I’m a bit of a weirdo myself. I don’t know if you guys have noticed that, but in case you haven’t, let’s just take a moment to remind ourselves of the fact that I am twenty-six years old, have an extensive working knowledge of Harry Potter , and work at a place that once required me to draw fancy mustaches on Justin Bieber in Microsoft Paint. Or…well…they didn’t quite require me to. I shouldered that mantle all on my own, if I’m being honest.
But anyway, as a weirdo moving about the world, I recognize other weirdos when I see them. They have a kind of fuzzy aura about them, that you have to squint to see, oh and also they’re total outward weirdos and everyone knows they’re weird. But they’re also wondrous humans and they deserve your love too, so let’s spend an afternoon together in celebration of them. I present to you — 14 Of Hollywood’s Most Lovable Weirdos:
1. Michael Cera
Hey little buddy! Wanna sit in a basement together and eat stale potato chips out of the same bag and avoid eye contact while you maybe play guitar? Because that sounds like the perfect date night for me and George Michael.
2. Aubrey Plaza
You gotta love a girl who manages to get work for being herself and not an oversexed, dumbed down version of herself. Massive kudos. Except Aubrey would probably think I was dumb for saying ‘kudos’, so tell her I said something else.
3. Steve Buscemi
THIS GUY. He’s so googly! I don’t know what I mean by that, but I’m incredibly impressed by Steve’s career. He became one of the most prolific character actors out there, and worked so consistently that he worked his way all the way up to leading man status for Boardwalk Empire. So cool.
4. Shailene Woodley
Welcome to the scene, you toothpaste-making weirdo. Make yourself comfortable.
5. Jim Carrey
Do I really need to explain this one? He has the stretchiest face in showbiz, and an odd infatuation with Emma Stone.
6. Amy Poehler
Forget the most lovable weirdos of Hollywood, she’s the most lovable weirdo of my life. Amy pretty much invented the weirdest place I’ve ever been, which is The Upright Citizens Brigade, and she’s only been honing her weirdo cackle since. And I love her for it.
7. Zach Galifianakis
As if he didn’t qualify for weirdo status with the beard alone, the guy also does stand up while sitting at a piano, playing.
8. Jennifer Lawrence
Oh I’m sorry, when was the last time your Oscar winner tripped up the stairs while collecting the award and then immediately laughed about it at the podium. No celebrity is more self-assured.
9. Joaquin Phoenix
Remember that time he faked a nervous breakdown and then just went right back to being a normal celebrity who does normal things? PRETTY WEIRD.
10. Tyra Banks
Before you write her off as just a normal supermodel judging a reality television show, I demand that you watch a mere five minutes of America’s Next Top Model . Or check her Twitter. Or her daytime talk show. It’s really your call.
11. Conan O’Brien
You great ginger weirdo-bird, squawking all around the late night circuit. Where would we be without you?
12. Stephen Colbert
Who else do you know who won’t come out of his television character in interviews?* I know we’re all used to Stephen at this point, but he really is a glorious weirdo.
*Actually Sacha Baron Cohen does that too. I just remembered and I didn’t want to lie to you.
13. Kristen Bell
I might have spent my whole life thinking Kristen was a beautiful normal who would never understand me. And then I saw her happy breakdown over that sloth, and I knew we were kindred sisters of one womb. Or, probably different ones. But both wombs!
14. Chris Pratt
His improvised lines on Parks And Recreation destroy me every time. Also he’s the third member of that glorious show on this list, so keep killing it, guys. Weirdos out here need you. Keep doing god’s work, y’know?