James Lafferty

James Lafferty


7/25/1985, Hemet, California

Birth Name

James Martin Lafferty



Also Known As

Baby James, Jamie
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James Lafferty was born in raised in Hemet, California. James attended Hemet High School and played basketball for the bulldogs, even earning the MVP award. He has been steadily working since the age of 6 when his mother encouraged him and his brother Stuart to act as a…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • James dated Sophia Bush in 2008. Chad Michael Murray confirmed this on an interview he did for channel 11 news.

    • James enjoys walking with his dog, Nino. He also loves spending time with his family.

    • James's height is 6'2".

    • James is good friends with Bethany Joy Lenz, Lee Norris, Tyler Hilton, and Sophia Bush.

    • James raised $64,000 in the 4th Annual James Lafferty/One Tree Hill Charity Basketball game, which was held on March 24, 2007. The proceeds went to the Wilmington Family YMCA, Cape Fear Sea Devils Scholarship Fund and Hannah Smith who is a little girl suffering from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

    • James spent much of his childhood hanging out with friends, taking acting classes and playing basketball.

    • Before James started his acting career, he was obsessed with making it into the NBA.

    • James drives an SUV, and his dream cars are a Yukon and a Mustang Cobra.

    • James enjoys trips to the beach and playing football with his friends.

    • James loves challenges.

    • James supports a lot of charities by playing basketball and soccer.

    • James loves working with the cast of One Tree Hill especially Hilarie Burton as he considers her to be very professional.

    • James wants to be the highlight of Hollywood, as a result, he is looking forward to getting more roles.

    • James was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Sexy at every age, Age 21."

    • If James could pick one artist to perform at Tric, the club on his show One Tree Hill, it would be Kanye West.

    • James Lafferty was cast for the show One Tree Hill after meeting the producers when auditioning for the movie The Perfect Score. However, it was his co-star on the show, Bryan Greenberg, who got the part in the movie.

    • James's girlfriend Rachael is a former soccer goalie for UNC-Wilmington, who he's been in a very serious and committed relationship with for a year and a half.

    • James toured with One Tree Hill and Sunkist from February to April 2006, to help promote the show.

    • James does not like to eat sushi or eggs.

    • James wore #10 as his jersey number in high school.

    • James's hobbies include boogie boarding, snowboarding, rollerblading, snorkeling, horseback riding, playing basketball, football, video games, and Tae Kwon Do, where he has a Black Belt.

    • James, together with Chad Michael Murray, was nominated for "Choice TV Chemistry" during the 2005 Teen Choice Awards.

    • James was nominated for "Choice Breakout TV Star (Male)" for One Tree Hill during the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.

    • James trademark is his 15-foot, mid-range jump shot.

    • James is an avid basketball fan and, similar to his character Nathan on One Tree Hill.

    • James' guilty pleasure show is Laguna Beach. He has no idea why he watches it, but he does.

    • James' biggest celebrity crush was Larisa Oleynik, who played Alex Mack on The Secret World of Alex Mack. Larisa also worked with James' One Tree Hill's character's sister-in-law, Lindsey McKeon. James also had a crush on Rachel McAdams.

    • James is on the cover of Teen People's September 2005 issue along with the rest of the One Tree Hill cast.

    • James's parents are Jeff and Angie Lafferty. They own a local construction business in Hemet, California.

    • James' roommate was an extra on One Tree Hill.

    • James likes how so many fans want Nathan and Haley together on One Tree Hill.

    • The nipple ring James wears for his role of Nathan on One Tree Hill is glued on.

    • James gave Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush a toaster for their wedding.

    • James' role models are his father and Michael Jordan.

    • James is not a fan of baseball.

    • In his spare time, James plays basketball and lends his support to such charitable organizations as Lamar Odom's Music Jam and The Pink Project.

    • James' dog's name is Nino which is a Husky/Shepherd Mix.

    • James mentioned on TRL that he is no longer dating his high school girlfriend.

    • James would like to act with Tom Hanks, Paul Newman or Edward Norton.

    • James is being taught how to play the guitar by his One Tree Hill co-star Bethany Joy Galeotti.

    • James' younger brother, Stuart Lafferty, guest starred in the episode of One Tree Hill titled, "I'm Wide Awake, Its Morning".

    • James once had a girlfriend back in his hometown of Hemet, California, who was a senior in high school there.

    • Favorites:
      Actors: Tom Hanks and Edward Norton

      Actresses: Natalie Portman and Rachel McAdams

      Basketball Team: LA Lakers

      Basketball Player: Michael Jordan

      Beverage: Root Beer

      Books: "Brave New World," "Anthem" and "The Iliad" by Homer

      Cheese: American

      Food: Mexican

      Fruits: Oranges and Peaches

      Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate

      Movies: Office Space, Wayne's World, Fight Club, Royal Tenenbaums, It's a Wonderful Life, Unbreakable, Love and Basketball, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Beautiful Girls

      Musicians: Cake, Sublime, Eminem, Tupac, Kanye West, Jack Johnson, Ludacris, and Ben Harper

      Song off the "Friends with Benefit" album: "Be Yourself" by Audioslave

      TV Shows: The Sopranos, The Daily Show, and South Park

    • James was voted "Most Likely to be on the Runways of Paris and People Magazine" during his Senior year at Hemet High School.

