James Marsden for OUT Magazine

Posted on August 14, 2013

James Marsden serves up chin, cheekbones, and charm for OUT mag.


James Marsden covers the September 2013 issue of OUT magazine photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath and styled by Grant Woolhead.

Oh, and eyes. He serves those up too.

“I’m actually less comfortable being the smoldering hot guy. I’d rather play a goofball or a rube than a steamy leading-man role. I’ve never been that guy — I was a skinny loner in high school.”

“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.”

Okay, the styling’s triggering our OCD here.  Flimsy t-shirts, jackets, heavy pants, gigantic boots and no socks are not combinations that make any sense to us whatsoever.

But he sure is purdy.


[Photo Credit: Matthias Vriens-McGrath for OUT Magazine]

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  • amber.

    Petition to give James Marsden better movie roles because he’s pretty damn fantastic. Also, he looks very good.

    • Cz

      And he can sing! (I’m a sucker for musicians and singers.)

      I think he’s actually gotten more handsome with a bit of age to him.

      • Stacy Feng

        YOU WERE MADE….

  • RussellH88

    What’s a gaybro?

    • StellaZafella

      I have a few ideas (some good, some not)…but I think the idea is that you’ll have to buy the magazine to find out what they mean.

      • Shawn EH

        It’s fall, time to buy ALL the magazines!

    • quitasarah

      My totally wild-ass guess: A “bro” (think Jersey Shore dudes) who happens to be into guys.

    • SylviaFowler

      A douche.

  • Clueless_Jock

    He’s not a nerd.

    • marlie

      You can be a nerd AND a model. (See: Matthew Gray Gubler. SO. HOT. And SO nerdy.)

      • Julie

        Also see pictures of young Jonathan Wiedemann. Hubba hubba.

    • StellaZafella

      Definitely not the Women’s Wear lines…:>)

    • nomoreprinces

      And our current Superman, Henry Cavill! He was playing World of Warcraft when he got the call that got the part!

      • Toto Maya

        You mean there are guys who look like Henry Cavill on World of Warcraft? *renews her account*

        • fursa_saida

          You’re imagining there are guys who look like Henry Cavill, who may well be a literal alien.

      • Adelaidey

        Seriously. I don’t think Henry Cavill was the right choice for Superman (he has an aristocratic face) but I started reading the incredible Temeraire book series, a retelling of the Napoleonic Wars, because Henry Cavill recommended them.

  • gabbilevy

    I’m having a hard time imagining him as a skinny loner. He is FAR too pretty to not have had girls (and boys) chasing after him all the time. If he cares to submit evidence (in person), i’ll be more than happy to hear his argument.

    • PastryGoddess

      He’s 39 so he’s had time to grow into his features.

      • kmk05

        He’s 39?? Wow, he and Drew are putting the 40s on a map, here. They both look so good!

        • Adelaidey

          Amy Adams is 39! Isla Fischer is 37! It’s a wondrous world.

    • marlie

      I believe him. A LOT of people are awkward “ugly ducklings” throughout adolescence and beyond.

      • gabbilevy

        He… wasn’t. It’s not hard to find a yearbook picture of him. Definitely 80s, definitely not ugly duckling.

    • Julie

      I’ll second that offer!

  • PastryGoddess


  • StellaZafella

    Um, yum. These pics have a 50’s fan mag vibe.

    • Golfkat

      Was just going to say that he looks very ‘old Hollywood’.

      • StellaZafella

        If that junker he’s seated on was a ’59 ‘vet I’d fantasize him as Sonny on Route 66.

        • Qitkat

          You are talking about the TV show, right? The one I could only watch if my mother wasn’t home. She thought it was too worldly and subversive for young teenage me. Which of course made me want to watch it all the more. But who was Sonny?

          • StellaZafella

            I may have the character name wrong (wasn’t there ALWAYS some smart ass named “Sonny” or Skip”?), senility is a blessing and a bane…Come to think of it there were 2 car themed shows I could watch just because no one gave a shit what I did as long as it kept me quiet: Route 66 and 77 Sunset Strip…I’m pretty sure ‘Sunset Strip’ is where I met Connie Stevens…one of the girls I wanted to be like when I grew up (snicker! snort!).

