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What 19 Teen Movie Characters Should Look Like If Played By Actual Teens?

Do actors from teen shows and movies usually look older than the characters they play? And when I say that, I mean, a lot older. Just look at the recent cast of the Gossip Girl reboot, the students who are in high school somehow look older than their teachers.

And this is not new. If you see movies where teenagers look like they should be in their early and mid-twenty, they probably are. Hollywood has a penchant for casting people in their twenties to play roles in their teens.

This casting preference offers lots of benefits, especially for filming. See, underage actors have a strict rule about filming hours to follow, so studios always opt for older actors for younger parts. Especially if it’s the lead role with lots of filming hours.

Well, if you are curious to see what these 19 movie teenagers should look like, we have the answer. Check them out.

#1 American Pie: Victoria — Tara Reid

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Tara Reid is 24; in “American Pie”, she is supposed to be in high school.

#2 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy — Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Sarah Michelle Gellar was in her 20 when she was cast as the iconic vampire slayer.

#3 13 Reasons Why: Clay — Dylan Minnette

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Dylan Minnette was 21 when he played the angsty teenager.

#4 Charlie St. Cloud: Charlie — Zac Efron

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Zac Efron was 23 when playing a teenager in this supernatural drama film.

#5 Georgia Rule: Rachel — Lindsay Lohan

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Lilo was 21 when she played the abused teenager.

#6 Euphoria: Nate — Jacob Elordi

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Jacob Elordi was 22 when he plays a teenager in this dark teen drama.

#7 Gossip Girl: Serena — Blake Lively

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Blake Lively was way older than the teenager Serena van de Woodsen; she was 20.

#8 Twilight: Rosalie — Nikki Reed

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Nikki Reed was 20 when she played the immortal vampire; who was supposed to be in her mid-teens.

#9 Lady Bird: Christine — Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan was 24 when she played the teenage girl in Firebird.

#10 Easy A: Olive — Emma Stone

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Emma Stone was 22 when she played the rumor-plagued teenage girl Olive.

#11 The Hot Chick: Jessica — Rachel McAdams

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Rachel McAdams was 24 when she played the teenage girl body-swapped with a charlatan.

#12 The Vampire Diaries: Tyler — Michael Trevino (24)

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Michael Trevino was 24 when he played teen werewolf Tyler in The Vampire Diaries.

#13 Gossip Girl: Blair — Leighton Meester

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Leighton Meester was 21 when she played the Queen Bee Blair Waldorf.

#14 John Tucker Must Die: Carrie — Arielle Kebbel

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Arielle Kebbel was 21 when she played the blond teenage girl.

#15 John Tucker Must Die: John — Jesse Metcalfe

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Jesse Metcalfe was even older, 28, when he played the teenage protagonist.

#16 Twin Peaks: Audrey — Sherilyn Fenn

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Sherilyn Fenn was 25 when she played the Twin Peak teenage brunette.

#17 American Horror Story: Tate — Evan Peters

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Evan Peters was 24 when he played the psychopathic murderer.

#18 Step Up: Tyler — Channing Tatum

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Channing Tatum was 26 when he played the teenage street dancer.

#19 She’s All That: Zack — Freddie Prinze Jr.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. was 23, when he played the teenage hotshot.

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