Skip Nav
JK Rowling
The Story of Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak May Be WAY Darker Than We Thought
Viral Videos
The Reason This Grumpy Grandpa Learned to Use Instagram Will Make You Sob
Gift Guide
25 Tech Gifts For Your Boyfriend That He'll Use Over and Over Again

Heroes Star Masi Oka Opens Up To Wired

In the fresh May issue of Wired Magazine Heroes star and one of my favorite Geek of the Week contenders Masi Oka opened up about being a geek in real life and on screen.

The interview was actually just a slice Behind the Scenes With Heroes Creator Tim Kring and "Hiro," Masi Oka, which details the story of how the Crossing Jordan and Chicago Hope creator came up with the idea for the show. For those of you that haven't been watching, Heroes has quickly garnered cred from the mainstream press and viewers as well as the usual sci-fi cult fans.

According to Wired, Oka, who plays time traveler Hiro Nakamura, said he bases Hiro's wide-eyed innocence on an anime character from Dragonball Z.

He also said he "wants Heroes to include more geeky references." "Sometimes I try to sneak one in there," he told the magazine.

Here are some highlights from the story:

  • Masi Oka, who plays salaryman Hiro Nakamura on Heroes, is scarfing down baked chicken in the back of a strip club in Van Nuys, California, on a break from filming the April 30 episode. "Tim's a great barometer for people who are not into comics," Oka says. "If Tim understands it, the whole world will. The writers might geek out and come up with some time- traveling, mind-bending fifth-dimensional thing. Tim says, 'Whoa, what does that mean?'"

For additional highlights,

  • On the show, Oka's character is an office worker who lacks fashion sense, loves comics and videogames, and quotes Star Trek. But in a cheeky conceit, the chubby nebbish Hiro is the central hero of Heroes. And it's his geekiness that gives him an edge. Because Hiro is so well versed in the myth and lore of superheroes, he's the one with the clearest sense of what to do with his powers.
  • Oka himself is a geek made good. Before he pursued acting, he was a CG artist at Industrial Light & Magic, crafting f/x for films like War of the Worlds and Revenge of the Sith. (He still does occasional work for the company - no one else knows how to use the programs he coded.) His endearing performance on Heroes earned him a Golden Globe nomination for supporting actor. And for today's shoot, he's ditched his standard nerdy wardrobe for the much cooler "Future Hiro" outfit - a black tunic, soul patch, and badass samurai sword.
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
cubiclequeen cubiclequeen 9 years
Heroes is such a great show. It totally rocks. Masi Oka is a fab actor. I too have a geek crush on him :D
Hetairai Hetairai 9 years
I heart him! .live.laugh.love.lie.
catstarr catstarr 9 years
I have a total geek crush on him. I just adore him.
Why Misty Copeland Is Inspiring
Interview With Brad Meltzer About Heroes For My Daugher
Heroes: Do You Think Claire Will Side With the Circus?
One of the Major Characters on Heroes to Be Killed
Buzz News Roundup, 8/24
Photos of Milo Ventimiglia Shirtless on the Set of Heroes in LA
Video Preview For Heroes Season Four, Volume Five: "Redemption"

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds