Is Divorce James Marsden’s Best Acting Role?

From People Magazine: “One day after news broke that James Marsden‘s wife, Lisa Linde, had filed for divorce, the pair stepped out in Studio City, Calif., with their son Jack, 10, looking like the “great friends” their rep told PEOPLE that the former spouses intend to be.”

James Marsden is known for his movie & TV roles including the first 3 X-Men movies, and for his roles in other commercially successful films such as Hop, Superman Returns, Hairspray, Enchanted, The Box, and 27 Dresses.

 He married actress Lisa Linde on July 22, 2000. Lisa Linde played Ali McIntyre on Days of Our Lives in 1998 and 1999.  Marsden and Linde have two children together, Jack, 10, and Mary, 6. Linde filed for divorce on September 23, 2011. Linde is reportedly asking for spousal support and joint custody. 

Marsden’s parents divorced when he was 9.  Maybe his personal experience from that side of divorce will help his kids as they go through their own parents’ divorce.  Even if his marriage with their mom isn’t going to continue, his relationship with his children obviously will. 

By showing their children that divorce can be done with mutual respect, dignity, and even the occasional family outing; they are teaching their children to be resilient in the face of adversity.  By modeling appropriate adult behavior, Marsden and Linde may be helping create a generation of happily well-adjusted people.

Granted, Linde and Marsden are actors.  Maybe their “great friends” show is nothing more than an act.  But if it benefits their children, it may well be the most important role either of them ever plays.

What We Love:  Putting the extra effort into keeping our kids’ lives as normal as possible may actually help kids feel better about something they cannot control.

Published by Sharon Oberst DeFala

Sharon Oberst DeFala has practiced low-impact safe divorce since 1992.

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