Showrunners can’t pull the wool over our eyes: We know that most of the guys and gals who play teenagers on the small screen aren’t actually in their teens. In fact, if any of the following actors were still in high school, they’d be repeating their senior year for, like, the tenth time. Maybe it’s that people are just looking younger these days (with the exceptions of Lindsay Lohan and Courtney Stodden), or maybe we’re all experts at suspending our disbelief while watching our shows. Whatever it is, we don’t mind that people in their mid-20s and early 30s are trying to pass for high schoolers.
Satisfy your curiosity and read on for the real ages of the actors who play your fave teen characters.
Cory Monteith, Finn Hudson on Glee: 29
Harry Shum Jr., Mike Chang on Glee: 29
Mark Salling, Puck on Glee: 29
Chace Crawford, Nate Archibald on Gossip Girl: 26
Paul Wesley, Stefan Salvatore (an undead vampire teen) on The Vampire Diaries: 29
Zach Roerig, Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries: 26
Michael Trevino, Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries: 26
Trevor Donovan, Teddy Montgomery on 90210: 33
Michael Steger, Navid Shirazi on 90210: 31
Matt Lanter, Liam Court on 90210: 28
Blair Redford, Ethan Whitehorse on The Lying Game: 28
Bianca Lawson, Maya St. Germain on Pretty Little Liars: 32
Troian Bellisario, Spencer Hastings on Pretty Little Liars: 26
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