Some celebs have been out there in the public eye for years, so we assume they’re of a certain age when the sad reality is that they are way, way younger than we thought. Nothing makes us feel older than realizing how much older we are than celebs who are still, well, kids.
Maybe they got started as kids or maybe they just have a super mature appearance, but either way we’re left searching for crow’s feet in that dreaded magnifying mirror and wondering what happened to our 20s. Here are the celebs who are depressingly younger than we thought they were.
Lilo has been in her fair share of trouble since she got old enough to drive and date and all that dangerous stuff. The thing is, she’s been in the public eye for so long that it’s easy to think she’s a lot older than 31. Lindsay Lohan started modeling when she was 3 years old and was only 11 when The Parent Trap came out in 1988. After that, she had several box office hits… and then the trouble started.
She detailed her complicated relationship with her parents in a 2013 interview with Oprah, after several arrests, car accidents, and more. In 2016, she moved to London with her wealthy Russian boyfriend, Egor Tarabasov. More recently she celebrated her latest birthday in Greece, is planning a premium lifestyle site that will be an “all access pass” to her life and she has a film, The Shadow Within, in post-production, but it’s unclear as to whether it will be coming to theaters anytime soon. We wish the best for Lindsay, and hope her 30s are far less complicated than her 20s.
The young beauty from The Wolf of Wall Street is only 27, and was a young 22 when she appeared in the 2013 film. Since then, she’s been the toast of Hollywood, with starring roles in Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan, both in 2016. Her transformation has been truly remarkable and she’s widely lauded for her style. There is something worldly about the beautiful young star that makes her seem older.
In fact, in an August 2016 Vanity Fair article, Jerry Weintraub, the producer that helmed The Legend of Tarzan, was said to have spoken of Robbie like he did with stars “whose magnitude seems old-fashioned.” Maybe she’s just an old soul with a beautiful outer presence, but no way did we guess that she was only 27.
Kate Upton may not be the most popular star, but she’s certainly one of the prettiest. Only 25, she has appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition three times (the first occurred in 2012, on the heels of her small but noticeable role in 2011’s Tower Heist). She was on the most recent cover, appearing with such popular stars as Chrissy Teigen and Christie Brinkley.
The beauty spoke out against critique that her cover made her look “fat,” thanking the detractors for making her really think about her body and appreciate it, and recently she shared her workout and diet tips with Shape. Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition fans, especially, are probably surprised to find out she is only 25, and a little creeped out that she was barely legal the first time they saw her on the cover.
Good old Frodo isn’t actually very old. He’s on pretty much every listicle about celebs that never age, there is a whole game dedicated to whether or not you can guess “old Elijah” vs “young Elijah” (I only got six out of 12). He seems to never age. He has been in the public eye so long that it wouldn’t be hard to believe that he was 40 or older. In fact, Elijah Wood is only 36.
We may have first seen him in The Good Son, though he’d had smaller roles prior 1993, when he was just 12 years old. Since then, he’s been a popular and well-liked actor. Those baby blues and “why do guys get so lucky” eyelashes do give him a baby-faced appearance, which is why he’s played both young and timeless roles (ahem, Frodo). In truth, he’s barely old enough to be president. Most recently, he’s been tearing it up in BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a show based on a series of books by Douglas Adams.
Beyoncé Knowles is arguably one of the most famous, influential people in the world. At the young age of 35, she has a successful music career, has dabbled in acting, is the mother of three, and that’s not all. Her work as an activist includes actions for women’s rights, though she doesn’t want to be called a feminist, she’s spoken out against police brutality and she advocates protection for transgender students. Not too shabby for the former front woman of Destiny’s Child (when she was a mere baby of 16) and the young beauty who played Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember.