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25 Actors Who Just Can’t Seem To Stop Being In Teen Dramas

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Bianca Lawson

Bianca on Buffy

Bianca on The Vampire Diaires

Bianca on Pretty Little Liars

Bianca on Teen Wolf

Bianca on Secret Life

Bianca on Dawson's Creek

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I think Bianca wins the Most Teen Drama Roles award. She’s been playing a teenager for 20 years.

Roles: Kendra on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Emily on The Vampire Diaries, Maya on Pretty Little Liars, the guidance counselor Marin on Teen Wolf, Shawna on Secret Life of the American Teenager, Nikki on Dawson’s Creek, and Megan on Saved by the Bell: The New Class

Bianca on Buffy

Bianca on The Vampire Diaires

Bianca on Pretty Little Liars

Bianca on Teen Wolf

Bianca on Secret Life

Bianca on Dawson's Creek

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I think Bianca wins the Most Teen Drama Roles award. She’s been playing a teenager for 20 years.

Roles: Kendra on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Emily on The Vampire Diaries, Maya on Pretty Little Liars, the guidance counselor Marin on Teen Wolf, Shawna on Secret Life of the American Teenager, Nikki on Dawson’s Creek, and Megan on Saved by the Bell: The New Class

2.

Charisma Carpenter

Charisma on Buffy

Charisma on Veronica Mars

Charisma on Greek

Charisma on The Lying Game

Charisma on Baywatch

Charisma on Malibu Shores


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Appearing on teen dramas since 1994!

Roles: Cordelia on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Kendall on Veronica Mars, Tegan on Greek, Rebecca on The Lying Game, Wendie on Baywatch, and Ashley on Malibu Shores

Charisma on Buffy

Charisma on Veronica Mars

Charisma on Greek

Charisma on The Lying Game

Charisma on Baywatch

Charisma on Malibu Shores


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Appearing on teen dramas since 1994!

Roles: Cordelia on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Kendall on Veronica Mars, Tegan on Greek, Rebecca on The Lying Game, Wendie on Baywatch, and Ashley on Malibu Shores

3.

Susan Walters

Susan on One Tree Hill

Susan on The Vampire Diaries

Susan on Teen Wolf

Susan on The Fosters

Susan on Star-Crossed


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You might not know her name, but you know her face. She’s been on a grand total of five teen dramas.

Roles: Principal Rimkus on One Tree Hill, Tyler’s mom on The Vampire Diaries, Lydia’s mom on Teen Wolf, Diane on The Fosters, and Maia on Star-Crossed

Susan on One Tree Hill

Susan on The Vampire Diaries

Susan on Teen Wolf

Susan on The Fosters

Susan on Star-Crossed


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You might not know her name, but you know her face. She’s been on a grand total of five teen dramas.

Roles: Principal Rimkus on One Tree Hill, Tyler’s mom on The Vampire Diaries, Lydia’s mom on Teen Wolf, Diane on The Fosters, and Maia on Star-Crossed

4.

Torrey DeVito

Torrey on Pretty Little Liars

Torrey on The Vampire Diaries

Torrey on One Tree Hill

Torrey on Dawson's Creek


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Torrey was briefly married to Paul Wesley, who played Stefan on The Vampire Diaries.

Roles: Melissa on Pretty Little Liars, Meredith on The Vampire Diaries, Carrie on One Tree Hill, and a college student on Dawson’s Creek

Torrey on Pretty Little Liars

Torrey on The Vampire Diaries

Torrey on One Tree Hill

Torrey on Dawson's Creek


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Torrey was briefly married to Paul Wesley, who played Stefan on The Vampire Diaries.

Roles: Melissa on Pretty Little Liars, Meredith on The Vampire Diaries, Carrie on One Tree Hill, and a college student on Dawson’s Creek

5.

Vanessa Morgan

Vanessa on Teen Wolf

Vanessa on The Shannara Chronicles

Vanessa on Finding Carter

Vanessa on Degrassi TNG


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You probably know Vanessa from Riverdale, but she’s actually appeared on a bunch of teen dramas!

Roles: Toni on Riverdale, Lyria on The Shannara Chronicles, Bird on Finding Carter, and Vanessa on Degrassi: The Next Generation

Vanessa on Teen Wolf

Vanessa on The Shannara Chronicles

Vanessa on Finding Carter

Vanessa on Degrassi TNG


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You probably know Vanessa from Riverdale, but she’s actually appeared on a bunch of teen dramas!

