15 Actors Who Were Cast As Parents Either Really Young Or With A Super Weird Age Gap Between Their On-Screen Kids

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1.Amy Poehler played June George (Regina's iconic mom) in Mean Girls.

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During filming, she was 32 while Rachel McAdams was 25 – just seven years younger than Amy!

Amy helping Rachel with her back brace

2.In Spy Kids, Carla Gugino played Ingrid Cortez, mom to Carmen and Juni.

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When the movie came out, she was only 29. Daryl Sabara, who played Juni, was 9 when he filmed the movie while Alexa PenaVega, who played Carmen, was 13.

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3.In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Janet Hubert played Aunt Viv for the first three seasons.

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When the show premiered, Janet was 34, but her onscreen daughter, Karyn Parsons, was only 10 years younger than her.

Aunt Viv and Hilary
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4.In Schitt's Creek, Jennifer Robertson played Jocelyn Schitt, the mayor's wife.

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When the show came out, she was 43. Tim Rozon, who played her son Mutt, is only five years younger than her.

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5.In the movie Joy, Jennifer Lawrence starred as Joy Mangano, an inventor with two kids.

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During filming, she was just 24 while portraying a 34-year-old, since the real-life Joy was 34 at the time.

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6.Andrea Navedo played Xiomara Villanueva in Jane the Virgin.

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When the show began filming, Andrea was 36, but she's only seven years older than Gina Rodriguez, who plays Jane.

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7.In Alexander, Angelina Jolie played Queen Olympias, mother to Alexander the Great.

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She was 29 when the movie was released while Colin Farrell, who plays her son, was 28. He's only 11 months younger than her!

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8.In The Cosby Show, Phylicia Rashad played Clair Huxtable.

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When the show came out, she was 36 – playing a mom of five kids, with one being a sophomore in college.

side by side of Phylicia and the show's kids
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9.In Orange Is the New Black, Elizabeth Rodriguez played Aleida Diaz (Daya's mom).

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When the show premiered, she was 32. Dascha Polanco, who played her daughter, is only two years younger than her!

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10.Toni Collette played Sheryl Hoover (Olive's and Dwayne's mom) in Little Miss Sunshine.

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When filming began, she was only 32 while Paul Dano, who plays her teenage son, was 21.

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11.Anne Bancroft played Mrs. Robinson, the "older woman" in The Graduate.

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She was 36 when the movie released. Katharine Ross, who played her daughter, is just 9 years younger than her.

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12.Charlayne Woodard played Mrs. Price (Elijah's mom) in M. Night Shyamalan's Glass.

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During filming, she was 63. She's actually five years younger than Samuel L. Jackson, who played her son!

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13.In The Nanny, Ann Morgan Guilbert played Yetta, Fran's grandmother and Sylvia's mother.

Yetta playing poker
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When the show came out, she was only 65. Renée Taylor, who played Sylvia, is just four and a half years younger than Ann.

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14.Belita Moreno played Benny (George's mom) in the George Lopez show.


She was 52 when the show came out. She's just 11 years older than George.

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15.And finally, Estelle Getty played Sophia Petrillo in Golden Girls. She went through an extensive makeup process and wore a white wig in order to look 80.

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She was 62 when the show premiered. Estelle was actually a year younger than Bea Arthur, who played her daughter!

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Can you think of any other actors with weird age gaps? LMK in the comments below!