10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Play Video Games


Believe it or not, celebrities are people, too! They walk like us, talk like us, and even play games like us.

While gaming is an extremely common hobby, especially nowadays, it's still neat to learn about celebrities that play games in their free time. Out of all the celebrities that have openly discussed their love of gaming, these 10 are by far the most surprising.

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill has risen to fame in recent years thanks to his role as Superman in the DC Cinematic Universe, but his obsession with video games actually nearly cost him the role in Man of Steel. He was in the midst of playing World of Warcraft when he received the call from director Zack Snyder offering him the part, but decided to ignore it and keep going.

Besides World of Warcraft, Cavill has also expressed his love of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. Maybe he'll even have a chance to appear in a video game himself if the rumored Superman solo video game ever materializes.

Jessica Alba

While Jessica Alba is more into the casual gaming scene, she's a gamer nonetheless, and spent her childhood with classics such as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. In more recent times, she's been drawn to fitness games on the Wii and Brain Age on the Nintendo DS, and even bought all of her fellow cast members on the set of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer a DS after filming wrapped.

Matthew Perry

There are Fallout fans, and then there is Matthew Perry. The sitcom star takes playing Fallout to a whole other level. As he explained to the ladies of The View, he once played Fallout 3 so much that he developed carpal tunnel syndrome! Talk about dedication. Before he jumps into the 400 hours of gameplay in Fallout 4, perhaps Perry should consult a doctor.

Megan Fox

Love her or hate her, Megan Fox is a bona fide gamer. While she hasn't really discussed her gaming habits lately, previously she mentioned playing a lot of Halo: Reach online, and even admitted to being made fun of online for being a girl. Just think, at any given moment when gaming online, the person behind the GamerTag could be famous.

Mila Kunis

Like Henry Cavill, the game of choice for Mila Kunis is Blizzard's addictive MMORPG, World of Warcraft; the That 70's Show star has discussed her deep knowledge of the game on various talk shows and radio interviews over the years. Unfortunately for those that hope to bump into Mila Kunis online, at last word she had stopped playing the game, undoubtedly contributing to World of Warcraft's dwindling number of subscribers.

Robin Williams


The late, great Robin Williams loved gaming so much that he actually named his daughter after Princess Zelda. Many years later, he appeared alongside his daughter in ads for Ocarina of Time 3D, and considered The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to be the best game ever made.

Besides Zelda, Robin Williams also enjoyed Call of DutyPortal, and Warcraft. In honor of Robin Williams and his love of gaming, Blizzard immortalized him in World of Warcraft with various homages and references to Williams and his epic career.

Ronda Rousey


Current UFC Bantamweight Champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey has an undefeated record in mixed-martial arts, and defeated her most recent opponent in a stunning 34 seconds. Considering that she's described as the "baddest woman on the planet", it might be surprising to learn that she's also a huge gamer.

Rousey claims to have owned every generation of Pokemon since its inception on the original Game Boy. She also says she's mastered both Pokemon Stadium games, and obtained the perfect score in Pokemon Snap. As a teen, Rousey spent time moderating a Pokemon forum, and her old forum profile reveals a love for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Considering her affinity for Nintendo and Pokemon, perhaps the Big N should look into sponsoring the dominant fighter. It would also be awesome to see Rousey appear in Super Smash Bros. or fighting Charizard in Pokken Tournament. Obviously this is unlikely, but hey, we can dream!

Rosario Dawson

Speaking of Pokemon, count Rosario Dawson as a fan as well. A self-described "console gamer", Dawson has named Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda as other games that are among her favorites. Dawson has even had the privilege of lending her voice to the Sydnicate reboot, and will be starring in the upcoming Ratchet & Clank movie as well.

Will Arnett

Will Arnett is another celebrity that has used his status to gain opportunities in the gaming world. He was able to provide voice work on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which is fitting considering Call of Duty is one of his favorite franchises.

Arnett also hosts a web series called GameChat where he plays Xbox with his other celebrity gamer friends. Check out the first episode here.

Zac Efron

Gaming might actually be to blame for the breakup between Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. The story goes that in 2010, Vanessa bought Zac an Xbox 360 and a handful of games. Like most of us, it wasn't long before Zac became addicted and ended up neglecting his relationship with Vanessa, who gave him an ultimatum: her or the Xbox.

Needless to say, they broke up not long after. But on the bright side, at least Zac had more time to play Halo 3!

Final Thoughts

There are likely plenty of celebrity gamers out there that have yet to really discuss their affinity for video gaming. With gaming having become more mainstream over the last 15 years or so, it's likely that one day most celebrities, and most people in general, will be gamers.

Did any of these celebrity gamers catch you by surprise? Whose gaming feats did you find the most impressive?

Source: ComicBookMovieKotaku, VentureBeat

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