You could probably file this post under “pandering for page views”, but hell, who doesn’t like a lovely lady in a geeky film franchise? Pretty girls are the spoonful of sugar that helps the nerd pill go down, so to speak. Here are a few of our favorites:
No list like this could possibly be complete without Natalie Portman, one of the most fetishized of all geek-film actresses. Star Wars alone puts her in the pantheon of greats, but she’s also been in comic book adaptations such as Thor and V for Vendetta. I’m personally creeped out by her part in Leon: The Professional, though. Also, Luc Besson is a shit filmmaker. Accept it.
We’re gonna go a little oldschool on you for this one. Winona Ryder wasn’t always “crazy lady who got caught shoplifting”. No, once upon a time she was every nerdy guy’s fantasy girl. Her appearances in Tim Burton films (back before he caught a terminal case of suck sometime in the 90’s) were the stuff of legend. Beetlejuice? Edward Scissorhands? Hell yeah. Of course, she also appeared in Heathers (not a geek property, but a landmark teen film, no less) and in the abomination known as Alien: Resurrection.
Her major role in the Lord Of The Rings and upcoming Hobbit films secures her place on this list, but Cate Blanchett got her career off to rather ignominious beginnings. She was told she was “too ugly” to be an actress. Really? Are you looking at the same picture I’m looking at? What the hell…
Good lord, Hermione sure grew up. Emma Watson makes us feel funny inside in a totally creepy-old-man way. Who knew Harry Potter movies could give us this?
Jennifer Connelly’s resume has a fair cross-section of fantasy-horror-comic book roles. Labyrinth, Dario Argento’s Phenomena and the much-reviled (undeservedly so) Hulk cover the requisite bases needed to justify posting the above photo, not that justification is really needed…
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy wasn’t very good. Come to think of it, I can’t recommend much of anything Zooey Deschanel has been in (although I haven’t seen her TV show yet). Really, though…who cares? Her She and Him music project is pretty good, though, so there’s that.
As far as I know, Rachel Nichols is only “famous” due to her playing the green girl in the Star Trek re-boot. But as far as geek credentials go, that’s way more than enough.
Zoe Saldana only just recently burst on to the scene, but with two major sci-fi properties under her belt she’s already an icon of nerd-dom. Star Trek and Avatar alone should keep her on the radar for some time to come.
Spider Man turned Kristen Dunst into a household name, but she was also in the Lars Von Trier’s quasi-sci-fi ode to depression Melancholia, which is important because she spends a lot of time naked in it. FYI.
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World gets Mary Elizabeth Winstead on this list, not because it’s fantasy or sci-fi (or whatever the hell it is), but because it’s an awesome movie nobody saw in the theater. It doesn’t hurt that she was also in The Thing remake and a Die Hard movie (or maybe it does…).
You really didn’t think I’d finish this list without including the most iconic geek fetish girl of all time, did you? Princess Leia as Jabba’s slave has practically created a cottage industry for cosplay weirdos and their obliging girlfriends. Carrie Fisher may never have done anything remotely sexy ever again, but the mark was made in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Word is that Fisher hates Star Wars and really loathes her “sex symbol” status, which is kinda sad because she should probably cling to that fame with a death grip. Again, what else has she been in? The ‘Burbs doesn’t count (even though it is a fun Joe Dante movie) because noone has seen that anyway.