9 Teen Movie Moms Who Were Way Too Young to Parent Their On-Screen Kid
Not sure if you’ve heard, people — but Hollywood can be incredibly sexist. Not ONLY have certain actresses found that they were being paid less than their male co-stars (like Jennifer Lawrence in her Academy Award-nominated film, American Hustle), but a lot of the times young celebrity women are asked to play the romantic other-half of old AF actors… and once they hit a certain age they’re told THEY are “too old” to portray a love interest. Because of this inequality, it means that guys are playing characters a lot younger than they are IRL and gals are playing characters a lot older than they are, which can mean some funky looking parent-child relationships on the screen.
While we can blame sexism for some of these wonky mother-child duos, part of it also just must be that the casting directors DGAF about the genuine age of an actor/actress, they just care about the looks and the star-status that a celeb can bring to a film or television show. We’ve shown you Teen TV moms who are way too young to be the parent to their on-screen kid (and the dad-edition, too!) but it happens all the time in movies, too! Check out the 9 Female Movie Stars Who Had Ridiculously Small Age-Differences with Their Movie Kid.
Amy Poehler in Mean Girls
On-Screen Child: Rachel McAdams
Age Difference: 7 years
While it literally brings us physical pain to dole out any type of criticism on one of the most beloved teen films in history, we gotta be honest: there was some silliness when it came to casting here. Amy, at age 32, having a daughter who is a junior in high school would be a little *scandalous* in the first place. Combined with the fact that Regina Ge— er, Rachel was actually ten years older than her Mean Girls character, it actually makes more sense for them to be siblings rather than a mother-daughter duo.
Photo: Paramount Pictures