If you were a fan of One Tree Hill, you most definitely know James Lafferty. However, if you somehow missed out on one of the greatest teen dramas of all time, then introductions are in order. James Lafferty is an American actor, as well as a budding producer and director. The actor has starred in several TV series and movies, including One Tree Hill where he played the lead role of Nathan Scott. James’ portrayal of the role fetched him numerous accolades and has ensured that he remains evergreen in the memories of the viewing public.
Away from his acting roles, the Californian native is quite popular with the ladies and has dated several of them – both celebrities and non-celebs. However, James seems to be living the single life at the moment or perhaps he has a woman tucked away somewhere.
James Lafferty Is The Proverbial Lady Killer With A Plethora Of Ex-girlfriends
James Lafferty has never exchanged the forever commitment with any woman, neither has he fathered a child. This, however, does not mean that the actor is a eunuch as he has been involved in several well-publicized relationships.
A look at Lafferty’s dating history will reveal that he reportedly dated a lady named Rachael Wilson from January 2005 to September 2006. Wilson was a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, one of the principal shooting locations for One Tree Hill.
While depicting the character of Nathan Scott on the set of One Tree Hill, Lafferty found love in the arms of his co-star, Sophia Bush. Their relationship commenced in October 2008 and they broke up after a year together.
After his break-up with Bush, the Californian native moved on with another One Tree Hill alum, Shantel VanSanten. The relationship lasted from June 2009 to May 2010.
Lafferty’s last known relationship was with Eve Hewson. Hewson is an Irish actress, as well as the daughter of legendary U2 singer, Bono. Their relationship commenced in 2010 and lasted for five years before they split up in 2015.
From what we gathered, the famed entertainer seems to be single at the moment. The lady killer now prefers to keep his relationship status under lock and key following four public break-ups. One thing that can be said for Lafferty’s relationships is that the reasons for the breakups were never disclosed to fans and the media.
He Began Growing His Acting Career As A High School Student
It was in 1997 that James Lafferty commenced his career as a child (age 12) in the made for TV movie, Annabelle’s Wish, lending his voice to one of the characters. After that, he landed minor parts/guest roles in several movies and TV series, including Get Real in 1999 where he appeared in the episode The Last Weekend playing Billy, James showed up in the Pilot episode of Emeril in 2001 as James Lagasse, the same year, he joined the cast of Boston Public, portraying Michael Scott in the Chapter Eighteen episode.
From 2001 to 2002, the Californian native was part of four episodes of Once and Again, portraying the character of Tad and before the end of 2002, he landed the role of Steve Alford in the TV film A Season on the Brink on ESPN. The movie which was an adaptation of John Feinstein’s book of the same name was centred on the 1985–86 season of the college basketball team at Indiana University. His other 2002 roles were in Prep and First Monday. James was part of the 2003 movie Boys on the Run. It must be noted that during this period, Lafferty was still an active high school student. The young man, however, did not allow this early taste of success to detract him from his academic commitments.
He Achieved His Career-defining Role On The Set Of One Tree Hill
After years of playing minor parts and guest roles, James Lafferty got a well-deserved breakthrough in 2003 when he was cast as Nathan Scott on the CW teen drama, One Tree Hill. One Tree Hill revolved around the drama in the lives of two alienated half-brothers, Nathan and Lucas Scot who found themselves playing on the same basketball team; this endangered Nathan’s position as the star player.
Both were initially fierce competitors but later bonded together. The show started in 2003 and ran all the way to May 2011 when CW decided to renew it for the ninth and concluding season that was wrapped up in 2012. Lafferty was a regular all throughout its initial run and chose to return on a recurring basis for the final season while directing four episodes. His apt portrayal of Nathan Scott fetched him several award nominations, including four Teen Choice Awards. It also contributed to the show’s legacy as one of the greatest teen dramas of all time.
His Emergence Into Mainstream Fame Paved The Way For Other Roles
More roles started coming James Lafferty’s way after his breakthrough on the set of One Tree Hill. He was part of 2009 S. Darko which received negative reviews; James played Justin Sparrow in the movie. He depicted Eigson Howard in 2011’s The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy and in 2012, he played himself in the television film One Tree Hill: Always & Forever.
The veteran actor came in as Fever in 2013’s Lost on Purpose and joined the cast of Crisis in the main role of Mr. Nash in 2014. The same year, he appeared in Oculus, breathing life into the character of Michael Dumont, This was followed by the starring role as Jimmy Adams in the indie movie Waffle Street, sharing the screen with Danny Glover. He was cast in a recurring role as Kyle Risdin in the debut season of WGN America’s slave drama Underground for six episodes in 2016 and prior to that, in August 2015, James functioned as the director of an episode of the second season of E! Drama series titled The Royals; he equally directed a few more episodes in the third season.
His most recent roles are recorded in the 2017 movie Small Town Crime where the popular entertainer essayed the role of Tony Lama, before the end of the year, he joined the cast of the TV film Everyone is Doing Great as Jeremy Davis. 2018 saw him as part of four episodes of The Haunting of Hill House, giving expression to the character of Ryan. Currently, James Lafferty is depicting the role of Scott Carpenter in The Right Stuff airing in 2020.
James Lafferty’s Net Worth Is Recorded In Excess Of $5 Million
With the level of fame which he gathered on the set of One Tree Hill, one would not be surprised to hear that the Californian-born actor has been earning the big bucks since 2003. No doubt, his big break has since boosted his bargaining power per episode and it keeps getting better and better.
As at the last review, James Lafferty has a net worth estimated at $5 million which largely stems from his acting career, though his annual remuneration is not known. However, the actor’s gig as a director in several productions will account for a digit or two.