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19th Feb '18 3:51:06 PM wolftickets1969
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* The 2018 5th Avenue Theatre production of ''Theatre/MammaMia'' featured Kendra Kassebaum as Donna Sheridan. Though Kendra was nearly the same age as her character (44-45), she [[OlderThanTheyLook looked at least 15 years younger]].
13th Feb '18 5:21:50 AM Naram-Sin
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** After being cast, Farrell told a friend that he would act opposite Jolie in his next film. The friend asked if there were many sex scenes between the two.
12th Feb '18 7:20:06 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/JeniferLewis has made a career out of playing the mothers of people she's only a few years older than. For example, in ''Film/ThePreachersWife'', she played the mother of Creator/WhitneyHouston, who is only 6 years younger than her.

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* Creator/JeniferLewis has made a career out of playing the mothers of people she's only a few years older than. For example, in ''Film/ThePreachersWife'', she played the mother of Creator/WhitneyHouston, Music/WhitneyHouston, who is only 6 years younger than her.
10th Feb '18 2:42:48 AM jormis29
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* On ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', Kaley Cuoco, who played Bridget Hennessey, was six years younger than her on-screen ''little'' sister Kerry, played by Amy Davidson. Justified because Kaley is taller, and hey, [[TeensAreShort shorter is younger]], right?

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* On ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', Kaley Cuoco, Creator/KaleyCuoco, who played Bridget Hennessey, was six years younger than her on-screen ''little'' sister Kerry, played by Amy Davidson. Justified because Kaley is taller, and hey, [[TeensAreShort shorter is younger]], right?
6th Feb '18 8:48:44 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* In ''Film/ILiveInFear'', Creator/MinoruChiaki plays the son of a foundry owner played by Creator/ToshiroMifune. Mifune was three years younger than Chiaki; he was 35 at the time, and Chiaki was 38.
27th Jan '18 3:53:44 AM jormis29
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* On ''Tyler Perry's House of Payne'', the character of Janine is played by Demetria [=McKinney=] who was born in 1981. Janine's son, Malik is played by Doc Shaw who was born in 1992. In addition, Allen Payne (C.J.) was born in 1968. Cassi Davis (Aunt Ella) was born in 1964, while Lavan Davis (Uncle Curtis) was born in 1966.

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* On ''Tyler ''[[Series/HouseOfPayne Tyler Perry's House of Payne'', Payne]]'', the character of Janine is played by Demetria [=McKinney=] who was born in 1981. Janine's son, Malik is played by Doc Shaw who was born in 1992. In addition, Allen Payne (C.J.) was born in 1968. Cassi Davis (Aunt Ella) was born in 1964, while Lavan Davis (Uncle Curtis) was born in 1966.
25th Jan '18 10:47:43 PM jormis29
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* Same for his friend Justin Roiland, who voiced both title characters on ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', the former being around eighty despite being only being his mid-30's making him only slightly younger than Sarah Chalke, who plays his daughter, and barely older than Spencer Grammar, who voices his granddaughter.

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* Same for his friend Justin Roiland, Creator/JustinRoiland, who voiced both title characters on ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', the former being around eighty despite being only being his mid-30's making him only slightly younger than Sarah Chalke, who plays his daughter, and barely older than Spencer Grammar, who voices his granddaughter.
12th Jan '18 9:35:54 PM despoa
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Closely related to HollywoodHomely. This is one way to [[InvertedTrope invert]] DawsonCasting, and is frequently a side effect of it (having a forty-year-old actress playing the mother of a teenager is perfectly plausible, but when the actor playing the teenager is 25, it becomes a problem.) Often overlaps with HollywoodOld, since it's usually impossible for a Hollywood Old character to have a [[DawsonCasting teenage]] or adult child without their (lack of) age difference becoming a Playing Gertrude. However, when both actors are middle-aged or older, it's easy to have a Playing Gertrude without either character being HollywoodOld. Contrast AgeLift, where the role is changed to make the actor's age appropriate for the role. See also AbsurdlyYouthfulMother, where a parent is or appears unusually young ''in-story'', as well as MumLooksLikeASister, where parent and child (typically mother and daughter) look like siblings instead.

