As we grow older, it really does become harder and harder to comprehend just how fast time flies by. It seems like just yesterday we were all buying Nokias and playing with our Tamagotchis, but if we actually stop to think about it, it really has been ages since that reality.
Whether we want to face it or not, many moons have gone by since bell-bottoms and boy bands were dominating the scene, and none of us are getting any younger. To help us comprehend just how fast time has raced by, let’s look at some of the most random yet age-defying facts pop-culture history has to offer. Get ready to feel old while we compare the years to these iconic moments in time.
Courtney Cox and Demi Moore are Old Enough To Be Golden Girls
The Golden Girls first graced our screens back in 1985, and it didn’t take long for audiences to fall in love with the witty and fun-loving Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche. At the time, the leading ladies responsible for bringing these characters to our screens, Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, and Ru McClanahan were 60, 63, and 51 years old respectively.
Now, it might seem like Courtney Cox was just figuring out her 20s along with the rest of her friends. And you might also think Demi Moore was just recently creating pottery with the ghost of her ex-husband. In reality, though, quite some time has passed since then. Today Cox is 56 years old, and Moore is 58, which means they are old enough to play Golden Girls if a reboot were to ever come into question.
Macaulay Culkin Is Older Than Catherine O’Hara Was In Home Alone
When the now Christmas classic Home Alone first came out back in 1990, its leading star Macaulay Culkin, who played Kevin McCallister, was only 10 years old. Today, three decades later, Culkin is all grown-up and just turned 40 this past August. His co-star Catherine O’Hara was 36 years old when she took on the role of Kate McCallister, aka Kevin’s mom.
It doesn’t take a high level of math skills to see those numbers and understand that Culkin is now older than O’Hara when she portrayed the role of his mother. Maybe playing a kid who gets forgotten at home during the holidays is part of why Culkin still hasn’t had kids of his own.
The Last Friends Episode Aired 17 Years Ago
The very last episode of the hit 90’s sitcom Friends aired on May 6, 2004. The episode was titled “The Last One” or “The One Where They Say Goodbye,” and it was just as emotional as it sounds. This was a two-part episode that followed 10 successful seasons of the series, and although 17 years have since passed, fans are still begging for a reboot.
Lucky for us, the stars and show-runners of Friends have finally heard the plead of its many adoring fans, and a reunion special is set to air on HBO at the beginning of March. And we are happy to report that Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc will all be returning to film the special.
Matilda is Over 30 Years Old
Who remembers the 1996 fantasy comedy film Matilda? Anyone who was alive during the ’90s has surely seen it at least once, and if you were a kid during that time, you’ve seen it at least 10 more times after that. The film, based on Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name, was a smash hit. Mara Wilson starred as the title character, a mistreated young genius who discovers she has telekinetic powers.
Wilson was only nine years old when taking on the role that put her name on the map. Today, however, she is 33 and has since retired from acting. These days, she focuses on writing and has released an autobiography titled Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame.
Leo Has a 16 Year Age Gap Between These Two Movies
Now let’s be honest. The main reason most of us love the 1997 James Cameron film Titanic is due to the casting of a young dreamboat by the name of Leonardo DiCaprio. And for DiCaprio, the feeling must be mutual as this is the film that set his career on the right course and he has been dominating the Hollywood scene ever since.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe just how much time has passed since the release of Titanic and just how much has happened in Leo’s career since then. When Titanic came out, DiCaprio was only 23 years old. Now, at 43, he has almost doubled in age and is still going strong. One of his more recent hits, The Great Gatsby, was released in 2013, which means a whole 16 years have passed between these two films.
It’s Been Over 20 Years Since JLO First Wore Her Iconic Versace Dress
When it comes to iconic JLO moments, her showing up to the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000 wearing her green Versace silk chiffon dress is surely on the top of the list. The singer was 31 years old at the time. For years following her reveal, the dress was talked about, and it even made Gianni Versace a household name.
Recently Lopez brought back her iconic moment by revealing a reimagined version of the dress at the Spring 2020 Versace show. JLO was 51 years old while attending the show, meaning a whole 20 years have passed between these two photos. Well, she could have fooled us!
