Hot celebs can be comic geeks too, contrary to the stereotype. Now, we don’t really need much of an excuse to come up with a list of 15 hot celebs, amirite? It’s everybody’s favorite topic. But, when you add another dimension to the picture, it becomes a win-win situation that just multiplies the pleasure.
Comic book lovers get a bad rep as a rule. If they are mentioned or portrayed at all on TV or in movies, they’re invariably unattractive, isolated, even troubled teens whose love of graphic novels is compensating for something else — like having a life. When, as we all know, a love of comic books is actually very cool and a sign of high intelligence. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.
And, to prove it, we’ve assembled this list of stellar ladies who are smart, sexy, and who are total comic, gaming, and superhero nerds.
15. Rosario Dawson
She’s everyone’s favorite night nurse on the Marvel Netflix TV series — several of them as a matter of fact. She’s also starred in comic book and cult hits like Sin City and Seven Pounds. It turns out, sizzling hot Rosario Dawson is also a total comic book fangirl. She has talked in interviews about her favorites, which include popular series like The Watchmen, and Marvel’s Wolverine. She is also said to like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac — the bloody story of Johnny, who sets off on a path of continuous carnage, encouraged by styrofoam doughboys that he rooms with. Dark insanity ensues. Penned by Jhonen Vasquez, the indie comic was published in 1995. Her choices show a distinct edge for the dark side of the comic book world that we have to say we love. She released her own comic title, Occult Crimes Taskforce, a four-issue mini-series, in 2006. To top it all off, she speaks Klingon.
14. Jaimie Alexander
Statuesque Jaime Alexander is a busy actress and it’s not hard to see why. She not only looks the part in sci-fi roles like Jessi on the TV series Kyle XY, and of course, our own favorite, Lady Sif in two of the Thor movies, and also in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but she’s got real screen presence too. Jaime also stars in Blindspot, a TV series where she is discovered naked in Times Square, with no memory and covered in mysterious tattoos. Jaime, as it turns out, is also a comic book fan, but get this, she may have a place in the MCU — she’s a DC comics fangirl! Jaime has admitted that she’s been a Superman fan since she was a child, and also counts Wonder Woman and Batman among her absolute favorites. Sorry Marvel fans.
13. Adrianne Curry
We first got to know Adrianne Curry as the winner of the very first season of America’s Next Top Model back in 2003. The savvy model and media personality has managed to parlay that initial win into a long career. First, there were a couple of stints on reality TV on Christopher Knight’s show on VH1, My Fair Brady. That’s right, she dated, and subsequently married, good old Peter Brady. Along the way, she became well known as a model, but perhaps even better known as a cosplayer. It turns out, she’s been a fan of Star Wars and comic books since she was a little girl. In interviews, she’s mentioned loving Batman first, but then graduating to The Watchmen. She even had a fangirl crush on Rorschach!
12. Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn was a model at first and then went into journalism before making the leap to acting. She’s had various roles, notably, for the nerd crowd, that of Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, a role she’ll be returning to in 2018 in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Koko in The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Many will also remember her stint as co-host of Attack of the Show! — a geeky pop culture show on cable TV that reviewed comic books, among other things. So, it’s no surprise that Olivia is the real deal and an avowed comic book addict. In interviews, she has mentioned her favorite as Y: The Last Man, an indie post-apocalyptic graphic novel that came out in 2002. She also wrote a book called Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek that was published in 2011.
11. Maisie Williams
Yes, Arya Stark is a major comic book fangirl. The British actress who plays the youngest Stark sister in Game of Thrones is already a major geek crush. Arya is the tomboy who went on a quest for her mystical fight training and came back a ruthless assassin bent on revenge. Maisie has also appeared in the Doctor Who series as Ashildr in 2015. When it comes to comics, Maisie’s favorite is Spider-Man, and has been since she was a child and postered her bedroom with Spidey. She even wore a Spider-Man mask to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con so no one would recognize her. Love! She also recycled comic books and turned them into a dress she sported at the same Comic-Con event. It doesn’t get much more hardcore than that.
10. Kate Beckinsale
In North America, we know Kate Beckinsale best for her recurring role as Selene the deathly vampire in the Underworld movie franchise. In the UK, her film roots go back to a Shakespearean adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing, that was released in 1993. Along with Selene, she’s starred in Van Helsing opposite Hugh Jackman, and the 2012 remake of Total Recall with Colin Farrell. Her nerd roots are already strong. It turns out she’s a comic book lover, too. Her interest in comic books rubbed off from husband Len Wiseman, a passion he shares with Kate’s daughter Lily Mo Sheen (daughter of Michael Sheen). She may be going along with the fam, but the three have been spotted many times at comic book events, proving her interest is more than shallow.
9. Deborah Ann Woll
Deborah Ann Woll has been a favorite of nerd culture since her days as Jessica Hanby on True Blood. These days, she is a welcome addition of level-headed normalcy in The Defenders TV series. She’s appeared as Karen Page in Daredevil, The Defenders, and most recently in The Punisher. Deborah got ready for her role by delving into her boyfriend’s comic collection, which included early issues of Marvel’s Daredevil series. She’s said to have become hooked on the series, but it’s not the first time she’s had an interest in all things nerdy. Deborah is a long-time fan of Dungeons & Dragons and is also into video gaming.
