Look, I’m going to be completely honest, when I first watched this video (created for Film Drunk which has a great article about how female movie stars pander desperately to nerds) my reaction was “wow, how likable is Megan Fox? Oh my God, so likable!”
Which wasn’t really the reaction I expected to have. But it hinges a lot on the fact that in that moment Megan Fox is able to convincingly make you believe that she is a nerd.
Because it really sounds like yes, Megan Fox loves comic books. I believed her entirely as she talked about loving Gen 13. Do I believe Jaimie Alexander as she says she loves Spiderman and X-Men? Maybe. I mean, Spiderman and X-Men are great, it’s not worth dismissing her just because she likes comics that happen to be popular. Do I believe Mira Sorvino just wants to hang out and watch Star Trek? Not really, but that’s because I don’t believe anything she says (Thanks, Andrew Corsello!)
I guess there’s a great possibility that these women are playing up their nerdy side a little bit more than they would in conversation. I don’t really believe the first words out of Rosario Dawson’s mouth would be in Klingon if she and I were just hanging out. But is it really surprising or ridiculous that they want to lead with their nerdiest interests? Of course not. That’s just smart. The people at Film Drunk remark:
If a pretty girl is into geek stuff, let’s stop demanding that they prove it. Go ahead, be girly, we don’t mind. No harm, no foul. And don’t worry, we can understand why you did it. After all, who here wasn’t at least a little turned on by Rosario Dawson.
Well, okay, but I actually think we would mind. And by “we” I mean “me, and a lot of other chicks.”
Here’s the thing – movie stars, especially hot female movie stars, have to find a way to relate to their audience. Maybe men will genuinely just be happy to see a really hot lady sitting on a talk show talking about loving lady things (I do not know what that means. The color pink. Maybe?). However if I saw a woman up there looking hot and spray tanned and nasally intoning “I really love… to shop? Like… I love Herve Leger? And I want to, like, have a lot of kids?” (this is my interpretive riff on “girly things!”) I would stare at her and think “oh, she was one of those insipid, shiny-haired girls who was mean to me in junior high.” And then I’d hate her.
I’ll be able to jump that conclusion really quickly, because she’s all shiny haired and beautiful. But hearing that she instead loves Star Wars is like her holding up a great big sign that says “gobble, gobble, one of you, one of you!” It lets me know that she wasn’t one of the Juicy Couture clad mean girls of the 7th grade, and instead that she and I totally would have hung out writing Star Wars fanfiction for hours. God, we would have had fun. She would have appreciated my Remains of the Day narrated by C3PO masterpiece.
And really, this is the best bonding technique they’ve got. When they say that growing up they really wanted to illustrate comic books or liked to sit alone and watch Star Trek while quietly muttering “bIjeghbe’chugh vaj bIHegh!“ under their breath, I believe that at one point in time, we could have been friends. Now, obviously, our situations have changed. Now, you say “thlIngan Hol Dajatlh ‘a’?” and Rosaio Dawson shakes her head sadly and replies, “thlIngan Hol vIjatlhbe.” Because she is famous and gorgeous now, and spends a lot of time doing famous-hot-girl things, which I imagine involves picking out of her favorite free designer gowns and crashing yachts to make a fun splash. But at least, like that golden god C3PO, you’ll always have the fake memories of a similarly nerdy upbringing. And if someone like them, a fellow Gen 13 lover, can get to be a famous hot chick, well, then there’s hope that you’re not so far from getting to be a totally bitching rock star from Mars yourself.
Basically, I don’t think they’re doing this just for men. Well, maybe they are, but it’s for men who resent them for being beautiful because they were rejected by beautiful women in high school. No. Ultimately, I think this shtick is for the ladies.
And it totally worked. Megan, call me, we’ll compare comic books!