Gaming is an epidemic in Hollywood!
Being famous is a great way to open up your life for the things that matter, like having more time to sit on the couch with the controller and pwn n00bs in “Halo.”
The following celebrities are unlikely gamers, and proof that if you follow your dreams, you can one day find bliss in your high back ergonomic computer chair.
Is Panic! at the Disco vocalist Brendon Urie a Fortnite n00b? “First off: I’m a video gamer, and an athlete. So put some respect on it,” Urie defended himself in July after being roasted by Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots, who beat Urie in the game. But there’s more to it, according to Urie. “Well, in a sense, you’re comparing apples to oranges because he plays on PC and I play on console,” he said. “So there are certain aspects of my game that I might be better at than him.”
Is Biebs a gaming junkie? In 2013, sources claimed that Bieber was two hours late for a concert because he couldn’t tear himself away from the video games backstage. Backstage sources at an O2 concert where Bieber performed said that the then-19-year-old singer woke up late after a long night out and, in very British lingo, said the “stroppy youngster locked himself in his dressing room to play computer games.”
Gamers everywhere were gassed up when Mila Kunis talked about her love for “World of Warcraft.” In 2008, she explained her infatuation with the MMORPG on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! In this clip, she describes the game with a hyper-specific explanation that sounds like an awkward first date gone off the rails. “You gotta be in a guild, ‘cuz you go on raids that require 30 to 40 people,” she told Kimmel. “But now with expansion packs they’re gonna have raids that only require 10 people,” about the same number of people who knew what she was even talking about. (The way WoW players like it.)
It’s lonely at the top. Drake has spent his career mythologizing himself as the misunderstood superstar, the loner who rose to atmospheric fame, and who can never quite seem to please everyone, no matter what he does. So what’s left to do for the man who has it all? Pick up the sticks and play Fortnite with your bros Travis Scott and football fan favorite JuJu Smith-Schuster on Twitch.
We knew James Bond was cool, but not this cool. Craig has admitted to being a gaming junkie, loving “Halo” “because it’s shooting aliens.” To his credit, he can’t play “Vice City” for too long because it makes him “feel dirty.” He considers himself lucky to have a propensity for acting just a little greater than his one for gaming, saying, “It’s just as well I don’t have much spare time or I would probably fritter it away playing computer games.”
Video games aren’t just mindless escapism. They can be autobiographical narratives and reflections of life. At least that’s the case for South Korean boy band BTS, who back in June released “BTS World,” an immersive mobile game that offers fans a chance to roleplay as the group’s manager. The game starts with an invitation to one of BTS’ concerts and quickly evolves into you doing, well, all the stuff a manager does, from finding the band places to stay to cheering them up on down days.
The glo up is real for Olivia Munn! But she’s just a gamer at heart. Before catapulting to the big screen in huge flicks like “Magic Mike” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” Munn started her career as a host on the G4’s “Attack of the Show!” which featured reviews of new tech, discussed pop culture and previewed video games. In a 2016 interview with CNET, Munn traced her love of games back to a summer Olympics PC game she played on her family computer when she was 8, all the way to her then-favorites “Assassins Creed” and “Halo.”