Roles: Toni on Riverdale, Lyria on The Shannara Chronicles, Bird on Finding Carter, and Vanessa on Degrassi: The Next Generation

6.

Cody Christian

Cody on Pretty Little Liars

Cody on Teen Wolf

Cody on All American


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Cody went from playing Aria’s little brother to being a leading man in his own right!

Roles: Mike on Pretty Little Liars, Theo on Teen Wolf, Asher on All American

Cody on Pretty Little Liars

Cody on Teen Wolf

Cody on All American


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Cody went from playing Aria’s little brother to being a leading man in his own right!

Roles: Mike on Pretty Little Liars, Theo on Teen Wolf, Asher on All American

7.

Kathryn Prescott

Kathryn on Finding Carter

Kathryn on Skins

Kathryn on Reign


Freeform, E4, The CW

Fun fact: Kathryn has an identical twin, who also had a large role on Skins!

Roles: Carter on Finding Carter, Emily on Skins, and Penelope on Reign

Kathryn on Finding Carter

Kathryn on Skins

Kathryn on Reign


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Fun fact: Kathryn has an identical twin, who also had a large role on Skins!

Roles: Carter on Finding Carter, Emily on Skins, and Penelope on Reign

8.

Chad Michael Murray

Chad on One Tree Hill

Chad on Gilmore Girls

Chad on Dawson's Creek

Chad on Riverdale


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Haley mentioned Dawson’s Creek on One Tree Hill…and Chad was on Dawson’s Creek…did she not notice her best friend Lucas was on the show?

Roles: Lucas on One Tree Hill, Tristin on Gilmore Girls, Charlie on Dawson’s Creek, and Edgar on Riverdale

Chad on One Tree Hill

Chad on Gilmore Girls

Chad on Dawson's Creek

Chad on Riverdale


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Haley mentioned Dawson’s Creek on One Tree Hill…and Chad was on Dawson’s Creek…did she not notice her best friend Lucas was on the show?

Roles: Lucas on One Tree Hill, Tristin on Gilmore Girls, Charlie on Dawson’s Creek, and Edgar on Riverdale

9.

Mädchen Amick

Madchen on Riverdale

Marchen on Gossip Girl

Madchen on Dawson's Creek

Madchen on Gilmore Girls


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Appearing on teen dramas since 1999!

Roles: Alice on Riverdale, Catherine/The Duchess on Gossip Girl, Nicole on Dawson’s Creek, and Sherry on Gilmore Girls

Madchen on Riverdale

Marchen on Gossip Girl

Madchen on Dawson's Creek

Madchen on Gilmore Girls


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Appearing on teen dramas since 1999!

Roles: Alice on Riverdale, Catherine/The Duchess on Gossip Girl, Nicole on Dawson’s Creek, and Sherry on Gilmore Girls

10.

Marisol Nichols

Marisol on the original 90210

Marisol on Riverdale

Marisol on Teen Wolf


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You probably know Marisol from her Riverdale or Teen Wolf role, but she actually got her start way back in the day on Beverly Hills, 90210!

Roles: Wendy on Beverly Hills, 90210, Corinna (Malia’s mom) on Teen Wolf, and Hermione (Veronica’s mom) on Riverdale

Marisol on the original 90210

Marisol on Riverdale

Marisol on Teen Wolf


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You probably know Marisol from her Riverdale or Teen Wolf role, but she actually got her start way back in the day on Beverly Hills, 90210!

Roles: Wendy on Beverly Hills, 90210, Corinna (Malia’s mom) on Teen Wolf, and Hermione (Veronica’s mom) on Riverdale

11.

Ross Butler

Ross in 13 Reasons Why

Ross in Riverdale

Ross in Teen Wolf


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Ross has been making waves on teen dramas for the last few years, but you probably know him best as Zach from 13 Reasons Why.

Roles: Zach on 13 Reasons Why, Reggie on Riverdale (in Season 1), and Nathan on Teen Wolf

Ross in 13 Reasons Why

Ross in Riverdale

Ross in Teen Wolf


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Ross has been making waves on teen dramas for the last few years, but you probably know him best as Zach from 13 Reasons Why.

Roles: Zach on 13 Reasons Why, Reggie on Riverdale (in Season 1), and Nathan on Teen Wolf

12.

Matt Lanter

Matt in 90210

Matt in Heroes

Matt in Star-Crossed

Matt in Point Pleasant


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You probably remember him from 90210, but he’s been on plenty of other teen dramas!

