The joy of an incredible performance is that an actor can embrace a new performance and let us forget that they exist offscreen, morphing into an entirely new person. Yet, there are some actors who, as time moves on and the breadth of the roles they tackle evolves, seem to never age. Buzzfeed pointed this phenomenon out when it covered Bianca Lawson, who has apparently been in high school for over 20 years, but there are some other stars who, as they get older, the ages of their respective roles stay, well, timeless. Whether they hover in the "perpetually post-college" state or live in the "eternally a spunky mother" bracket, here are 12 stars whose stock characters never seem to get older. Perhaps they are robots?
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Chloë Sevigny: 1998-2007
Sevigny is a chameleon, who can sell us on her innocence and thoughtfulness (Kids, American Psycho) and then be a hardened, sensible adult (Big Love, Zodiac). In fact, she is able to play "freshly out of college" an entire decade after she played, um, "freshly out of college." Her Last Days Of Disco character could only be a year or two younger than the Jake Gyllenhaal's young wife in Zodiac.
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Dylan McDermott: 1997-2012
Whether he's playing a Boston lawyer or a philandering husband who's discovering that his house is haunted by its former residents, Dylan McDermott's square jaw and steely gaze will be there. He's perpetually playing early middle age, but that's okay with us. We've been mourning the loss of The Practice in our weekly TV ritual for years now, but then American Horror Story swooped in and gave us our fix. If we ignore, you know, the drastically different plot lines, it's almost like we're watching Bobby Donnell, ESQ all over again.
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Edward Norton: 1999-2012
In Fight Club, Edward Norton played a young, disgruntled, restless peon. In Moonrise Kingdom, Edward Norton played a young, disgruntled, disrespected peon. He'll be playing his early-to-mid thirties for the foreseeable future, and we love him for it.
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Johnny Depp: 1998-2013
True, Johnny Depp is timeless. But, he can very literally play any age, from twenties to eighties. He did a youngish, batty rogue for Fear And Loathing, and kind of reprised the role in this year's stinker Lone Ranger. The age of Jack Sparrow? It seems to always stay the same, even though he is on the fifth Pirates movie.
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Lucy Liu: 2000-2012
Okay, let's call a spade a spade here: Lucy Liu is a total badass. Or at least, she consistently plays one on the big (and small!) screen. She kicked major butt back in her days of Charlie's Angels and the Kill Bill series, and now it seems she's reincarnated her ten-years-younger self in the crime drama Elementary. Sure, there may not be as much violence, but she's still just as slick — and maybe even twice as youthful.
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Liv Tyler: 1998-2008
Though we haven't seen her in a ton of movies lately, Tyler's character description always involves the concept of a young, demure wife. (Example: Armageddon.) Her roles have aged up slightly from playing mid-twenties to late-twenties, but hey, she's Arwen — the eternally young and beautiful Elven princess. And, her English Rose complexion will always keep her a frontrunner for fresh-faced roles.
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Will Smith: 1997-2013
Is it 1997 again? Nope, that's just Will Smith, who's still fighting extraterrestrial evil in some ridiculous costume. It seems as though all of his time spent in post-apocalyptic wastelands has done a body good, because the man has basically looked the same since the Fresh Prince days. Luckily for him, he's taking his ageless ways all the way to the bank — thanks to America's love for sci-fi, of course.
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Susan Sarandon: 1995-2009
If we've learned anything in all our movie-watching years, it's to never cross any character that Susan Sarandon plays. Especially not Stepmom's Jackie Harrison. We're not sure how Sarandon does it, but she seems to have perpetually frozen her onscreen self in her mid-40s. For that, we've got to give her props.
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Scott Speedman: 1998-2012
We can't help it, we totally had a crush on Scott Speedman's character in The Vow. But, then, we realized that his portrayal of Felicity's Ben Covington might have been a little creepy — after all, the two characters could practically be twins. (We'll just congratulate our teenage selves on having terrific taste in men.)
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Jennifer Coolidge: 1999-2012
Ohh, Stifler's mom. We marveled at her youthful, let's just say zest back during the American Pie days. Then, when the whole gang got back together for American Reunion she was the only one who hadn't aged. Seriously — all the kids had grown up, gotten married, and started families, but Stifler's mom was still Stifler's mom. Throw in a few stints in Legally Blonde and 2 Broke Girls, and Coolidge basically has a monopoly on 40-year-old bombshells.
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Michelle Pfeiffer: 1996-2013
Some may think Pfeiffer's biggest talent was squeezing into the world's smallest Catwoman costume, but she's also been perfecting the movie Mom role. Consider her a Diane Keaton, with a side of spice. Our favorite examples include to Jillian On Her 37th Birthday and The Family — sure, they may have premiered 20 years apart and have wildly different plotlines, but we can always appreciate a family woman with all kinds of spunk — and The Family's Maggie Blake actually has a younger daughter in the newer flick.
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Richard Gere: 1992-2008
This one is a no brainer. As long as women of the world still find Richard Gere attractive, he'll be playing a dapper, silver fox. Whether it's Final Analysis or Nights In Rodanthe, we're transfixed by Le Gere and his salt-and-pepper locks, wrinkles be damned.