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(College Humor)   So, just how old are the actors who play high school students?   (collegehumor.com) divider line 24
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2013-02-26 10:35:57 AM  
I always though they cast older actors to play high school students because regulations made it more difficult to work with people under 18 since they were limited in how often and how long they could work. Is that not the case?
 
2013-02-26 10:36:31 AM  
That's got to contribute to some kind of body dismorphia and infantilization. I mean, as a high school student I did find it kind of weird that the kids on tv looked mature and everyone I went to school with was a gawky teenager.
 
2013-02-26 10:38:30 AM  
 
2013-02-26 10:39:50 AM  
The knowledge that Stockard Channing was 34 when she played a high school student totally changes the realism of Grease for me.  Next, you're going to tell me that high school students don't spontaneously break out into well-choreographed dance numbers, and that cars can't just fly away once the couple gets together at the end.
 
2013-02-26 11:10:49 AM  
Any Curtis Armstrong link is OK by me!
 
2013-02-26 11:14:05 AM  
They call themselves out for Peggy Sue Got Married so why bother to list it, and she was much younger than the character.
Grease included some original cast members so they are way too old to be in HS but they felt the actors deserved to be in the movie
 
2013-02-26 11:44:18 AM  
www.celebritiesheight.com

30s?

/article blocked at work
 
2013-02-26 11:49:51 AM  
My personal favorite, ages 16-23, 21 in photo below.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-26 11:56:48 AM  
He's cool, he's hot, he's 34 years old!

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2013-02-26 12:27:48 PM  
I find it extremely distracting when they cast adults as teenagers.  For instance, Linda Cardellini (23) was incredibly distracting in Freaks and Geeks.  So.  Distracting.  So very. Distracting.

I'll be in my bunk...
 
2013-02-26 12:32:32 PM  
Kathleen Turner gets a pass because she's playing herself suddenly thrown back to her high school days. We see her as she is, she sees herself as she is, everyone else sees her as a teenager.
 
2013-02-26 12:34:12 PM  
....and then i look at the rest of the infographinc thingy and see that it's already been covered.
 
2013-02-26 12:48:39 PM  
So you're telling me it's OK to lust after the "teenagers" I see on TV and in movies?
 
2013-02-26 01:31:03 PM  
The could have done a whole article about the "kids" on Glee, Corey Monteith was cast as Finn when he was 27.
 
2013-02-26 02:13:29 PM  

Carth: I always though they cast older actors to play high school students because regulations made it more difficult to work with people under 18 since they were limited in how often and how long they could work. Is that not the case?


Pretty much yeah.  Have to take care of their schooling and there are work hour restrictions and what not.  Plus it's difficult to find a kid with the brains, talent, and discipline to actually act effectively, which is precisely why when they do find one then you see them a lot after that since the pool of potential is so small.  Then as they get older and older, the pool gets bigger and bigger, and they either have to really have talent and step up their game to continue, or they wash out.
 
2013-02-26 02:21:30 PM  
Stacey Dash on Clueless is 46 today?

unknowntheartist.files.wordpress.com

Gabrielle Union is 40 years old????

blogs.bet.com

WTF????
 
2013-02-26 02:53:25 PM  
Couldn't they find any more recent examples? Most of what they listed were 80s movies and the newest one I noticed was still 10 years old.
 
2013-02-26 03:40:02 PM  

StrikitRich: [www.celebritiesheight.com image 588x800]

30s?

/article blocked at work


He was 27 when 90210 debuted.

The one that got me was the chick who played Andrea Zuckerman was somewhere in her 30's while on the show.

/don't know why I know this
 
2013-02-26 04:01:51 PM  
Ralph Macchio was 23 when he started playing the Karate "Kid"; 28 in the last one.
 
2013-02-26 08:08:41 PM  

DrFuko: Stacey Dash on Clueless is 46 today?

[unknowntheartist.files.wordpress.com image 240x180]

Gabrielle Union is 40 years old????

[blogs.bet.com image 400x274]

WTF????


You sound old.
 
2013-02-26 08:25:35 PM  

LrdPhoenix: Carth: I always though they cast older actors to play high school students because regulations made it more difficult to work with people under 18 since they were limited in how often and how long they could work. Is that not the case?

Pretty much yeah.  Have to take care of their schooling and there are work hour restrictions and what not.  Plus it's difficult to find a kid with the brains, talent, and discipline to actually act effectively, which is precisely why when they do find one then you see them a lot after that since the pool of potential is so small.  Then as they get older and older, the pool gets bigger and bigger, and they either have to really have talent and step up their game to continue, or they wash out.


At least I know all these girls are actually teenagers:

blog.zap2it.com
 
2013-02-27 01:15:57 AM  
How I can tell I've hit my thirties: it was annoying to watch The Hunger Games because it was really obvious which of the tributes were actually teenagers and which were early-twenties actors/actresses pretending to be teenagers. If the whole cast had been roughly the same age, or at least all over eighteen or nineteen, it wouldn't have been as obvious, but mixing Hollywood teens and real teens was a mistake in that instance.
 
2013-02-27 09:08:13 AM  
List fails without:

tvseriesfinale.com
 
2013-02-27 02:03:10 PM  
RenownedCurator:  How I can tell I've hit my thirties: it was annoying to watch The Hunger Games because it was really obvious which of the tributes were actually teenagers and which were early-twenties actors/actresses pretending to be teenagers. If the whole cast had been roughly the same age, or at least all over eighteen or nineteen, it wouldn't have been as obvious, but mixing Hollywood teens and real teens was a mistake in that instance.

At least in the original Japanese version, called :Battle Royal", all the students looked like teenagers.
 
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