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Top 10 Celebs Who Are WAY Younger Than You Realized

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
Prepared to be blown away by the celebs who are way younger than you realized. For this list, we'll be looking at some stars who seem much older than their years. All ages given are based on the time of writing in July 2020. Our countdown includes Kate Upton, Hailee Steinfeld, Shawn Mendes, and more!
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Top 10 Celebs Who Are Way Younger Than You Realized


When you find out what year these entertainers were born in, you may be shocked. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebs Who Are Way Younger Than You Realized.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some stars who seem much older than their years. All ages given are based on the time of writing in July 2020.

#10: Kate Upton


Kate Upton rose to popularity after appearing in a 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and then eventually became a cover model the following year. The reason people are likely wrong about her age is that she was so young when she first came to prominence. Upton was born in 1992, meaning that she was just 19 in 2011, but definitely had the figure of a very… mature woman. Considering her modeling career, it should come as no surprise that Upton likely spends a lot of time ensuring that she maintains a youthful and healthy appearance.

#9: Lorde



Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, known better by her stage name, Lorde, was born in 1996 and if that doesn’t make you feel old, we don’t know what will. Despite the fact that she’s just 23, the singer and songwriter has produced an impressive discography and a number of hit singles. In 2013 and 2014 when she was still in her teens, Lorde was on the list of the most influential teenagers put out by Time magazine. She was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2014 as well. What’s even more impressive is that she could still make that list for many years to come!

#8: Millie Bobby Brown



Why is it that modern teenagers seem so much cooler than we were at their age? Millie Bobby Brown found fame after appearing as Eleven on the hit Netflix show “Stranger Things,” and impressed viewers with her performance. Brown was born in 2004 (because yeah, that’s a year when people were born) making her just 16 years old. Her maturity and impressive sense of style makes her seem much older than she actually is, and the fact that she has a British accent in real life certainly doesn’t hurt!

#7: Hailee Steinfeld



Hailee Steinfeld has been in the public eye for more than 10 years, becoming well known after appearing in the Coen brothers film “True Grit,” which garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Despite how much experience she has under her belt, Steinfeld is only 23 as of 2020, having been born in 1996. Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” which featured Steinfeld, came out five years ago when the multi-talented performer was just a teenager! The fact that Steinfeld has a particularly youthful appearance will mean that she can probably play an adolescent for years to come.

#6: Adele


Did you know that “Rolling in the Deep” came out TEN years ago? It’s easy to forget that Adele named her albums after the ages she was when she created and released them, meaning she was just 19 when recording “19.” She has become such a mainstay in the music industry with three hugely successful records that it’s easy to confuse her for someone who has much more life experience under their belt. How can any one person have fit in so much heartbreak before they were 30? Born in 1988, Adele is just 32 today.

#5: Sam Smith


Prominent artists began featuring a young Sam Smith on their tracks as of the early 2010s, though Smith had a solo career even before that. Smith is another singer-songwriter who has deceived us by writing mature lyrics and having such a soulful voice. Smith was actually born in 1992 and is just 28, even though he has already managed to release multiple successful studio albums. Smith also has four Grammys under their belt, along with accolades from the Billboard Music Awards, Brit Awards, and Academy Awards. We can’t wait to see what he’ll release next.

#4: Sophie Turner


When most of us were first introduced to Sophie Turner, she was portraying the naive and innocent Sansa Stark on “Game of Thrones.” We watched her grow from a selfish young girl to a powerful woman throughout the show’s eight seasons, following alongside her harrowing journey, which is likely what adds to this misconception that she’s actually older than she is. Turner is just 24 years old, but is moving along quickly in her real life too, having married Joe Jonas in 2019 and now being pregnant with their first child together.

#3: Shawn Mendes


Any adult viewers out there who have a crush on singer Shawn Mendes may need a reminder that he just recently became old enough to drink in the United States. Yup, Mendes is just 21, which seems impossible considering the number of albums he has released and the amount of time he has been in the public eye. It was way back in 2013 that Mendes garnered his following through the app Vine, eventually transferring into the mainstream after releasing his self-titled EP the following year. This Canadian musician has so much time ahead of him to keep creating music.

#2: Saoirse Ronan


Though Saoirse Ronan had acted in several major productions before she was 12, it was then that she auditioned for the adaptation of Ian McEwan's “Atonement” which would be her breakthrough role. She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work, and it launched her career into stardom. Considering Ronan played a high schooler as recently as 2017 when she starred in Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” we’re not the only ones who think she looks young. Ronan is actually 26, having been born in 1994, but we have a feeling she’ll continue to be chosen for youthful roles for years to come.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Ezra Miller
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Chance the Rapper
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Brie Larson
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Cardi B
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#1: Margot Robbie


Margot Robbie has become a mainstay among the A list, and it seems as though she’s been working in Hollywood forever. In reality, though, Robbie got her big break back in 2013 with her role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” where she acted opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Since then, she has managed to squeeze in so many prominent roles that it creates an illusion that she’s been around for longer than she actually has. Her appearance certainly affects things too, and considering she has looked like a mature woman since her earlier roles, it’s hard to believe that she’s just 30 in 2020.
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