While it's certainly naive to think that everything we see in the movies is real, some of the lies they pull off are really impressive. Like the actual age gaps between some of the actors who play parent and child. Take Heath Ledger and Kate Mara in Brokeback Mountain, for example. At the time of producing the movie, Ledger was 25 and Mara was 21. Yet their portrayal of Ennis and Alma Jr. was totally believable!

And this isn't a one-time thing; it happens more than you're probably aware of. But don't worry, Bored Panda is here to open your eyes. We have compiled a list of on-screen relatives with ridiculous real-life age differences, so sit back, continue scrolling, and you'll have a better understanding of Hollywood in no time.

#1

Estelle Getty Was Actually Younger Than Bea Arthur When She Played Her Mom In Golden Girls

Estelle Getty Was Actually Younger Than Bea Arthur When She Played Her Mom In Golden Girls

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Marc
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3 months ago

Honestly, I didn't know that. Interesting...

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But wait, there's more awkwardness when it comes to co-stars playing each other's relatives. For instance, they may end up having to work with people who have dated their exes. Weird, right? But I've got something even spicier. How about portraying family members with someone you actually date in real life!

It may sound unnatural to us but these are top-class professionals we're talking about and they have no problem with it. Georgia Moffett and David Tennant were daughter and father in Dr. Who but they started dating and even got married in 2011!

Also, Chris Pratt dated Emily VanCamp.These two secretly got together when they started to work together on Everwood, playing brother and sister but broke up after a couple of years together.

#2

Angelina Jolie Was Colin Farrell's Mom In Alexander, But In Reality They’re Only A Year Apart

Angelina Jolie Was Colin Farrell's Mom In Alexander, But In Reality They’re Only A Year Apart

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Silas O'Connell
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3 months ago

Come on, not a wrinkle to be found! They might as well be twins!

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There's also a really meta example of these types of interesting relationship dynamics. Arrested Development was a show that had numerous references to incest and one time, the showrunners actually used a brother and sister duo to portray potential lovers.

In the episode "Family Ties", Michael Bluth (played by Jason Bateman) believes that he has another sister named Nellie (Justine Bateman). After going through the Bluth Company's old computer files, Michael finds a number for a girl with such a name. He believes this girl to be his long lost sister, but she is actually a prostitute who works for his father.

Michael hires Nellie for the Bluth Company, while unaware of her true profession, and eventually Nellie leads Michael to a hotel where she admits that she is attracted to him. So throughout the episode, Justine had to go on dinner dates with her real-life brother Jason, admit she was attracted to him and have him ask her to marry her at the end.

My point is this: When the chemistry between the actors is good, when the characters are well-developed and the make-up is spot-on, who cares if the stars are of a similar age or have a thing going on in real life? If it works, it works.

#3

Sally Field Was Tom Hanks's Mom In Forrest Gump. However, She's Just 10 Years Older Than Him, And Even Played His Love Interest In Punchline A Few Years Earlier

Sally Field Was Tom Hanks's Mom In Forrest Gump. However, She's Just 10 Years Older Than Him, And Even Played His Love Interest In Punchline A Few Years Earlier

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Silas O'Connell
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3 months ago

Watched this movie the other day, couldn't help but notice all the "old lady makeup" caked onto her face.

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#4

When She Starred In This Is Us, Mandy Moore (36) Was Younger Than All Of The Actors Who Played Her Children

When She Starred In This Is Us, Mandy Moore (36) Was Younger Than All Of The Actors Who Played Her Children

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Pamela24
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3 months ago

In this instance, it made sense, though...considering how much she was jumping throughout the timeline.

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#5

In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher Played Meryl Streep's Mom Even Though She Was Only Three Years Older Than Her Co-Star

In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher Played Meryl Streep's Mom Even Though She Was Only Three Years Older Than Her Co-Star

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Marc
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3 months ago

Well, let's put it this way - Most of Cher's parts are not 72, while Meryl Streep has probably aged more gracefully.

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#6

In Mean Girls, Amy Poehler Is Only Seven Years Older Than Her Daughter, Rachel Mcadams

In Mean Girls, Amy Poehler Is Only Seven Years Older Than Her Daughter, Rachel Mcadams

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Sarcastic Panda
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3 months ago (edited)

maybe its because in the film she'd had loads of plastic surgery?

