo Alto.

On the left, 17-year-old Emma Roberts as Poppy in Wild Child.

On the right, 23-year-old Emma Roberts as teenage April in Palo Alto.

On the left, teenage Devon Bostick as Nic on Degrassi.
On the right, 23-year-old Devon Bostick as teenage Jasper on The 100.

On the left, teenage Devon Bostick as Nic on Degrassi.

On the right, 23-year-old Devon Bostick as teenage Jasper on The 100.

On the left, teenage Eliza Taylor as Janae on Neighbours.
On the right, 24-year-old Eliza Taylor as teenage Clarke on The 100.

On the left, teenage Eliza Taylor as Janae on Neighbours.

On the right, 24-year-old Eliza Taylor as teenage Clarke on The 100.

On the left, 17-year-old Aimee Teegarden as Julie on Friday Night Lights.
On the right, 24-year-old Aimee Teegarden as 16-year-old Emery on Star Crossed.

On the left, 17-year-old Aimee Teegarden as Julie on Friday Night Lights.

On the right, 24-year-old Aimee Teegarden as 16-year-old Emery on Star Crossed.

On the left, 16-year-old Malese Jow as Anna on Unfabulous.

On the right, 22-year-old Malese Jow as teenage Julia on Star Crossed.

On the left, 18-year-old Matt Lanter in a yearbook photo.

On the right, 30-year-old Matt Lanter as teenage Roman on Star Crossed.

On the left, teenage Shailene Woodley in a yearbook photo.
On the right, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley as 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in our Stars.

On the left, teenage Shailene Woodley in a yearbook photo.

On the right, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley as 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in our Stars.

On the left, teenage Shailene Woodley in a yearbook photo.
On the right, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley as 16-year-old Tris Prior in Divergent.

On the left, teenage Shailene Woodley in a yearbook photo.

On the right, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley as 16-year-old Tris Prior in Divergent.

These pictures of 2013 Oscar nominees with their younger selves aren’t quite actual teen/adult teen, but are mindbending fun. And technically, this one of J-Law is actual teen/adult teen as she’s still playing teenage Katniss in two more films. (link)

These pictures of 2013 Oscar nominees with their younger selves aren’t quite actual teen/adult teen, but are mindbending fun. And technically, this one of J-Law is actual teen/adult teen as she’s still playing teenage Katniss in two more films. (link)

On the left, teenage Justin Long in a yearbook photo.
On the right, 27-year-old Justin Long as 18-year-old Bartleby in Accepted.

On the left, teenage Justin Long in a yearbook photo.

On the right, 27-year-old Justin Long as 18-year-old Bartleby in Accepted.