Sharing Day: Nerd Crush edition



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This week’s Sharing Day topic is:

Who have you had the biggest “Nerd Crush” on?

You don’t have to pick one of the stars pictured above, they’re just here to get you inspired. Or whatever the appropriate adjective is. Ahem. Your answer should be a “celebrity” role, not someone you know in real life like the cute librarian or the hunky life guard who’s secretly into “Twilight”.

If you like, in return for answering my question to you, you may ask a question of me on any topic and I’ll do my best to answer honestly and completely. Just leave your reply (and question, if any) as a comment. The goal is to learn a little more about our community and to put some positive vibes out there on this Friday the 13th!

As for me and my answer to this question … I’m going to go with Lynda Carter, TV’s original Wonder Woman. When she’d come on the screen and do that magic spin, transforming into the metal-brassiered Amazon … wow. For a young nerd in a time before cable OR the Internet, that was pretty much the pinnacle.

Now, over to you! What actor in a nerdy role have you had your biggest crush on?

About Jeff Hebert

Jeff is a 44 year old city boy who has somehow found himself located in Colorado, fulfilling his lifetime dream of making a living drawing super-heroes all day.

55 Responses to Sharing Day: Nerd Crush edition

  1. I would have to say slave Leia it’s my…..dark….deep…secret.
    when I see a picture of her I’m like Golum “My Precious.”

  2. I am currently in the middle of a HUGE nerd crush on Garrus Vakarian from Mass Effect… I even write my own fan fiction story (with Shepard and Garrus), I have his picture both as wallpaper of my computer and as a screensaver.

  3. I can’t decide if the Slave Leia thing is more about what age most of us were when that came out; or the fact that we’d only ever seen here in that shapeless rob and bun hair so when the metal bikini debuted it was enhanced by shock value; or if there’s some sort of unspoken S&M type of fetish there; or if Carrie Fisher was just that hot at that point; or if there’s an uncomfortable element of misogynistic sentiment seeing a powerful woman chained up; or what.

    But whatever it is, she definitely had quite the impact on a lot .. a LOT … of us male nerds. And apparently female nerds as well, since that’s the runaway winner of the “Most Cosplayed” award at conventions.

  4. Gotta say the biggest nerdy crush I ever had (and still currently do) is for Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds. I know he looks like a big nerd in every way (sweater vest and all) but he blows my mind. He is so smart, awkward, and sexy all at the same time. It’s a geek girl thing.

  5. Does Alyssa Milano as Phoebe in Charmed count as nerdy?
    If not, then probably Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, or Kristen Kreuk as Lana Lang, or Nana Visitor as Major Kira, or Laura Vandervoort as Kara Zor’El, or Erica Durance as Lois Lane, or Roxann Dawson as B’Elanna Torres, or Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, or Kelly Hu as Lady Deathstrike, or Morena Baccarin as Inara Serra, or Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker or Miranda, or Keegan Connor Tracy as Diane Hughes in Jake 2.0 or as the Blue Fairy in Once Upon a Time, or Claudia Black as Vala Mal Doran or Aeryn Sun, or Gigi Edgley as Chiana, or Halle Berry as Storm, or…wait, I have to pick just one?
    Dang it. I’ll have to get back to you then. *sigh*

  6. alphaalpharomeo

    I’d have to say my crush is a tie between Robin from How I Met Your Mother Kaylee from Firefly…now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be in my bunk

  7. hugh jackman. wolverine has always been my favorite character. i was excited when they had cast him perfectly. and as an athlete and stuntman im completely impressed by his physique (bench-presses like 450 and squats 1000 lbs). now im straight but id go gay for huge ackman! lol!