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#7

The Actors Who Played Father And Son In "Blue Bloods", Tom Selleck And Len Cariou, Have An Age Difference Of Just Six Years

The Actors Who Played Father And Son In "Blue Bloods", Tom Selleck And Len Cariou, Have An Age Difference Of Just Six Years

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Sum Guy
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3 months ago

Tom Sellleck doesn't look 75

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#8

Johnny Depp Is Five Years Older Than His Movie Mom In "Blow", Rachel Griffiths

Johnny Depp Is Five Years Older Than His Movie Mom In "Blow", Rachel Griffiths

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Silas O'Connell
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3 months ago (edited)

Siblings! Siblings, I say!

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#9

Father And Son In Supernatural, Jeffrey Dean Morgan And Jensen Ackles, Were Born Just 12 Years Apart

Father And Son In Supernatural, Jeffrey Dean Morgan And Jensen Ackles, Were Born Just 12 Years Apart

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JuJu
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3 months ago

Oh no! Next you're telling me that neither JDM nor Jensen Ackles are real-life demon hunters!!!!!! This whole post is redundant.

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#10

In Jane The Virgin, Andrea Navedo Is Only Seven Years Older Than Her Daughter, Gina Rodriguez

In Jane The Virgin, Andrea Navedo Is Only Seven Years Older Than Her Daughter, Gina Rodriguez

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Biljana Malesevic
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3 months ago

It's pretty obvious from the start Andrea is too young to play mother of anyone older than 12. It really annoyed me in this series, they think we wouldn't notice?

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#11

"Flicka's" Main Character, Katy, Is Supposed To Be A Teenager. But The Actress, Alison Lohman, Was 27 At The Time, Making Her Just 13 Years Younger Than Her Movie Dad, Played By Tim Mcgraw

"Flicka's" Main Character, Katy, Is Supposed To Be A Teenager. But The Actress, Alison Lohman, Was 27 At The Time, Making Her Just 13 Years Younger Than Her Movie Dad, Played By Tim Mcgraw

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Simzabandz
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3 months ago

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13 YEAR OLDS GET GIRLS PREGNANT!!!

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#12

In Brokeback Mountain, The Age Difference Between Heath Ledger And Kate Mara Playing Father And Daughter Was Just Four Years

In Brokeback Mountain, The Age Difference Between Heath Ledger And Kate Mara Playing Father And Daughter Was Just Four Years

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Silas O'Connell
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3 months ago

But hey, he has Sideburns so he has to be old, right?

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#13

Elizabeth Rodriguez And Dascha Polanco Played Mother And Daughter In Orange Is The New Black, But In Real Life There's Less Than A Two-Year Age Gap Between Them

Elizabeth Rodriguez And Dascha Polanco Played Mother And Daughter In Orange Is The New Black, But In Real Life There's Less Than A Two-Year Age Gap Between Them

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Marc
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3 months ago

I miss that show...

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#14

In Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, The Age Difference Between Sean Connery And Harrison Ford Is 12 Years

In Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, The Age Difference Between Sean Connery And Harrison Ford Is 12 Years

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Andrew Gibb
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3 months ago

RIP Sean

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#15

Bryce Dallas Howard Played Taron Egerton's Mom In Rocketman, But There's Only An Eight-Year Difference Between Them

Bryce Dallas Howard Played Taron Egerton's Mom In Rocketman, But There's Only An Eight-Year Difference Between Them

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Silas O'Connell
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3 months ago

LACIE POUND!

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#16

Daughter And Mother: Janet Hubert And Karyn Parsons In The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Daughter And Mother: Janet Hubert And Karyn Parsons In The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

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King Joffrey
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3 months ago

Yes but the thing with Janet Hubert is that she doesn't look much older now that she's 65.

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#17

Winona Ryder Is Only Six Years Older Than Zachary Quinto, And She Played His Mother In The 2009 Star Trek

Winona Ryder Is Only Six Years Older Than Zachary Quinto, And She Played His Mother In The 2009 Star Trek

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Saint Thomas
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3 months ago

This one kind of makes sense 'in universe', since Vulcans have a very long lifespan. Mother and son could look more or less the same age, even with a gap of 20/30 years.

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#18

Constance Marie Is Only Four Years Older Than Jennifer Lopez But She Played Her Mother In Selena

Constance Marie Is Only Four Years Older Than Jennifer Lopez But She Played Her Mother In Selena

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Silas O'Connell
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3 months ago

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Okay, here is one of the only ones that realistically looks like a mom, probably because of good makeup/CGI.