8. Megan Fox
Now, we know of course that foxy Megan Fox has starred in Transformers flicks, but it turns out, her relationship to nerdom goes much deeper than that. Bless her, sexy Megan is not just a comic fan, she’s an indie comic book fan. She cites some of her faves in a published interview. “Fathom was one of my favorites. Danger Girl can be ridiculous, but sometimes it’s funny. Midnight Nation is really interesting.” She’s referring to Fathom, created by Michael Turner for his own label, Aspen MLT, Danger Girl of IDW Publishing, by artist J. Scott Campbell and writer Andy Hartnell – rumored to be headed for a movie treatment – and Midnight Nation by writer J. Michael Straczynski and penciller Gary Frank on the Joe’s Comics label. She’s also said to love Witchblade and Gen 13, among other 1990s indie classics. Everybody’s childhood geek crush Mikaela from the Transformers movies is a bona fide comic book geek.
7. Madelaine Petsch
Redheaded bombshell Madelaine Petsch is currently lighting up the screen as Cheryl Blossom on The CW’s hugely successful Archie reboot, Riverdale. Fun fact: Cheryl Blossom was a minor character in the original Archies‘ comics in the 1940s. She was actually retired because publishers deemed her character was too sexy for the kids they were targeting as readers. That sex appeal factor, however, is what makes her portrayal of Riverdale‘s ultimate mean girl so riveting. Madelaine says she was a fan of the Archies comics from way back, and it felt great to already be so familiar with the characters when she was sent her first Riverdale script. When she was asked about her favorite superhero character at Comic-Con 2017, her answer seemed intuitive. “Poison Ivy, because she represents redheads and she’s a badass.”
6. Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones is the adorable actress we loved as Ann Perkins in Parks and Recreation from 2009 to 2015. She’s the daughter of Peggy Lipton (the hottest of the original Mod Squad trio) and legendary musician and producer Quincy Jones. In his autobiography, Jones describes catching her at age six hiding under the covers and reading five comic books at a time in secret when she was supposed to be going to sleep. She describes herself as a “straight-up nerd” and we are totally cool with that. She’s had a long and varied career largely on TV on The Office, Boston Public, and movies like 2010’s The Social Network. In 2010, she also created her own comic book titled Frenemy of the State. It follows the adventures of a stylish socialite who is a secret CIA operative.
5. Olivia Wilde
A couple of years ago, when the role of Captain Marvel was up for grabs, Olivia Wilde made no secret of the fact that she’d welcome the opportunity when her fans raised the idea on Twitter. Sure, becoming part of the MCU is a great opportunity for anyone, but the fact is, Olivia is a fan. “I’m a big fan of superhero films, and I have so much respect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” she said in an interview. And, it’s not just the big-screen version of her fave superheroes that she’s into. In the interview, Olivia critiques Marvel’s portrayal of female superheroes, saying they just aren’t as complex or nuanced as the original comic book sources. Olivia sure knows her comic book characters! We applaud her expertise.
4. Kristen Bell
Unlike many of the other actresses on the list, Kristen Bell hasn’t been associated with fantasy and sci-fi professionally per se. The Michigan native is best known in popular TV series like Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl, and as the voice of Anna in Frozen, among many other acting credits. She has said in interviews that she first got turned on to comic books in 2004, as an adult, but she’s been making up for lost time ever since. She’s a regular attendee at Comic-Cons and she can talk comic books like an expert. Her favorite figure in the comic book world is Ed Brubaker, an Eisner Award winning writer and cartoonist who has put his stamp on many superhero series, including Batman, Captain America, Catwoman, Uncanny X-Men, and Daredevil.
3. Katee Sackhoff
Katee Sackhoff is still best known for her portrayal of Lt. Kara Thrace on Battlestar Galactica from 2003 to 2009. She’s had other roles, of course, including a voice role on Robot Chicken from 2007 to 2016 and a few sci-fi related movies like Batman: Year One and Riddick. The latest news is that she’ll be joining DC’s The Flash in the recurring role of the villain Amunet Black (the Blacksmith) for the current season. She’s been a fixture on the Comic-Con circuit for years and is reported to have an encyclopedic knowledge of all things nerd and comic book. Katee is also known to be very approachable, so if you happen to see her at one, don’t be afraid to say hello. We’ll also note that she is married to Karl Urban, one of our fave male action hero types.
2. Aisha Tyler
Aisha Tyler has had a long career in show biz, including roles on Ghost Whisperer, voicing the role of Lara Kane on Archer, and former co-host of The Talk. She’s been a producer, author, and director. Aisha is also a gaming nerd who has also hosted Ubisoft’s E3 press conferences and appeared in Halo: Reach and Watch Dogs. Not surprisingly, she’s also a comic book fan. Aisha has talked in interviews about a lonely childhood. She was drawn to fantasy and sci-fi, and the X-Men were her reliable friends. She says that, as a teenager in particular, she related to X-Men and the idea of being an outsider. Doesn’t every outsider kid want to be a superhero? She also cites Teen Titans and Watchmen as faves. The woman has taste.
1. Janina Gavankar
Janina Gavankar is better known for her love of gaming than comic books, it’s true, but she makes our list for her huge nerd cred. She’s talked about how much she’s into gaming in many interviews, and says playing Dr. Mario is how she unwinds after a long day. We’ve all got our go-to relaxation game, right? Janina has always seemed to follow her nerdy interests in terms of the roles she’s chosen, including video game voicing. She’s one of the main characters in EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2, and voices FERO in a Halo 5: Guardians promo. Her roles have been many, including Stargate: Atlantis, The Vampire Diaries, and Luna the shapeshifter on True Blood. She also has a recurring role as a vice cop and Oliver Queen’s ex-love interest on the DC/The CW hit series Arrow.
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