Jason Segel Is Not Shy About His Love Of Muppets
Jason Segel’s first big break came when he starred in Freaks and Geeks, so it makes sense he has his own nerdy past. Segel is infatuated with The Muppets after growing up in the ’80s when they were popular.
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Segel doesn’t just say he loves The Muppets, he puts it into action. His character in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall famously sees Segel as a guy trying to write a puppet musical. That dream became a reality in 2011 when he wrote and starred in the musical-comedy film, The Muppets.
Serena Williams Can’t Get Enough Of The Last Airbender
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When she’s not on the tennis court, Serena Williams is a serious sleeper nerd. She shocked us all in 2018 when she took to Twitter to ask a very specific question about Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The tweet proved that not only does Serena know what she’s talking about like a real nerd would, but she’s sitting around her house just thinking about it and wanting to know more. Unsurprisingly, the Airbender fandom welcomed her with open arms.
Vin Diesel Loves D&D
We know Vin Diesel as the tough guy who punches things hard and walks away slowly when cars explode in the background, but in reality, he’s one of the biggest Dungeons & Dragons geeks in Hollywood. He doubled up on his nerdiness with his longtime player name, Melkor, which was inspired by the Tolkien character.
If you need any more convincing, Diesel even taught Dame Judi Dench how to play D&D when they were on set together. We stan a D&D superfan.
Next, find out which TWO celebrities love anime.
Michael B. Jordan Wants You To Know About His Anime Love
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Killmonger from Black Panther might seem cool and suave, but he’s got a not-so-secret obsession with anime and the internet has tracked it all. In 2011 he tweeted that @AnimeAvenue was his favorite place to get all his anime. In a Vogue interview, Jordan admitted he wanted to visit Tokyo just because of anime.
Finally, in a 2014 PopSugar interview, he was asked what his guilty pleasure is and wrote down anime before getting embarrassed and writing “women” instead.
Keep reading to see the other celeb who has a strong feeling about Spirited Away.
Rashida Jones Loved Computers Before They Were Cool
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Actress Rashida Jones may be the famous daughter of music legend Quincy Jones, but she was a childhood nerd just like you or me. Jones recalls having “a computer with floppy disks and a dial-up modem before it was cool.”
Not only was the actress big into computers, but she was also on the math team and ran student government. Her nerdy childhood paid off in the end because now she’s making a career out of writing comic books and scripts for films like Toy Story 4.
Kanye West Is An Anime Geek
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Ye might have been born in Chicago, but many people don’t know that he spent time as a child living in China. He was 10 years old when he went on exchange and quickly picked up the language and culture—including a love for anime. Kanye also is proud of his straight A’s grades from the time.
Kanye still loves the art form and in 2011 he took to Twitter to share that there was “no way Spirited Away is better than Akira…NOOO WAAAY.”
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Natalie Portman Didn’t Become A Nerd Until Later In Life
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Natalie Portman grew into her nerdiness over time, but we saw it peeking out at a young age. When most of us were in full nerd-swing in high school, she was doing stuff like acting in Star Wars. Still, Portman famously skipped the premiere of The Phantom Menace so that she could study for finals.
When she was in her twenties, Portman also took a step away from Hollywood to attend Harvard. There, she authored scientific papers with impressively nerdy titles like “A Simple Method To Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar.”
Seth McFarlane Is The Ultimate Nerd
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All you have to do is watch one episode of Family Guy to figure out that its creator, Seth McFarlane, is a huge nerd. He constantly slips nerdy references into the show, like the fact they had entire episodes parodying Star Wars.
McFarlane is also a huge nerd when it comes to all things science. He served as an executive producer for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and his latest project has been a Star Trek-inspired sci-fi comedy called The Orville.
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Stephen Colbert Is A True LOTR Fan
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One of the reasons why we love Stephen Colbert so much is that he continues to prove his nerd love for the Lord of the Rings. He developed his fascination with science fiction and fantasy novels when he was 10 years old after his father and two brothers died in a plane crash.
He’s kept up his love of LOTR and even got Liv Tyler to reenact the famous “If you want him, come and claim him” scene with Colbert.
Nicolas Cage Is A Comic Book Mega-Nerd
Should we have expected anything less from the one and only Nic Cage? The first instance of him embracing his nerdiness came when he was only 15. He changed his last name from Coppola (yes, don’t forget he’s practically Hollywood royalty) to Cage after being inspired by Marvel Comic hero Luke Cage.
Since the name changed he’s lived a life of nerdiness. He owned Action Comics #1 and even named his kid Kal-El after Superman.