Ellen: James Marsden Childhood, Moon Walking & High School Sweethearts


Ellen: James Marsden New Orleans

Actor James Marsden came by Ellen to talk about his new movie The Best of Me. James Marsden just got back from New Orleans, where The Best of Me was filmed, as well as some other projects he’s working on. He said it was a great place and had a wonderful culture and cuisine.

Ellen TV: James Marsden High School Photos

The last time James Marsden was on the show, Ellen showed some high school photos of James Marsden. Now, she found some more. One of the pictures was of James with long hair, an oversized red leather jacket, and making really weird hand gestures. James said he was a “strange dude” back then.


Ellen: James Marsden Childhood, Moon Walking & High School Sweethearts

Ellen talked to actor James Marsden about his high school sweetheart, his movie Best of Me, his childhood, and whether he can do the Moon Walk. (Music4mix / Shutterstock.com)

Ellen said the strange dude turned out just fine, but James Marsden said his look now he had help with. His look back then was all his own doing.

Ellen: James Marsden Childhood

James Marsden grew up in Oklaholma. He said he was a good child, but he didn’t care too much about school. He said sometimes he would go to the bus stop, hide in the bushes, wait for the bus to go by, and sneak home to watch Green Acres. 


“Did you graduate?” Ellen said.

“What does that mean?” James Marsden joked. But he clarified that he did. He said he found an appreciation for school around high school.

Ellen TV: James Marsden Children

James has three children of his own. He has a 13-year-old, a 9-year-old, and a 2-year-old. James said his oldest is a lot cooler than he is. He has long hair, a really cool sense of style, and he’s into dance.

He said his son is going to be Michael Jackson for Halloween. He said his son is a good dancer. But James isn’t. He said his kids don’t like it when he dances. He said he always tries to Moon Walk, but he’s not very good at it.

Ellen: James Marsden The Best of Me

James Marsden said that his new movie The Best of Me is a romantic drama about two high school sweethearts who fall madly in love with each other and life sort of tears them apart for 20 years. In their late 30s/early 40s, they get back together after a friend dies. They’ve both moved on with their lives, but they can’t get over the past.

“Well, what’s to think about? It seems obvious to me. Get back together,” Ellen joked.

Ellen TV: James Marsden High School Sweetheart

Ellen asked James if he had a high school sweetheart and if he would get back together with her. He said he dated a girl for about four years in high school and college, but they broke up when he moved to L.A. because long distance was hard.

“So you haven’t spoken to her since then?” Ellen said.

“No,” he said.

“Here she…no, I’m kidding,” Ellen said, pretending to look behind here.

James Marsden was legitimately shocked by that. He said he needed a minute to get his heart rate back down. Ellen said that she probably tells everyone that she dated him because he’s famous now. James said when he was young, he wasn’t very cool.

Then Ellen said he could get out of the subject if he Moon Walked for them. He claimed he wasn’t very good, but I thought it was awesome. It was definitely better than I could do!


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