Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, and other celebs who let their geek flag fly

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Joe Manganiello, best known for True Blood and Magic Mike and being married to Sofia Vergara, has no qualms about sharing photos from his latest Dungeons & Dragons adventures. This week he took to Instagram to let the world know that he had completed a personal bucket list item by playing a round of D&D in the home of the game’s late creator, Gary Gygax.

And the actor is far from alone. Here are some other celebs who aren’t afraid to embrace their inner nerd.

<p><span>The actor reminded the world of his D&D obsession when he shared</span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BgIYZ69DtUQ/?hl=en&taken-by=joemanganiello" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:photos of himself" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> <span>photos of himself</span></a><span> playing his favorite game at a convention held to honor game enthusiasts. And he didn’t attend in the way some celebs go to Comic-Con, like to speak on a panel or something. No, Manganiello just wanted to sit and play in the home where Gary Gygax created the game. Manganiello noted that it had been on his bucket list to do so, which is not surprising if you consider that the actor has actuall </span><a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/3000580/joe-manganiello-dungeons-dragons-movie/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:co-written a script" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><span>co-written a script</span></a><span> for a film version of the game, because he adores it so much. </span>(Photo: Instagram/joemanganiello) </p>
Joe Manganiello

The actor reminded the world of his D&D obsession when he shared photos of himself playing his favorite game at a convention held to honor game enthusiasts. And he didn’t attend in the way some celebs go to Comic-Con, like to speak on a panel or something. No, Manganiello just wanted to sit and play in the home where Gary Gygax created the game. Manganiello noted that it had been on his bucket list to do so, which is not surprising if you consider that the actor has actuall co-written a script for a film version of the game, because he adores it so much. (Photo: Instagram/joemanganiello)

<p>Dig down past the glam pics that Munn shares from red carpet events and you’ll find a real science nerd. Case in point: a photo snapped <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BfiVK-KjuJw/?hl=en&taken-by=shuttlecdrkelly" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:with retired astronaut Mark Kelly" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">with retired astronaut Mark Kelly</a>. In fact, Munn got her start as a host of G4’s former <i>Attack of the Show</i>, a program dedicated to tech, movies, games, and all things geek. She’s even been called “<a href="https://www.mensfitness.com/women/galleries/hollywoods-hottest-geek-olivia-munn" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hollywood’s hottest geek" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hollywood’s hottest geek</a>” and has been accused of “<a href="https://www.thewrap.com/olivia-munn-and-why-theres-no-such-thing-as-appropriating-nerd-culture-commentary/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:appropriating nerd culture" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">appropriating nerd culture</a>,” which proves the point. (Photo: Instagram/Oliviamunn) </p>
Olivia Munn

Dig down past the glam pics that Munn shares from red carpet events and you’ll find a real science nerd. Case in point: a photo snapped with retired astronaut Mark Kelly. In fact, Munn got her start as a host of G4’s former Attack of the Show, a program dedicated to tech, movies, games, and all things geek. She’s even been called “Hollywood’s hottest geek” and has been accused of “appropriating nerd culture,” which proves the point. (Photo: Instagram/Oliviamunn)

<p><i>The Fast & the Furious</i> star will not be outdone when it comes to showing his love for D&D. Diesel literally <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/0786934980/?tag=mobiledia0f-20" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:helped write the book" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">helped write the book</a> — well, at least one of them — on the game that he’s often mentioned over the years, having written about his introduction to D&D when he was 11, in the forward for <i>Thirty Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons</i>. Adding to his geek cred: he moonlights as the voice of both the Iron Giant and Groot, the twiggy <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> hero. (Photo: Instagram/vindiesel) </p>
Vin Diesel

The Fast & the Furious star will not be outdone when it comes to showing his love for D&D. Diesel literally helped write the book — well, at least one of them — on the game that he’s often mentioned over the years, having written about his introduction to D&D when he was 11, in the forward for Thirty Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons. Adding to his geek cred: he moonlights as the voice of both the Iron Giant and Groot, the twiggy Guardians of the Galaxy hero. (Photo: Instagram/vindiesel)

<p>The actress <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXGMPt0IFOQ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spoke Klingon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">spoke Klingon</a> — the language of the extraterrestrial species in <i>Star Trek</i> — during a 2007 interview with Conan O’Brien, as she explained what a huge fan she was of the sci-fi show. Dawson also <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rosario-dawson-definitely-ready-star-wars-role-160735733.html" data-ylk="slk:campaigned for a role;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">campaigned for a role</a> in an upcoming <i>Star Wars</i> movie, co-stars on Marvel’s Netflix series, and has voiced multiple video-game characters. (Photo: Instagram/rosariodawson) </p>
Rosario Dawson

The actress spoke Klingon — the language of the extraterrestrial species in Star Trek — during a 2007 interview with Conan O’Brien, as she explained what a huge fan she was of the sci-fi show. Dawson also campaigned for a role in an upcoming Star Wars movie, co-stars on Marvel’s Netflix series, and has voiced multiple video-game characters. (Photo: Instagram/rosariodawson)

<p>Cage is famously a <em>Superman</em> superfan. In 2011, he sold a perfect copy of the comic book featuring the first appearance of the Man of Steel for <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/nicolas-cage-superman-comic-record-2-million-sale-267770" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a cool $2.16 million" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a cool $2.16 million</a> — the first comic to sell for more than $2 million at auction. He <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/nicolas-cage-insists-superman-lives-beautiful-191455869.html" data-ylk="slk:almost starred as the hero in Tim Burton’s aborted film project;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">almost starred as the hero in Tim Burton’s aborted film project</a>. Cage also named his son, Kal-El, after the character’s birth name back on Planet Krypton. “<span>I wanted a name that stood for something good, was unique and American and that’s all three,” Cage explained to <a href="http://celebritybabies.people.com/2007/02/14/nicolas_cage_ex/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>People</em></a> in February 2007. </span>(Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Nicolas Cage

Cage is famously a Superman superfan. In 2011, he sold a perfect copy of the comic book featuring the first appearance of the Man of Steel for a cool $2.16 million — the first comic to sell for more than $2 million at auction. He almost starred as the hero in Tim Burton’s aborted film project. Cage also named his son, Kal-El, after the character’s birth name back on Planet Krypton. “I wanted a name that stood for something good, was unique and American and that’s all three,” Cage explained to People in February 2007. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>“I grew up loving mainstream comics like <i>X-Men</i>, <i>Gen 13</i>, <i>Witchblade</i> and things like that,” Fox told <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/2596875/jonah-hex-megan-fox-nerd-credibility/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:MTV News" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">MTV News</a> in 2010 ahead of the release of her latest comic book adaptation, <i>Jonah Hex</i>. “I have some knowledge, but I’m not a hardcore nerd. Unfortunately, I would like to be, but I just don’t have the knowledge.” Of course, Fox has also starred in movie versions of <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i> and <i>Transformers</i>, so she’s a regular at Comic-Con. Honorary nerd? (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Megan Fox

“I grew up loving mainstream comics like X-Men, Gen 13, Witchblade and things like that,” Fox told MTV News in 2010 ahead of the release of her latest comic book adaptation, Jonah Hex. “I have some knowledge, but I’m not a hardcore nerd. Unfortunately, I would like to be, but I just don’t have the knowledge.” Of course, Fox has also starred in movie versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers, so she’s a regular at Comic-Con. Honorary nerd? (Photo: Getty Images)

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