James Marsden in Out September 2013: I Was A Skinny Loner in High School
After teaming up with lensman Matthias Vriens-McGrath for the spread, the 39-year-old actor chatted about his career hopes and even revealed what he was like as a lonely teen.
Check out a few highlights from Mr. Marsden's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Out!
On his favorite roles :
"I'm actually less comfortable being the smoldering hot guy. I'd rather play the goofball or a rube than a steamy leading-man role. I've never been that guy - I was a skinny loner in high school."
On his acting:
"I never set out to make a bad movie. Some movies just turn out bad, and I want to scream, 'Why did you pick that take?!' Then there are some movies that I've been in that I was sure people would laugh at, that have become huge. I thought 'The Notebook' was going to be a schmaltzy Movie of the Week - type thing , and here we are! So far, I've been incredibly fortunate in the roles I've been offered. Sometimes I worry that I'll stop getting offered these 'break in case of emergency' sell-out parts."
On learning from his films:
"I think the key to comedy- and I learned this on the set of 'Enchanted' and 'Hairspray' - is that the audience needs to feel like everyone is having fun. It's so obvious to me and the audience when an actor is having a miserable time doing a movie."
Photo Credit: Matthias Vriens-McGrath for Out