"Wow, Miranda's getting good! Maybe when she's thirty years old she can play a teenager on Dawson's Creek."
—Lizzie, [[Lizzie McGuire]
She's running away from home and she's only thirty!
Kent Brockman: Let's have a warm welcome for the stars of the popular teen soap opera, Springfield Heights 90210! He's cool, he's sexy, he's 34 years old! Say hello to Kyle Darren! (Darren smiles, obvious wrinkles show on his face)
— The Simpsons, "Marge vs. The Monorail"
These guys probably had sons the same age as their characters.
I don't think anyone in the casting department has ever seen a real teenager.
Principal: You're already repeating your senior year.
...there's no real age limit, although we cast age-appropriate
(meaning that an actor needs to be roughly the same age as the character he/she plays).
"Well, that depends. Do you believe two obvious 30-year-olds trying to play high school students is for real?"
"If the report is that the children are too old for their characters; then thatís ridiculous. Itís BEYOND ridiculous. The other show Iím a huge fan of right now is Pretty Little Liars. Some of the 16 year old characters on that show are LITERALLY 26 and 28 in real life. So the kids of Outnumbered ARE IN NO WAY TOO OLD FOR THEIR PARTS.
"Hollywood Secret: If you put a 30-year-old in a letterman jacket, he's 16 again."
— Vanessa Ramos, comedian/ comedy writer, via Twitter.