Hopefully Lady Whistledown doesn’t read it, but actress Nicola Coughlan, 35, who plays Penelope Featherington on the series “Bridgeton,” isn’t 16 years old. So is Eloise Bridgerton, the same age, played by Claudia Jessie, 32. Is the fountain of youth at the queen’s tea? In Outer Banks, the protagonist Jhon B is a 16-year-old teenager who tries to unravel the mystery surrounding his father’s death. Actor Chase Stokes was 28 years old when he started recording, he is currently 29.
In “Never Have I Ever”, Paxton Hall-Yoshida is 17 years old, is the typical popular school boy, and charming. But some fans didn’t like to hear that actor Darren Barnet is 30 years old. The actress Ashleigh Murray, 34, was 29 when she was cast to play Josie in “Riverdale”. When actress Ardhen Cho, 36, played Kira in “Teen Wolf,” she was already in her 30s. But the character was still in high school. In the first season of “The Vampire Diaries”, the character Damon Salvatore was only 17 years old, while actor Ian Somerhalder, who played the vampire, was 31 years old.
Alexia Demie, 31, plays the iconic Maddy Perez in “Euphoria,” the popular 17-year-old and everyone’s darling. In the series, the character of Barbie Ferreira, 25, is the youngest, Kat Hernandez is only 16 years old. In “Elite”, Mina El Hammani, 28, played the role of Nádia in the first two seasons. A 16-year-old Muslim girl with a scholarship at Las Encinas School, who faces problems because of her social class, family and religion.
The choice of older actors to play teenagers is justified for several reasons, with a young cast it is sometimes not possible to have a continuation in the filming due to physical changes of the human body and voice changes. Another reason to select adults is the content rating, whether there are more intimate scenes or anything unsuitable for minors.