You’ll Never Believe How Old These TV “Teens” Are In Real Life (28 Pics)

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I don’t know about you, but I always felt so awkward looking at the teens on screen when I was in high school myself. They were simply too perfect. Just look at Queen B from Gossip Girl, for example. How can a 16-year-old be so elegant and graceful? I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. I also haven’t seen Twilight’s Edward in my biology class either, and I seriously doubt that you have. While all those things might have been a little depressing back in the days, there’s no need to feel bad about it now. The truth is, these gorgeous teens were not gorgeous teens either – they were actually played by gorgeous twentysomethings!

So get some popcorn and scroll down for 14 actors to see their actual ages at the time when they were cast as “teenagers.”

#1. Robert Pattinson in “Twilight”

17 years old in the movie

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23 years old in real life

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#2. Shirley Henderson in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret

13 years old in the movie

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37 years in real life

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#3. Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future”

17 years old in the movie

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24 years old in real life

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#4. Shane West “A Walk to Remember”

18 years old in the movie

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24 years old in real life

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#5. Rachel McAdams in “Mean Girls”

18 years old in the movie

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26 years in real life

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#6. Jake Gyllenhaal in “The Day After Tomorrow”

17 years old in the movie

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24 years old in real life

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#7. Emma Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

17 years old in the movie

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22 years old in real life

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#8. Ian Somerhalder in “The Vampire Diaries”

24 years old in the movie

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31 years old in real life

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#9. Leighton Meester in “Gossip Girl”

16 years old in the movie

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22 years old in real life

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#10. Tobey Maguire in “Spider-Man”

15 years old in the movie

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27 years old in real life

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#11. Jennifer Grey in “Dirty Dancing”

17 years old in the movie

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27 years old in real life

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#12. Kevin Bacon in “Footloose”

17 years old in the movie

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26 years old in real life

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#13. Gabrielle Carteris in “Beverly Hills, 90210”

16 years old in the movie

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29 years old in real life

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#14. Channing Tatum in “Step up”

17 years old in the movie

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26 years old in real life

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