19 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Gamers – BuzzFeed

Celebs…they’re just like us! And by “us,” I mean gamers.

Not everyone who’s played a video game identifies as “a gamer,” but these celebrities definitely do! If you’re a certified gamer yourself, here are some celebrities who probably want to game with you.

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Brie Larson

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Brie has been very open about her love of video games over the past few years, and even has her own YouTube channel on which she plays/streams games. One particular video to highlight is Brie teaching Tessa Thompson how to play Fortnite. Because of her love of video games, Brie’s even been featured in commercials for Nintendo, showcasing her skills with Animal Crossing and Ring Fit Adventure

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Matthew Perry

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Matthew Perry’s love of gaming runs so deep, he once told Ellen DeGeneres he began to develop carpal tunnel syndrome after playing too much of Fallout 3. His love of Fallout even led Perry to take a role in Fallout: New Vegas as Benny.  

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Rosario Dawson

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Will Arnett

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Star of BoJack Horseman and Arrested Development, Will Arnett is an avid player of the Call of Duty franchise. In fact, his love of the games even led to him to develop a partnership with Infinity Ward, and provide voiceover work in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in 2009. Arnett has also said that he plays Call of Duty online with celebrity friends like Jason Sudeikis. 

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Samuel L. Jackson

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Henry Cavill

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Although this revelation may not be too surprising, as Cavill is also the star of The Witcher TV adaptation on Netflix, playing Geralt of Rivia, it’s worth noting that Cavill himself is a huge video game nerd! Cavill has even built his own gaming PC! That shows true dedication to the life of a gamer. 

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Daniel Craig

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Like many of the celebs on this list, Daniel Craig is also reportedly a huge fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, particularly Vice City. He’s also a big fan of games that have deep, complex lore and storylines, and has referenced Halo as being one of his favorite video games. 

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Mila Kunis

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Serena Williams

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The world-famous tennis star Serena Williams has gone on record to proclaim herself a true gaming fan The world-famous tennis star Serena Williams has gone on record as true gaming fan — specifically she’s a fan of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) from way back in the ’80s. In an interview with Essence, Williams told the publication that she was a fan of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! and Duck Hunt. She’s even a true believer in an ancient technique used for getting old game cartridges to work again (blowing air on them and the system over and over again). Can confirm this 100% does work!

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Megan Fox

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Zac Efron

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Naomi Osaka

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The second tennis star on this list, Osaka has said repeatedly that gaming has always been a huge aspect of her life. Osaka mainly loves to use gaming as a way of dealing with the stress of competition and the demands of traveling all over the world, and she even helped design a custom skin for Fortnite back in March 2022. 

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Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis in a red suit in front of the decorative wheel of knives from Knives Out.

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Michael Fassbender

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Jack Black

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The School of Rock star has been a longtime fan of video games since he was a kid, and shares his love for gaming to over four million subscribers on his YouTube channel: JablinskiGames. 

Sure, maybe, most of the time he doesn’t actually play any games, but it’s still technically a gaming channel! 

16.

Drake

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Drake is a huge Fortnite fan, and even broke records with his collaborative stream with the popular Twitch gamer Ninja. Their stream, in which the duo played Fortnite, broke the non-tournament record for the most-viewed stream by a single player with over 635,000 concurrent viewers. 

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Kim Kardashian

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Finding out that Kim Kardashian herself is a huge gamer took some digging but, apparently, back in 2012, Kim took to Twitter several times to discuss her excitement over the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 reveal trailer. Who’s to say if Kim still keeps up with the franchise, but back in 2012, she was certifiably one of the game’s biggest fans! 

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Vin Diesel

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Vin Diesel is reportedly a huge Dungeons & Dragons fan, and has been very open about his love of the classic Table-Top Roleplaying Game. Additionally, Diesel will soon be starring in an adaptation of Ark: Survival Evolved, a game he’s been a longtime fan of after his son introduced him to the series.  

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Jessica Alba

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Turns out, there are a lot more celebrity gamers out there than I think any of us thought! But, if you’re like me and asking yourself, “Hey, why aren’t there any movies out there about gaming for these celebs to star in?” you’re in luck! The latest comedy from BuzzFeed Studios, 1UP is all about gamers and the world of esports!

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