  8. Jessica Alba as “Dark Angel”. It was an awesome show, and the second season was epic. Rose McGowan in “Planet Terror”, Jennifer Garner in “Alias” (although that was a passing phase), Liv Tyler back in “Armaggedon”, Amanda Tapping in “Stargate- sg1″, Kate Beckinsale in “Underworld”, Bernadette in “Big Bang Theory”, Patrick Warburton in “The Tick”, and Bruce Willis everywhere. And most lately Kat Dennings. I would pop out a ring on the second date for Kat Dennings.

  9. And Olivia Wilde as “13″ on “House”.

  10. Dr. Shrinker

    This old-timer nerd casts his vote for Erin Grey as Wilma Deering from the Buck Rogers TV show in the 80′s.

  11. thejay:
    Jessica Alba as “Dark Angel”. It was an awesome show, and the second season was epic.

    I agree! Though I used to be in love with Logan Cale. True nerd, but heart of gold and clever as none other. “This is the eyes only…”

  12. Yeah, picking just one is not gonna be easy. Of course Princess Leia is on the list, really more now for nostalgia than anything. There’s so many lovely ladies in our movies these days it’s almost a given that if you like someone, eventually they’ll end up in a Superhero/Sci-fi movie. Some of my personal favorites are Milla Jovovich, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Lawerence. But above them all for me is Jennifer Garner. I fell in love with her in Daredevil, and then started watching Alias after that.

  13. It’s a tie between Alex Borstein and Nicole Sullivan on MAD TV. I fantasized about a three-way with Ms. Swan and the Vancome Lady! What can I say, funny women make my pants too tight.

  14. alphaalpharomeo:
    I’d have to say my crush is a tie between Robin from How I Met Your Mother Kaylee from Firefly…now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be in my bunk

    Ok, yeah, I gotta go with a toss-up between Kaylee (Jewel Staite) and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) from Doctor Who as my biggest nerd crushes. Actually, going with Doctor Who again, there’s also Georgia Moffett who played the Doctor’s Daughter in an episode called, “The Doctor’s Daughter.”

    So, Jewel Staite I’ve had a crush on since she was in the Disney Channel show Flash Forward back in the mid-90′s. Then, both Freema and Georgia are a true nerd crush. I found out about both of them because of Doctor Who. Also, little bit of Whovian trivia, Moffett’s father played the Doctor during the show’s original run from 1982-1984 and is now currently married to David Tennant who played the Doctor in the episode she was in.

    Now, Jeff, is there any movie this year that you’re looking forward to most? Remember that the new James Bond movie comes out in November, Skyfall. Beyond that, there’s Avengers, Dark Knight Rises and Amazing Spider-Man. So which is it?

  15. Almost forgot, Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) from NCIS is probably tied with Martha Jones as the top nerd crush right now.

  16. Oh, I must add in to the voices about Jessica Alba in “Dark Angel”. In some form, to this day I’m kinda enamored by her. I mean, I’m well past the point of “I MUST GET TO KNOW HER”, but if I ever met her for a second, I’d immediately drop whatever I was doing.
    Yeah, I’m single, 22 and not exactly fit. foreveralone.jpg

  17. alphaalpharomeo

    McKnight57:
    Almost forgot, Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) from NCIS is probably tied with Martha Jones as the top nerd crush right now.

    yeah I get goggly eyes over her too

  18. @ McKnight57 – No tossing please!

  19. none of these qualifies as nerd crushes, i dont think. just listing hot chicks from tv shows. list someone to crush on that is nerdy. like mayim balik from big bang. or fred from angel.

  20. ams:
    @ McKnight57 – No tossing please!

    Wait. What?

  21. I’ll be honest… The last time I had a “crush,” in the way I understand crushes to work (i.e. affection that is purely desire-driven on a level that isn’t deep in any way), was in elementary school. After that, the only romantic interest I’ve ever had was with a girl I know I’ll probably never have, but that’s okay, because true love is about desiring what’s best for the person you love, rather than desiring that person for yourself (I believe I’ve explained this before on another Sharing Day).