Roles: Liam on 90210, Brody on Heroes, Roman on Star-Crossed, and Nick on Point Pleasant

Matt in 90210

Matt in Heroes

Matt in Star-Crossed

Matt in Point Pleasant


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You probably remember him from 90210, but he’s been on plenty of other teen dramas!

Roles: Liam on 90210, Brody on Heroes, Roman on Star-Crossed, and Nick on Point Pleasant

13.

Sam Page

Sam on Gossip Girl

Sam on Point Pleasant

Sam on Greek

Sam on Switched at Birth


The CW, Fox, Freeform

You may remember him best as the professor that dated Serena on Gossip Girl.

Roles: Colin on Gossip Girl, Jesse on Point Pleasant, Joel on Greek, and Craig on Switched at Birth

Sam on Gossip Girl

Sam on Point Pleasant

Sam on Greek

Sam on Switched at Birth


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You may remember him best as the professor that dated Serena on Gossip Girl.

Roles: Colin on Gossip Girl, Jesse on Point Pleasant, Joel on Greek, and Craig on Switched at Birth

14.

Melissa Ponzio

Melissa on Teen Wolf

Melissa on The Vampire Diaries

Melissa on One Tree Hill

Melissa on Dawson's Creek


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My personal favorite is definitely as Melissa McCall.

Roles: Melissa (Scott’s mom) on Teen Wolf, Daphne on The Vampire Diaries, Alice on One Tree Hill, Robin on Dawson’s Creek

Melissa on Teen Wolf

Melissa on The Vampire Diaries

Melissa on One Tree Hill

Melissa on Dawson's Creek


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My personal favorite is definitely as Melissa McCall.

Roles: Melissa (Scott’s mom) on Teen Wolf, Daphne on The Vampire Diaries, Alice on One Tree Hill, Robin on Dawson’s Creek

15.

Adam Brody

Adam on The OC

Adam on Gilmore Girls

Adam on Smallville


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Best known as Seth Cohen, Adam actually appeared on multiple other teen dramas! Fun fact: He’s married to Leighton Meester, who played Blair on Gossip Girl.

Roles: Seth on The O.C., Dave on Gilmore Girls, and Justin on Smallville

Adam on The OC

Adam on Gilmore Girls

Adam on Smallville


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Best known as Seth Cohen, Adam actually appeared on multiple other teen dramas! Fun fact: He’s married to Leighton Meester, who played Blair on Gossip Girl.

Roles: Seth on The O.C., Dave on Gilmore Girls, and Justin on Smallville

16.

Arielle Kebbel

Arielle in The Vampire Diaries

Arielle in Gilmore Girls

Arielle in Life Unexpected

Ariella in 90210


The WB, The CW

You probably know her from John Tucker Must Die — but she’s been in a lot of teen dramas, too!

Roles: Lexie on The Vampire Diaries, Lindsay on Gilmore Girls, Paige on Life Unexpected, and Vanessa on 90210

Arielle in The Vampire Diaries

Arielle in Gilmore Girls

Arielle in Life Unexpected

Ariella in 90210


The WB, The CW

You probably know her from John Tucker Must Die — but she’s been in a lot of teen dramas, too!

Roles: Lexie on The Vampire Diaries, Lindsay on Gilmore Girls, Paige on Life Unexpected, and Vanessa on 90210

17.

Kristen Bell

Kristen on Veronica Mars

Kristen on Gossip Girl

Kristen on Heroes


UPN, The CW, NBC

You may not know this, but Kristen Bell actually did all the Gossip Girl voiceovers! And she actually appeared in the finale as a fun nod to her work on the show.

Roles: Veronica on Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl’s voice on Gossip Girl, Elle on Heroes

Kristen on Veronica Mars

Kristen on Gossip Girl

Kristen on Heroes


UPN, The CW, NBC

You may not know this, but Kristen Bell actually did all the Gossip Girl voiceovers! And she actually appeared in the finale as a fun nod to her work on the show.

Roles: Veronica on Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl’s voice on Gossip Girl, Elle on Heroes

18.

Milo Ventimiglia

Milo on Gilmore Girls

Milo on Heroes

Milo on Saved by the Bell

Milo on Sabrina the Teenage Witch


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Of course, we all know him now as the beloved Jack on This Is Us.

Roles: Jess on Gilmore Girls, Peter on Heroes, Greg on Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Letterman on Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Milo on Gilmore Girls

Milo on Heroes

Milo on Saved by the Bell

Milo on Sabrina the Teenage Witch


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Of course, we all know him now as the beloved Jack on This Is Us.

