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Celebrities Who Are Secret Geeks

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List of Celebrities Who Are Secret Geeks ranked by fame and popularity. It has never been cooler to be a geek and some of Hollywood's most famous are amongst the nerd herd. Some celebrities geek out for science fiction and comic books, while others are brilliant scholars with PhDs. Some famous people have made a career out of being a geek and some keep their secret inner-nerd from the world.

Who is the most famous person who is a secret geek? Angelina Jolie tops our list. Jolie has been eye-candy for geeks all over the world in her role as video game vixen Lara Croft, but she is a geek in her own right. The "Mr. and Mrs. Smith actress collects first edition books and antique daggers. She has discussed her nerdiness, stating, "I’m kind of a closet geek, so I talk about a lot of different things" Other famous actresses that are secret geeks include Meghan Fox, Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman.

Some famous men are also secretly nerdy. "Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio collects action figures. Apparently, he has an impressive collection of figures from "He-Man" and "Star Wars." Pop star Justin Bieber is a expert at solving the iconic 80s toy the rubix cube. There are several YouTube clips of the pop star solving a rubix cube in under 120 seconds.

Do you think these celebrities should be more open about their inner-nerds? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
  • Angelina Jolie

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Angelina Jolie collects first edition books and antique daggers. "I’m kind of a closet geek, so I talk about a lot of different things," she said.

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  • Megan Fox

    Megan Fox

    Age: 34

    BirthplaceOak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America

    Megan Fox revealed that she is a Star Wars geek in 2013, when she tweeted a photo of a life-size R2D2 cut-out.  The Transformers star is also a fan of video games and comic books.  At Comic Con 2009, Fox told MTV news about some of her favorite comics, "I want to go look at some Witchblade comics. And J. Scott Campbell, I'm a fan of him. I want to see if they have some 'Gen-13' around."

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  • Natalie Portman

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Israel

    Natalie Portman was a science geek in high school.  The "Thor" actress competed in the semifinals of the Intel Science Talent Search was she was a teen.

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  • Beyoncé Knowles

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    In this world of MP3s and iTunes, Beyonce still loves to geek out with an old fashioned radio.  Apparently, she loves the radio so much that she wrote the song "Radio" about it in 2008.

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  • Taylor Swift

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Taylor Swift's secret hobby is making homemade snow globes.  In 2011, Swift shared a photo of her wintery creations on Instagram with the caption, "Home made snow globes with friends. The whole fleet!"

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  • Mila Kunis

    Mila Kunis

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceChernivtsi, Ukraine

    Mila Kunis is a secret Trekky.  The Black Swan actress has visited the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas and has the autograph of Leonard Nimoy.  She is also a big fan of "World of Warcraft."

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  • Justin Bieber

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    Justin Bieber is a expert at solving the iconic 80s toy the Rubix cube.  There are several YouTube clips of the pop star solving a Rubix cube in under 120 seconds.

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  • Kate Beckinsale

    BirthplaceFinsbury Park, London, United Kingdom

    "Underworld" actress Kate Beckinsale is a huge comic book fan.  She doesn't call herself a collector thought, that title is reserved for her husband.  Her daughter is also a big fan of comics, so the family can geek out together.

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  • Tom Cruise

    Tom Cruise

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York, United States of America

    Tom Cruise is in love with the sport fencing.  Cruise loves the sport so much that he introduced his friends Will Smith and David Beckham to it.

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  • Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceUSA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

    Reportedly, Brad Pitt is a big Lego geek.  A source told Brick Bender that The "Fight Club" actor, "makes no secret of the fact he’s fascinated by Lego and loves to design his own buildings with the kids."

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  • Zooey Deschanel

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Zooey Deschanel has perfected the art of awkward, but did you know this geeky girl loves to mini-golf?  She talked about her love of the sport when she visited Craig Ferguson's talk show.
  • Will Smith

    Will Smith

    Age: 52

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Thanks to Tom Cruise, Will Smith has come to love the under-appreciated sport of fencing.  Smith states, "Tom has a room for training. We don't get enough time to hang out, just us three guys, so this is his way of getting together and bonding."

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    "Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio collects action figures.  Apparently, he has an impressive collection of figures from "He-Man" and "Star Wars."

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  • Tom Hanks

    Tom Hanks

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceConcord, California, United States of America

    Tom Hanks collects old-fashioned manual type-writers.  Hanks loves writing letters on his typewriters and has stated, “I’d better start hoarding stationery and pray the post office survives.”

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  • David Beckham

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    Soccer great David Beckham geeks out for wine tastings.  He also enjoys to participate in the sport of fencing with his nerdy friends Will Smith and Tom Cruise.

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  • Courtney Love

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Courtney Love geeks out for dolls.  The Hole front woman collects Mattel's Liddle Kiddles.

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    BirthplaceDeKalb, Illinois, United States of America

    Cindy Crawford is known worldwide as a beautiful supermodel, but at her high school she was known as valedictorian.  She went on to study chemical engineering before dropping out of college to become a supermodel.

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  • Nicolas Cage

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, USA

    Nicolas Cage geeks out to Elvis and has a shrine to the King in his home.  Cage also reportedly collects odd items like dinosaur skulls, an octopus and shrunken head.  He also has a huge comic book collection.

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  • Robin Williams

    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Robin Williams was a geek tri-fecta.  The late "Good Will Hunting" actor was a huge fan of anime, comic books, and video games.  Williams even named his daughter Zelda.

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  • David Bowie

    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

    David Bowie loves to play the game of chess. Through the years, Bowie has been photographed in music studios and on film sets playing the game.

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  • Simon Cowell

    BirthplaceLambeth, London, United Kingdom

    Simon Cowell likes to spend his free time climbing trees.  The "X Factor" creator told GQ Magazine, “I climb trees daily. It’s like a ritual."

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  • Kylie Minogue

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Dance-pop superstar Kylie Minogue geeks out to Scrabble.  She loves the game so much that she referenced it in her song "Your Disco Needs You."

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    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Christina Applegate is addicted to video games.  She especially loves "Guitar Hero."

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  • Rashida Jones

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Rashida Jones is a huge fan of the video game "Call of Duty."  She also loves comics and developed her own called "Frenemy of the State."

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  • Daniel Craig

    BirthplaceChester, England

    Daniel Craig geeks out for the BBC series "Homes Under The Hammer."  He reportedly couldn't get enough of the renovation show when he was on the set of "Skyfall."