Eminem’s Daughter Is Over 20 Years Old
Anyone who has ever tuned in to any of Eminem’s songs has probably heard the name Hailie Jade within his lyrics. Hailie is, in fact, Eminem’s, or Marshall Mather’s daughter. The rapper and proud dad has mentioned his daughter in over 20 of his songs, including hits like “Hailie’s Song,” “My Dad’s Gone Crazy,” “Mockingbird,” and “97′ Bonnie & Clyde.”
When most of these were released in the early 2000s, Hailie was just a young girl, not even 10 years old. Today, however, at 25, Hailie has blossomed into a beautiful young woman and is making a name for herself as a major social media influencer. I’m sure Eminem can agree with us when we say ‘they grow up so fast.’
Ralph Macchio Is Older Than Pat Morita Was In The First Karate Kid Film
You can’t really call yourself an 80s kid unless you’ve seen the 1984 film The Karate Kid several times over. The movie inspired countless to enroll in martial arts classes and taught us all how to “wax on, wax off” when washing our cars. Back then, the leading character, 17-year-old Daniel LaRusso, was played by Ralph Macchio, who was actually 23 at the time.
His co-star Pat Morita, who played the wise and all-knowing sensei, Mr. Miyagi, was 52 when the first Karate Kid film was released. Today Macchio is 59 years old making him more than old enough to become a sensei himself. Of course this fact has already been acknowledged with the recent release of the Netflix reboot series Cobra Kai.
Madonna Is Over 60 Years Old
The ‘Queen of Pop,’ Madonna celebrated her 62nd birthday this past August 2020, making it almost 40 years since she released her debut single ‘Everybody,” back when she was only 24 years old. First making waves in the 80s, Madonna’s career has now spanned four decades, but that does not mean she is slowing down anytime soon.
In recent years Madonna has more than proved that age is just a number. Her 14th studio album Madame X, released in 2019, even debuted atop the Billboard 200 and topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Here she is above, celebrating her 62nd birthday with her 24-year-old daughter, Leon (left), and her 26-year-old boyfriend, Ahlamalik Williams (right).
Over 20 Years Have Passed Since “Oops!… I Did It Again” Was Released
It seems like just yesterday when ‘Pop Princess’ Britney Spears first captured our hearts back in the late 90s, and we were all dancing along to her chart-topping tunes. But we bet you haven’t realized how many years have actually gone by since she started her career.
For one, Ms. Spears will be turning 40 years old this year. Her first album came out when she was barely in her 20’s. And remember that iconic music video for “Oops!… I Did It Again” where Britney wore that unforgettable red spandex get-up? Well, that album came out in the year 2000, which is now over 20 years ago. Wow, time really does fly by.
The Olsen Twins Are Older Than John Stamos Was When Full House First Aired
Full House, one of the biggest family sitcoms of the 90s, first aired back in 1987. At the time, John Stamos, who played Uncle Jessie, was 24 years old, and the Olsen twins, who shared the role of Michelle Tanner, were only a mere one year old.
Today, however, almost 35 years since Full House made its debut, Stamos is 57 years old, and the Olsen twins are 34. That’s 10 years older than Stamos was when he took on the role that he is still known for today. As we know, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have since moved on from acting and are taking on the world of fashion.
Curly Sue Is Almost 40 and a Mother of Two
You’re probably lying if you say you weren’t completely smitten by the adorable Curly Sue when the film of the same name came out back in 1991. The movie starred big names like Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch and was even Steve Carrell’s first movie acting credit. The title role went to a lesser-known name, the young and talented Alisan Porter, who was 10 years old at the time.
These days, Porter has long stepped away from acting. Instead, she is focusing on her music and even appeared as a contestant on The Voice in 2016. Although it’s hard to imagine the adorable Curly Sue as anything but a spunky, free-spirited little girl, Porter is now 39 years old and a mother of two.
Frances Bean Cobain Is One Year Older Than When Her Father Passed Away
To this day, one of music’s biggest tragedies was the passing of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died at the very young age of 27. When he passed, he left behind his daughter Frances Bean Cobain, whom he shared with his wife, Courtney Love.
Sadly, Frances was only two years old at the time, and this past August, she turned 28. This means she has officially passed the age of her father’s early death. Taking off after her parents, Cobain is currently enjoying a career as an artist, model, and musician.
