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Perth s nerds in seventh heaven
Mercedes McNab, Natalia Tena and Tricia Helfer. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

It’s like a scene from a nerd’s fantasy. And for thousands of nerds across Perth, the fantasy comes true this weekend.

Thousands of genuine nerds — and closet fans — of fantasy, sci-fi and popular culture will flock to the two-day Supernova pop culture expo starting at Claremont Showground today.

Among the attractions will be three women who are all stars of fantasy or sci-fi productions — Mercedes McNab (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones and Harry Potter) and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica).

Other stars attending at the weekend include Christopher Lloyd (“Doc” Brown from the Back to the Future trilogy), Verne Troyer (Mini Me in Austin Powers) and Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones).

The stars will mingle with the crowd, posing for photos and answering questions.

As McNab — or Harmony Kendall from Buffy — explained, some of the questions fans came up with were slightly unusual.

“One time I had a question, ‘Would you rather be attacked by a horse or a thousand ducks’, which was a bit strange,” she said.

McNab and Helfer, a former fashion model before her role as Number Six in Battlestar Galactica, had lunch at Indiana Tea House on Cottesloe Beach yesterday.

“It was such a beautiful building, you guys have some amazing beaches,” McNab said.

Tena, one of the stars of the wildly popular fantasy television series, Game of Thrones, has been relaxing in the Margaret River region before the expo.

“The wineries were beautiful but the chocolate factory was amazing,” she said.

Tena explained that she had an unusual affiliation with Perth.

“I won a scholarship to study here at Notre Dame University but I fell madly in love so I stayed in England.

“It’s really beautiful, I love it,” she added.

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