James Marsden’s breakout year

 

“Where do you normally do these?” James Marsden asks. “You probably go to the Ivy or something.”

Well, no, not exactly, although this particular November morning is the first time an interview assignment has brought me to Patys Restaurant in Toluca Lake — a retro diner whose Web site heralds it as a “famous hot spot” and “home to many celebrities and entertainment industry professionals.” The location was suggested by Marsden because of its close proximity to the home he shares with his wife of seven years, actress Lisa Linde, and their two children — 6-year-old Jack and 2-year-old Mary. But the surroundings also seem a natural fit for the 34-year-old actor, who drives his forest-green 1969 MG to our interview, apologizes for his unkempt appearance (a scruffy beard grown for his next role) and, on screen and off, projects the old-fashioned wholesomeness of a 1950s crooner or matinee idol. If you didn’t know better, you’d swear James Marsden been cloned from the DNA of Bobby Darin and Troy Donahue.

(Source: LA Weekly)


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