The Nerd Does Get the Girl
By Yael Kohen
Seth Rogan with hot GF Lauren Miller
Photo Credit: S. Granitz/Wire Image
Weve already announced to the world that weve got a thing for nerds. Whether its Michael Ceras fumbling high-school track star in Juno, the Seth Rogen/Jonah Hill show, or the cardigan-wearing McSweeneys fan behind the counter at our local Apple store, were completely sunk by striped shirts and clever sneakers, not to mention that combination of sweetness, smarts, and self-deprecation. But as we cracked Benjamin Nugents American Nerd: The Story of My People, an exultant study of the Dungeons & Dragons set, it dawned on us why our crushes never work out: because nerds in adulthood post-nerds are the biggest players out there. Its the same thing every time: We fall for a horn-rimmed mouth-breather, basking in the kind of gratitude that can only come from a guy who spent his formative years having his underpants yanked over his head. He wins us over, then moves on. Why? Because his high-school invisibility didnt result in lifelong menschiness; it inspired him to spend his 20s regrouping. Now hes eternally trading up, making up for lost time. Heres how it works: Pigeon-toeing his Converse One Stars, eyes downcast, he confesses over a tumbler of Basil Haydens that he could never talk to women. Feeling magnanimous and hiply counterintuitive, we decide we could love a man with aggressively short pants and no muscles to speak of that only we can detect the sexy devil within. Him? Hes wondering why were still wearing last seasons Louboutins.