James Lafferty – Net Worth, Money and More

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Net Worth – $5 million

Profession – Actor, director, producer, model

Best Recognized by and loved for the role of Nathan Scott which he portrayed in WB teenage drama series One Tree Hill, James Lafferty was born in 1985 in Hemet, California to parents Angie and Jeff Lafferty. He attended school at Hemet High School and enrolled in California State University, Long Beach. His parents own a local business of a construction firm in Hemet but they always encouraged James and his brother Stuart to act as a hobby. James stayed in Hemet till he was 16 years old when he got signed for One Tree Hill. Then he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where the show was shot.

Acting Career

james lafferty in one tree hill

James Lafferty made his acting debut in 1997 by lending his voice or a television film Annabelle’s Wish. Since then, in television shows like Once and Again, Get Real, and Boston Public, James Lafferty has made guest appearances. He starred in an ESPN film A Season On The Brink. The film was an adaptation of a book by the same name. In 2003, James Lafferty started filming for the popular series One Tree Hill and gained popularity. He played a younger half-brother of Lucas Scott which was played by Chad Michael Murray. There is not much revealed about the money the show made but the cast was paid between $90,000 and $150,000 per episode and the series premiere was watched by over 2.5 million viewers. Since James was one of the leading star casts of the show, he earned quite a lot for his stint throughout the 9 seasons of the show. James Lafferty has also worked in other television shows like Prep and First Monday. After lending his voice for Annabelle’’s Wish, James has acted in movies like Boys on the Run (2003), S Darko (2009), The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy (2011), Lost on Purpose (2013), Crisis (2013), Sam (2013), Citizen Soldiers (2013) and Oculus (2014). The movies helped him get noticed as a skilled actor and also helped in building a fortune.

Other Ventures

Apart from being the lead actor, James also directed four episodes of the series One Tree Hill – Show Me How To Live, I And Love And You, Nobody Taught Us to Quit and Catastrophe And The Cure. He hosted a charity Basketball game inviting many celebrities including his co-stars from One Tree Hill. James Lafferty is also a supporting partner of the professional basketball team, the Wilmington Sea Dawgs which is a part of the Premiere Basketball League. He has been the president of SportArc which is a premiere sport action film company. In 2011, along with his brother and a co-star from One Tree Hill, Stephen Colleti, James started working on an adventure series Wild Life which is an unscripted reality series available on YouTube.


james lafferty brooklyn apartment

James Lafferty was living in Beverly Hills after which he bought a luxury apartment in Brooklyn. The apartment spans 1,507 square feet and has got a 180 square feet master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The house also has a spacious living room which is heavily windowed and the whole building comes along with some typical Hollywood amenities like a pool, gaming room, virtual golf, fitness centers and waterfront access. The apartment came with a price tag of $814,600.

Lifestyle and Hobbies

james lafferty playing basketball

To not much surprise, James loves playing basketball and during his high school years, he has played basketball in his high school team. He has also played for the New Orleans basketball team at the 2008 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game which got him an MVP award. His other hobbies include snowboarding, skiing, horseback riding, football etc. James loves music by Eminem, Gemini, Steve Miller Band, Geto Boys and Kanye West. He has got a thing for Yukon and Mustang Cobra Cars and owns a black belt in Tae Kwon Doe.


james lafferty girlfriend eve

Now when you are blessed with such good looks, pretty girls come bit easy. Likewise, James Lafferty has had a cool relationship history including Rachael Wilson (January 2005- September 2006), Sophia Bush (October 2008-2009) and Shantel VanSanten (June 2009-May 2010). James met Rachael in a bar in Wilmington, North Carolina where she was attending university and James was shooting for his show. The other two girlfriends were his co actors from One Tree Hill. In 2010 James started  dating Eve Hewson who is daughter of U2’s Bono. The two broke up in November 2013


While shooting for the final season of One Tree Hill, James Lafferty got caught up in the middle of a controversy when his role was cut short and his appearance in the series finale was uncertain. However, the studio and James reached a deal and eventually James returned to North Carolina in order to film for the series finale. Another controversy stirred up while Lafferty was dating co actor Sophia Bush who was earlier married to another lead actor from One Tree Hill, Chad Michael Murray. Chad confirmed Sophia and James relationship in 2008 by quoting “Sophia and I are both professional and mature enough to get through it. And now it’s just easy. We’re just friends. She’s got James, and James and I are friends.”


“I don’t get a whole lot out of the romance thing, but I realize girls do. So I’ll go out of my way to make them feel romanced.”

“Realize now that when your heart breaks, you got to fight like hell to make sure you’re still alive. Because you are. And that pain you feel? That’s life. The confusion and fear? That’s there to remind you, that somewhere out there is something better, and that something is worth fighting for.”

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