Age ain’t nothin’ but a number, right? You certainly don't have to tell that to some of today’s biggest and brightest young stars in Hollywood, many of whom effortlessly portray television characters who are much younger than they are in real life. Celebs have tons of age-defying remedies that we’d love to get our hands on, and clearly their little tricks are working!
So who are some of Hollywood’s hot young thangs currently passing as high-school-aged kids who have yet to take their SATs?
British actress Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s hit drama Game of Thrones, and although the queen of dragons is supposed to be about 16 years old, at 26, Emilia is a full decade older than her on-screen counterpart.
Michael Trevino plays another supernatural-esque character on The Vampire Diaries, and although his character, Tyler Lockwood, is around 18 years of age on The CW staple, in real life Michael has a solid 29 years on Earth.
But don’t think that these big age gaps are just par for the course for actors and actresses playing dragon-loving princesses and werewolves, because there are plenty of everyday characters being played by much older counterparts as well.
Take, for example, The Walking Dead’s Beth Greene, who is played by Nebraska native Emily Kinney. On the AMC hit Beth hadn’t even graduated high school before the apocalypse began, and is estimated to be around 18 now, but Emily is actually 28 in real life. We must know the secret to your glowing skin, girl!
Despite some pretty big age differences, we think Emilia, Michael, and Emily are totally killing it on their respective shows and couldn’t see anyone else in their fan-favorite roles!
What do you think of actors and actresses playing characters much younger than they are in real life?