Medical Author Fiona Lowe talks about James Marsden, a Male on Monday to enchant your hearts.
I’ve been a PHS ‘Male on Monday’ devotee for a long time. I love being able to pop over knowing talented women who get out more than me will have put up a picture of a bloke who might just be inspiration for a hero. But I’ve never thought I would ever actually be given a Monday slot. Truth be told, the idea scared me silly. See, I’m pretty hopeless on popular culture, I don’t watch much TV and I have a terrible habit of re-watching favorite films and re-reading favorite books which leaves me in a lovely but limited world ;-) Many of my hero collage pictures are pulled from menswear catalogues and to quote Jane from Coupling, “ooh is he knitting pattern handsome?’
When I looked at the calendar and saw May 4th was a Monday I got chest pain! Then I thought about my Harlequin Medical Romance author mate, Emily Forbes, and I remembered last year she’d sent me a picture of a guy with a smile to die for. So, I rummaged through the files and found him. THANK YOU, EMILY, and without further ado, I’d like to introduce, James Marsden….or Jimmy as his mates call him.
Who is he? Well, thanks to Wikipedia and IMDH I know LOTS about the gorgeous Jimmy. Born September 1973, he’s American, and grew up in Oklahoma. After a year of studying ‘Broadcast Journalism’ he left college to pursue his acting career. His first job was on The Nanny as Margaret Sheffield’s boyfriend. It seems I would have seen him in season five of Ally McBeal (in the days before I had kids and I got to watch TV) and it was in his role as Glenn Foy that he proved that not only could he act but he could belt out a tune. A CD was pressedJ
He went on to play Lon Hammond Jr in The Notebook, and Cyclops in X-Men, starring with a PHS favourite, Hugh Jackman. Apparently he had to wear lifts as he’s 5’10”, well shy of the 6’3”required by the character.
The first time I recall ever seeing him was in Hairspray (those of you who read my blog know of my younger son’s affection for a musical so of course I’d seen that film) where he played Corny Collins and he sang two songs, ‘The Nicest Kids in Town’ and ‘Hairspray.’ Then I ran into him in Disney’s Enchanted (he was the foppish singing Prince Edward, but he still made me smile)
and then in 27 Dresses where he starred with Katherine Heigl from Grey’s Anatomy. I watched that film on DVD last year with a group of women ranging from 60 down to 12, and we all agreed, Jimmy was gorgeous!
PHS editor, Donna, will be excited to hear that James is a huge fan of the Canadian band, Simple Plan. He’s modeled for Versace and GAP and he’s married to Lisa Linde and has two children. He’s still busy making movies so expect to see him on the big screen in The Box, starring with Cameron Diaz.
As an actor I reckon he’s an all-rounder ….comedy, action, serious and he can SING!
Anyone who has read my books knows that my heroes often have dimples. Why? I’m a sucker for a man with a bone-melting smile. As you can see, James fits the bill very nicely indeed.
Callum Halroyd is the dark-haired smiling hero in Fiona’s latest release, The Surgeon’s Special Delivery which is out in the UK this month and available online in Australia in May and on shelf in June. To read an excerpt and to see pictures that inspired the book visit Fiona at her website.