One of my favorite hobbies to torture myself is to look at celebrities and see how old they are. When I was in college, I played this game with poets and writers (did you know John Keats completed his entire body of work before he was 25?), and now that it's my job to consume everything pop culture, I'm like, who's done more than me at my age?! I know, I know, I'm a glutton for punishment. But I bet you are too, so here are 17 celebrities who are younger than you thought they were. But don't worry! There's still time and hope for us Regulars!
Mindy Kaling, 35
The creator and star of The Mindy Project celebrated her 35th birthday earlier this summer, but she’s achieved leaps and bounds more in those three and a half decades than I could ever dream. She became the first female writer on The Office at only 24.
Ezra Miller, 22
Miller, who turned 22 in September, is wise beyond his years. Besides starring in films like Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin, Miller is also vocal about his sexuality and an LGBT advocate.
Sophie Turner, 18
That’s right, Sansa Stark just gained the power to vote in February 2014.
Kate Upton, 22
Endless babe Kate Upton, who first appeared in Sports Illustrated when she was just 19, turned 22 in June of 2014.
Bad Gal RiRi JUST edged past a quarter of a century, turning 26 in February 2014. That means she released “Umbrella” (ella ella eh eh) when she was 19. What?!
Daniel Radcliffe, 25
Maybe because he’s done so much already (and we’re all so emotionally attached to him), it seems like DanRad should be older? But he just celebrated his 25th birthday this July. Fun fact: The Harry Potter star’s birthday is on July 23, and Harry Potter’s birthday himself is July 31.
Keira Knightley, 29
I don’t know why this one is particularly shocking, but how is Keira Knightley only four years older than me?! She turned 29 in March of 2014. Meaning she was only 17 when she was in Bend It Like Beckham. And 18 when she started in the Pirates series. And in Love Actually. I have to stop this now.
Kendrick Lamar, 27
K Dot has seen a huge amount of success and only turned 27 in June of this year. He’s already been on Saturday Night Live and performed at the Grammys, not to mention his masterpiece good kid
Scarlett Johansson, 29
Another woman under 30 who makes me go, holy shit, she’s not even 30? Besides being universally regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Johansson has worked with huge names like Woody Allen (twice) and is, of course, the amazing Black Widow in The Avengers series. She’s turning 30 on Saturday, so happy early birthday, ScarJo!
Emma Roberts, 23
Resident bad girl of American Horror Story, Emma Roberts, is a mere 23 years old. Her birthday was in February, and as a bonus, her fiance and AHS costar Evan Peters is 27.
Kristen Stewart, 24
The Twilight star just turned 24 in April, but she’s been acting so long, it seems like she should be older by now.
Danielle Brooks, 25
The genius actress behind Orange Is the New Black’s Taystee turned 25 in September, celebrating with truffle mac and cheese and with her Netflix costars, including the inimitable Laverne Cox.
Emma Stone, 26
An old soul and wise beyond her years, Emma Stone JUST turned 26 in November. The Spiderman actress has got all the grace and humor and gravitas that most women could only dream of having. And she’s so dreamy. Sigh, goals.
Kirsten Dunst, 32
Though she’s eternally youthful, I definitely thought Dunst was older than 32 because I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t in movies. She bowled her way into her 32nd year in May of this year. Let me remind you that she was in Interview With a Vampire when she was all of 12 years old.