It is no news that actors that are usually cast for teenage roles or younger ones are usually older than the character’s real age. Well, this is not just the case for young roles, but even when it comes to the parent-child relationship in movies. Some of these actors in real life are just a few years apart but totally look like parent-child in these movies.

1. Glass

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

In the 2019 movie titled Glass, the seasoned actress Charlayne Woodard was cast as the mother of Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). Thanks to special effects, she looks completely like she is way older than him, but in real life, she is five years younger than him!

2. Mamma Mia

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

Let's look at the high-budget musical movie Mamma Mia. In real life, the seasoned actresses Cher and Meryl Streep, who played a mother and a daughter respectively, are just three years apart.

3. Mean Girls

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

Even with the classic high school movie Mean Girls which was released in 2004, the popular Rachel McAdams who was a high school student in the movie was 26 at the time, while her "mom", Amy Poehler, seven years older than her.

4. Alexander

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

The directors of the epic movie Alexander were definitely wilding when they made the action star Angelina Jolie, who was 29 years of age at the time, the mother of a 28-year-old Colin Farrell.

5. Gilmore Girls

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

When the show Gilmore Girls came on, fans totally loved the sister relationship between the supposed mother and daughter Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham. In the movie, they are 15 years apart, but in real life – just 6.

6. Vampire Diaries

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

In the Vampire world, anything can happen, and nobody ages, so it makes sense that Stefan Salvatore, played by Paul Wesley, and his onscreen mom Lily Salvatore, played by Annie Wersching, are just six years apart.

7. Star Trek

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

Another 6-year real age gap between a mother and a son is the one between Spock and his mom from the Star Trek movie, played by Zachary Quinto and Winona Ryder respectively.

8. Pretty Little Liars

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

For a series titled Pretty Little Liars, it is pretty much expected that the turnout of events would be an intricate web of lies, even down to the casting.

Lesley Fera, who played the mother to Spencer Hastings, was just 14 years older than her on-screen daughter. And Troian Bellisario, who was acting as a high school student, was 24 at the time.

9. Gossip Girl

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

We are not surprised that the mother-daughter duo of Kelly Rutherford and Blake Lively in the popular series Gossip Girl is only 19 years apart in real life, as their characters in the movie, Serena and Lily Van Der Woodsen, looked exactly their ages.

10. Riding In Cars With Boys

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

The Riding In Cars With Boys movie definitely took us on a ride when the actress Drew Barrymore played the mother of Adam Garcia with just two years between them. Apparently, Adam’s role was for a ten years younger person, but he surely looked the part.

11. Footloose

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

As for the law upholding Reverend in the movie Footloose, which was bodied by John Lithgow, he might look like he can totally birth his fictional daughter, Lori Singer. However, he is actually just 12 years older than her.

12. Blow

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

12 Movies Where Fictional Parent-Child Age Differences Are Totally Unreal - RJ

Another reverse case is the one from the 2001 movie Blow. Here, Rachel Griffiths played the mother of the actor, Johnny Depp, while she is in fact five years younger than him. Of course, the makeup team had her covered.

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