These nerds ends up becoming Hollywood stars

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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

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 22: Serena Williams of the United States waves to the crowd after defeating Rebecca Peterson of Sweden on Day 5 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 22, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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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

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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.

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.

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.”

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.”

Donald Glover Is The Internet’s Favorite Black Nerd

Donald Glover can do just about anything. He’s a comedian, actor, writer, rapper, and producer. He’s also a mega-nerd who is a self-proclaimed Black Nerd. He even has a section of his stand-up comedy bit called “Black Nerd.”

Glover certified himself as a nerd when playing his character Troy on NBC’s Community. The internet then fan-casted him as the next Spider-Man thanks to his deep knowledge of the character. It paid off and Glover actually voiced Miles Morales in Spiderman: Homecoming.

Seth McFarlane Is The Ultimate Nerd

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 04: Creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane of the television show Family Guy speaks onstage during the FOX portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 4, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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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.

Ice T Has Been A Gamer Since High School

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If you need any proof that rapper Ice T is a hardcore gamer just look at his Twitter handle @FinalLevel. He’s been a gamer since his teenage years and to this day loves to call out other gamers online.

Ice T can even be seen on his reality show Ice Loves Coco playing Gears of War and it even got him cast as an in-game character in Gears of War 3. Being a nerd and a celebrity really pays off.

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.

LOTR Claims Another Mega-Fan With Megan Fox

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She may seem like just another Hollywood sex-symbol but there’s more to Megan Fox than her appearance. Fox is such a legit Lord of the Rings fan that she actually goes online and trolls other fans about it.

Fox said that she would “go on the forums and complain that Frodo is eating the Lembas bread outside of Mordor instead of in the Mines of Moria.” You don’t even have to understand what that means to know it’s nerdy.

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