15 Adult Actors Who Nailed Teenage Roles Despite Age Differences

It's no secret that a great number of teenage roles we see on the screen are played by adult actors, because the younger ones seem to lack the required skills and experiences that mature grow-ups have. Thankfully, this appears to be the right choice in most cases and, thanks to their amazing talent, many adult actors have indeed wowed us with their excellent performances as on-screen teenagers despite all the age differences.
In this post, we have listed 15 bright stars who played characters that are much younger than them in a fantastically convincing way, thus winning millions of hearts. We bet that you remember these iconic roles too, but did you know how old the actors were when they auditioned and got cast? The answer might surprise you. Just scroll down and check them out!

#1. Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson from "Glee" (2009)

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#2. Florence Pugh as Amy March from "Little Women" (2019)

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#3. Alexa Demie as Maddy Pérez from "Euphoria" (2019)

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#4. Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker from "Spider-Man" (2002)

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#5. Stockard Channing as Rizzo from "Grease" (1978)

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#6. Rachel McAdams as Regina George from "Mean Girls" (2004)

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#7. Rachel McAdams as Allie Hamilton from "The Notebook" (2004)

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#8. Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides from "Dune" (2021)

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#9. Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones from "Riverdale" (2017)

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#10. Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly from "Back to the Future" (1985)

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#11. Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs from "Sex Education" (2019)

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#12. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen from "Game of Thrones" (2011)

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#13. Robert Downey Jr. as young Tony Stark from "Captain America: Civil War" (2016)

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#14. Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso from "The Karate Kid" (1984)

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#15. Jessica Barden as Alyssa from "The End of the F***ing World" (2018)

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