Nicknamed “Loser Mona” in high school, Mona Vanderwaal uses her smarts to plot revenge against the popular girls in “Pretty Little Liars.” As a villain, her intelligence as a hacker and language expert makes her dangerous.
In real life, Hawaii native Janel Parrish has a very sweet side, and no one would dream of pairing her with another group but the ‘pretty girls.’ Over the course of her career, Parrish participated in many films, TV shows, and even music videos. But the coolest thing she has done yet was coming in third in season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars.”
America Ferrara – Ugly Betty
Betty Suarez is a painfully awkward Latina teen from Queens. Acquaintances called her geeky, ugly, and other not-so-fun names. But she endears us, nonetheless. It is worth mentioning that Betty becomes progressively cooler as the show goes on without ever losing her soul.
America Ferrara has won a SAG, a Golden Globe, and an Emmy for her role. In the real world, Ferrera is as cool as they come. She stands up for what she believes in and has been involved in politics since 2008! "Time" magazine named her one of the top 100 most influential people in the world.
Adam Scott – Parks and Recreation
As a state auditor, Ben Wyatt is the only professional in the room. The buttoned-up bastion of rationality seems boring, but his character is simply hilarious. Not to mention that he keeps turning down the same accounting job over and over again, and he invented his own board game, The Cones of Dunshire!
Outside of the "Parks and Recreation" set, you’ll find Adam Scott podcasting about his favorite rock bands and bragging that he appeared in R.E.M.’s music video “Drive.” And it doesn't take more than appearing in a rock band music video to let everyone know how cool you are.
David Schwimmer – Friends
No one is going to deny that Dr. Ross Geller is the only one of the close-knit "Friends" group who lives the nerdy life. The lovable and naïve academician barely fits in, and he's always desperately trying to shoehorn paleontology into every conversation. What's up with that?
But, seriously, David Schwimmer’s a dashing A-lister. On top of it all, he’s a real smarty in real life, having graduated from Northwestern. Schwimmer is not only a successful actor, but he is also a social activist and is especially involved in treating victims of abuse. Nothing cooler than a man who deals with such important issues.
Adam Brody – The O.C.
On "The O.C.," outsider Seth Cohen was adopted into the Atwood family and became a brother to his close friend Ryan. Awkward, nerdy, and a loner, the popular kids at high school bullied him relentlessly. Nevertheless, you couldn't help but root for this guy due to his baby face and quirky ways.
On the show, Adam Brody’s character lacked a cool edge. In real life, however, the dashing actor, who married beauty Leighton Meester, has no problem hanging with the cool kids. And he's become a bit of a hunky actor in his middle age, starring in shows such as "Fleischman Is in Trouble."