    Oddly enough, though, I must admit that I’ve been having dreams lately that contain, in varying degrees of importance, a girl that kind of looks like Faris from Final Fantasy 5. I have no idea what significance that may have, and I would ask a psychologist or something, if not for the logical fallacies that Freudian Dream analysis seems to be full of. My dreams are always weird.

    As for my question… I had a question just a few minutes ago, and I forgot what it was. Maybe I’ll remember it later. I dunno.

  22. Classic nerd crush: Pamela Hensley as Princess Ardala in Buck Rogers. She was voluptuous and wore a space bikini and blew my 9-year-old horndog mind.

    Modern nerd crush: Jessica Alba in Dark Angel. I already had a crush on her so this just strengthened it with yummy nerdy hotness.

    Question: If you could choose an item to add to Hero Machine 3 that you didn’t have to create yourself what would it be? Just askin. No reason. (whistles innocently)

  23. I don’t know who my *biggest* nerd crush is, but I definitely had a crush on Han Solo and Daniel Jackson from the original Stargate film. As a whole, I kinda crush on certain Bothans. They’re just really attractive to me.

  24. Ummm…not sure how nerdy it is, but I have a teensy bit of a crush on Orlando Bloom :P

    Question: If you could have any superpower in real life, which would you pick and why? (Everyone can answer this if they like)

  25. Not even any question; Kari Byron from Myth Busters. There is just something about a red head in a sun dress behind a minigun. Yowza!

    http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpqh4xco2a1r1p6vwo1_500.jpg

  26. Umm…okay, well there is still the whole Princess Leia thing, but I think I’m going to go with Morena Baccarin in pretty much anything she’s been in. Whether that’s Inara in Firefly, or Anna in V, or whatever. Yup, that’s it.

    So Jeff, any Triskaidekaphobia? Even a small amount? Or is today just Friday to you?

  27. I gues I have a think for pointy ears, it used to be Mr Spock, then Legalas eclipsed him. I hd him on my desk top for a LONG time.

  28. I’d have to say that I have a definite nerd crush on Kat from Halo Reach. Reasons: she’s a freakin’ Spartan, she kicked all kinds of butt before she died, and she fought against authority and managed to tick off Dr. Halsey (which isn’t a horrible thing in my book). Plus, her idea about taking care of that huge covenant warship hovering over Reach…EPIC! Sometimes it’s not about beauty, it’s about brains and how they use them. Very close second: Tali. She’s one of the best characters in Mass Effect and she has an awesome back story and is one of Shepherd’s main supporters throughout ME 2.

  29. This is nerdy on steroids and I almost feel guilty to admit it, but some of my early crushes as a boy included not only Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, but also Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis as Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, respectively. Now that had to be one of the most ludacrisly ridiculous shows of all time, but damn, they were HOT!

  30. Dionne Jinn:
    I am currently in the middle of a HUGE nerd crush on Garrus Vakarian from Mass Effect… I even write my own fan fiction story (with Shepard and Garrus), I have his picture both as wallpaper of my computer and as a screensaver.

    Garrus is hands down the best companion character I’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with.

    Mine would be Yvonne Strahovski. She plays Sarah Walker in Chuck and Miranda Lawson in Mass Effect, and is an awesome actress.

    My question for you Jeff is if you could spend one day with any actor/actress who would it be? I’d got with Nathan Fillion because…well…um…do I really have to say? The guy’s Captain Mal for crying out loud!

  31. Oliva Munn, MMM, I would love to get on her G4 and show her my joy stick LOL. Hey Jeff, Who’s your favorite comedian?

  32. McKnight57: Now, Jeff, is there any movie this year that you’re looking forward to most? Remember that the new James Bond movie comes out in November, Skyfall. Beyond that, there’s Avengers, Dark Knight Rises and Amazing Spider-Man. So which is it?

    Far and away, “The Avengers” movie. I’m in a self-imposed cone of silence on that film so I don’t ruin the suspense, and I only do that for ones I am super geared up about. It should be awesome.