    • James plays on an entertainment league with teammates Ashton Kutcher and Breckin Meyer.

  • Quotes

    • James: I don't get a whole lot out of the romance thing, but I realize girls do. So I'll go out of my way to make them feel romanced.

    • James: (On his favorite holiday) I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don't have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It's always fun.

    • James: (On the best and worst day of his life) When I moved away from home to North Carolina to start shooting One Tree Hill.

    • James: (On one of his pet peeves) When I'm trying to go to sleep and there are little noises, like a clock ticking or a fan squeaking, it drives me completely insane.

    • James: (On his message to aspiring actors/actresses) It's not an easy game. You've got to be a dreamer to do it, but you've also got to be willing to work hard. I always believed if you put the work in you'll get the benefits. This is an unstable business, also, so don't let that be the only thing you depent on. Make sure you have a fall-back. But most important, don't give up.

    • James: (On one of his high school dances) What I remember most about junior homecoming was my date getting sick afterwards. That kinda sucked. Then, senior year, someone got gum in her hair when we were dancing. She had to get one of the chaperones to take her to the office and cut up her hair. I felt really bad for her, but it worked out fine.

    • James: (About watching TV while sitting on his bed) It is the most comfortable place in my home.

    • James: My New Year's resolution is to stick to a good workout plan that will keep me healthy and happy.

    • James: I wouldn't say that I'm very similar to the character of Nathan at all. Both of us have had very different upbringings and backgrounds. I have a competitive nature like the character of Nathan. That's really easy to draw from when I'm acting; that's probably the biggest similarity.

    • James: What do I like in a girl? I like a girl that likes me, a girl that knows how to smile and see the bright side of things. A girl that makes me a better person.

    • James: (On 'One Tree Hill') I get to do a lot of my own work in the basketball scenes. I've played ball my entire life and I asked them to let me give doing my own stunts a shot. I guess they liked what I did.

    • James: We tell them they're not therapy, but if you get eight, 10, 12 people together, they can help one another.

    • James: It is definitely a challenge to play Nathan, but the more different he is from myself, the more interesting the character becomes for me.

    • James: My advice to an aspiring actor would be to never stop learning or working for what you want. Nothing comes easy, ever, if you want something, you have to work for it. By working for it I mean work on your craft, learn from people who have something to teach. It's just like anything else, practice makes perfect.

    • James: I enjoy catching our show whenever I can. It does get very weird to watch myself, it's always been that way, but at the same time, it's part of my job to see what kind of job I'm doing and to get a perspective on where I'm taking the character.

    • James: Although we hardly see each other off the set, Joy and I get along well when we do. As far as the marriage between Nathan and Haley, I think they are young and will see the reality of the situation eventually.

    • James: I was definitely suprised to see the success we were having as a show after being secluded in Wilmington. We don't get a whole lot of perspective on the way things are going while we are out there, so it was nice to see that you guys are supporting us like this. THANK YOU!

    • James: The whole Haley-Nathan marriage deal was a pretty good twist huh? I hope we got all of you with it. That particular story line even suprised me when I read it, it's a good one and it'll provide for some good stories to come.

    • James: The cast gets along pretty well, it's a good work environment. I hang out a lot with Brett Claywell, he plays Tim Smith on the show. We play plenty of basketball.

    • James: Tom Hanks has been a huge idol of mine. I'd love to work with someone like him someday. You could learn a lot working with someone like that.

    • James: People would be shocked to know... that despite the nature of my TV character, I am actually a nice guy.

  • James is Nathan Scott

    I love One Tree Hill. Nathan and Lucas are the main two characters and Nathan is played by James. James is an awesome actor. He does a great job playing Nathan Scott. I can't imagine anyone else playing the character. Nathan and Haley area huge couple on the show and a major chunk of it. They have a huge fan base and I am loving the story lines that they have right now and in the past. He did an awesome job playing Nathan the jerk and now a good job playing Nathan the nice lol. Awesome , talented actor. Im sure we will see more of him in the future.moreless
  • He is known more for being the bad ass Nathan Scott on One Tree Hill. He is the youngest of the whole cast and he is very talented, but he needs to be known by the world, not just by One Tree Hill fans.moreless

    He is the youngest actor on the set of One Tree Hill, portraying Nathan Scott. He has guest starred in TV Shows like Boston Public, Emiril, First Monday, Once and Again, Get Real, and a landing role in the Teen TV Drama One Tree Hill. He has been in three movies which are A Season on the Brink, Prep, and Boys on the Run. He needs to be recognized by all the people because he is very talented and very cool. His character on One Tree Hill was a bad ass in the beginning, but then he grew up to be a very grown up father and husband...and James knew how to portray him very well. He should be known for his talent.moreless