It’s creepy right? Well, it not only happens in real life but it also happens in the celeb world. There have been plenty of 20-something guys who have dated teen actresses. And for some reason, this skeeves me out even more. Now, I know that being a child actor makes you more mature or older than you really are (i.e. Drew Barrymore’s drug-filled childhood), but I thought Hollywood was supposed to be all about image. So how does dating a teenager when you’re in your late 20s work out in your favor? It’s weird and makes me uncomfortable. Stop that right now. Let’s take a look at some celebs who have been guilty of this:
Ugh. Wilmer Valderrama. I don’t understand him. He’s basically been dating 17-year-old actresses since 2001, when he first dated Mandy Moore when she was 17 and he was 21. Okay, that’s not a big difference. But he did it again when he dated Lindsay Lohan when she was also 17 and he was 24. I thought he was past his underage tendencies, but then he started dating Demi Lovato last year. Yes, Demi Lovato, the Disney Channel star. She was 19 and he was 31 at the time. Like, what? Apparently he hooked up with Minka Kelly recently, so maybe he’s moving on to older women.
First of all, wow, Paul Walker, where the eff have you been? He used to be a big heartthrob back in the early 2000s and he had a lot going for him. What happened there? I know he was in Fast Five in 2011, but it was another Fast & Furious movie – isn’t he tired of those movies yet, I know we are. Secondly, he started dating his fiancee when she was 16 and he was 32. I have no words.
Chad Michael Murray
I used to like Chad Michael Murray when he played Tristan on Gilmore Girls. Now he just bothers me. Basically he got caught up in the Hilary Duff vs. Lindsay Lohan feud. He played their love interest in a movie with each of them (A Cinderella Story with Hilary, Freaky Friday with Lindsay. He was rumored to be dating both of them, but not at the same time — don’t worry, no Aaron Carter situation. Hilary was 16, Lindsay was 17 and Chad was 23. The girls were probably just trying to one-up each other. I mean, Hilary did show up to the Freaky Friday premiere with Chad — that’s ballsy, girl. Anyways, what really angers me is that Chad was married to his One Tree Hill co-star, Sophia Bush for a hot second (5 months) and then before his divorce was even finalized, he started dating Kenzie Dalton, who was an extra on One Tree Hill and a runner-up in a teen pageant. She was 17 and he was 24. They’ve been engaged for like 6 years now. I’m always Team Sophia.
Before Nicole Richie, there was Hilary Duff. I do like Joel Madden, but I did think it was weird that he was dating Hilary Duff when she was 16 and he was 25. Her mom confirmed their relationship in Seventeen. Nothing like having your mother be your personal spokesperson for your dating life right?