  33. barbario:
    none of these qualifies as nerd crushes, i dont think. just listing hot chicks from tv shows. list someone to crush on that is nerdy. like mayim balik from big bang. or fred from angel.

    On the contrary, these are exactly what I had in mind — actors or actresses in geeky or nerdy movies or tv shows. It doesn’t matter if they themselves are nerdy, though that helps.

  34. dblade: Question: If you could choose an item to add to Hero Machine 3 that you didn’t have to create yourself what would it be? Just askin. No reason. (whistles innocently)

    I hate hate hate doing hands, because of the complicated way you have to draw the item mask (can’t go counterclockwise, which is the most asinine thing I ever heard of). So lots and lots of hands!

  35. Kaylin88100: Question: If you could have any superpower in real life, which would you pick and why? (Everyone can answer this if they like)

    My cliche “three wishes” answer is always “The ability to pull anything I can imagine out of any pocket I like.” That’s basically like a pocket of infinite wishes since you can imagine a completely safe invulnerability potion, or gum of immortality, or what have you.

    If we’re going more traditional, though, I’d probably go with a Wolverine like regeneration power, since that would effectively make me immortal and invulnerable. As long as you’re not getting into it with folks who have giant vats of acid waiting to immerse you in forever, that is.

  36. Mark:
    Not even any question; Kari Byron from Myth Busters. There is just something about a red head in a sun dress behind a minigun. Yowza!

    http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpqh4xco2a1r1p6vwo1_500.jpg

    I love that show so much, and I agree she’s great!

  37. Myro: So Jeff, any Triskaidekaphobia? Even a small amount? Or is today just Friday to you?

    Sadly, as one of those Skeptic type people, this is just another Friday. It’s fun to play around with the idea, though!

  38. Corran Horn: My question for you Jeff is if you could spend one day with any actor/actress who would it be? I’d got with Nathan Fillion because…well…um…do I really have to say? The guy’s Captain Mal for crying out loud!

    Hm, that’s a good question. Some of those people are real jerks in actual life, so you have to be careful. I’d probably go with Patrick Stewart, as he seems like someone with interesting ideas about all sorts of things, who is nonetheless fairly down to earth and easy to talk with. Plus, he made bald sexy, and I can’t thank him enough for that!

  39. TOOL: Hey Jeff, Who’s your favorite comedian?

    That’s another tough one, as I like lots of them. At this point it’s a toss up between Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan. I’m not a huge Louis CK guy, which is odd because a lot of stuff he talks about is kind of in my wheelhouse too.

  40. @Jeff, I like Jim, but when I turn to some comedy of some sort I tend to move to Tosh, Ron White, Jeff Dunham, and that sort. I love watching smoking guns World dumbest _______. Its different each time so fill in the blank. Dumb criminals are pretty funny.

  41. Jeff Hebert: Sadly, as one of those Skeptic type people, this is just another Friday. It’s fun to play around with the idea, though!

    Perfectly reasonable, Jeff. I thought it would be a fun question, that would be relevant given the date. The truth is that the number 13 has no personal significance to me either.

  42. What? No Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson)? A lot of classics: Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley), Wilma Deering (Erin Grey), Chiana (Gigi Edgley), Office Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black)…

    Leela (Louise Jameson, Doctor Who), Turanga Leela (Katey Sagal, Futurama), Micki Foster (Robey, Friday the 13th: The Series), Diana (Jane Badler, The original V), Janet (Joyce DeWitt, Three’s Company), Bailey (Jan Smithers), Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon, That 70s Show)…

    Singer / song-writers… Julia Fordham, Sophie B Hawkins, Tori Amos, Siouxsie Sioux, Patricia Morrison (Sisters of Mercy)…

    My earliest crush was Louise Jameson. I have a Laura Prepon fixation. Definitely Lynda Carter (she is still hot!).

