Man Candy Monday: James Lafferty


Who is James Lafferty? The Vital Stats:

  • Name: James Martin Lafferty
  • Nicknames: Baby James, Jamie, J, J-Man, Jimmy
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Age: 26
  • Born: July 25, 1985 in Hemet, California
  • Profession: Actor, director, producer
  • Status: Unknown at time of publication.
  • Filmography (year, title, role):

1997: Annabelle’s Wish (Buster) – video
2000: Emeril (James) – television series, 1 episode “Pilot”
2001: Boston Public (Michael Scott) – television series, 1 episode “Chapter Eighteen”
2001-2002: Once and Again (Tad) – television series, 4 episodes
2002: Prep (Jackson) – made for TV movie
2002: First Monday (Andrew) – television series, 1 episode “Pilot”
2002: A Season on the Brink (Steve Alford) – made for TV movie
2002: Get Real (Billy) – television series, 1 episode “The Last Weekend”
2003-2012: One Tree Hill (Nathan Scott) – television series, 182 episodes
2003: Boys on the Run (Joe Ferguson) – feature film
2009: S. Darko (Iraq Jack) – feature film
2011: The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy (Eigson Howard) – feature film
2012 (Post-Production): Lost on Purpose (Fever) – feature film
2013 (Pre-Production): Sam (Sam Wellman) – feature film

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Sometimes you Man Candy Monday voters really surprise me and this last week’s vote is a terrific example of that. Not only was James Lafferty such a popular nominee that I chose to add him as an option on the poll (something I’ve only done once before) but as a contestant on the poll, he earned enough votes to take the win. You James Lafferty fans sure are a loyal lot. I have to admit though, until this weekend, I wasn’t all that familiar with James. Because I like to put together the best profile I can, I checked out a few episodes of One Tree Hill, read a few bios on him and decided that yes, I am most definitely a fan. I actually can’t believe I’ve overlooked him up until this point and One Tree Hill? Definitely a great show. I’ve added the series box sets to my birthday wish list.

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It isn’t hard to see why people love James so much. A show like One Tree Hill naturally draws in loyal viewers who are willing to tune in every week to see what’s going to happen next. While the show wasn’t quite as big in the end as it was in the beginning, that strong fan base was still there. As viewers get more wrapped up in the show, they find themselves getting more interested in not just the characters but the actors and actresses that bring those characters to life. This is where the “fandoms” get started but it is really the actor or actresses that causes the fandom to grow and develop, oftentimes to include people outside of the show’s original fan base. This is the case with James.


The problem with being new to a fandom and attempting to do an article like the one I’m doing is it can really be a struggle to do the actor justice. I’ve done a fair bit of research on Mr. Lafferty but there really isn’t a wealth of information out there about him. This only makes me like him more, to be honest. While there were some raised eyebrows when James began dating his One Tree Hill costar, Sophia Bush, considering Sophia’s history with their fellow One Tree Hill cast mate, Chad Michael Murray, James hasn’t really been involved in any major scandals. You don’t see his name in the tabloids. He’s a low key, every day sort of guy and there’s very little I find more appealing. James has built his fan base the old fashioned way – by being good at what he does.


Although I’ve only just discovered James’ work, I can easily see him becoming a new personal favorite. With two movies on the way and a healthy, well rounded resume behind him, I’m quite certain we’re going to be seeing a lot more of James Lafferty – especially with his fan base rooting for him as they are. Man Candy Monday polls are no stranger to the power of a strong fan base. Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Jared Padalecki of Supernatural fan all have fans rallying in support of them. We also can’t forget The Vampire Diaries which is tied  at three with Supernatural for the most cast members to get a Man Candy Monday profile thanks to fan support for Ian Somerhalder, Joseph Morgan and Paul Wesley. I also must mention Mr. Lukas Rossi who had a whole army of fans voting him to his Man Candy Monday win. James Lafferty, however, has the distinction of being the first Man Candy winner to take the title without starting the week on the Man Candy poll. Not only was he a write in nominee, he was a write in winner and I’m thrilled about it. Not only does James have everything that makes a man worthy of the Man Candy title, but I also discovered a new obsession in the process so thanks for that.

So that’s about it for this week’s Man Candy. Don’t forget to head over to Girl In Stereo to meet this week’s Man Candy Candidates (just click here), get the numbers from last week’s vote and cast your vote for next week’s winner. Okay, enough talk – it’s time for our James Lafferty gallery. Enjoy!

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