Friday, August 3, 2007

Masi Oka Gives Geeks Street Cred

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Heroes star Masi Oka is bringing geeky back, and he’s giving nerds everywhere some new, hip street cred.

Oka – who plays a nerdy, average Joe with the ability to time travel – says he’s happy to be the “coolest geek” on primetime, especially if he can help geeks garner a hipper reputation.

Says Oka: “My character is someone a lot of geeks can relate to, but to me, being a geek is not a negative thing, it’s actually a commendable thing. A geek is someone who is passionate about something, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s computers, ant farms, or paperweights. It’s better to care about something than nothing.”

And helping geeks feel the glory while accepting his own nerdiness seems to be working in Oka’s favor – especially when it comes to adoring fans.

He adds, “I’ve gotten a handful of marriage proposals from fans since the show started and it always surprises me. I’ve heard of love at first sight, but marriage at first sight is a little too strange.”

Season two of Heroes premieres September 24th.

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