Happy Birthday, James Lafferty!
One Tree Hill’s James Martin Lafferty celebrates his 23rd birthday today! Happy birthday, James!
As the cast’s youngest member (until little Jackson Brundage came along) James was nicknamed “Baby James” by his co-stars. He was just 17 when they shot the One Tree Hill pilot.
You might already know that Chad Michael Murray was originally slated to play Nathan Scott. But because the actor had been abandoned by his mother when he was a child, he felt he could relate to Lucas’s character better. And honestly, could we ever imagine anyone but James playing Nathan?
He was the guy we loved to hate in the first season. Remember how cruel he was to Lucas when he was trying out for The Ravens? But the brothers came together toward the end of season one when they discovered they had a common enemy -- Daddy Dan. And at the end of the first season Nathan did something that changed his life: he married Haley. And his life would never be the same.
Sure, they’ve had their ups and downs (can someone say Chris Keller, sex tapes and a nanny from hell?) but Naley has stood the test of time. And now they have an adorable son who is such a great addition to the cast. We can’t wait to see what is in store for Nathan. We’re hoping that he can get back into basketball and all of his dreams come true!
One of the reasons that James is so awesome as Nathan is that he is not just an actor, he’s also an athlete, and most importantly a basketball player. He actually plays the sport in his spare time. In fact he played in the celeb competition of the 2008 NBA All-Star Game right alongside Terrell Owens and Master P. Their team won 51 to 50 -- a nail-biter for sure!
James’ love of the game doesn’t stop there. He’s quite the giver. This year marked the Fifth Annual James Lafferty One Tree Hill Charity Basketball Game. He hosts the game every year in Wilmington to thank his fans for all of their support (anyone can buy a ticket!) and to raise money for different charities. This year the proceeds went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Winnie’s Garden and the Wilmington Family YMCA.
Many of the other OTH cast members join in the fun at the charity event and this year the second half was slightly delayed because Jackson Brundage was bustin’ a move, center court. Jackson was so into it that James had to come scoop him up and deposit him on the sidelines! The two share some serious chemistry, on and off screen. We’re hoping that Naley won’t stop at just one kiddo. We can’t wait to see what season six holds for their family.
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