          • Qitkat

            A couple of fine examples of *they don’t make them like they used to*.
            Sounds like you knew early which way your bell rang 😉

  • SophiaPehawkins

    Fuck. I’m a sucker for dark hair and blue eyes. Soooo pretty.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Oh, me too, that’s one of my favorite combos on a man.

  • Lilyana_F

    He’s getting better with age that guy. Yumm

  • Qitkat

    Although I’ve seen The Notebook, I always thought it was a schmaltzy movie of the week, but maybe that’s just me. Not that familiar with his work, but he is funny and cute, though not my type.
    ” ‘break in case of emergency’ sell-out parts.”

    • ALT19

      Agreed! Although I’m guessing he meant “schmaltzy movie of the week that would net little money” and not be the huge, popular schmaltzy movie that put its big stars more or less on the map.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I hated ‘The Notebook’ but when I first saw him….HOT SALLY MALLY!!!!

  • majorbedhead

    I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that he was Prince Charming in Enchanted. Now *that* was a goofball role, but he was great at it.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to wipe the drool out of my keyboard.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Yes, he was great as Prince Edward!

      • largishbearishAtlish

        Wow, I never made the connection between Cyclops (nerd with stick up his *ss) and Prince Charming..wow,

        now THAT is range…but these pics? the pants in pic #2 just baffle me…and no socks? Maybe Out hires

        heterosexual stylists as some kind of…I dunno… wierd hiring thing?

        • H2olovngrl

          Let’s not forget Corny Collins in Hairspray! That boy has moves!

          • largishbearishAtlish

            I thought Zac Efron played that role (in the movie), not James Marsden…

          • jaibee

            Zac Efron played Link Larkin 😉

          • fursa_saida

            Yes, I was just going to say I loved him in Hairspray! For some reason I had vaguely negative feelings about him before I saw it and so I wanted to hate him, but he won me over in like, two minutes.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I loved him as Prince Edward! Yes, that defines a perfect “hot goofball” part!

  • hughman

    No socks?!? I prefer to think he’s wearing ankle socks with the little pom-poms in those boots.

    • Little_Olive

      I’m thinking you’d be a lot of fun to have drinks with.

  • ALT19

    He’s on my list. I have to remind my husband who he is though – “You want to sleep with Cyclops?”

    • gloriana232

      Ha! On a related note, I think it’s funny the boyfriend thinks Wolverine is a total badass (like most people do) and Cyclops is kind of lame. He’s an adorable nerd, so I take the pains to remind him of the ironic fact that he himself is not Wolverine, but Cyclops.

      • Erika Schultze

        Of course, in the comics those two have switched positions lately… Wolverine in an Avenger and heads the School for Gifted Youngsters and Cyclops leads the Mutant Rebellion after getting possessed by the Phoenix and killing Xavier.

        Yes, I am a comic geek. And yes, typing out anything regarding comic stories is often just lots of insane ideas put together. Ah me.

        • http://www.franticbutfabulous.com/ Heidi/FranticButFab

          Cyclops is all kinds of hot in the comics. Headmaster Wolverine cracks me up, but still hot. I actually thought Marsden was mis-cast in the movies. I’ve liked him much better in everything else, especially when he does funny. Goofy cute guy works really well for him.

  • Trisha26

    I hate to tell him, but The Notebook was a schmaltzy Movie of the Week-type thing. Still…pretty.

  • Rand Ortega

    What is it w/ the “nerd” moniker? 1st Kutcher, now Marsden? When did that become the new trope for hot? MilaXX (‘nerd is the new sexy’), have you been playing us? You’re actually the arbiter of Mad Ave, putting out the zeitgeist & testing the memes on us BK’s & PUF’s before unleashing it on the world.

    • fursa_saida

      It means he’s soft and adorable and attainable and is waiting for someone to come rip his glasses off and sweep him out of nerd-dom, of course!

    • demidaemon

      It’s the new “it’s cool to call yourself it but not other people” word.

  • oatmealpie

    I wouldn’t kick him out of bed, stankboots and all.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I kind of love the heavy/soft stuff going on with the boots/pants/jacket stuff. I am very into those boots with the zippers.