The First KUWTK Episode Aired 14 Years Ago
Look at how young the Kardashian Klan looks in this throwback photo! Some of these faces look barely recognizable today. That’s because a whole 14 years have passed since Keeping Up with the Kardashians first made its debut back in 2007. And a lot has happened since then.
As all KUWTK fans would know, after filming 20 seasons, from 2007 until 2021, the Kardashian/Jenners are finally calling it a wrap and putting an end to their hit reality series. But don’t worry, we will still be keeping up with each family member via their very active Instagram feeds.
Melissa Joan Hart Is In Her Mid 40’s
You might recognize the girl on the left as Clarissa from the Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All. Or maybe you know her as Sabrina from the WB’s Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Either way, we guarantee you that way more time has flown by since these shows were on air than you realize.
Back then, actress Mellisa Joan Hart was only 15 years old, and her acting fame continued throughout her teenage years. These days, we see much less of her on our screens, and that could be partially due to the fact that Hart is now almost 45 years young and a proud mother of three.
This Is What The Game of Thrones Cast Looked Like Before The Show’s First Season
It seemed like just yesterday when we were all huddled in front of our TV screens each week to catch the latest nail-biting episode of Game of Thrones. And while the last episode only came out in 2019, you might be surprised to hear that the show made its debut a whole decade ago.
To help put that into perspective, here’s an image of some of the show’s leading cast members, taken while attending a book signing in 2009. Maisie Williams (front left) was only 12 at the time, and now she is 23 years old! Similarly, Sophie Turner (back left) just turned 24 and is now a mother to a newborn baby girl!
Harry Potter And His Friends Would Now Be Older Than They Were In The Last Book’s Epilogue
The Harry Potter epilogue written in the seventh and final book and portrayed in the subsequent film series finale shows the cast of characters 19 years into the future. This would mean that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were meant to be in their mid-30s when this epilogue took place circa 2017.
So the epilogue is now officially four years in the past, which makes those of us who grew up with Harry Potter and his friends feel much older than we would like. Meanwhile, it really does seem like just yesterday when we were standing in line at Barnes & Noble waiting for the release of the book series’ next installment.
The Future Depicted In Back To The Future II Is Now In the Past
In the film Back To The Future II, which was released in 1989, Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown travel once again in the DeLorean time machine, which brings them 30 years into the future. There we see the movie’s prediction of what life would come to look like, which included a high-speed chase atop a futuristic hoverboard and sneakers that lace themselves.
What you might not realize when re-watching this film today is that 30 years into the future back then actually brought Doc and Morty to the year 2015. Seeing as we just entered 2021, you’ll be shocked to find out that the “future” seen in the film is actually now six years in the past.
Mick Jagger Is a Great-Grandpa
As the lead singer and one of The Rolling Stones’ founding members, musical icon Mick Jagger has been in the limelight for quite some time now. When he rose to fame back in the mid-60s, he quickly became one of the industry’s most influential faces and a huge cultural figure of the era.
While we are all well aware that a lot has happened since Jagger’s prime in the 60s and 70s, it is still really hard to wrap our heads around just how much time has passed. To give you some perspective, Jagger, who was just entering his 20s back then, is now 77 years old. As of today, he is the father of eight children (with five different women), five grandchildren, and one great grand-child who will be turning seven this year.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar Is Now Old Enough To Take Over For Principal Belding
Saved by the Bell is definitely one of those shows that got us through the 90s. From its dynamic cast of characters to its super catchy theme song, this show never failed to bring a smile to our faces. But did you know that its last season, “The College Years,” finished airing way back in 1994?!
That’s almost 30 years ago. Back then, Dennis Haskins, who played Principal Belding, was 44 years old, while Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Belding’s problem student, Zack Morris, was only 20 years old. Today, however, Gosselaar is 47 years old, making him old enough to be the new principal of Bayside High School. Now that’s a scary thought!
Beyonce Launched Her Solo Career 15 Years Ago
Everyone knows that musical icon Beyoncé would not be where she is today if it wasn’t for her start as a member of the girl group, Destiny’s Child. The group, which in its later years included singers Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams, was a huge hit in the 90s and early 2000s.
