James Marsden is in the Mood for Love
How's it going?
I'm actually really excited right now. Just, like, five minutes ago, I bought a vintage car-a 1969 MG Midget convertible. I've never done that before. Now my son and I can show it in the Valley with the other classic cars on Friday nights.
Nice! So what sold you on your new romantic comedy,27 Dresses?
Most people see me as Cyclops fromX-Men.But the last couple of years I've focused on doing comedies. And this was a really fun, clever script-it reminded me ofWhen Harry Met Sally.
Tell us how you won your wife's heart.
When I met Lisa, she was dating a friend of a friend-it was very controversial. [Laughs] Over the course of a year, I got to know her in a casual, comfortable way. Then one day I looked up, and I was crazy about her. You know how when you go out to eat, you're like, "I want to eat with someone, but I'm not in the mood for this person"? I am always in the mood for my wife. Always.
You were also inHairsprayrecently as host Corny Collins-you have a great voice! Have you thought about being a singer?
Music has always been a hobby of mine, but I'm not jumping to make a CD-or a fragrance or clothing line for that matter.
You sure? You could show at Fashion Week in New York....
Yeah, it'd be the James Marsden Collection. I wonder what that'd look like -- a white T-shirt.
How do you ring in the New Year?
I am definitely not the guy who drives to Vegas and stands in the middle of the street drunk with beads around his neck. I'm the guy that's with his family in the backyard holding sparklers.
Do you incorporate music in your everyday life?
I'm teaching my six-year old son, Jack, how to play the drums. I have a two-year-old daughter too, Mary. But we never press them to do anything; we just leave instruments out. I'll pick up a guitar and play, so that hty're around music and if they want to learn, they can.
So is Jack in to the music thing now?
Well, he's just playing the drums really well. Our philosophy with the kids is we just want them to have as many options in life as possible, so that they can really choose what they want to do. We want them to be exposed to everything. And if Jack wants to go and be a drummer in a band—fantastic. And if he really, really loves delivering mail the we want him to go deliver mail.
Has having a little girl changed you?
Oh absolutely. Well a lot of you changes when you just have children. It's amazing how different your life becomes when you start putting somebody else before yourself. With my son I try to strike a balance of disiplinarian and the fun father who's a friend. But, it's a lot more difficult to be a disciplinarian with a girl. Basically whatever Mary wants, she gets. I simply have no willpower when it comes to her.
How do you and your wife, Lisa, split up the household chores?
I need to be a lot better about all of that. My wife does a lot of it. But I take out the trash, and fill the cars up with gas (laughs), and I take my plate to the sink like a good boy. One thing I really am proud of is I'm very involved with my kids. When I'm not working, that responsibility with the kids is split right down the middle. They may prefer her (laughs), but when I'm home I'm with the kids.
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