We can’t bear to let another Tuesday roll by without addressing the thing that bugs us every week as we watch 90210: One of the dudes on the show looks like he could have fathered the 16-year-old he’s playing. Sorry, but we just don’t buy him as a high-schooler. We know why, too — it’s because he’s 31 in real life. He’s not the only case of “dudes way too old to be playing teenagers” playing teenagers on television. Here’s our list of some of the most egregious examples:
Trevor Donovan, 90210
Age Playing: 16
The Andrea Zuckerman memorial spot (a.k.a. someone playing way below their actual age) was previously held by Michael Steger, who plays the dorky newspaper editor Navid at age 29, but Trevor took over the job when he joined the cast at the beginning of the season. We don’t know what’s more obvious: the fact that he’s a head taller than everyone else, the fact that that he looks like a Ken doll come to life, or the fact that looks about a decade older than his castmates, especially 25-year-old Ryan Eggold, who’s supposed to be playing his teacher.
Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, Glee
Ages Playing: 16
Sure, the Glee hotties are swoonworthy for women (and men) of all ages. But when they’re eight years older than costar Chris Colfer, who was born in 1990 and is already two years out of high school himself, the believability factor plummets.
Taylor Kitsch, Friday Night Lights
Age Playing: 18
At least Timmy Riggins finally graduated from high school, but the fact that we’re supposed to buy Taylor Kitsch as an 18-year-old is completely insane. If Friday Night Lights weren’t such a perfect show otherwise, we’d say it takes away from the FNL experience. But it doesn’t.
Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries
Age Playing: 17
Granted, his character, Stefan Salvatore, is actually supposed to be 200-something years old, but he’s passing himself off as a high school student since he was turned into a vampire as a teen. Funny, but we didn’t know so many completely ripped, manly dudes as teenagers. And while we’re at it, let’s not forget that Stefan’s older brother, Damon, is supposed to be a year or two older — so therefore still high school-aged — but is played by 31-year-old Ian Somerhalder.