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21 Hollywood Actors Who Played Teenage Roles In Their Thirties

In case you do not know, many Hollywood crews prefer to pick actors in their twenties to play teenagers. This is understandable because labor laws set limits on the number of working hours of people under 18. In addition, the more mature stars are, the more experienced and trained they are likely to be. So, it seems to be advantageous to invite celebrities who are over 20 to play adolescent roles. But sometimes, thespians in their thirties are also chosen to portray juveniles. And it can surprise you as some actors are twice as old as the characters they perform!

Hence, below, we have listed 21 times Hollywood cast celebrities over the age of 30 to play teenagers. Let’s see if teen roles fit them or not!

#1 Bianca Lawson started playing high school student Maya in Pretty Little Liars when she was 31 and was 33 when she last appeared in this series.

Source: Freeform

#2 Greta Onieogou, who plays high school student Layla in All American, is currently 30.

Source: The CW

#3 Stockard Channing was 33 when she played Rizzo, an older teenage girl, in Grease.

Source: Paramount Pictures

#4 Jamie Donnelly, who played Jan – a high schooler – in Grease, was 31 when this film was released.

Source: Paramount Pictures

#5 Andrew Garfield, who played a graduated high school student in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was 30 when this film came out.

Source: Sony Pictures Releasing

#6 Wood Harris was 30 when he played Julius Campbell, a high school football star, in Remember the Titans.

Source: Courtesy Everett Collection

#7 Efren Ramirez was 30 when he played Pedro (a high school foreign exchange student) in Napoleon Dynamite.

Source: Courtesy Everett Collection

#8 Trevor Donovan was 30 when he first appeared as a high school student in season 2 of 90210. He was 32 when his character graduated.

Source: Courtesy Everett Collection

#9 Ross Butler, who played high school student Zach Dempsey in 13 Reasons Why, was 30 by the time this show ended (at the end of high school).

Source: Courtesy Everett Collection

#10 Ashleigh Murray was 31 when she last appeared as a high school student on Riverdale.

Source: The CW

#11 Alexa Demie has never publicly revealed her age, but she appears to be 31 (based on her yearbook) when she played a high school student in Euphoria.

Source: US Weekly

#12 Lucy Hale was 30 when she played Katy Keene, a 20-something aspiring fashion designer, in Riverdale.

Source: The CW

#13 Timothy Granaderos Jr., who played high school student Montgomery in 13 Reasons Why, was 30 when the show was released.

Source: The Sun

#14 Michael Steger, who played student Navid in 90210, was 30 by the time the season in which his character was in the senior year came out.

Source: Courtesy Everett Collection

#15 Jason Earles, who played 16-year-old Jackson in Hannah Montana, was 30 when season 2 of this series aired.

Source: Hannah Montana Wiki

#16 Ser’Darius Blain was 30 when Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was released, playing a high schooler.

Source: Jumanji Wiki

#17 Harry Shum Jr. was 30 when his character (Mike) graduated high school in Glee.

Source: Fox

#18 Michael Tucci was 31 when he played 18-year-old Sonny in Grease.

Source: Paramount Pictures

#19 Stacey Dash was 32 when her character graduated high school in Clueless.

Source: UPN

#20 Tanya Reynolds, who plays high school girl Lily in Sex Education, is now 30.

Source: Courtesy Everett Collection

#21 Darren Barnet, who played high school student Paxton in Never Have I Ever, was 30 when season 2 of this series aired.

Source: Courtesy Everett Collection

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