16 Hollywood Stars Who Lied About Their Age

Celebrities often cultivate larger-than-life personas. However, some famous individuals aren’t always honest when it comes to revealing their true age. Here are 16 celebrities who have been exposed for pretending they are older or younger than they are.

Sandra Bullock

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In her pursuit of a role in the movie “Love Potion No. 9,” Sandra Bullock made the decision not to tell the truth about her age. The producers were specifically seeking a 29-year-old actress, but Sandra was actually a year younger. To increase her chances of being cast, she claimed to be 29, despite being below the desired age.

Nicolas Cage

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Nicolas Cage, at the tender age of 17, found himself compelled to fabricate his age for a role. Yearning to play Brad in “Fast Times in Ridgemont High,” he cunningly informed producers that he was 18, lying about his actual age.

Hilary Duff

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Hilary Duff openly admitted to altering her age, not for the sake of securing a role, but rather to gain entry into nightclubs. Suspecting that these venues were aware of her true age, Duff strategically chose to reveal her true age, and surprisingly, her celebrity status managed to secure her admission.

Laurence Fishburne

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Laurence Fishburne owes his role in “Apocalypse Now” to a lucky encounter with a young secretary. At the age of 14, he audaciously auditioned to play the 18-year-old Tyrone Miller and quite remarkably, even deceived director Francis Ford Coppola by claiming to be 16.

Mila Kunis

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When auditioning for the iconic role in “That ’70s Show,” Mila Kunis realized she wouldn’t get the role she desired if she revealed her true age. Despite being a mere 14 years old at the time, Kunis boldly informed the producers that she was 18 years old, ultimately securing the life-changing role.

Nelly

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The revelation of Nelly’s true age couldn’t have occurred at a worse moment—when he was prominently featured on an age-restricted list. In 2003, Teen People magazine celebrated him as one of the “Hottest Stars Under 25,” only for it to be exposed that he had already surpassed that age milestone.

Rebel Wilson

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Rebel Wilson was far from pleased when an Australian tabloid unveiled her actual age and birth name in 2015. Reacting with her characteristic humor, she took to Twitter and playfully proclaimed herself to be “a 100-year-old mermaid.” Even Time magazine confirmed that Rebel was indeed 35, six years older than her initial assertion.

Eminem

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Eminem, despite his stature in the rap industry, seemingly felt compelled to portray himself as younger during an interview with Howard Stern in 1999. Though already 27 years old at the time, he inexplicably claimed to be 24, perhaps seeking to align his image with a specific perception.

Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg’s age fabrication became public knowledge in 1986, when she candidly admitted to having done so “to get some jobs.” Numerous publications erroneously reported her age as 35, when in reality, she was a youthful 30. Fortunately, this small distortion didn’t get in the way of her subsequent success in the industry.

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez, well-known for her age-defying looks, wasn’t always indifferent to her true age. At one point, she claimed to have been born in 1970, which went unquestioned by many. However, when compelled to provide a statement to the police regarding a nightclub shooting incident, she had no choice but to disclose her actual birth year—1969.

Gabrielle Carteris

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Gabrielle Carteris, at 29 years old, consciously ignored the fact that she was too old to convincingly portray a high school student and auditioned for a role in “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Despite her age, she secured the part and even signed contracts with her false, considerably younger age.

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj, determined to be perceived as older, consistently claimed to be two years beyond her actual age. However, her attempt at deceit came to an end when she found herself filing a police report, forcing her to expose her true birth year to the world.

Geri Horner (Halliwell)

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Geri Horner, while reveling in her time as “Ginger Spice” of the Spice Girls, deceitfully insisted that she was 21 years old. Unbeknownst to many, she was already 25. Curiously, it was Geri’s bandmate, Victoria Beckham, who accidentally revealed the truth, and unraveled her secret.

James Blunt

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James Blunt, the British singer who gained mainstream recognition with his hit song “You’re Beautiful,” curiously felt the need to lie about his age. He consistently presented himself as three years younger than he actually was, until a British newspaper publicly disclosed that he was really 36 years old.

Agyness Deyn

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Agyness Deyn, fully aware of the modeling industry’s penchant for youthfulness, strategically subtracted a few years from her actual age when embarking on her career. At 24 years old, she informed her agent that she was 18, fearing that her genuine age might be perceived as “too old” within the industry.

Nicole Scherzinger

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Though the source of the misinformation remains unknown, it was uncovered that Nicole Scherzinger’s age had been inaccurately represented, rendering her two years younger than she actually was. In 2008, the official Pussycat Dolls webpage listed her age as 28, despite her nearing the age of 30 that year.

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