By Hillary Busis
February 08, 2013 at 05:01 AM EST
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The Following features a lot of scary imagery — the word “NEVERMORE” scrawled in blood on a wall, those creepy Edgar Allan Poe masks, oodles and oodles of gouged-out eyeballs. But the spookiest thing about the show may be its star — whose face in 2013 is almost as boyish as it was when he starred in Footloose nearly three decades ago.

What can explain Bacon’s immortal looks — good genes? An all-kale diet? Is he secretly a vampire, maybe? Whatever the cause, he’s not alone — Hollywood is filled with folks who never seem to age. Here’s a list of the top 11; let’s hope they share the secret to eternal life with the rest of us someday.

Immortal star: Kevin Bacon

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Age in first photo: 27

Age in second photo: 54

Verdict: Maybe the lower your Bacon Number, the closer you are to immortality. Bacon’s number, naturally, is the lowest of them all.

NEXT PAGE: Grow up? As if!

Immortal star: Stacey Dash

Age in first photo: 33 (it was taken the day after her birthday)

Age in second photo: 44

Verdict: Clueless writer/director Amy Heckerling’s latest movie is about a pair of eternally hot, BFF bloodsuckers — and it’s not a stretch to think that she might have been inspired by Dash’s supernaturally unlined face.

NEXT PAGE: Mission: Unageable

Immortal star: Tom Cruise

Age in first photo: 39

Age in second photo: 49

Verdict: Say what you will about Cruise’s personal life, but the guy must be doing something right.

NEXT PAGE: Staying young forever? It’s Elementary

Immortal star: Lucy Liu

Age in first photo: 32

Age in second photo: 43

Verdict: Of course she’s ageless — she’s an Angel, after all.

NEXT PAGE: Uncle Jesse is forever young

Immortal star: John Stamos

Age in first photo: 38

Age in second photo: 48

Verdict: Search Stamos’s attic, and I guarantee you’ll find a moldering portrait of a grotesque old man.

NEXT PAGE: From whiz kid to timeless beauty

Immortal star: Diane Lane

Age in first photo: 36

Age in second photo: 46

Verdict: Did she suck just a little life out of Richard Gere while filming Unfaithful?

NEXT PAGE: An immutable Fresh Prince

Immortal star: Will Smith

Age in first photo: 33

Age in second photo: 44

Verdict: Theory: Men In Black 3 was real, and the man we all think is Will Smith is actually Agent J’s time-traveling younger self. It’d make as much sense as that ending.

NEXT PAGE: Hollaback girl, until the end of time

Immortal star: Gwen Stefani

Age in first photo: 31

Age in second photo: 42

Verdict: She’s really a well-dressed ageless goddess, underneath it all.

NEXT PAGE: Even more youthful than Dermot Mulroney

Immortal star: Dylan McDermott

Age in first photo: 38

Age in second photo: 50

Verdict: 50 years old?! No way. He’s either 35 or 350; there is no middle ground.

NEXT PAGE: A beautiful mutant, and we mean that in a good way

Immortal star: Halle Berry

Age in first photo: 35

Age in second photo: 45

Verdict: As Catwoman, she had nine lives. In real life, she may have even more.

NEXT PAGE: This ex-Brat Packer abides

Immortal star: Rob Lowe

Age in first photo: 37

Age in second photo: 48

Verdict: He literally stopped getting older after working in The West Wing.

Thinking of any unsettlingly ageless stars we left out? Give them a shout-out in the comments.

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