Destiny’s Child disbanded in 2006, which means it’s been 15 years since the group had its farewell performance. As we know, all three went on to pursue solo careers, and Beyoncé’s fame continued to skyrocket. However, the award-winning songstress still takes every opportunity to throwback to her girl group days, and we are ever so thankful every time she does.
Pac Man Is Old Enough to Run for President
Pac-Man is by far one of the most iconic games to ever hit the arcades. It was originally released back in the 1980s and has since become a staple in the gaming industry, even being named one of the greatest video games of all time.
While the 80s for some of us feel like just yesterday, in reality, it’s been quite some time since Pac Man made its debut, and gaming has changed significantly since then. To understand how long has passed, think about this. Pac Man is now 41 years old, which makes him old enough to run for President of the United States. #PacMan2024
Romy and Michelle Would Now be Celebrating Their Thirty Year High School Reunion
Nobody has proved that blondes have more fun better than Romy and Michelle, the quirky and hella stylish 28-year-old best friends from the 1997 film Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. While by now, most of us can recite the lines from this movie by heart, you probably don’t realize just how old the film really is.
Here’s a fun fact that will help you understand how much time has passed. Romy and Michele, played by actresses Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino, are seen in the movie attending their 10-year high school reunion. Well, if they were to film a modern-day reboot today, the girls will now be attending their thirty-year high school reunion, making them 52 years old.
The Original Teletubbies Baby Is Over 20 Years Old
If you have ever seen the popular children’s program, Teletubbies, then you probably remember the sun, which famously had the face of a laughing young baby. The program, which follows four colorful creatures with television screens on their bellies, first aired back in 1997, which doesn’t sound like that long ago at all.
However, what if we told you that the woman seen on the right is actually the Sun Baby all grown up? That’s right, her name is Jess Smith, and today she is 24 years old. The baby you see in her lap is not her own, but actually, the face of the new Sun Baby seen in the show’s revival series, which first aired in 2015.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas Is Older Than Matthew Broderick Was When He Voiced Adult Simba
The Disney animated feature film, The Lion King, is probably never going to stop being a favorite among children and adults alike. Even with the 2019 live-action remake releases, nothing can replace the original animated classic that stole our hearts back in 1994.
When the charming young actor, Johnathan Taylor Thomas (right), took on the role of bringing young Simba alive on our screens, he was only 13 years old. Meanwhile, Mathew Broderick, who voiced adult Simba (left), was 32. Today Thomas is 39 years old, making him old enough to replace Broderick if another remake ever comes into play.
Betty White Just Turned 99 Years Old
Hollywood’s most loveable face, Betty White, has been in the industry for several decades now. She made her first debut back in 1939 and really hasn’t slowed down since. And while most of us recognize White as the darling elderly “Golden Girl,” it still is quite surprising to find out just how old she is.
White celebrated her 99th birthday this past January, meaning next year she will be reining in a whole century of fun-loving existence. And that doesn’t mean she’s stopped acting either. Not too long ago, in 2019, White joined the cast of Pixar’s Toy Story 4 as the voice of a toy tiger adorably named Bitey White.
If That 70’s Show Were Created Today It Would be Called That 90’s Show
That 70’s Show, the period sitcom that made us all wish we grew up in the ’70s, first aired back in 1998. It introduced us to stars like Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Laura Prepon, who have been killing it ever since. Back then, though, they were all just newbies to the scene, with Kunis, the youngest of the bunch, being only 15 years old.
These days the stars are all grown up, and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are even married in real life and raising two children together. To understand how much time has gone by since this show was in its prime, consider this; If someone decided to make a similar period series today, based on the era depicted vs. the year it first aired, that series could be appropriately deemed “That 90s Show.”
The Twins That Played Emma Geller Green are Almost 20 Years Old
Oh, Rachel and Ross, the fictional relationship that will forever go down in history as the most aggravating ‘will they, won’t they’ storyline to ever appear on our screens. Of course, all fans of the show Friends eventually got their happy ending when Ross and Rachel had their beautiful daughter Emma.
Baby Emma was featured in the show’s last three seasons and was played by twin actresses Noelle and Cali Sheldon. Today the Sheldon sisters are entering adulthood with having just turned 18 this past June. It’s hard to believe that these two girls on the right were just babies when Friends was still on the air.