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Older actors playing young: Have you been fooled?

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If you’ve been watching the new season of 90210, then you’ve probably noticed Beverly Hills’ newest piece of eye candy, Teddy Montgomery, played by Days of Our Lives hunk Trevor Donovan (even his real name sounds like a soap name). Besides edging in on Navid and Adrianna’s love life, West Bev’s new guy is also entangled in Annie’s hit-and-run mess and will probably get even more involved, if last night’s episode was any indication.

A few weeks in and he’s already deep into the high school drama, which seems pretty standard for a former soap actor, but a quick IMDB search revealed that Donovan is way too old for these school time shenanigans. He’s 30 years old–turning 31 on Oct. 11!

I know older actors go young all the time (Gabrielle Cateris was 29 when the original 90210 debuted), but Donovan’s example sticks out to me. Perhaps it’s because he was locking lips with a not-even-21-yet Jessica Lowndes on last night’s episode, or maybe it’s because he looks so obviously more grown-up (see: chiseled looks) than the rest of the cast.

Either way, it makes me wonder how these 30-somethings like being around younger actors. Do they feel totally superior to their presumably less-experienced counterparts, or does it not matter, because it’s Hollywood, where youth is king anyway?

Have you noticed Teddy’s older-than-thou looks? Who are some other older actors who’ve played young? Which were believable and which were so bad they took you out of the  story?

Photo: Jaimie Trueblood/The CW