Hollywood is a beauty industry, and they make no apology for it. Though we hear numerous horror stories about aspiring actresses “aging out” in their mid-20s, losing their chance at stardom forever, some celebs can still go toe to toe with their younger peers despite pushing 50. Some of the stars on this list you know well. Others, you may have lost track of. Either way, when we tell you how old they really are, your response is going to be the same: “WUT???” Don’t believe us? Get clicking to find out how old stars like Jennifer Aniston, Jared Leto, and Dylan McDermott really are, and then join us in crossing our fingers that our genes are that good.
Some of Willow’s magic must have followed actress Alyson Hannigan after Buffy the Vampire Slayer because she looks exactly the same as when the show aired its season finale in 2003. Hannigan is 42 years old!
It’s been years since Raquel Welch turned the cavewoman into a sex symbol … 50 to be exact! Welch looks to be a stunning forty-something, but she’s actually 76!
Though Friends looks more and more dated with every passing year, the same can’t be said of one of its stars, Jennifer Aniston. The A-list actress is an unbelievable 47 years old! She states that her secret is, “I have said this before but it’s the truth — I really think hydration is so important. And sleep!”
“Chuck Norris died 20 years ago, Death just hasn’t had the courage to tell him,” as the joke goes. Norris may be the internet’s favorite tongue-in-cheek joke, but he’s still kicking ass at 76.
Cruise is a little more weathered compared to his Top Gun days, but he hardly looks 54. Of course, it’s entirely possible the real Tom Cruise is actually in cryogenic stasis in a Scientology warehouse somewhere.
International superstar model Christie Brinkley could still land a Sports Illustrated cover anytime she wants. At 62, she has aged with more grace and beauty than anyone.
Gwen Stefani was in her 20s when No Doubt released Tragic Kingdom in 1995. Now she’s 47, but if you ask us, she hasn’t changed a bit in over 20 years.
Full House star Lori Loughlin puts soccer moms in their 30s to shame. She has a bit more wisdom on her face these days, but she still barely looks 52.
Call it genetics if you like, but there must be some kind of supernatural explanation for Halle Berry’s resistance to aging. She could easily pass for a woman in her 20s, despite turning 50 last year.
Keanu is graying in the beard a bit since his Matrix days 20 years ago, but if he shaved clean, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. He’s 52 years old.
Men get more rugged as they age, except for Jared Leto who will always look like he’s 20. The actor and musician is an unfathomable 45 years old. Jared shared his secret to looking young, “I still have plenty of vices, but alcohol isn’t one of them. It’s probably just down to sleep and diet. If you travel long haul a lot or don’t sleep much, it’s not going to last very long, that’s for sure. I’m pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I’ve been that way for a long time – 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process.”
Green is as fresh-faced and youthful as he was during Buffy the Vampire Slayer, despite the fact that he’s now 42. The whole cast has aged really well, actually. A Netflix revival wouldn’t be that unrealistic, hint hint.
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz became an international sex symbol in the early 2000s, and dios mio, she still looks almost exactly the same at age 42.
Lucy Liu was the next big “it” girl in the late 90s and early 2000s. Though she doesn’t seem to be chasing the limelight as much anymore, she’s gorgeous as ever at age 48.
You know Kelly Hu from that thing (for most of you, either Scorpion King or X2: X-Men United). She has branched off into activism and professional poker playing, but despite being 48 years old, she looks about the same as she did in her 20s.
Samuel L. Jackson
Box office mainstay Samuel L. Jackson looks like a middle-aged man and has for about 40 years. Would you believe that he’s actually 68?
Iman is a successful businesswoman, model, and the widow of musician David Bowie. She looks like she’s in her 30s, but she’s actually twice that with 61 years under her belt. Here’s to the next 60, Iman.
Pharrell Williams hit mainstream success in the last decade, but he’s been in the game since the 90s. He looks youthful, but that’s probably a testament to his health more than anything. He’s 43! Pharrell’s ageless beauty has nothing to do with worshipping evil underlords or trading his soul to the Devil. He owes it all to soap and water. In 2013, Williams revealed to Into the Gloss that he learned all he needed to know about skincare from supermodel Naomi Campbell. “Listen, this is what you have to do — you have to go to a dermatologist; you can’t keep using drugstore products,” she told him. Clearly, he listened. If you want to keep offering your soul to the Evil Ones for flawless skin as you age, so be it. But for a gentler route to everlasting youth, Pharrell suggests Cetaphil, Glytone Self-Foaming Cleanser, and a dermatologist-approved toner and moisturizer.
Jason Earles played Miley Cyrus’ older brother in Hannah Montana. While they looked pretty similar in age, Earles is 16 years her senior, making him 39.
Vergara became an international star after Modern Family, even though she’s been modeling since she was 17. She’s 44 years old now, but her status as a sex symbol endures.
Hayek took some action roles in the early 2000s because she wanted to be able to look back on those films and remember how young and athletic she used to be. It’s going to be a few more decades before she’ll see a difference. She’s 50 but has barely aged a day since her 20s.
Hendricks redefined the femme fatale for TV during her tenure on AMC’s Mad Men. She looks 10 years younger than she is at age 41.
Jason Statham still performs his own stunts, even at 49. Whatever his diet and exercise routine look like, it’s safe to say it’s working.
McDermott looks like he’s in his mid-30s, but film and TV star is actually 55. He can keep pulling leading roles for decades to come with those genes.