11 Celebrities With Secret Nerdy Hobbies - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
IT Life
News
2/27/2015
09:05 AM
Kelly Sheridan
Kelly Sheridan
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
100%
0%

11 Celebrities With Secret Nerdy Hobbies

When they're not shooting films or attending award shows, some celebrities are obsessing over Lord of the Rings or building model train sets.
Previous
1 of 13
Next


(Image: Wikipedia)

(Image: Wikipedia)

"Celebrities – They're Just Like Us!"

Yeah right, I usually think as I flip through entertainment magazines in my dentist's waiting room. Their pages feature glossy photos of Angelina Jolie leaving her personal trainer or Will Smith surfing on vacation with his famous family. I don't know about you, but fitness coaches are a bit above my monthly budget.

The dentist is probably the only place where I read gossip magazines, but even so, it's hard to escape celebrity culture. As I catch glimpses of sunny LA, life across news outlets, and social media feeds, I find it hard to believe that any celebrity is trudging through snow and ice, and braving public transportation to get to work every day.

As tech professionals, it might seem like you have nothing in common with Hollywood's rich and famous. In most cases you're probably right, but there is some overlap between the worlds of Hollywood and IT. After all, the films from this year's Oscar nominees had a lesson or two to teach CIOs

[Everything you think about millennials is wrong, says IBM.]

Oscar films aside, you may also be surprised to know that some of today's biggest stars are proud of their inner nerds. That's right -- when they're not shooting films, recording albums, or posing on the red carpet, plenty of celebrities are happily living the nerd life and obsessing over video games or taking college courses.

There's Mayim Bialik, former child star and regular on The Big Bang Theory, who received her PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. Natalie Portman is another of Hollywood's smartest. She speaks six languages, graduated from Harvard, and was invited to Columbia University to speak to a class on terrorism and counterterrorism.

While not too many celebrities can boast an Ivy League education or a doctorate, there are plenty who admit to collecting action figures (and model trains), reading comic books, or playing Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft -- to the point that it starts to interfere with their personal lives.  

You might have a thing or two in common with today's celebrities after all. Click through to learn more about the nerdy hobbies of some popular red-carpet stars.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 13
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Kelly22
100%
0%
Kelly22,
User Rank: Strategist
2/27/2015 | 3:04:02 PM
Re: The One area where they are like us
@kstaron, very true. Everybody needs a hobby for their downtime - but not everybody has the money or time (or space, for that matter) to dedicate to massive model train sets or antique typewriters.
Kelly22
0%
100%
Kelly22,
User Rank: Strategist
2/27/2015 | 3:23:41 PM
Re: 11 Celebrities With Secret Nerdy Hobbies
Right? That must be huge! Personally, I'd love to see that diorama of Grand Central.
David Wagner
100%
0%
David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
2/27/2015 | 11:25:49 PM
Rod Stewart
some of these make sense, like Stevev Colbert being a Hobbit fan. But it is hilarious that the guy who sang "if you want my body and you think I'm sexy" could have easily finished it with "come and play with my trains."

My favorite song of Stewart's (never been a fan) has always been "Downtown Train." I'll never hear it the same way. Love this. 
David Wagner
100%
0%
David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
2/27/2015 | 11:26:53 PM
Mila Kunis
And can I just say that my special love for Mila Kunis only grew ten sizes when I realized she was a gamer geek. Between that and her Bourbon ads I'll forever be smitted. Darn you, Aston Kutcher!
David Wagner
100%
0%
David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
2/27/2015 | 11:30:24 PM
Daniel Craig
It saddens me that James Bond can't convince his girlfriend to play Halo with him. The secret, 007, is to find a gamer to be with like I did. Even if we don't play the same games, at least we can each get in some stick time on separate computers.

Seriously, I'm giving love advice to James Bond. How cool am I? 
David Wagner
50%
50%
David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
3/2/2015 | 3:55:58 PM
Re: LOTR and Megan Fox
@jyalai- You're right about the lembas. I think it would be more fun to quiz Fox on Transformers since they made her famous. 
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

Slideshows
10 Things Your Artificial Intelligence Initiative Needs to Succeed
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/20/2021
News
Tech Spending Climbs as Digital Business Initiatives Grow
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  4/22/2021
Commentary
Optimizing the CIO and CFO Relationship
Mary E. Shacklett, Technology commentator and President of Transworld Data,  4/13/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
This new report from InformationWeek explores what we've learned over the past year, critical trends around ITOps and SecOps, and where leaders are focusing their time and efforts to support a growing digital economy. Download it today!
Video
Current Issue
Planning Your Digital Transformation Roadmap
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
Slideshows
Flash Poll