Older actors pretending to play high school students (the case on The CW’s kind-of-hit Gossip Girl) is no new phenomenon. GG even fares well when compared to other shows that inaccurately portray the trials and tribulations of teens in the wealthiest pockets of American society—while the oldest high school player on the show is 22-year-old Chace Crawford, Gabrielle Carteris was actually in her 30s when she played Andrea Zuckerman on Beverly Hills, 90210.
What makes Gossip Girl noteworthy is how absurdly young the adults look.
According to IMDb, Rufus and Alison, the parents of Dan and Jenny Humphrey, are played by Matthew Settle, 38, and Susan Misner, 36. To give birth to age-appropriate high schoolers, Rufus would have had to knock up Alison when she was 19—and would have had to kiss his burgeoning music career goodbye!