On the left, a picture of 17-year-old Zac Efron from 2004.
On the right, 21-year-old Zac Efron as 17-year-old Mike in 17 Again.

On the left, a picture of 17-year-old Zac Efron from 2004.

On the right, 21-year-old Zac Efron as 17-year-old Mike in 17 Again.

On the left, 16-year-old Shailene Woodley in The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
On the right, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley as 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in our Stars.

On the left, 16-year-old Shailene Woodley in The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

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

Pretty Little Actual Teens

So I don’t usually do this here, but last night’s episode of PLL was so off the charts with its cadre of adult teens and one actual teen that I had to write about it.

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Here&#8217;s a recently released image of 24-year-old Brenton Thwaites as 16-year-old Jonas in the new movie adaptation of The Giver. Note: Jonas was 12 in the book so we&#8217;re already on very strange age-related ground. Especially when you consider 35-year-old Katie Holmes will be playing his mother in this film.

Here’s a recently released image of 24-year-old Brenton Thwaites as 16-year-old Jonas in the new movie adaptation of The Giver. Note: Jonas was 12 in the book so we’re already on very strange age-related ground. Especially when you consider 35-year-old Katie Holmes will be playing his mother in this film.

On the left, 19-year-old Sissy Spacek in her 1968 yearbook photo.
On the right, 23-year-old Sissy Spacek as 15-year-old Holly in Badlands.

On the left, 19-year-old Sissy Spacek in her 1968 yearbook photo.

On the right, 23-year-old Sissy Spacek as 15-year-old Holly in Badlands.

The Cast of Little Women

I initially got all this research as a message, which has since disappeared, so I want to thank whoever had submitted it! Thank you, whoever you are!

Winona Ryder:

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On the left, 15-year-old Winona Ryder in Lucas. On the right, 23-year-old Winona Ryder as 15-year-old Jo in Little Women (she plays the character from ages 15-16 and 19-23 in the film)

Trini Alvarado:

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On the left, 15-year-old Trini Alvarado in Dreams Don’t Die. On the right, 27-year-old Trini Alvarado as 16-year-old Meg in Little Women (she plays her ages 16-17 and 20-24).

Samantha Mathis/Kirsten Dunst:

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On the left, 19-year-old Samantha Mathis as 16-year-old Amy in Little Women (the older version of Kirsten Dunst’s character). On the right, 18-year-old Kirsten Dunst.

Christian Bale:

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On the left, 16-year-old Christian Bale in Treasure Island. On the right, 20-year-old Christian Bale as 15-year-old Laurie in Little Women. (He played the character aged 15-16 and 19-23 in the film)

The final March sister, Beth, was played by actual teen Claire Danes, who was 15 playing Beth aged 13-14 and 17-18.

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On the left, 16-year-old Jesse McCartney as Bradin on Summerland.
On the right, 20-year-old Jesse McCartney playing a high school student in Keith.

On the left, 16-year-old Jesse McCartney as Bradin on Summerland.

On the right, 20-year-old Jesse McCartney playing a high school student in Keith.

confusee:

there is always hope u guys

confusee:

there is always hope u guys

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The evolution of actual teen Sasha Pieterse as actual teen Alison DiLaurentis on Pretty Little Liars.
Top left: 14-year-old Sasha as 14-year-old Alison.
Top right: 15-year-old Sasha as 14-year-old Alison.
Bottom left: 16-year-old Sasha as 14-year-old Alison.
Bottom right: 17-year-old Sasha as&#8230; 17*-year-old Alison (how old are the girls meant to be currently?)

The evolution of actual teen Sasha Pieterse as actual teen Alison DiLaurentis on Pretty Little Liars.

Top left: 14-year-old Sasha as 14-year-old Alison.

Top right: 15-year-old Sasha as 14-year-old Alison.

Bottom left: 16-year-old Sasha as 14-year-old Alison.

Bottom right: 17-year-old Sasha as… 17*-year-old Alison (how old are the girls meant to be currently?)

From the files of &#8220;I can&#8217;t find an actual teen picture but their age is so mind-blowing I had to share it with you&#8221;:
Pictured above is Keiko Agena as Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls. Keiko was 27 in the show&#8217;s first season, when Lane was 15 or 16 years old.

From the files of “I can’t find an actual teen picture but their age is so mind-blowing I had to share it with you”:

Pictured above is Keiko Agena as Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls. Keiko was 27 in the show’s first season, when Lane was 15 or 16 years old.

From the &#8220;are you effing kidding me?&#8221; files:
Trevor Donovan was 31 years old when he was first cast as teenage Teddy on 90210.
Like, are you serious here.

From the “are you effing kidding me?” files:

Trevor Donovan was 31 years old when he was first cast as teenage Teddy on 90210.

Like, are you serious here.

So, I couldn&#8217;t find a picture of Actual Teen Peter Facinelli. This Law &amp; Order picture is the best I could find. If anyone finds out, let me know! Thx
On the left, 22-year-old Peter Facinelli on Law &amp; Order.
On the right, 25-year-old Peter Facinelli as teenage Mike in Can&#8217;t Hardly Wait.

So, I couldn’t find a picture of Actual Teen Peter Facinelli. This Law & Order picture is the best I could find. If anyone finds out, let me know! Thx

On the left, 22-year-old Peter Facinelli on Law & Order.

On the right, 25-year-old Peter Facinelli as teenage Mike in Can’t Hardly Wait.

On the left, 18-year-old Melissa Joan Hart in the short-lived Clarissa Explains It All! sequel series, Clarissa NOW!
On the right, 21-year-old Melissa Joan Hart as as 18-year-old Yearbook Girl in Can&#8217;t Hardly Wait.

On the left, 18-year-old Melissa Joan Hart in the short-lived Clarissa Explains It All! sequel series, Clarissa NOW!

On the right, 21-year-old Melissa Joan Hart as as 18-year-old Yearbook Girl in Can’t Hardly Wait.

steveo263 asked: A lot of kids' shows kind of mess with high school and ages. I distinctly remember that the first episode of SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH had Sabrina somehow experiencing her first-ever day of high school and her SIXTEENTH birthday on the same day.

Yeah, this is why I am always confused about how high school works in the US. Here’s a picture of 19-year-old MJH as 16-year-old freshman Sabrina in the pilot of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch!

On the left, 17-year-old Seth Green as Jimmy on The Wonder Years.
On the right, 23-year-old Seth Green as teenage Kenny in Can&#8217;t Hardly Wait.
Is it me, or does he look a lot like Bradley Cooper in the second pic?

On the left, 17-year-old Seth Green as Jimmy on The Wonder Years.

On the right, 23-year-old Seth Green as teenage Kenny in Can’t Hardly Wait.

Is it me, or does he look a lot like Bradley Cooper in the second pic?