Elizabeth Rodriguez and Dascha Polanco play a pair of mother-daughter inmates at the same prison, which we’re pretty sure don’t happen in real life, but whatever.
Despite playing mother and daughter – and even allowing for an early birth from Rodriguez’s character, Aleida – it seems unlikely that the characters are the actresses’ ages, seeing as how Rodriguez is just under two years older than Polanco. Some people just look older, and some just look younger. We do wonder if this changes the acting dynamically.
Cordelia Chase and Jenny Calendar in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
As we've seen, it's incredibly common to get some ages mixed up while casting. A thirty-year-old might have the look of a teenager; a twenty-year-old might end up a preteen. It happens. One interesting tidbit comes to us from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” involving the characters Cordelia Chase (played by Charisma Carpenter) and Jenny Calendar (played by Robia Scott).
Jenny was Chase's teacher in high school, and while Scott is older than Carpenter, they were not only born in the same year, 1970, but Scott is only sixteen days older. Both actresses were born in July.
Teddy Montgomery and His Girlfriends in “90210”
The original show cleared the path, and the revival show is walking it. Trevor Donovan, who played Teddy Montgomery in “90210” from 2009 to 2013, was only about a month from turning thirty-one when he started playing a junior in high school on the show, which was so incredibly obvious to anyone who watched the show.
If you watched the show, no doubt you remember Teddy as a player, meaning that Jessica Lowndes, who played Adrianna, and Jessica Stroup, who played Silver, were getting some on-screen action with a guy who was almost ten years their senior.
Alan Ruck and Brian Cox on "Succession"
HBO is known for its high-quality content and cutting-edge drama shows they produce. First airing in 2018, "Succession" is no different. The hit series follows the happenings in a wealthy family when the patriarch decides to retire from the very business that makes the family so wealthy, resulting in the rest of the family fighting for power.
The patriarch is portrayed by accomplished actor Brian Cox, and the eldest son engaged in the power play is played by the fantastic Alan Ruck. While on-screen, their father-son relationship leaves no room for doubt, looking at the men's real-life ages will take away some of the credibility as they are only eleven years apart.
George Lopez and Belita Moreno on "George Lopez"
Created by comedian George Lopez, the sitcom "George Lopez" depicts the life of an LA factory worker and his family, which includes his wife and two children, among others. Among those "others," you can find Benita (Benny) Lopez, George's mother, who is played by the delightful Belita Moreno.
Moreno's character is not without flaws (her inability to keep away from certain beverages is one example), but there is a casting flaw many people don't realize. With their eleven-year age gap, we are surprised that the choice to cast Moreno to play the role of Lopez's mother didn't raise more eyebrows.