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Closely related to HollywoodHomely.HollywoodHomely and a side effect of UnderageCasting. This is one way to [[InvertedTrope invert]] DawsonCasting, and is frequently a side effect of it (having a forty-year-old actress playing the mother of a teenager is perfectly plausible, but when the actor playing the teenager is 25, it becomes a problem.) Often overlaps with HollywoodOld, since it's usually impossible for a Hollywood Old character to have a [[DawsonCasting teenage]] or adult child without their (lack of) age difference becoming a Playing Gertrude. However, when both actors are middle-aged or older, it's easy to have a Playing Gertrude without either character being HollywoodOld. Contrast AgeLift, where the role is changed to make the actor's age appropriate for the role. See also AbsurdlyYouthfulMother, where a parent is or appears unusually young ''in-story'', as well as MumLooksLikeASister, where parent and child (typically mother and daughter) look like siblings instead.
12th Jan '18 6:56:08 PM nombretomado
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* ''KathAndKim'' has an interesting version of this. Kath is supposed to be in her 50s, though her actress is about a decade younger. Her daughter Kim is supposed to be in her mid-to-late 20s, but is played by an actress who is pushing 50.

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* ''KathAndKim'' ''Series/KathAndKim'' has an interesting version of this. Kath is supposed to be in her 50s, though her actress is about a decade younger. Her daughter Kim is supposed to be in her mid-to-late 20s, but is played by an actress who is pushing 50.
9th Jan '18 7:22:03 AM fearlessnikki
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Sometimes this trope can be forced by a movie that covers a long period of time. If we see the mother of a small child, and then see the child grow to adulthood, it's usually easier to cast a young woman as the mother and "age" her with makeup, [[NotAllowedToGrowOld if at all]], instead of the other way around.

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Sometimes this trope can be forced by a movie that covers a long period of time. If we see the mother of a small child, and then see the child grow to adulthood, it's usually easier to cast a young woman as the mother and "age" her with makeup, [[NotAllowedToGrowOld if at all]], instead of the other way around.
around. Some actors can be YoungerThanTheyLook and get cast as roles that are older than they are - Creator/JonHamm for instance talks about being twenty-five and auditioning to play fathers on {{Teen Drama}}s.

Appears quite often in voice acting too, since looks of course don't matter. Due to VocalDissonance, some voice actors can sound much older than they are (or younger). As rather a lot of animated children are voiced by adults with high-pitched voices, it's not uncommon for the actors to be the same age or even younger than those voicing their children.



* The original version of ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''. Creator/AngelaLansbury is almost exactly two years older than Laurence Harvey. Nowadays this often comes as a shock to people seeing the film for the first time, because of Lansbury's fame from ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' and how little she seems to have aged in between the two.
* Another Lansbury example: when she played Music/ElvisPresley's mother in ''Blue Hawaii'', she was only 9 years older than him.

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* Creator/AngelaLansbury in her youth was often cast as characters older than she was. She's been quoted as saying "Hollywood made me old before my time":
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The original version of ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''. Creator/AngelaLansbury is She's almost exactly two years older than Laurence Harvey. Nowadays this often comes as a shock to people seeing the film for the first time, because of Lansbury's fame from ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' and how little she seems to have aged in between the two.
* Another Lansbury example: when ** When she played Music/ElvisPresley's mother in ''Blue Hawaii'', she was only 9 years older than him.him.
** She played the Queen in the 1948 version of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''. Feeling she was too young for the role at 23, she asked to play Milady instead. But Lana Turner got that part.


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* Creator/JenniferLawrence in something of a RunningGag whenever she works with David O Russell:
** ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' - Tiffany has already been married for years. The actress's age? Twenty-one. The part was written for Anne Hathaway, who was late twenties.
** ''Film/AmericanHustle'' - she's the mother to an eight-year-old and her real life counterpart was in her forties at the time of the ABSCAM. It is implied that Rosalyn was something of a trophy wife, but Danny's age muddies things. Jennifer was twenty-three.
** ''{{Film/Joy}}'' has her at twenty-five playing Joy Mangano who was already in her thirties when the events took place. She also has two children. Joy had a third in real life, but this was possibly cut because the twenty-five-year-old actress probably wouldn't be believable as a single mother of three.
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