Nerdy Hot 10 List 2011

For the last two years, when Maxim released their annual Hot 100 list, which is all about women with fabulous T & A, I posted my own nerdy hot list of celebs who are sexy because they’re awkward and goofy. Since Maxim published their list last week, it’s time for my 2011 edition.

  1. Emma Stone. If she wasn’t such a good actress, we probably wouldn’t believe her as an outcast in movies like Easy A. But she’s hot because she’s so funny and convincing as the goofy girl, and one who’s never dumb.
  2. Kat Dennings. She’s beautiful, but she never leads with that. The most appealing things about Dennings, now appearing in Thor, are her dry wit and intelligence.
  3. Anne Hathaway. When we first saw her in The Princess Diaries, she practically had a unibrow pre-makeover. She recently promoted Rio while wearing giant glasses and will play nerdy again in the upcoming One Day. We know she’s actually quite stunning, but her apparent enthusiasm for portraying awkward characters makes her sexy.
  4. Emily Deschanel. Her Dr. Temperance Brennan defines social ineptitude on Bones, but she’s hot because she’s always the smartest woman in the room.
  5. Sofia Vergara. Yes, it’s obvious she’s gifted physically, but I never thought she was gorgeous until she made me laugh out loud week after week on Modern Family with her hilarious antics and constant mangling of English idioms.
  6. Julie Bowen. She usually shows up on the red carpet looking amazing, but her funny comments about her “full-body Spanx,” which she wears even while sleeping, cement her status as nerdy hot. Her ability to make neurotic behavior funny on Modern Family also qualifies her for this list.
  7. Rachel McAdams. Last fall’s Morning Glory was so ridiculous, it made me roll my eyes often and hard. But McAdams was its one saving grace, even if her character Becky lacked grace, getting herself into more than one embarrassing situation. The scene in which Becky freaks out when first meeting Harrison Ford’s legendary character is cringeworthy, but only because McAdams nailed the nerdgasm many of us would probably have if we run into Han Solo in an elevator.
  8. Emily Blunt. She’s attractive enough to be cast as one of the models in The Devil Wears Prada but I’m glad she plays the bitter assistant instead. Blunt is much more fun as the outsider or misfit, in movies like Sunshine Cleaning and Dan in Real Life, in which she has a small memorable role as a woman nicknamed Pig Face.
  9. Jayma Mays. On Glee, Emma’s OCD tendencies and virginal status could easily make her tedious. As Mays plays her, Emma is heartbreaking and beautiful.
  10. Kristen Wiig. She could have just been another pretty blonde, but her commitment to cracking us up with her goofy characters on SNL and in Bridesmaids (out today) makes her stand out from the crowd.

Who’s on your nerdy hot list?



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    May 13, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Pauley Perrette who plays Abby Sciuto on NCIS (and recently appearing in commercials). A science nerd who looks like a goth punk Betty Page.

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    May 13, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Sofia Vergara. ¡Sí!

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    Dana Kaye
    May 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I’m a big Sofia Vergara and Kristin Wiig fan. Great list!

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    May 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

    As usual, love the list. I don’t think I’d change anyone this year. Great list, indeed!

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    Sabrina Ogden
    May 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Jayma Mays is my favorite. People look at her as nerdy and I try to find ways to duplicate her style. Great list =)

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    May 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Eddy—I don’t watch that show; have only seen photos of Abby so I’ll take your word for her.

    le0pard & Dana—I know Sofia’s been around but I never paid her any attention because she was underused in boring roles. I’m so glad Family allows her to be goofy.

    Poncho—Glad you approve!

    Sabrina/K—I LOVE Emma’s style. I lust after all her cardigans.

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    Shell Sherree
    May 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Love your list, PCN. As for Anne Hathaway, I have a theory ~ the more stunning the beauty, the more appealing those humungous nerdy glasses become. {Male study: Simon Baker.}

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      I think your scientific theory is sound, especially since you offer up Simon as proof.

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