100 Celebrities You Won't Believe Are The Same Age
One exclusively plays grandparents, the other is still a sex symbol, but both were born the same year.
Age is a funny thing in the world of celebrity. There's no question that ageism exists and that youth is usually rewarded (and chased), but the world also loves a legend, i.e. somebody who's been at the top of their game for a long, long time. The paired celebrities below come from such different worlds and have led such different careers that it's wild to think of them being the exact same age. So read on to have your mind blown, and for a look back at some icons we've lost, check out How Old 100 Iconic Stars Would Be If They Were Alive Today.
Paul Giamatti and Vin Diesel: 53
Paul Giamatti and Vin Diesel were both born in 1967, though the huge difference in the types of roles they play may make that surprising to hear. The former tends to play neurotic everyman characters while the latter is one of our biggest action stars.
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Gwen Stefani and Cate Blanchett: 51
It seems like just yesterday that Gwen Stefani was sporting crop tops and selling out arenas with her band No Doubt. And that's probably why it seems so strange that Stefani was born in the same year (1969) as Cate Blanchett, who's taken on many a matriarchal role, including Cinderella's evil (but very fabulous) stepmother.
Jay-Z and Matthew Perry: 51
Jay-Z, entrepreneur and king in the rap game, and Matthew Perry, one of your best Friends since the '90s, were both born in 1969.
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Kim Kardashian and Christina Ricci: 40
It's hard to imagine now, but about 15 years ago, Kim Kardashian wasn't a household name. By the time Kardashian rose to fame in 2003, Christina Ricci had already been acting for a decade, with roles in Mermaids, The Addams Family and its sequel, Now and Then, The Opposite of Sex, and Sleepy Hollow (to name just a few). Both women were born in 1980.
Ryan Gosling and Macaulay Culkin: 40
It's been 30 years since the release of Home Alone—meaning that Macaulay Culkin's age shouldn't come as a total surprise. But we bet you hadn't thought about the fact that he's a contemporary of leading man Ryan Gosling, who was also born in 1980.
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John Oliver and Milo Ventimiglia: 43
John Oliver got his big break as a Daily Show correspondent and now anchors his own weekly comedy news show. Meanwhile, This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia became a teen idol thanks to Gilmore Girls and American Dreams. Both stars have a birthdate of 1977.
Serena Williams and Paris Hilton: 39
While tennis star Serena Williams was earning her first career Grand Slam in 2003, celebutante Paris Hilton was exploring America on her reality show, The Simple Life. So we don't blame you if you're having a hard time wrapping your head around the fact that both women were born in 1981.
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Matt Damon and Nick Offerman: 50
Nick Offerman seems a lot more youthful in real life than his most famous character, Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson. Matt Damon, meanwhile, won an Oscar at 27, so it seems incongruous that they were both born in the same year, 1970.
Whoopi Goldberg and Kris Jenner: 65
Whoopi Goldberg has the EGOT and Kris Jenner basically built her own family empire, so it shouldn't be too surprising that these accomplished women are the same age.
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Shaquille O'Neal and Eminem: 48
With 8 Mile barely in his rearview mirror, it's hard to believe that rapper Eminem is the same age as retired basketball player and businessman Shaquille O'Neal, who was also born in 1972.
Brad Pitt and Dean Norris: 57
Similar to his character in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Brad Pitt seems to age backwards. It's hard to imagine a day will come when he won't be considered a sex symbol, even though he was born nearly six decades ago, in 1963. That's the same year Breaking Bad star Dean Norris was born, which is wild since he was already 45 when we were introduced to him as DEA Agent Hank Shrader on the AMC series.
Adele and Vanessa Hudgens: 32
Adele's songwriting and vocal prowess make her an artist well beyond her years. It's hard to believe she was only born in 1988, the same year as Vanessa Hudgens, who found fame from the Disney Channel franchise High School Musical 15 years ago.
Keith Urban and Will Ferrell: 53
Despite the fact that Will Ferrell often plays hilariously juvenile characters, he seems like he's been around for longer than country singer Keith Urban, who was born in 1967. And those highlights certainly help Urban cultivate a younger vibe.
Halle Berry and Robin Wright: 54
Can you believe our first Black Best Actress Oscar winner, Halle Berry, and Robin Wright, the First Lady of House of Cards were both born in 1966? Mind. Blown.
Jim Parsons and Andrew Lincoln: 47
Jim Parsons played the youthful Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory for more than a decade. Meanwhile, Andrew Lincoln was dodging zombies on The Walking Dead as the grizzled Rick Grimes. But despite the wildly different ages we associate their characters with, both actors were actually born in 1973.