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#19

In The 2019 Film "Glass," Charlayne Woodard Plays The Mother Of Samuel L. Jackson's Character, Elijah (Aka Mr. Glass). The Only Problem Is That, At 66, She's Five Years Younger Than 71-Year-Old Jackson

In The 2019 Film "Glass," Charlayne Woodard Plays The Mother Of Samuel L. Jackson's Character, Elijah (Aka Mr. Glass). The Only Problem Is That, At 66, She's Five Years Younger Than 71-Year-Old Jackson

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

Is there any movie SLJ isn't in?

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#20

Mother And Son: Julia Roberts & Ryan Reynolds In Fireflies In The Garden

Mother And Son: Julia Roberts & Ryan Reynolds In Fireflies In The Garden

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Andrew Gibb
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3 months ago

Julia Roberts has aged gracefully

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#21

Father And Son: John Noble And Sean Bean In The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

 Father And Son: John Noble And Sean Bean In The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

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King Joffrey
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3 months ago

True but John Noble always looked older than his age. I'm more shocked how young David Wenham looks in that photo... well, actually I can't believe the film is 20 years old...

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#22

Cuba Gooding Jr. And Laurence Fishburne In 'Boyz N The Hood'

Cuba Gooding Jr. And Laurence Fishburne In 'Boyz N The Hood'

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Laurence Fishburne has always looked much older than he is. He was only 14 in Apocalypse Now but passed as much older to get the role.

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#23

In Six Feet Under, Frances Conroy And Peter Krause Play Mother And Son, But They’re Only Separated By 12 Years

In Six Feet Under, Frances Conroy And Peter Krause Play Mother And Son, But They’re Only Separated By 12 Years

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Unwelcome guest
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3 months ago

Pretty common in the funeral business

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#24

Mother And Son: Mary Steenburgen & Will Ferrell In Step Brothers

Mother And Son: Mary Steenburgen & Will Ferrell In Step Brothers

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Lisa
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3 months ago

the outtakes from Stepbrothers is just great, especially Mary's scenes.

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#25

In "Footloose," The Stodgy Town Reverend, Played By John Lithgow, Is Only 12 Years Older Than His Fictional Daughter, Played By Lori Singer

In "Footloose," The Stodgy Town Reverend, Played By John Lithgow, Is Only 12 Years Older Than His Fictional Daughter, Played By Lori Singer

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Lily Mae Kitty
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3 months ago

I love him!

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#26

In Prodigal Son, Bellamy Young (50) And Michael Sheen (51) Are Only 12 And 13 Years Older Than Tom Payne (38), Who Plays Their Son

In Prodigal Son, Bellamy Young (50) And Michael Sheen (51) Are Only 12 And 13 Years Older Than Tom Payne (38), Who Plays Their Son

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Christopher Walkies
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3 months ago

I'm way more bothered by the complete misuse of the term 'Prodigal Son' in the series title. Prodigal. I do not think this word means what you think it means.

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#27

Wesley Was Already 27 When He Was Cast As Stefan In "The Vampire Diaries." Stefan's Mother, Also A Vampire, Is Played By Annie Wersching, Who Is Only Six Years Older Than Wesley

Wesley Was Already 27 When He Was Cast As Stefan In "The Vampire Diaries." Stefan's Mother, Also A Vampire, Is Played By Annie Wersching, Who Is Only Six Years Older Than Wesley

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ADHORTATOR
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3 months ago

Well, Vampires don't age,....

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#28

Michael J. Fox And Lea Thompson Are The Same Age — Even Though Fox's Character In "Back To The Future" Is Thompson's Son. Her Older Look Was Achieved With Facial Prosthetics

Michael J. Fox And Lea Thompson Are The Same Age — Even Though Fox's Character In "Back To The Future" Is Thompson's Son. Her Older Look Was Achieved With Facial Prosthetics

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N G
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3 months ago

Kinda necessary for the plot though, given that most of the movie takes place when his parents are his age.

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#29

Lorne Greene Was Only Seven Years Older Than Ava Gardner, Who Played His Daughter In This 1974 Disaster Film

Lorne Greene Was Only Seven Years Older Than Ava Gardner, Who Played His Daughter In This 1974 Disaster Film

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Unwelcome guest
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3 months ago

Pretty common in disaster movies

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#30

In Blue Bloods, Len Cariou Plays Tom Selleck’s Father, Even Though There Is Only A Six-Year Difference In Age, With Cariou Being 81 And Selleck Being 75

In Blue Bloods, Len Cariou Plays Tom Selleck’s Father, Even Though There Is Only A Six-Year Difference In Age, With Cariou Being 81 And Selleck Being 75

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Bruce Scheiman
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3 months ago

Wasn't this one already on there?

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