Comic-Con International is right around the corner, and with it comes the promise of lots of shows, exhibition and most of all, lots of cosplay actors. So why are these the top 5 celebrity cosplay actors, when there are so many to choose from? Let’s explore the realm of dressing for fun and imagination.
Where Costume Play Comes From
Costume play is the opportunity to role play your favorite characters from science fiction. You can become a part of the story through anime. Wikipedia explains, “The word anime is the Japanese term for animation, which means all forms of animated media”.
Or perhaps you wish to be a part of the fandom, as one of the many the followers.
As you become adept at cosplay you will certainly become familiar with Manga. Wikipedia notes that the art of comics and cartooning in Japan known as Manga, has a long history. Dating as far back as the 1600’s, “The word itself first came into common usage in 1798”.(Wikipedia)
Japanese Games for the Inspired
People from all walks of life, and every age group read manga in Japan. Likewise, the content covers everything from action and adventure to mystery and romance. Subsequently this relates to a multi-billion dollar market.
Acting Out Through Cosplay
With cosplay, you can connect with other fans and step out of the everyday and into something extraordinary. Just about anything can be used for the materials to make your costume.
The outfit can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Above all, take inspiration from your favorite program, comic book, or one of these top cosplay actors.
Top 5 American Celebrity Cosplay Actors:
5. Xavier Woods
He’s not exactly a Hollywood celebrity, but this WWE superstar has made a name for himself as a proud comic-player who’s combined his love for anime with his love for wrestling. It’s not a bad combo, really.
First of all, the world of pro wrestling has always been a little outlandish and theatrical. Also, the personalities tend to be a bit larger-than-life.
During his time outside the ring, Woods enjoys hitting up the DragonCon and Comic-Con circuits in full cosplay costume. After all, he’s an avid anime fan.
Still, Woods hasn’t limited his antics to his downtime. In fact, he recently showed up to the wrestling ring dressed up as his favorite character from Dragon Ball Z, wowing his fans. Is there any better way to combine your passion with your job?
Wrestling and Acting
As it turns out, wrestling and anime have a pretty long history together. Several other wrestlers share Wood’s love for anime and cosplay. The well known John Cena, former football player, body builder, professional wrestler, actor and rapper, is a lover of costume play. Moreover, he is a big fan of “Fist of the North Star” and Sasha Banks, who loves “Sailor Moon.”
4. Helena Bonham Carter
We might say that Helena Bonham Carter is not a fixture at Comic Cons. However, no list of celebrity cosplay could really be complete without the queen of steampunk costume. HBC’s steampunk costume skills are legendary, with her fusion fashion elements as edgy as they are sexy.
HBC began her film career in 1986 and has played diverse roles in both small indy films and major blockbusters. She’s been recognized in numerous awards and received many nominations. She may be most recognizable in the U.S. for her recent roles in the “Alice in Wonderland” films and “Harry Potter” series.
Her iconic style could best be defined as fusion fashion. She is known to add steampunk elements to her everyday wardrobe, using velvet and lace abundantly. In addition to her wardrobe are a cosplay costume corset and burlesque costumes.
3. Adam Savage
You might be more familiar with Adam Savage as the former co-host of Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters,” but he’s worked in the TV and movie industry for years. As a special effects designer and fabricator, his work can be seen in such major films as “The Matrix Reloaded and Star Wars Attack of the Clones.”
Savage’s love for cosplay started in childhood. When “Jaws” was released, his mom got him his own “Jaws” costume. Later, he and his father used aluminum flashing and rivets to craft a suit of armor, which he wore to school.
Since then, he has created cosplay costumes from various movies, including Chewbacca, Jack Sparrow, Admiral Ackbar and the Ringwraith. He’s earned himself some serious nerd cred and connected on a whole new level with his fandom.
Subsequently, Adam’s love for cosplay has even led to him doing a TED talk called “My Love Letter to Cosplay.” It’s more than a hobby for him: It’s his passion.
2. John Barrowman
You might be familiar with John Barrowman from the long-running sci-fi classic “Doctor Who.” Certainly, you’re aware that he’s a bit of a character. He’s perfectly happy walking through Comic-Con either as himself or dressed up in full gender-bending regalia, complete with a costume corset.
Born in Scotland and raised in Illinois, he’s got a cosmopolitan outlook on life. He’s been in theatre and had a variety of roles in TV before really hitting his stride in sci-fi, most noteworthy in the Whovian spin-off “Torchwood.” Today, he’s a fan favorite at Comic-Con, not just for his sunny attitude but also his crowd-pleasing cosplays.
John has shown up as Squirrel Girl, Zapp Brannigan, Harley Quinn and even a super-sparkly burlesque costumes of Captain America. When it comes to roleplay, John Barrowman has definitely stolen our collective hearts.
1. Jamie Lee Curtis
Making her 1978 debut in the classic “Halloween,” Jamie became established as a talented horror actor in her own right. The daughter of two stars, she’s not only a Hollywood royalty but has written children’s books as well. Furthermore, her work has spanned decades and genres. Jamie has earned numerous awards and nominations as a Hollywood Star as well.
However, her credentials don’t stop there. She’s also got some serious cosplay costume chops. Jamie proves that acting has no boundaries. She has been working the fandoms for decades, embracing not just her fans but the Comic-Con world.
At nearly 60, she’s rocked the black carpet with her son dressed as orcs from the World of Warcraft. Furthermore, she and her entire family hit up BlizzCon as Street Fighter Characters.
For Curtis and her family, cosplay is above all a family affair, with her kids and husband often getting in on the fun. Still, she’s enjoyed plenty of her own roleplay events, dressing up as the Pink Lightspeed Ranger, a cheerleader and Little Red Riding Hood, among others.
While Jamie has definitely earned the title of Scream Queen as well as Cosplay Queen, maybe-just-maybe she is Queen of Our Hearts.
Celebrities Having Fun
In conclusion, what sets these celebs apart isn’t the cost of their cosplay materials or their access to stylists. It’s their passion for the art itself.
How have they inspired you to up your own cosplay game?