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James Van Der Beek Reveals the Exact Moment He Thought Dawson’s Creek Jumped the Shark
Plus, how he really felt about Joey’s ultimate romantic choice.
James Van Der Beek was in the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Clubhouse on Tuesday gamely answering all of Andy Cohen’s rapid-fire burning Dawson’s Creek questions, despite the fact that he had previously admitted that the show’s ubiquitous theme song made him want to run and hide (warning: in case you’ve never spent time in the Creek, here be spoilers).
The actor, who can currently be seen playing Diplo in Viceland’s new scripted comedy What Would Diplo Do?, had no qualms about admitting the exact moment he thought that his uber-popular, late ‘90s teen drama jumped the shark. “[At] the end of season two,” he declared, “when I had to wear a wire to implicate Joey’s (Katie Holmes) father for a drug deal gone bad.”
Though James was a bit more coy when it came to revealing whether Katie or Michelle Williams was the better kisser—he pleaded the fifth—he had a surprising response to the show’s controversial ending in which Joey ultimately chose Pacey (Joshua Jackson) over Dawson (find out what he had to say about it, above).
The ‘90s heartthrob was also a bit hazy on remembering some of the show’s more out-there storylines, laughing when Andy told him that the producers had given Michelle's character a heart condition. And when Andy asked him whether he was surprised when Katie married Tom Cruise, a pregnant pause and a roguish grin said even more than Van Der Beek’s simple “yes.”
But promising news for anyone still holding out for a Dawson’s Creek reunion: James revealed that he still keeps in touch with his co-stars. “I saw Busy [Philipps] yesterday,” he said. “Before that Josh was the last person I talked to.”
Seriously, make this happen, TV execs. We don’t wanna wait (for our lives to be over) to find out how Dawson, Joey, Pacey et. al really made out.
James and the Dawson's Creek cast back in the day. PHOTO: Columbia TriStar