Should Actors/Actresses Be More Age Appropriate?

Evaluate the frequency in which older actors and actresses play the roles of younger characters (ex. high school students, college students, etc.) Is there any evidence that proves that impressionable adolescents model their expectations on the appearance of these actors and actresses? Could the maturation of teenager’s styles and preferences be linked to this trend? An example of movie that is guilty of this is ‘Mean Girls’.

  • It would also be interesting to look into people playing older characters, and how that skews our perception of aging. – chrischan 7 years ago
  • What should also be looked at is the "proven commodity" trend in hollywood that has led to a few other issues with representation. That trend being that studios only casting names with blockbusters under their belts rather than giving a fresh, more fitting face – Dominique Kollie 6 years ago
  • what could also be looked at is how this leads to the perception of adult subject matter. if someone looks older, is the audience more accepting of seeing them engage in "adult" behavior? is the audience out of touch with how old they actually are? – ninamicanovic 6 years ago
  • You might want to consider how age often means more experience as an actor or actress. Could that influence casting? However, to be fair, that idea may not always be accurate; there are some great young actors and actress in Game of Thrones, for example. – Laura Jones 6 years ago

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