Inasmuch as I consider myself a wallflower, I too am a self-confessed nerd.  I’m fine being both:a wallflower and a nerd. In short, I am an intellectual badass. And I must confess, these are the guys whom I really look up to as epitomes of nerd.GEEK. Yeah, I know. Celebrities. Pffft. Come on. Just once, let me take this opportunity to fanboy.  My androgynous nature tells me that it’s fine to admire someone of the same sex.  No need to explain much. And you’ll see why I’m into these actors.

Eddie Redmayne

EDDIE REDMAYNE. When I watched My Week with Marilyn, I thought this guy looked familiar. And when I wiki-ed the actor, indeed, he starred in Pillars of the Earth which used to be my fave miniseries.  And what surprised me the most? He’s going to play Marius in the upcoming film version of the musical Les Miserables.

Here’s what you need to know about Redmayne:

Redmayne was born in London, England. He attended Eton College and studied History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, whence he graduated with a 2:1 in 2003. He is also a Shakespearesan actor, playing the role of King Richard II.  He also won the 2010 Olivier Awards for his role in the play Red and 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play (Red) respectively.

JAMES FRANCO. He’s already an established actor before he got my attention. I saw Spiderman, The Great Raid, Eat, Pray, Love, 127 Hours, but what I really love about this actor is his life behind the lens.

James Franco

Here’s what you need to know about Franco:

At age 28, ten years after dropping out, Franco decided to go back to college. He enrolled in a couple of UCLA extension courses (literature, creative writing) and found them so magically satisfying—so safe and pure compared with the world of acting—that he threw himself back into his education with crazy abandon. He persuaded his advisers to let him exceed the maximum course load, then proceeded to take 62 credits a quarter, roughly three times the normal limit. When he had to work—to fly to San Francisco, for instance, to film Milk—he’d ask classmates to record lectures for him, then listen to them at night in his trailer. He graduated in two years with a degree in English and a GPA over 3.5. He wrote a novel as his honors thesis.

KIT HARINGTON. If you’re an avid Game of Thrones fan, you know him as King Ned’s bastard son, Jon Snow.  I include him on my list just because Jon Snow is one of my favorite characters in the book, and in the TV series as well.  Based on his interviews which I’ve seen on YouTube, I think he’s a spontaneous actor. He read the Song of Fire and Ice books. too. Cool, isn’t it? No wonder he’s too close to his character.

Here’s what you need to know about Harington:

Harington attended Southfield Primary School between 1992 and 1998. Harington then went on to attend the Chantry High School, in Martley between 1998 and 2003. He attended Worcester Sixth Form College, where he studied Drama & Theatre Studies, between 2003 and 2005.  He graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama, a constituent school of the university of London in London, England, in 2008.

Kit Harington


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