Are Stars Getting Younger or Am I Just Old?

you are hot as balls

A gif from Cougar Town is fitting for this post.

Your twenties will be the first time you start to feel old. Realistically it’s not anywhere close to old but it is the first time you will start to realize there are a lot of people younger than you. I remember turning 22 and thinking, “That’s it. I’m officially old.” I was so young and naive. Now at 28, I really am officially old. (I am completely aware that 35-year-old me is going to look back and think that 28-year-old me was so young and naive.) I’m at that stage where I get excited if someone cards me. On more than one occasion I’ve been at a bar where I was the oldest person there. And yes, that was the last time I ever set foot in said bar. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that 1994 was 20 years ago! Twenty!

When you’re a kid, time goes by so slow. Summer break feels like a year instead of the 2 months it really is. The four years of high school feel like eight. But somewhere along the way time starts to speed up. I noticed this happening around the time I graduated from college at 23. (I just gave myself a mini panic attack from writing that. I graduated college FIVE years ago!) One year feels like it lasts only a month. It’s terrifying and I feel as though it’s only go to get worse as I get older!

Now, I understand that so far this post has succeeded in doing one of two things: If you are under 28, you are thinking, “Well at least I’m younger than this old hag so it isn’t so bad.” If you are over 28, you are thinking, “Bitch please! Stop complaining. Wait until you’re my age.” So I am going to stop rambling about how “old” I am and get to the point of this post. (I swear I really do have a point and you’re going to like it!) The point of all this: hot guys! When you’re younger it seems that all your celebrity crushes are years older than you. “Oh, you’re old enough to be my father? Then I’d like to climb you like a tree.” Well, I am not sure how this happened but I’ve started realizing that some of these celebrities that I think are cute are younger than me. And not just younger by a few months. These guys are younger than my little sister. When I watched the remake of Carrie and saw Ansel Elgort for the first time, I thought, “Thank the Lord that Chris Hansen does not know what I’m thinking right now.”

Sure there are tons of hotties in Hollywood that are older than me (I’m looking at you Tom Hiddleston) but they really are starting to get younger and younger. Here are some celebrities that have made me feel just a little bit dirty for thinking they’re hot.

Ansel Elgort • 20-years-old
ansel elgort
So this guy inspired me to write this post. I remember watching Carrie and thinking, “Oh man, this kid is so cute.” Then I remember looking him up on IMDB and wanting to throw up on myself. He was born in 1994! He just turned 20-years-old! Age difference be damned, he is adorable! He’s going to be in The Fault in Our Stars this June so I get to be turned on while simultaneously crying my eyes out. It’s going to be awesome.

Dylan O’Brien • 22-years-old
dylan o'brien
Yes I watch Teen Wolf on MTV and yes it is an awesome show! It’s funny, has a Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe to it, and it’s filled with tons of hot, shirtless guys! Dylan O’Brien plays Stiles and he is by far the best part of the show. He’s the only one who genuinely knows how to act. He started off the show looking like this, but somewhere along the way he became a man. I am not sure when this happened or how it happened, I’m just glad that it did.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson • 23-years-old
aaron taylor johnson
Looking at Aaron Taylor-Johnson doesn’t actually make me feel all that dirty because he looks older. But then I find out that he was born in the 90s and that icky feeling starts to set in. So be it! The dorky kid from Kick-Ass grew up and I like it! Fun fact: His wife is over 20 years older than him so there is hope for all of us! (Maybe that’s why I’m still single. I haven’t met my man yet because he’s still in preschool.)

Liam Hemsworth • 24-years-old
liam hemsworth
While I’m partial to Chris Hemsworth (See I’m not that creepy. I think the older brother is cuter.), there is no denying that Liam Hemsworth is hot. Liam is best known for his role in the Hunger Games films but hasn’t had much to do in those films yet. He’ll be seeing a lot more screen time in the last two installments and I for one am happy about that! (I was just trying to be polite and professional (HA!) there. He’s really best known as Miley’s ex.)

Zac Efron
zac efron
I didn’t even bother putting Zac Efron’s age because he’s actually not that young. He was born only a year before I was. However, people will always universally view him as a teenager, no matter how hot and grown up he becomes. I was having a discussion about Zac Efron the other day during brunch with my friends. My friend was talking about how good looking he is then stopped herself and said, “But wait, how old is he? Is he even legal yet?” To us, Mr. Efron, you will always be a 17-year-old. Just a really hot 17-year-old we all want to bang.

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13 comments

  1. I exactly know what you mean! I experienced the same thing about celebrity girls! First I desperately wanted to be old enough to do what I want just like them. Then next thing I realize whilst flipping through a magazine is, that holy shit there are so many teenage girls that make so much more money than me! And then I look at them and can’t help myself but think: oh gosh, little girl problems…grow up! WHAT HAPPENED??? WHEN THE HELL DID I BECOME MATURE???? But then next thing I do is giggling like an infant because you can see half of a tit on the next page. Instant relief! Not mature at all 😉

  2. I remember coming home from college at 22 and having my much younger brother who was then 11 ask me how old I was. When I told him, his response:

    Wow! (will wide eyes filled with shock) You are OLD!! Why aren’t you married yet?

    I had just been dumped from a multi year relationship and it just hurt in all the ways. Crappy little kid. Good thing I liked him.

    Then I got my 20yr (20!!) high school reunion invitation this year and did a double take. Whoa…

  3. Oh my stars I know. I was watching the Disney Channel the other night (and sadly I wasn’t babysitting nor do I have any children which would give me a legitimate excuse to be watching the Disney Channel at 8:30 on a Tuesday night) and there was a commercial for the new Girl Meets World show (which I am totally bugging out over!!! I mean, Boy Meets World was THE best show of my childhood,) Anyway, the lead character’s love interest was super cute! And super not even close to my age. I’m talking he was 14-15 tops. It’s not even right to think someone that young is cute, right? Ugh. How did I get so old? So fast? I used to think 20 was ancient. But now I’m 27. That’s like, almost 30. Which is almost 40. Excuse my while I go drown my sorrows in some Chunky Monkey while watching the Disney Channel.

    1. This comment made me laugh and then it made me sad. I am 28 and I can’t even think about how close to 30 that is.

      I am so excited about Girl Meets World. Boy Meets World really was one of the best shows ever. Basically any show that was once in the TGIF line up will hold a special place in my heart.

  4. Ditto on the turning 22 thingy. Bloody hell what was I thinking?!! Seven years ago, when I joined my first job, I was this youngest kid in the block, a little more than 20. I had felt awesome and young. By the time I quit last year, I was one among the seniors on the floor, and I hated that feeling.

    Very soon, I know we will be crying like Joey on our birthdays. However, the knowledge that these feelings are mutual, whichever part of the world we are in, gives me an ironical pleasure 😉

  5. When I had my first “real” job after college, I was 23. I worked with a guy who was 26, and I thought, damn, dude, you’re old. How did you even get to be 26?

    I quit that job and went to Europe for a month. That month seemed like a year.

    When I was 30, I worked with a guy who was 39. I thought that was really, really old. I quit that job and went back to Europe for an actual year. That year felt like just about one year.

    Now, I’m 40, and weeks feel like days, and years feel like months, and most of the people I work with are younger than me.

    Time definitely accelearates as you get older.

  6. I used to work at a daycare, and when the kids got wild we’d play a movie to get them to settle down. All they had was a VHS player. There was a 17 year old volunteer that day, and she had never seen one before. I had to show her how to use it and explain the meaning of “Be kind, please rewind.” What. The. EFF.

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