Fierce and feisty, there are many actresses in Hollywood that are self-confessed geek girls. Whether they spend their spare time studying for a degree, or have a passion for all thing’s education, they shun convention and are naturally beautiful. Even on the red carpet, they managed to shine without excessive amounts of makeup and play on the natural beauty they were born with. Of course, we all know that underneath it all, there are hours of work, but we forgive them because they are so likeable and some of the nicest women on the big screen. There are plenty more other than these girls but here are some of our favourite geek girl actresses who managed to pull off the natural makeup look effortlessly.
- Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike was born in London, England, on January 27th, 1979. Her mother Caroline is a classical violinist while her father sings opera. Due to her parents’ professions, her early childhood was mostly spent soaking up the culture and learning all around Europe. Her schooling was undertaken at badminton school in Bristol. She has starred in a range of movies, showcasing her ability to transform into many different characters. Her list includes Pride and Prejudice, Die Another Day, Gone Girl and Jack Reacher.
- Anne Hathaway
Hailing from Brooklyn NY, Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born to parents Gerald T Hathaway who was a lawyer and Kate McCauley Hathaway also an actress and her inspiration. Although her parents were from Philadelphia heritage hails from Ireland, England, Germany and France. She is perhaps most famous for her role in Les Misérables, and she also starred in The Dark Knight rises, interstellar, and Rachel getting married. Again, she has the ability to transform herself into many different roles.
- Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett was born in New York City in the Manhattan district and christened Scarlett Ingrid Johansson on November 22nd, 1984. Her father Karsten Johansson was a Danish-born architect who originally came from Copenhagen. Her mother Melanie Sloanis is of Jewish descent but came from the Bronx. Scarlet sister Vanessa Johansson is also an actress. Her natural beauty has made her a firm fit for many different roles but perhaps the biggest of which is The Avengers series of movies, including Avengers Assemble.
- Uma Thurman
Shunning classical Hollywood beauty, Uma Karuna Thurman comes from Boston MA and her family have an unorthodox and international take on life. Her mother is Nena Thurman, and her father is Robert Thurman. Before having children, her mother was a fashion model and socialite who now has opened a mountain retreat, her father is an academic and a professor. Uma’s most significant roles have to be Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction, where she got to showcase strong women.
- Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth was brought up moving in Hollywood circles, having award-winning actress Blythe Danner as her mother, her father Bruce Paltrow was and still is a noted producer and director. Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in America, in Los Angeles. Formerly married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, she has two children and has now devoted her time to natural skincare and other products. Her acting credits are extensive and include Iron Man, Sliding Doors and Shakespeare in Love.
- Kate Beckinsale
English rose Kate Beckinsale was born in Hounslow, England, on July 26th 1973. She grew up in London, her mother Judy Loe is an actress on the small screen appearing in dramas and sitcoms. Her father is Richard Beckinsale, another famous actor. It came as little surprise when Kate decided to follow in their footsteps. She has an extensive filmography that includes the Underworld series and Van Helsing.
- Zooey Deschanel
Best known for her onscreen portrayal in New Girl, Zooey Deschanel has a very showbiz family. Her father Caleb Deschanel has Academy Award nominations for his work as a cinematographer on the passion of Christ. Her mother Mary Jo Deschanel is also an actress who appeared in Twin Peaks. Zooey is a typical girl next door and a popular choice with casting directors seeing her take roles in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, The Happening, and 500 days of summer.
- Anna Paquin
Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1982 two an English teacher mother who came from Wellington in New Zealand and a Physical Education teacher Brian Paquin who was born and raised in Canada. She has many acting credits including rogue in X-Men, and she also starred in The Piano, The Affair, and True Blood.
- Carrie-Anne Moss
Matrix star Carrie Ann Moss hails from Vancouver in Canada. She began her career in Europe at the age of 20 after studying at the American Academy of dramatic arts. While she is probably best known for the Matrix trilogy, she does have plenty of other credits to her name. She also played actress Athena Morrow in Humans and FBI special agent Maggie Griffin in Wisting.
- Natalie Portman
Her acting credits are almost as eclectic as she is, Natalie Portman has starred in Love Actually, Star Wars, and also won an Academy Award for best actress for her performance in Black Swan in 2010. She was actually born in Jerusalem, Israel, and her father is an Israeli born doctor. Her mother is an American born artist, and her birth name is Natalie Hershlag, but for the big screen, she goes by the name of Natalie Portman.