Chris Rock and Mads Mikkelsen: 55
Chris Rock has taken on some serious acting roles and is also a powerful producer, but we'll always associate him with his early days in stand-up and on SNL. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, didn't hit it big with American audiences until he played the title role in the beloved horror series Hannibal, starting when he was 48. Both men came into the world in 1965.
Kate Upton and Selena Gomez: 28
Model Kate Upton and pop star Selena Gomez were both born in 1992. But that's hard to wrap our heads around since we still think about Gomez as a Disney Channel star and Upton as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue centerfold.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Liam Hemsworth: 30
Actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster, known for his early appearance in Love Actually and later for Game of Thrones and The Queen's Gambit, is 30. You know who else was born in 1990 and recently left his 20s behind? Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth. Aging is crazy!
Jamie Lee Curtis and Ellen DeGeneres: 62
It's hard to believe that Ellen DeGeneres, who comes into millions of homes through her talk show everyday, is the same age as the original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis. Both were born in 1958.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and John Cho: 48
Wrestler turned blockbuster action star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Star Trek's latest Hikaru Sulu John Cho were both burn in 1972. Something about Cho's early days playing stoner teens in American Pie and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle makes that seem impossible.
Sarah Hyland and Jennifer Lawrence: 30
Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and silver screen star Jennifer Lawrence were both born in 1990. Yet while Hyland was still playing a teen and early twentysomething in the sitcom, Lawrence was aging up for film roles.
Eddie Murphy and Forest Whitaker: 59
While Forest Whitaker has been playing dignified, mature characters in movies like The Last King of Scotland and The Forgiven, Eddie Murphy has (for the most part) kept his roles a bit lighter. (Shrek, anyone?)
NeNe Leakes and Lisa Bonet: 52
It's hard enough to picture Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes as anything but a reality star, let alone a child. So you'll be shocked to know that she was born in 1967, the same year as Lisa Bonet, who will always be Denise from The Cosby Show and A Different World to so many of us.
Michael J. Fox and George Clooney: 59
Though both actors were born in 1961, it's hard to remember a time when George Clooney wasn't a salt-and-pepper-haired leading man. Michael J. Fox, meanwhile, can't ever be divorced from the iconic teen characters he played in the '80s in projects like the Back to the Future franchise, Teen Wolf, and Family Ties.
Keira Knightley and Carly Rae Jepsen: 35
Keira Knightley is beloved by period drama fans for her portrayal of some legendary literary heroines. But it may strike you as odd that bubblegum pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, producer of many bops, was also born in 1985.
Michael Gambon and Chuck Norris: 80
With memes still circulating about Chuck Norris' legendary physical abilities, the fact that he's 80 is tough to swallow. After all, that's the same age as Michael Gambon, the actor who played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies. Both were born in 1940.
Kylie Jenner and Maisie Williams: 23
When she was 21, reality star and businesswoman Kylie Jenner was named the youngest billionaire of all time. And get this: The youngest member of the Jenner-Kardashian clan was born in 1997, the same year as actor Maisie Williams, who spent most of her teen years on Game of Thrones.
Ed Helms and Seth Green: 47
These talented comedic actors were both born in 1974. But while Ed Helms is still best known for The Office and The Hangover series and Seth Green is still connected to teen projects like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Can't Hardly Wait, they almost seem to be from different eras.
Heather Graham and Julie Bowen: 51
Ever since Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Heather Graham has been a Hollywood sex symbol. She was born in 1970, the same year as one of America's favorite moms, Modern Family's Julie Bowen.
Paul Rudd and Rory McCann: 52
Paul Rudd's ageless appearance has long been a joke in Hollywood. His boyish charm makes it hard to believe he's 52, the same age as Game of Thrones actor Rory McCann, who memorably played The Hound.
Holly Hunter and Joan Jett: 62
Probably because actor Holly Hunter found fame into adulthood, it seems like an impossibility that she was born in the same year (1958) as '80s rocker Joan Jett.
Nicolas Cage and Keanu Reeves: 56
Nicolas Cage reached peak Hollywood fame in the '80s with Peggy Sue Got Married and Raising Arizona, but it wasn't until a decade later that Keanu Reeves hit his stride with Point Break and Speed. That's probably why it's hard to believe that both actors were born in 1964.
Cher and Sally Field: 74
Though Cher and Sally Field, both born in 1946, have both been around for decades, Cher is still rocking skimpy concert costumes, while Field is taking on grandmotherly roles on screen.
