In the Arrow pilot, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was none too pleased to see his little sister Thea sneaking into his grown-up party and being ogled by his pal Tommy. Someone should tell him to relax — Willa Holland’s 21 after all. But the doe-eyed beauty has aged very little in character years since she first played Marissa Cooper’s little sister Kaitlin on The O.C. in 2006. Two years later, she was corrupting Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl. In an interview with the New York Daily News, she laughed about the fact that she’s still playing a rebellious high-schooler after all these years.
“I think that at 21, I still look like I’m 17 years old, so I feel like I’m going to be playing teenagers for a while, and that’s a very relatable stage in a teenage life for a female — that kind of rambunctious stage,” she told the paper.
We’re looking forward to seing how Thea fits into the life of her vigilante brother and possibly shady mother on Arrow. At the same time, we’re also waiting for the theatrical release of Tiger Eyes, the adaptation of the classic Judy Blume novel, in which Will plays Davey a girl coming to terms with the violent death of her father.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos of the many teenage years of Willa Holland:
[Photos: WireImage, Tashmoo Productions, CW]