Stars in Your Eyes – Celebrities Who Also Happen to be Gamers

A lot of the time, celebrities can not feel like real people, and it’s quite easy to see why.

They exist as people on huge screens, on our instagram feeds, on towering posters and billboards that we drive past. The disparity between the “normal” world and “their world” can seem galactic at the best of times.

I for one think it’s refreshing when you learn a more grounded trait about such people, one of the most down to earth qualities being found is that of being a gamer and/or fan of video games.

It’s like some kind of weird nerd bond you share with them, that despite the fact they star in these glitzy Hollywood pictures, they go home after a day’s filming and drop into Verdansk with their friends or sweat it out on Destiny 2.

These household names are also people that happen to be just that way inclined.

Henry Cavill

Having played the Witcher himself has cemented him into nerd lore forever, but the man behind Geralt and Superman is a big World of Warcraft player when he’s not on set wearing cool costumes and swinging swords around.

A clip from the Conan O’Brien Show has infamously shown where his priorities are, as he missed a call from Zack Snyder himself about playing Kal-El in 2013’s Man of Steel as he was in the middle of a WoW raid.

And if you’re wondering, he plays a Healer, specifically Holy Priest.

It’s also definitely worth checking out the video of him building his own gaming PC.

Chloe-Grace Mortez

The Kick-Ass and Tom & Jerry star is very open about her interests outside of Hollywood, one of those being video games.

Grace-Mortez has stated in several interviews about how she’s a fan of several competitive video games as it levels the playing field to a large degree. She’s teamed up with Alienware and internet sensations Achievement Hunter/Rooster Teeth in Rocket League and gone head-to-head with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen to promote Bad Neighbors 2 with popular YouTuber Kwebbelkop.

She also voiced her own character of Hit-Girl in both Kick-Ass video games, as well as Emily Kaldwin in the original Dishonored.

Terry Crews

In between playing a fictional version of himself in Brooklyn 99 and screaming his lungs off in Old Spice ads, Terry Crews enjoys playing video games, specifically as a bonding activity with his son, which is just so wholesome it hurts.

He’s been a gamer since way back, racking up many hours as a kid on classics like Pong, Pac-Man, and Asteroids. Like Mr Cavill, Crews also built his own (insane) gaming PC and desperately wanted to be featured as Overwatch’s Doomfist but sadly missed out.

Fortunately, he got his virtual screen representation debut as Commander Isaiah Jaxon in Crackdown 3, with his likeness and voice both used, as well as Crews doing motion capture work for the role.

He also voiced his character of Hale Caesar in the video game adaptation of The Expendables 2, as well as Benjamin King in Saints Row IV.

In December of 2020, he also did a charity stream of Danganronopa: Trigger Happy Havoc with his son, and the internet went crazy (as it sometimes does).

Brie Larson

She has been known to generate a bit of heat online for some of her interviews, but Brie Larson disclosed after starting her YouTube channel in the midst of the pandemic back in July 2020 that she was and always has been a gamer at heart.

She got started back on the NES way back in the 1980’s, playing everyone’s favourite Super Mario Brothers and The Little Mermaid.

She’s an avid Animal Crossing player (showing off her impressive island in one video), she’s a dab hand at Fortnite, she’s streamed EA’s Knockout City when it dropped last month, done some Ring Fit Adventure workouts, its fair to say she’s quite the Nintendo fan.

Nintendo obviously caught wind of this, as she starred in a few Nintendo Switch video ads not long after launching her YouTube Channel.

Snoop Dogg

The Big Snoop D.O Double G never shies away from a controller, particularly if a sports title like NHL, NBA, or Madden NFL is the activity in question.

He’s teamed up with EA on numerous occasions, dropped in on a few of Dr. DisRespect’s streams, and even attempted his own live broadcast, although he rage quit after a bad performance and left his stream running dead air for several hours.

One of the world’s most legendary rappers has had his likeness featured in many a video game to date. These appearances include True Crime: Streets of LA, Def Jam: Fight for NY, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, as well as a special announcer in Call of Duty Ghosts.

He even got his own game with 2013’s Way of the Dogg, a rhythm-based fighting game.

It wasn’t very good at all.

Vin Diesel

Not content with being either fast and/or furious, Big Vin has flirted with video game roles in the past, making two video games based on his character of Riddick from the Chronicles of Riddick with CoR: Escape From Butcher Bay and CoR: Assault on Dark Athena, the 2009 title, Wheelman, and playing his household name character of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious Crossroads.

He is also involved with the sequel to the open-world survival game ARK: Survival Evolved, although there’s not much to speak of on that as of yet. He even founded the studio (Tigon Studios) that developed the Riddick games as well as the F&F Crossroads game.

When he’s not starring in video games, Diesel has been vocal about his love for Dungeons and Dragons. His film The Last Witch Hunter is supposedly based on a D&D character he created, of which he played as in a Critical Roll stream during the film’s promotion.

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