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15 Celebrities Who Are Way Older Than You Realized

Updated August 18, 2017 21.2k votes 2.8k voters 127.3k views15 items

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Hollywood stars are well-known for being beautiful, but some seem like they never age a day. True, some celebrities lie about their age, whether to be considered for more parts or to avoid the additional criticism from the public. But these famous people aren't lying about their ages – they're just further on in years than you probably assumed.

Some celebrities who are older than you thought are perennially baby-faced. Jack McBrayaer, AKA Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock, and former That '70s Show star Topher Grace spring to mind. Others became famous for their obsession with stereotypically youthful topics – Chris Hardwick, anyone? And then there are the timeless stunners, like Helen Mirren and John Stamos. Generations have shared crushes on the surprisingly mature celebrities.

Aging isn't always pretty, but let these stars who are way older than you realized inspire you. Who says getting older has to be a bad thing?

  • Gabrielle Union
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    A-list actress Gabrielle Union, born in 1972, looks just as stunningly youthful now as she did in 2000's Bring It On. The star of BET's hit Being Mary Jane is also known for her high-profile marriage to NBA superstar Dwyane Wade. Union credits drinking water and using oil-based beauty products for keeping her looking sprightly.

    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
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  • Gwen Stefani
    Photo: Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images

    Born in 1969, Gwen Stefani continues to rock on like someone 30 years her junior. The former No Doubt frontwoman stuns with her signature bleached blonde hair and red lip on The Voice. She is also dating a younger man, singer Blake Shelton.

    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: USA, Fullerton, California
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  • Jim Parsons
    Photo: Christopher Polk / Getty Images

    The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper is a bit emotionally immature, but his portrayer, Jim Parsons, is a full grown-up: he was born in 1973. Having married his partner, Todd Spiewak, in 2017 after a 14-year-relationship, Parsons is on a career and personal high. He's also won multiple Emmys.

    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
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  • Paul Rudd
    Photo: Mute / Netflix

    Comedic actor Paul Rudd first stole hearts in 1995 chick flick Clueless, but his baby face has barely aged a day since he was born in 1969. The ultimate "likable guy," Rudd has earned screen cred with roles on Friends (he played Phoebe Buffay's eventual husband, Mike Hannigan), The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and innumerable other funny shows and movies. How does he stay so wrinkle-free? Sunscreen!

    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States of America
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