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Nov 08 2015
by Mia Renee Cole

10 College Students Who Were Definitely Not Played by College Students

By Mia Renee Cole - Nov 08 2015

1. Justin Long, "Accepted."

In 2006 when "Accepted" was released, Justin Long was 28, but he played a college freshmen. 

2. Judd Nelson, "St. Elmo's Fire."

Even though Judd Nelson is better known for his role in the 1985 film The Breakfast Club (where he appeared much older than his high school character), he was actually older than his college-aged character during the same year when playing in this Brat Pack classic. Nelson was 26.

3. John Belushi, "Animal House."

John Belushi was 29 in the 1978 classic "Animal House."

4. Jared Leto, "Urban Legend."

Leto plays a college aged student in this spooky 1998 film. He was 27 at the time. 

5. Reese Witherspoon, "Legally Blonde."

Reese Witherspoon was 25 years old when she played Elle, still older than most undergrads.

6. Tom Everett Scott, "Dead Man on Campus."

This creepy college comedy stars Tom Everett Scott when he was 28 years old.

7. Jim Sturgess, "21."

Columbia Pictures

At the age of 30, Jim Sturgess played a college freshman. 

8. Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network."

Though he looks young, Jesse Eisenberg was 27 when he played the role of Mark Zuckerberg in 2010.

9. Tiya Sircar, "The Internship."

Competing for a position to work with Google, Sircar played a college-aged woman when she was actually 31.

10. Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect

Most surprising of all, Rebel Wilson was 32 when she played her popular role of Fat Amy in this 2012 musical.

Lead Image Credit: Universal Pictures

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Mia Renee Cole - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mia Renee is currently the Senior Editor with Fresh U and a student at UNC Chapel Hill, where she is studying Spanish and French. In her free time she enjoys knitting, photography and drinking hot tea while writing on her personal blog. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @miareneecole or her blog at!

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