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actors in their 20s who played high schoolers

You might be surprised.

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In Dear Evan Hansen, Platt plays 17-year-old Evan Hansen, though he’s 27. Before the movie’s release, critics questioned if he looks like a convincing teen. 

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While filming season 1 of The Vampire Diaries, Dobrev was 20 years old playing 17-year-old Elena Gilbert.

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Regina George. McAdams played the 17-year-old queen bee in Mean Girls at age 26.

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Sprouse isn’t like the other boys. He played 16-year-old misfit Jughead Jones on CW’s Riverdale at 24 years old.

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Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Grey was a decade older than her 17-year-old character in the 1980s flick Dirty Dancing.

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In Netflix’s Never Have I Ever — season 2 out now! — a 29-year-old Barnet played love interest 17-year-old Paxton Hall-Yoshida.

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Though John B. was 17 years old in Outer Banks season 1, IRL Stokes is 27.

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While Union’s character Isis in Bring It On was a senior in high school, Union herself was 27 years old during filming.

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None of the Euphoria teens are, well, teens. Zendaya’s character Rue on Euphoria was 17, but Zendaya was actually 22 in season 1. Not too far off, though.

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Fans assumed Demie was in her early 20s like the rest of the cast, but when Euphoria premiered in 2019, she was 29 years old. 

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The 1998 show Dawson’s Creek featured 29-year-old Monroe as 17-year-old Andie McPhee.

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13 Reasons Why — a show about teens for teens. But Butler was 27 playing 18-year-old Zach.

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She’s played the part of many teenage girls, including 16-year-old Maya St. Germain in Pretty Little Liars. Lawson was 31 years old at the time. Our ageless queen!

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