James Lafferty: 6 fun facts to know about the One Tree Hill star

02/06/2023

Famous for his role as Nathan Scott in the teen drama One Tree Hill, actor James Lafferty has been starring in the series Everyone Is Doing Great since 2021. As he will be attending the 62nd edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, here are six fun facts to know about him.

James Lafferty appeared in Beverly Hills 90210 and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
James Lafferty appeared in Beverly Hills 90210 and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

James Lafferty has been frequenting film sets since his early childhood. He had small roles in two iconic 90s series: Beverly Hills 90210 and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The actor has also shared throwback photos of himself on the sets of both shows on his Instagram account. This is a great opportunity to see a young James Lafferty posing alongside Luke Perry, the unforgettable Dylan McKay from Beverly Hills 90210.

He landed his first TV role at the age of 12
He landed his first TV role at the age of 12

While the world discovered James Lafferty in 2003 when he was 18 years old in the TV series One Tree Hill, it wasn't his first role. He started his career at the age of 12 in 1997 with the film Annabelle's Wish, where he voiced the character Buster Holder.

James Lafferty played on his high school's basketball team
James Lafferty played on his high school's basketball team

Just like his character Nathan Scott in One Tree Hill, James Lafferty was part of his high school's basketball team. As such, he was already a standout player when he was chosen to be one of the heroes of the teen drama. This wasn't the case for his co-star Chad Michael Murray, who needed a coach to help him improve his performance on the court and truly embody the talented basketball player Lucas Scott.

He directed four episodes of One Tree Hill
He directed four episodes of One Tree Hill

In addition to being one of the two lead actors in Everyone Is Doing Great, James Lafferty also works as director, executive producer, and co-writer on the series. This is not his first attempt at filming, as he started his directing career in 2009. While One Tree Hill was in full swing at that time, James Lafferty stepped behind the camera. In total, he directed four episodes of the show between 2009 and 2012.

James Lafferty relates to his character in Everyone Is Doing Great
James Lafferty relates to his character in Everyone Is Doing Great

In Everyone Is Doing Great, James Lafferty portrays Jeremy Davis, an actor struggling to find success after starring in a big TV show. This role somewhat resonates with his own experience, as he revealed to Us Weekly in 2021: “I can relate to where Jeremy is in our show from my own experience, just coming off of One Tree Hill and just being so young on that show, and I guess, naive. I thought that when that show ended, things would be pretty easy for me, that it would be easy to work again in television. Coming out of One Tree Hill, I think it was a real reality check. It was a real wake-up call as to how incredibly competitive it is out there.”

James Lafferty is a fan of the Harry Potter saga
James Lafferty is a fan of the Harry Potter saga

Like millions and millions of people around the world, James Lafferty is what you might call a Potterhead - a fan of Harry Potter. When asked about his favorite films in an interview with Glamour magazine in 2012, the actor proudly expressed his love for the saga created by J.K. Rowling. While he cited Wayne's World as his "all time favorite comedy", he continued, "I also love the Harry Potter films - they're genius! I watched all of them last Thanksgiving break– I couldn't believe what I was missing."

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