What is the meaning of “too on the nose”?

Casting Director say this words to Female Model:

When someone asks, I want you to say you are 19. Always 19. Eighteen is
too on the nose.

I know meaning of too on the nose is too perfect, but how does this meaning suits here?


Eighteen is the age at which a person is no longer considered a minor. There are many privileges that society confers on 18-year-olds, for example the legal right to buy tobacco products, the right to leave one’s parents and live on one’s own and so on.

What the woman is saying is that the lie is more obvious if the age is represented as exactly the age that it has to be. If you want people to believe that you’re at least 18, it’s better to say that you’re 19 than that you’re 18.

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