You might think of the early 2000s as the era that heralded in a new kind of hot guy in Hollywood: instead of the Brad Pitts and Tom Cruises of the world getting all the ladies in a tizzy, there was a different breed of dude in town. Enter the Era of the Nerd.
With the popularity of shows like “The Office,” with its hot nerd trifecta of John Krasinski, Ed Helms, and B.J. Novak, and the quick rise to fame of “Saturday Night Live” cuties like Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg, nerds took over as the new in-demand leading men. They were, in many cases, just as attractive as the heartthrob hunks of yore (in their own ways, at least), but they had the added benefits of being smart, funny, and a little offbeat. There’s no contest, if you really think about it.
Click through the gallery above to see 20 men who are the hottest nerds in Hollywood!