Roles: Jess on Gilmore Girls, Peter on Heroes, Greg on Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Letterman on Sabrina the Teenage Witch

19.

Seth Green

Seth on Buffy

Seth on Heroes

Seth on the original 90210


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If you don’t know Seth Green (which you should), you definitely know his voice from Family Guy, Robot Chicken, or Guardians of the Galaxy.

Roles: Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sam on Heroes, and Wayne on Beverly Hills, 90210

Seth on Buffy

Seth on Heroes

Seth on the original 90210


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If you don’t know Seth Green (which you should), you definitely know his voice from Family Guy, Robot Chicken, or Guardians of the Galaxy.

Roles: Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sam on Heroes, and Wayne on Beverly Hills, 90210

20.

Rachel Bilson

Rachel on The OC

Rachel on Gossip Girl

Rachel on Buffy


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Best known for playing Summer Roberts, Rachel also had a fun guest appearance as herself on the series finale of Gossip Girl!

Roles: Summer on The O.C., herself on Gossip Girl, and Colleen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Rachel on The OC

Rachel on Gossip Girl

Rachel on Buffy


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Best known for playing Summer Roberts, Rachel also had a fun guest appearance as herself on the series finale of Gossip Girl!

Roles: Summer on The O.C., herself on Gossip Girl, and Colleen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

21.

Jane Lynch

Jane on Glee

Jane on Veronica Mars

Jane on Gilmore Girls

Jane on Dawson's Creek


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Lynch was a teen drama actor far before Glee!

Roles: Sue on Glee, Mrs. Donaldson on Veronica Mars, a nurse on Gilmore Girls, and Mrs. Witter on Dawson’s Creek

Jane on Glee

Jane on Veronica Mars

Jane on Gilmore Girls

Jane on Dawson's Creek


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Lynch was a teen drama actor far before Glee!

Roles: Sue on Glee, Mrs. Donaldson on Veronica Mars, a nurse on Gilmore Girls, and Mrs. Witter on Dawson’s Creek

22.

Krysten Ritter

Krysten on Veronica Mars

Krysten on Gossip Girl

Krysten on Gilmore Girls


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Krysten was actually meant to star in a Gossip Girl spinoff focusing on a young Lily and Carol in Los Angeles, but the show was scrapped.

Roles: Gia on Veronica Mars, Carol on Gossip Girl, and Lucy on Gilmore Girls

Krysten on Veronica Mars

Krysten on Gossip Girl

Krysten on Gilmore Girls


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Krysten was actually meant to star in a Gossip Girl spinoff focusing on a young Lily and Carol in Los Angeles, but the show was scrapped.

Roles: Gia on Veronica Mars, Carol on Gossip Girl, and Lucy on Gilmore Girls

23.

Rumer Willis

Rumer on Pretty Little Liars

Rumer on 90210

Rumer on Secret Life


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Fun fact: Rumer is the child of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis

Roles: Zoe on Pretty Little Liars, Gia on 90210, and Heather on Secret Life of the American Teenager

Rumer on Pretty Little Liars

Rumer on 90210

Rumer on Secret Life


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Fun fact: Rumer is the child of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis

Roles: Zoe on Pretty Little Liars, Gia on 90210, and Heather on Secret Life of the American Teenager

24.

Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn on Glee

Jessalyn on Heroes

Jessalyn on Friday Night Lights


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Before playing Will’s wife on Glee, Terri appeared on multiple other teen dramas!

Roles: Terri on Glee, Meredith on Heroes, and Shelley on Friday Night Lights

Jessalyn on Glee

Jessalyn on Heroes

Jessalyn on Friday Night Lights


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Before playing Will’s wife on Glee, Terri appeared on multiple other teen dramas!

Roles: Terri on Glee, Meredith on Heroes, and Shelley on Friday Night Lights

25.

And finally, Stephen Amell

Stephen on 90210

Stephen on The Vampire Diaries

Stephen on Degrassi


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Before winning our hearts as Oliver on Arrow, Stephen appeared on a handful of teen dramas!

Roles: Jim on 90210, Brady on The Vampire Diaries, doorman on Degrassi: The Next Generation

Stephen on 90210

Stephen on The Vampire Diaries

Stephen on Degrassi


The CW, CTV

Before winning our hearts as Oliver on Arrow, Stephen appeared on a handful of teen dramas!

Roles: Jim on 90210, Brady on The Vampire Diaries, doorman on Degrassi: The Next Generation

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