  • SylviaFowler

    Chris Pine in June/July’s OUT was better.

  • quitasarah

    Never noticed him until he appeared on 30 Rock and all I can say is “More please!”

  • Miss wks


  • stubbornthoughts

    I really, really, really, really like James Marsden. He just seems like a nice, wonderful, man of a MAN.

  • Morales Mike

    I covet the jacket he’s wearing on the cover and the boots in the 2nd pic. But why is it that EVERY actor, male and female, claims to have been the “outsider/loner/nerd/dateless/etc” in high school? Why doesn’t anyone EVER say “…yeah, I was the prom queen/football captain/student body president/voted hottest/etc in high school and it was kinda cool?”

    • Warrior89

      Maybe because the theater kids really are considered sorta nerdy? (Not my personal belief…just one I’ve witnessed as a teacher.)

    • Erica

      Matthew McConaughey was voted most handsome in HS. I learned that in an interview. He didn’t brag about it, but it was clear he was that guy–said his brothers used to tease him about it.

    • fursa_saida

      Anytime a celebrity is giving an interview the #1 thing they’re trying not to sound like they’re doing is brag. Or they should be, unless they’re really bad at this or have reached untouchable status like RDJ. You know, “Stars: they’re just like us!”

  • Julie


  • H2olovngrl

    He has something that a lot of pretty boys, (I’m looking at you, Ian Somerhalder), seem to lack, CHARM!

  • H2olovngrl

    The Men Who want AIDS? Really?

    • eight_of_nine

      I can’t believe I had to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to find a single mention of this bizarreness.

    • snarkykitten

      yeah WTF is that all about O_o

    • Kimbolina

      I saw this story the other day. It was basically talking about how some young gay men who are homeless want to contract HIV so that they will then be able to receive government funded health care/housing/etc. Basically, they saw getting AIDS as their way out of a life of homelessness. It was a pretty depressing article.

      • H2olovngrl

        So, it is kind of like wanting to be back in prison because one receives better care in there. Well, that is very sad.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    He’s so pretty, people often don’t see what a fine actor he is. I would love to see someone give him a big, toothy dramatic character to surprise us all with.

  • Imasewsure

    Wow he looks great. Bodes well for his elder statesman actor years

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    He is really growing on me. You’re winning me over Marsden!

  • MilaXX

    He’s purdy, but the styling here is crazy. It’s like the stylist would give tired halfway through..

  • Zorkness

    Where are the damn Carhartts?

  • Zorkness

    Gaybros? Ha ha ha ha ha………

  • boweryboy

    Generically attractive. There’s a lot if other male movie stars out there hanging their careers off their cheekbones as well.

  • Diego!

    This is a homage to Marlboro / Camel model in the ’70s. He looks great, I love all the boots he wear on those pics! 😀

  • DB Ruberto


  • demidaemon

    Well this tagline is much like the taglines for other mags: dumb, classification based, and lacking understanding of the depth of human expression.

  • Erika Schultze

    I have loved him since he was Cyclops. And he really does have range.

    Personally, I didn’t even notice the styling… too enamored of his chin, cheekbones and eyes.

    Also, I was watching Zoolander the other day for the millionth time and realized that he’s actually John Wilkes Booth in that millisecond shot. “The ORIGINAL Model-slash-Actor!” Booth giving Blue Steel while shooting Lincoln. I about died.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Ahh! I’m sorry, I didn’t even see your post when I posted – mine shoulda been a reply to yours, because YES!

  • H2olovngrl

    I just clicked on your link and got a good giggle at Matt Damon’s eyebrows.

  • crash1212

    Love him.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I just love him to bits and pieces. And I’m a sucker for really hot guys who can be funny, which explains a lot of my love for him. I think probably my favorite thing that he ever did was his two-second smoldering look at the camera as John Wilkes Booth in “Zoolander”! It was gold, I swear – he shoots Lincoln, quickly “eye-fucks” the camera, and then runs away!

  • Lily-Rygh

    If you cover up his face from the nose-up, so all you’re left with is chin and jaw line and mouth, he’s a dead ringer for (the still smokin-hot, long after the heyday of Duran Duran) John Taylor. This can only bode well for him.