    Claudia Black as Officer Aeryn Sun is my nerdiest crush. Even in my 20s, I was “I’d take orders from her!”

    @Jeff: Any plans to bring back the “Thumbs Up” button?

  43. The Atomic Punk: @Jeff: Any plans to bring back the “Thumbs Up” button?

    Not at this time, no. I mean, I’m not dead-set against it or anything, but it just didn’t seem to offer much value.

  44. I have been a geek for a long time. My first geek crush was Mark Hamill in Star Wars, Episode Four. I saw it at the drive-in! After that it was Apollo on the original Battle Star Galactica. My most recent geek crush is Nathan Fillion back in his Firefly days.

  45. Not sure if this counts but Qyzen Fess from Star Wars! lol

    But seriously-
    ….Sam Worthington…yes. Sam from Terminator and Clash of the Titans. That man has it all!

  46. There are so many beautiful nerdy people out there…but I have to say (this has a lot to do with my age too) Allison Scagliotti from Warehouse 13 and Allison Mack better known as Chloe Sullivan from Smallville. I think those were my first major nerd crushes…They are both smart and techies and they are quirky in their own ways. They can hack into any computer and hold their own in any video game. And they aint that bad to look at neither. (and yes I realize they both are named allison…i guess i have a thing for that name)

  47. Showing my age here, but as a kid I had a huge crush on Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man for all you youngsters). In my teens I yearned for Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers) and Star Wars started me on my lifelong lust of Harrison Ford. And yes, I have had Trekkie crushes; my best friend and I had a running arguement about who was cuter, Chekov or Sulu. I was crushing on Walter Koenig, and she was crazy about George Takei. In all fairness, I have to admit Takei has aged a bit better.
    Even as an adult I have to admit I still get crushes. I’ve been madly in lust for Bruce Campbell for years. And I did have something of a girl-crush on Sigourney Weaver after watching Alien.

  48. Believe it or not, i never had nerd crushes. Well, when I was a kid, I liked one character from Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon too much, but I think that doesn’t count

  49. For the most part, these come and go so fast that I don’t really remember them. The only one that really sticks with me is Milla Jovovich. She’s had some really bad movies, but I can always watch them.

    Jeff Hebert: I’d probably go with Patrick Stewart, as he seems like someone with interesting ideas about all sorts of things, who is nonetheless fairly down to earth and easy to talk with.

    Have you ever read his introduction to Transmetropolitan collection number five? Well worth looking up. I almost ruined my copy when I realized who was writing it. Don’t read Warren Ellis and drink at the same time, no matter how convinced you are that it will enhance the experience.

  50. My classic crush will always be Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi from STNG, between her accent, those hot outfits she wore and the fact that she has held up decent at 57 makes her a classic. Modern crush will have to be Felicia Day, every season of the Guild that passes I have a growing crush on that pale skinned, red haired goddess.

  51. Nick Hentschel

    Ensign Ro Laren, from Star Trek: TNG. She looked like someone I knew, was unconventionally attractive, and was actually someone whose personality I could *relate* to. She’s the character who got me into Trek.

  52. someone mentioned that some of these actors/actresses are jerks. ive met a lot of celebrities and some are cool and some are assholes!!

    nice: quentin tarantino, uwe boll, seth rogen, robert downey jr, elijah wood, robert rodriguez, the guys from broken lizard, stephen root (but thats my stapler), deidrich bader, george romero

    jerks: ryan reynolds, owen wilson, kristen stewart, kanye west (surprise!), josh hartnett, the guy who played rocketeer (stiffed me on 80 dollar tab AFTER his bill was comped!)

  53. Okay, I think I’ve narrowed it down. Lacey Chabert in Lost in Space. …I was younger then, so it’s not as creepy as it might at first seem. lol

  54. Felicia Day from The Guild and Eureka… I have a serious weakness towards redheads, they are my kryptonite lol.