The age range of the main cast members jumps around from two 19-years-olds, to John Travolta at 23, to 33-year-olds. Channing is the oldest, and it definitely shows when she’s paired with the 19-year-old actress playing Marty. She looks like she’s there to try to sell her beer. Again, this isn’t age-shaming or look-shaming. She looks great. She’s an awesome actor. It’s just a really weird choice to cast someone who’s almost double the age of the character she’s supposed to be playing.
Andrea On Beverly Hills, 90210
Many people have complained about the geriatric “teenagers” walking the halls of West Beverly High School in Beverly Hills, 90210. Luke Perry’s receding hairline is often cited as a cardinal sin in the world of teen drama, but it was 29-year-old Gabrielle Carteris playing 16-year-old smart girl Andrea that really got me. I never really watched the show, and the first time I saw a picture of the cast together, I legitimately thought Cateris was the Mr. Belding character.
She just has the vibe of a wise teacher there to dispense advice. Yes, Perry’s head hair is trying to escape his eyebrow hair, but every time the camera switches from 19-year-old Jennie Garth to Carteris, I can’t help but yell “Narc!” at the television. It’s just an instinct.
Unfortunately, the Los Angeles police department refused to return my phone calls. However, I can tell you that the casting of Beverly Hills, 90210 was pretty bonkers in general. I had no idea Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty played twins, because they look like their families have never met. Several of the other “teenagers” on the show were deep into their 20s, although Carteris was the oldest in the cast.
90210 was the first big teen soap opera, so it was all kind of a big experiment. They obviously weren’t quite sure what they wanted from their actors, other than to look pretty and cry a lot. Both of those things everyone in the 90210 cast excelled at. But looking like teenagers? Not so much.
Hatchet Face From Cry-Baby
Cry-Baby‘s Hatchet Face was designed to be the butt of the classic joke “LOL, this woman is unattractive!” View how unattractive the world finds this woman and laugh. In the process of casting this hilariously unattractive woman, John Waters searched far and wide, eventually finding 35-year-old actress Kim McGuire to portray a high school senior.
If McGuire were cast as Johnny Depp’s grandmother, I wouldn’t bat an eye at that decision. I get that Cry-Baby was a fanciful movie. It’s a John Waters musical about a man who can only cry out of one eye, and it has all the camp you would expect to go with that. The problem is that unless the movie is called Benjamin Button, you cannot convince me that Hatchet Face is in high school.
A lot of people speculate that the part was originally written for John Waters frequent collaborator Divine, who passed away shortly before the film went into production. The character is often described as facially disfigured, which seems a little harsh. I’m pretty sure if I stood next to a young Johnny Depp, I would look facially disfigured as well. I have to say, I think the majority of this casting decision came down to “Fuck it, I’m John Waters, and I do what I want.” I should probably just be glad that Hatchet Face is a person and not a mannequin made out of dumpster bologna who ends up getting eaten by the rest of the cast.