*Phew* I thought I was just ugly at 16.
You *may* have noticed that movies and TV shows don’t usually cast real teenagers.
But what would these classic movies and films look like if they actually *did* use teenage actors?
To that end, here are 24 actors who played teenagers and how they actually looked at the age of their characters!
Leonardo DiCaprio playing a 17-year-old in Catch Me If You Can
Leonardo DiCaprio as an actual 17-year-old
Lili Reinhart playing a 16-year-old on Riverdale
Lili Reinhart as an actual 16-year-old
Gabrielle Union playing a teenager in Bring it On
Gabrielle Union as an actual teenager
Jennifer Lawrence playing a 16-year-old in The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence as an actual 16-year-old
Liam Hemsworth playing a teenager in The Hunger Games
Liam Hemsworth as an actual teenager
Cole Sprouse playing a 16-year-old on Riverdale
Cole Sprouse as an actual 16-year-old
Kerry Washington playing a teenager in Save The Last Dance
Kerry Washington as an actual teenager
Dylan O’Brien playing a 16-year-old in The Maze Runner
Dylan O’Brien as an actual 16-year-old:
Lucy Hale playing a 16-year-old on Pretty Little Liars
Lucy Hale as an actual 16-year-old
Timothée Chalamet playing a 17-year-old in Call Me By Your Name
Timothée Chalamet as an actual 17-year-old
Harry Shum Jr. playing a teenager on Glee
Asa Butterfield playing a teenager on Sex Education
Asa Butterfield as an actual teenager
Haley Lu Richardson playing a teenager in Unpregnant
Haley Lu Richardson as an actual teenager
Alisha Boe playing a 16-year-old on 13 Reasons Why
Alisha Boe as an actual 16-year-old
Darren Criss playing a high schooler on Glee
Darren Criss as an actual high schooler
James Van Der Beek playing a 16-year-old on Dawson’s Creek
James Van Der Beek as an actual 16-year-old
Joshua Jackson playing a 15-year-old on Dawson’s Creek
Joshua Jackson as an actual 15-year-old
Greta Onieogou playing a teenager on All American
Greta Onieogou as an actual teenager
Zendaya playing a teenager on Euphoria
Zendaya as an actual teenager
Thomas Brodie-Sangster playing a teenager in The Maze Runner
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as an actual teenager
Saoirse Ronan playing a teenager in Lady Bird
Saoirse Ronan as an actual teenager
Sarah Michelle Gellar playing a 15-year-old on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sarah Michelle Gellar as an actual 15-year-old
Michelle Trachtenberg playing a 16-year-old on Gossip Girl
Michelle Trachtenberg as an actual 16-year-old
And finally, Emma Stone playing a high schooler in The Amazing Spider-Man
And Emma Stone as an actual high schooler
Which of these were most surprising? Do you feel better about your teenage self now? Let me know in the comments!
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