“Nerd” used to be an insult for someone who read books or do homework rather than play sports. Now, “nerd” is a term of endearment for anyone who enjoys comic book movies, video games, cult TV shows or basically anything cool in pop culture. Within nerd culture, there are certain women who get a bit more love than the rest. Here are the 25 celebrities who nerds are really crushing on.
Emma Watson Why Nerds Love Her: Hermoine Granger. Don’t act like you haven’t seen it.
Carrie Fisher Why Nerds Love Her: Princess Leia…duh
Emilia Clarke Why Nerds Love Her: Where do we begin? She plays Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. She just played Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys. Oh, and she was just named the Sexiest Woman Live by Esquire.
Megan Fox Why Nerds Love Her: Is an explanation necessary?
Natalie Dormer Why Nerds Love Her: She loves to talk shit about Queen Cersei on Game of Thrones. She’s also been known to rock a crazy punk rock hairdo for her role in the Hunger Games franchise.
Olivia Munn Why Nerds Love Her: She hosted Attack of the Show!, a news program that covered tech, pop culture and video games. And she also worked as a correspondent for The Daily Show. Now she’s dating Aaron Rodgers, who is an evil man that no one should support. (Yes, I am a Chicago Bears fan.)
Kat Dennings Why Nerds Love Her: First of all, her website is titled “Kat Dennings is fabulous.” She’s also been in both of the Thor Marvel movies and she co-starred with the King of Nerds Michael Cera in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Too bad she’s on such a shitty CBS comedy right now.
Meg TurneyWhy Nerds Love Her: Hugely popular Internet personality, famous cosplayer, vlogger, etc. Basically just killing the Internet every day of her life.
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Emily Kinney Why Nerds Love Her: She played Beth on The Walking Dead, who was the cute blonde for most of the series. Then she became a bit more hardened and badass by the end. She’s also a singer-songwriter, so she’s had a career even after (SPOILER ALERT) her character got killed off last season.
Anna Kendrick Why Nerds Love Her: She’s probably the most adorable, funniest woman on the planet. Isn’t that enough?
Hayley Atwell Why Nerds Love Her: She’s best known for playing Agent Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger. People loved her so much, they created a whole TV show revolving around the character. She was also in an excellent episode of Black Mirror, a British TV show.
Mellissa Benoist Why Nerds Love Her: She plays Supergirl on CBS, which just debuted to excellent ratings. Also Jeb Bush said she’s “pretty hot.” That’s right! She’s so attractive a presidential candidate almost torpedoed his campaign to point it out!
Morena Baccarin Why Nerds Love Her: Morena Baccarin’s been in a few cult sci-fi TV shows including Firefly, Stargate SG-1 and V. She also played Jessica Brody on the Emmy-winning series Homeland and is currently a recurring character on Fox’s Gotham. Lots of nerdy stuff on that résumé.
Daisy Ridley Why Nerds (Will) Love Her: She’s going to be in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be the biggest opening in movie history and make tons of money, and every guy will be talking about her character. I don’t even know her character’s name, but I guarantee people will be talking about her endlessly in two months.
Chloe Grace Moretz Why Nerds Love Her: When she was younger, she appeared in a number of movies nerds loved. Kick Ass, Let Me In, Big Momma’s House 2, etc. She’s going to be in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising next year, which we assume many male college students will definitely go see.
Evangeline Lilly Why Nerds Love Her: First she played Kate on Lost, where every guy on the deserted island was more worried about hooking up with her than returning home. Then she played a part in the Hobbit trilogy. And now she’s entered the Marvel universe through Ant-Man. She’s in pretty much everything nerds love.
Sophie Turner Why Nerds Love Her: She plays the most tragic character on all of Game of Thrones in Sansa Stark. She seems more cheery in real-life.
Aubrey Plaza Why Nerds Love Her: She played everyone’s favorite misanthrope, April Ludgate, in Parks and Recreation. She’s also known for her incredibly awkward appearances on late-night talk shows.
Lauren Cohan Why Nerds Love Her: Have you heard about this little show known as The Walking Dead? It’s the most popular show on television and (occasionally) gets a higher audience than Sunday Night Football. Lauren plays Maggie, and is able to look pretty gorgeous even when covered in dirt and zombie guts.
Deborah Ann Woll Why Nerds Love Her: She was on True Blood, which I believe is a show about lesbian vampires (I’ve never seen an episode), so that’s a major positive. She was also the female lead on Daredevil, the Netflix hit of 2015. Let’s hope they can squeeze her into the main Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Stefanie Joosten Why Nerds (Should) Love Her: Joosten is a model originally from the Netherlands who currently lives in Japan. She has her own YouTube channel where she regularly plays video games. Also, she was the model for Quiet, a character in the popular Metal Gear Solid V video game.
Yvonne Strahovski Why Nerds Love Her: She’s been on cult shows, such as, Chuck and shows with large Internet buzz, such as Dexter. But most interestingly, she played Miranda Lawson in the popular Mass Effect video game franchise and her character was known for wearing skin tight latex, which many men found…appealing.
Felicia Day Why Nerds Love Her: Too many reasons! She was on Bufy the Vampire Slayer, she was on the cult hit Supernatural and she’s also been a character in a few video games. She also created The Guild, which was an entire web series devoted to MMORPG gaming. IS THAT NERDY ENOUGH FOR YOU?!
Karen Gillan Why Nerds Love Her: She was on Doctor Who, which happens to be the favorite show of Internet nerds and 14-year-old girls everywhere.
Kate Beckinsale Why Nerds Love Her: Is it sexist that the only female-led fantasy film franchise stars a woman in skin-tight leather? Probably, but that doesn’t mean nerds don’t love her.