Hot girls in skimpy costumes at Comic conventions are nothing new. Beautiful celebrities hanging around? Yawn. But what happens when those hot celebrities are promoting awesome nerdy things that – wait for it… – they actually give a shit about? Grab your inhalers, kids! Being a geek isn’t stereotypically limited to your mom’s basement anymore. These amazing women prove that you can be beautiful and love geeky things – all wrapped up in one awesome package.
10. Lucy Lawless – Spartacus
By hottest girls, I do mean hottest women too. Xena is no longer a girl, but she’s not that old. Wait…how old IS she again? Early thirties, right? Forty what? Three? No way, you’ve got to be joking me. Lawless is clearly the fine wine of Warrior Princesses, becoming more and more attractive with age. Just don’t ask her for a hug. She’ll take that chakram and slice your head clean off.
9. Katrina Hill – Oh! You Sexy Geek
The MTVGeek.com writer and Webmistress behind actionflickchick.com had one heck of a time as the moderator of the “Oh! You Sexy Geek!” panel, which covered the media’s oversexualized use of women in geek and nerd culture by pandering them as playthings to a predominantly male market. Panelists included Adrianne Curry (America’s Next Top Model), Clare Grant (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Bonnie Burton (grrl.com), Kiala Kazebee (nerdist.com), Jill Pantozi (“Has Boobs, Reads Comics”), and Chris Gore of G4 TV – who, according to attendees of the panel, should’ve been swapped out for the amazingly badass Seth Green due to Gore’s penchant for poorly timed sexist comments.
8. Eliza Dushku – Batman: Year One
The porcelain face of Dollhouse is up next to portray Selina Kyle, not only in the highly anticipated animated adaption of Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, but also to voice the Princess of Plunder in a 15 minute attached Catwoman short by BTAS writer Paul Dini. Dushku had quite a task on her hands bringing to life one of the most controversial Cat and Bat back stories with true to the source retelling and lucky SDCC go’ers got the chance to preview the PG-13 movie before it’s upcoming Fall release. Anne Hathaway may be donning the classic catsuit, but Eliza Dushku will put the purr back in purrfect voice casting. Not that she couldn’t step into the pleather, clearly.
7. Kristen Stewart – Twilight Saga
Everyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am neither a Twi-tard or a KStew fanatic and that normally she would never be on a top ten list of anything I write, unless it happened to be the number one spot on a list of “Top Ten Mouthbreathers.” I’ve never thought this girl was attractive as a whole package. Maybe attainable, but that’s a different story. Today however, I will hold my tongue and put my bias for KStew and her Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Franchise aside just this once and give credit where credit is due. Not only did she manage to avoid that “just rolled out of bed and hit a bong” look she usually has going for her, but she even managed a legitimate smile or two on the Snow White and the Hunter panel alongside Charlize Theron, something that bed-headed doof Robert Pattinson never can seem to muster.
6. Deborah Ann Woll – True Blood
A girl clearly made after my own heart, Deborah Ann reportedly dashed from the True Blood panel to the bathroom, where she proceeded to change into a Hit-Girl cosplay and booked it down the hall so as not to be late attending the RiffTrax panel, in costume, all while shoving her designer dress down to the depths of her duffel. Looks like someone is doing a little fandom crossing – not only did she borrow Hermione’s beaded bag with the Undetectable Extension Charm, but ripped off Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak while she was at it! How else can you explain her miraculously missing all but one camera while in costume? Don’t tell me that you couldn’t recognize her. I smell magic in the air.
5. Olivia Wilde – Cowboys & Aliens
The tremendously fairer of the two Olivia’s, Ms. Wilde graced SDCC to promote her recent slash flick Cowboys & Aliens, and the upcoming In Time with Justin Timberlake. A yearly Top 20 on Maxim’s Hot 100’s List doesn’t mean that she can’t wear her nerddom on her sleeve too. Olivia is calling on Hollywood producers to take more “risks” and build sci-fi roles around strong female characters because she’s tired of playing the “helpful sidekick”. If by more risks she means a no-nonsense female space pirate with a quirky animal companion and badass ray guns going pew pew, I support her call completely. One can dream, anyway.
4. Ashley Eckstein – Her Universe
Besides coming up with the best Star Wars prints for fangirls this side of Coruscant, the all-smiles Ashoka actress is now expanding the Her Universe nerddom to join up with ScyFy as well as throwing some Battlestar Galactica swag in the mix. Her SDCC panel, “Her Universe: What Women Want in Their Female Sci-Fi Heroes,” focused on gender roles in sci-fi and trying to break down the well-known and overused damsel in distress archetype. Where was this amazing woman when I was growing up watching Star Wars? I still have trouble finding women’s style nerd swag, so thank the Force I have a new job – now I can start throwing more and more of my money to the awesome products at heruniverse.com!
3. Emma Stone – The Amazing Spiderman
The silver lining that could tip the scales and save what could be a potentially terrible movie, Emma Stone was absolutely charming at the Spideman panel. Hollywood’s favorite non-druggie redhead (how is there always a Lindsay Lohan reference to be had?) cozied up to co-star Andrew Garfield, real and pillow version alike, as they talked the differences between this universe and the one Raimi created, comparisons between casting, and how each brought something different to the table. Any other time I would say too soon, not buying a ticket. But the inclusion of Stone as Stacy is a definite sway in my opinion and I’m sure will have many fanboys holding up the lines to see if she can pull off the platinum. Hint: She does.
2. Adrianne Curry – Cosplay Connoisseur
Ex-Brady Adrianne sits at spot number two for being badass enough to both make and model her own nerdy cosplays. In a time where it seems more and more painfully attractive women cater to the nerds by pretending to be one, no one can cast doubt on Curry’s cred. She was most notable kicked out of SDCC by officials who deemed her Aeon Flux costume as “too sexy.” Officials made Curry cover her exposed ass with a red sweatshirt, thereby drawing more attention to said ass, and escorted her off the premises. (You can check out the back of said costume here. You’re welcome.) Curry later tweeted about the incident saying, “Apparently the San Diego police are unfamiliar with a screen accurate version of Aeon Flux,” and proceeded to reenter the Con as the hottest Imperial Officer I’ve ever seen. That’s stickin it to em, lady.
1. Summer Glau – Knights of Badassdom
LARPing? Check. Magic? Check? Evil bloodthirsty succubus? Double check. The doe eyed brunette dives headfirst into all these things and more at the Knights of Badassdom panel. Anything where I can watch more of River, I mean Summer, is a definite plus. I could tell you more, but the Badassdom trailer can explain things far better than I can.
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Happy with the picks? Did some of your favorites not make it to my top ten? Did I miss someone so fantasticly amazing that you’re flabbergasted? Please inform me if you think I did and let me know in the comments below! Be sure to check back soon, as I’ll be posting the Top 5 Not So Hot at SDCC! You might just be surprised…