5. Rosario Dawson
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Film director Kevin Smith has described Rosario Dawson as “a true fangirl” and “the hottest geek on the Earth.” He’s right on the money as geeks love this girl for her work in Sin City, and her love of comic books/pop culture.
Dawson reportedly can quote lines from an obscure, but much-loved comic Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. Her love of comic books has lead Rosario to create her own, titled Occult Crimes Taskforce. The comic is about a team of gun-toting New York police officers who fight crime. The character Sophia Ortiz is the splitting image of Dawson. In creating the comic book Dawson says it is “the most exciting thing I've been doing, as an actor; you're only a third of the production. With this I get to be so much a part of all of it."
Cementing her geek credentials, Dawson is a confirmed Star Trek fan. The revelation came on an episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien when Dawson greeted members of the audience in Klingon. She confirmed that Trekkies are one of her favorite things and that the world would be a better place if it was more like Star Trek.
4. Natalie Portman
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Natalie Portman has uber-geek credentials. Not only did she attend an Ivy League school, she’s Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker’s mom. Now that’s royalty in geek land.
Natalie Portman is that rare child actor who has remained down-to-earth and hasn’t gone off the rails. Natalie is sexy, funny, and totally approachable. She has been labeled an “intelligent actress” who has managed to juggle a career on the big screen and her studies. She famously skipped the premiere of Star Wars: Episode I so she could study for her end-of-school exams. The studying paid off and she ended up graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Next stop was Harvard, where she studied psychology. This girl is as smart as she is beautiful.
Portman’s work on the silver screen has endeared her to geeks around the world. Her role in Star Wars instantly enshrined her into a cultural institution.
3. Olivia Munn
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Olivia Munn is the current pin-up girl for geeks. Each day on Attack of the Show Olivia provides the info on tech, video games, and pop culture that geeks want to know. She’s also hot. The 27-year-old actress, host, and model currently graces the cover of Playboy magazine.
Olivia Munn was raised in Tokyo, Japan, yet returned to the United States to attend college. She says she’s an avid surfer, and has “a lot of respect for cars, gaming, and technology." She says she can take a computer apart and rebuild it. While not a hardcore gamer, Munn is quick to point out that she regularly plays video games, though she confesses she’s not great at them. At least she tries!
Olivia is smart, funny, sarcastic, and doesn’t taker herself too seriously. She’s also a real tease and will flaunt her sexiness and perform suggestive stunts on air, such as deep-throating a hot dog.
During 2009’s Comic-Con she practically caused a riot after parading around the convention floor in a series of nerdy outfits that caused fanboy’s minds (and pants) to explode. What caused the commotion? Well, Ms. Munn pulled the cosplay card, dressing up as Princess Leia, Lara Croft, Emma Frost, and Wonder Woman. Olivia is also set to play Iron Maiden in Iron Man 2.
2. Kristen Bell
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Kristen Bell is quite simply adorable. The bubbly blonde actress burst into the public spotlight as the title character in Veronica Mars, a delightful, dorky high-schooler who moonlights as a private investigator. Kristen gained more geek love when she joined the cast of Heroes, a role she clinched after meeting the writers and expressed how much of a fan she was and how she wanted to desperately be on the show.
Kristen describes herself as a “geek who loves fashion.” She is a fan of Comic-Con and has attended the event for the last five years. She says being a geek is about being passionate about “anything that's under the radar or sort of frowned upon.” In 2008 she starred as the only fangirl in the film Fanboys, a role she found easy to relate to. Kristen is also a fan of video games and says her perfect night in is playing Mario Kart with her roommates. Oh gosh, could she get any cuter!
It should be noted that Bell has lost some of her geek love and credibility by dating stereotypical Hollywood bro-dude Dax Shepard. Come on Kristen, you're making it look like your love for geeks was all talk.
1 Felicia Day
Felicia Day is a goddess among geeks. The 30-year-old actress first gained notice for her role as Vi on the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her work on the Joss Whedon series gave her instant street-cred and she has continued to work with Whedon on other projects.
Felicia is a self-confessed geek who loves video games, gadgets, and reading fantasy novels. She says she’s been a gamer all her life and is an accomplished World of Warcraft player, reportedly playing a “66 gnome warlock and a level 63 priest.” She was accepted to study music a Julliard but decided to do a double major in mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. It doesn't get more nerdy than that.
Felicia’s addiction to World of Warcraft led her to create the groundbreaking and hugely popular web series The Guild. The Guild follows the lives of a group of World of Warcraft players. The show was originally written as a television pilot but was rejected for being too obscure. Felicia decided to make it anyway and in doing so became a web pioneer. She cemented her stature online by appearing in Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.
Felicia is gorgeous, kooky, down-to-earth, funny, charming, and quite simply, lovely. Any guy would love a girl like her, but for geeks, she's simply untouchable.