Martin Freeman and Jared Leto: 49
Perhaps it's because Jared Leto was once a rockstar and the object of teenage adoration, but it seems strange he and Martin Freeman, who portrayed Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy, were both born in 1971.
Sandra Bullock and Courtney Love: 56
As one of the pioneers of the grunge rock scene, it feels like Courtney Love has been around for decades. But she was born in 1964, the same year as Sandra Bullock, who's still one of Hollywood's most beloved leading ladies.
Orlando Bloom and Michael Fassbender: 44
It seems like just yesterday that heartthrob Orlando Bloom was fending off enemies in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Somehow, he's the same age as Michael Fassbender. Both were born in 1977, but Fassbender has taken on very adult film fare, like Steve Jobs and 12 Years a Slave.
Halsey and Dakota Fanning: 26
Dakota Fanning has been a Hollywood mainstay since she was only seven, thanks to her performance in I Am Sam, which made her the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award. Her success at such an early age might explain why it's hard to believe that the actress is the same age as pop star Halsey, whose songs cover subject matter for mature audiences only. Both were born in 1994.
Russell Crowe and Rob Lowe: 57
Rob Lowe was the object of teen adoration in the 1980s, and he's maintained his youthful, clean-shaven appearance well into the 21st century. So it's probably hard to believe that rugged actor Russell Crowe, who repeatedly stars as rough-around-the-edges characters in films like Cinderella Man and Robin Hood, was born the same year as Lowe (1964).
Julia Roberts and Pamela Anderson: 53
Despite rising to fame in the '80s, Julia Roberts has managed to remain a compelling force and a style icon for decades. But sex symbol Pamela Anderson, who was also born in 1976, has stepped away from the spotlight a bit.
Adrien Brody and Mario Lopez: 47
No matter how quickly the years may pass, many will always see Mario Lopez, born in 1973, as A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell. (Especially since he reprises the role in the recent reboot.) Actor Adrien Brody may have been born in the same year, but his adult roles in The Pianist and a ton of Wes Anderson movies make him seem much older.
Elisabeth Moss and Kelly Clarkson: 38
The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss was born in 1982, as was pop star (and now talk show host) Kelly Clarkson.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston: 40
No matter how old he gets, it's safe to say that many fans of Joseph Gordon-Levitt will always see him as the teen he was in the '90s on 3rd Rock From the Sun and in 10 Things I Hate About You. But the actor was born in 1981, the same year as beloved British actor Tom Hiddleston, who's most famous for his Marvel villain, Loki.
Emilia Clarke and Lady Gaga: 34
Especially after her Oscar-nominated turn in A Star Is Born, actor and singer Lady Gaga seems wise beyond her years. But she's just barely in her mid-30s, just like Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.
Tom Cruise and Andre Braugher: 58
With nearly six decades under his belt, Tom Cruise is still daringly leaping from building to building in Mission Impossible movies, while his contemporary Andre Braugher is playing father figure Captain Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Both were born in 1962.
Zendaya and Lorde: 24
Former Disney star Zendaya and singer-songwriter Lorde are both wise beyond their years. But did you know that they share the same birth year? Both were born in 1996.
Marion Cotillard and Tobey Maguire: 45
French actor Marion Cotillard has been sophisticated since she first stepped on screen. Meanwhile, Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire still has that baby face. Both were born in 1975.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Lopez: 51
Jennifer Lopez has somehow stopped the hands of time. This triple threat is still touring stadiums as well as taking on sultry roles like the stripper she plays in Hustlers. Meanwhile, Catherine Zeta-Jones, who was also born in 1969, tends to take on more buttoned-up projects and is married to Michael Douglas, a man 25 years her senior.
Jack McBrayer and Patrick Wilson: 47
Since you're likely envisioning actor Jack McBrayer as his young and hilariously naive character on 30 Rock, it seems strange that he is the same age as Patrick Wilson, who's been playing paranormal investigator and dad Ed Warren in The Conjuring movies for the past several years. Both were born in 1973, but the seriousness of Wilson's roles make him seem much older.
Helena Bonham Carter and Salma Hayek: 54
At 54 years old, Salma Hayek is still hailed as a sex symbol, while actor Helena Bonham Carter, who was also born in 1966, has opted for darker and less seductive roles.
Mel Brooks and Queen Elizabeth II: 94
Queen Elizabeth II and comedy legend Mel Brooks are both well into their 90s, which you probably know. But you may not have known that they were born in the same year, namely 1926.