8 Older Actors Who Played Teens On TV

If you've ever watched a teen on television and thought to yourself, "That doesn't look like anyone that goes to my school." you're on to something. Because most teens on TV are actually played by older actors. Some of them are played by really, really older actors. Here's a look at some of the most geriatric adults to play TV teens EVER! Ok, they're not quite geriatric. BUT STILL!

 

Minka Kelly

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Minka was actually 26 when she started playing 16-year-old high school cheerleader, Lyla Garrity, on Friday Night Lights. So yeah....she's legal. Fortunately this makes a lot of wannabe pedos no longer pedos. Not that they ever stood a chance and it is still creepy to want to be a pedo. Maybe Minka's next acting gig can be as the girl who traps pervs on To Catch A Predator?  Is that show still on? I miss it so!

 

Cory Monteith

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Cory just turned 30. Which makes him 3 years younger than the dork who plays Mr. Shue. Normally it would be creepy that some old dude is trolling the halls of a high school looking to hook up with chicks. But the truth is, everyone on Glee is actually an adult. Which makes their dopey singing and dancing all the more embarrassing.

 

Charisma Carpenter

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Charisma was already 27 when she made her debut as high school mean girl, Cordelia Chase, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Which makes it even more disgusting that she slept with a teenaged Connor on Angel. I still haven't recovered from this relationship.  I don't care if she was possessed.

 

Paul Wesley

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Okay, technically he's like 160-something years old, but he turned vamp at age 17 so he's a teen, yo! But IRL dude is 30! This is why no high school guy you've ever seen will be as hot as this grown ass dude.  I feel the need to clarify, that I am totally Team Damon btw.  When does this show come back on? I need me some sexy Damon eyebrow acting NOW!

 

Bianca Lawson

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This Pretty Little Liars star has been playing teenagers since 1994!?! You know back when she was actually a teen. She is now 33-years-old (!?), and even though she looks good, I'm sure it's kind of sad to always have to play a teenager. Nah....JK. We need to all hate this chick for hoarding her secret fountain of youth. SHARE YOUR SECRETS, BIANCA!

 

Ben McKenzie

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Ben was 25 when he started his run as teenage delinquent, Ryan Atwood, on the OC. But what I really wanna know is when he's going to start his run as my real life boyfriend?  The only action I've gotten lately, is some Oliver Trask type dude sending me a DM on Twitter that said "UR HOT" and then sending me a picture of a cute bunny.  All of which would have been super-exciting coming from Ben McKenzie. Oliver Trask type dude? Not so much.

 

Keiko Agena

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Keiko was 27 when she started playing 16-year-old Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls.  Which makes me feel less guilty saying that I thought her band, Hep Alien, sucked.  And I think she's dumb for ever letting Dave go. Hello? He was played by Adam Brody! Who played Seth Cohen, the third hottest dude on the OC. After Ryan Atwood and Sandy Cohen of course. What can I say? I've got a thing for bushy eyebrows.

 

Jason Earles

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The dude in this pic, was like at least 29 when it was taken. That's almost as sad as still Kickin' It  as a Disney Channel star at the age of 35.  I mean come on! At least branch out to ABC Family or something!

Which one are you most surprised by? Let me know @desijedeikin or in the comments below!

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