I'm in San Diego right now for Comic-Con (shameless "Comic-Con" tag alert!), preparing for four full days of Hobbit costumes, Community and Breaking Bad panels, and a whole lot of this:
It's gonna be great.
Where once "nerd" used to mean "smart, anti-social person who plays Dungeons & Dragons and drinks Mountain Dew and goes to Comic-Con for the comics," the term is now more closely associated with, "OMGIAMSUCHANERDBECAUSEILOVETWILIGHTSOMUCH." And in the past, whenever a "nerd" appeared on TV, they were usually played by an attractive person...who wore GLASSES and ILL-FITTING CLOTHES. The horror!
These people are considered "TV ugly," because they're actually quite attractive in the real world. Luckily, this hilarious, misplaced trope still exists — here are 10 actresses who are supposedly "TV ugly" (because we're told that no man would ever want them) but "real world hot."
Tina Fey, on 30 Rock:
Tina Fey, in real life:
America Ferrera, on Ugly Betty:
America Ferrera, in real life:
Judy Greer, on Arrested Development:
Judy Greer, in real life:
Tori Spelling, on Saved by the Bell:
Tori Spelling, in real life:
Lea Michele, on Glee:
Lea Michele, in real life:
Alyson Hannigan, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Alyson Hannigan, in real life:
Kaitlin Olson, on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
Kaitlin Olson, in real life:
Thesy Surface, on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
Thesy Surface, in real life:
Aimee-Ffion Edwards, on Skins:
Aimee-Ffion Edwards, in real life:
Gwendoline Christie, on Game of Thrones:
Gwendoline Christie, in real life: