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Geek Girls You'll Fall For This Fall

Posted: 10/05/11 09:35 AM ET

In case you haven't noticed, geek girls are on top of the world. We're taking over the big screen ("Bridesmaids" anyone?), the small screen (is there a show Whitney Cummings isn't working on this season?) and all the media in between (Tina Fey's book, "Bossypants," is now my Bible). Want to know which lovely ladies will this fall? Stop playing "Words With Friends," press pause on your DVR'd episode of the "True Blood" season finale and check out which geek girls you'll be falling for this autumn. Oh, and be sure to pick up your copy of "Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks and Other Misfits Are Ruling the World." It's required reading and you don't want to fail the pop quiz next period.

Who: Zooey Deschanel
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What she's doing this fall: Starring in "New Girl" on Fox

Named after the lead character in J.D. Salinger's novella "Franny and Zooey," Zooey Deschanel seemed destined for geek greatness since birth. However, it was roles in movies like "Almost Famous," "All the Real Girls" and, more recently, "(500) Days Of Summer" that solidified her film goddess status. She's got indie-cred coming out the wazoo, yet she maintains a level of humility and niceness that seems almost inhuman.

There's an innocence and eagerness that she brings to every performance--whether it's on-screen or on-stage, singing with her folk-rock band She & Him--and you can't help but be smitten by the fact that she seems completely unaware of her loveliness. Ignorance might not be bliss, but it's definitely something that many film-geek girls suffer from.

Plus, when she's not the cutest ray of sunshine bursting through your TV set this fall as "adorkable" Jess on Fox's "New Girl," she's also taking over the web with her adorable lifestyle site, Hello Giggles.
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