• Nicole Sherwin

You're Too Old For That!

The things you're way too old for, like playing a 16-year old high school student at 34.

Wouldn't even get ID'd at the bottle-o. Source: The Insider

This week, we put the question to our LAL Group, “What do you still do that you’re way too old for?”

There are more old actors playing teenagers in Hollywood then there are Jews (I can say that because I’m a Jew.) Rachel McAdams was 25 when she played Regina George in Mean Girls, Stockard Channing was 34 when she played Rizzo in Grease, Andrew Garfield was 29 when he played Peter Parker in Spiderman and for you Harry Potter nerds, Shirely Henderson was 36 when she played Moaning Myrtle. Honestly, playing a teenager as a 30-something is peak flattery.

Ask any casting director, or read a Teen Vogue article and get a quote from one like I did, and you’ll find that the reason that Hollywood cast older actors to play teens is because it’s a practicality. Child labour laws are a nightmare. There’s permits, insurance and you have to give them study time in-case that child acting career doesn’t pan out. Plus, older actors are simply more mature. Sure, those answers are convenient but I think after this week’s question to our LAL Group, “What do you still do that you’re way too old for?” I can safely conclude the real reason they hire older actors is to keep their audience safe from immoral/illegal thoughts. Because their audience isn’t just teenagers. It’s us, the elder millennial. By a landslide victory, the thing most of us do that we’re way too old for is watch/read anything with teenage main characters. Riverdale, OC, Looking For Alaska, Outer Banks, 13 Reasons Why, etc. So they hire older actors so that when we have sex dreams about Lucas Scott after watching eight episodes a day of ‘One Tree Hill’ in lockdown, they’re just making sure it’s legal.