"Star Trek's" Wil Wheaton tells newborn girl why being a nerd "is awesome"

An audience member asked the actor to record an inspirational video for her infant daughter

Published April 30, 2013 5:24PM (EDT)

     (Wikipedia, Gage Skidmore)
(Wikipedia, Gage Skidmore)

In a panel at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo on April 27, "Star Trek" and "Big Bang Theory" actor Wil Wheaton fielded a question from an audience member, who asked him to explain to her newborn daughter "why it's awesome to be a nerd." Wheaton launched into nearly four-minute speech on growing up feeling like "there was something wrong" and then realizing, as an adult, that being a nerd is something to be valued.

It's "not about what you love -- it's about how you love it" and "finding other people who love it the way you do" is the defining characteristic of "why being a nerd is awesome," said Wheaton.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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