James Van Der Beek has a wild new role playing Diplo, the celebrity DJ and producer who has made beats for one-named pop stars like Beyoncé and Madonna and been romantically linked to famous ladies whose names start with K, like Katy Perry and Kate Hudson. After admitting on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that an old lady caught him running naked at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles while filming What Would Diplo Do?, James told Andy Cohen that Diplo has become his friend IRL since signing on to the project.
"Yeah, I mean I’ve hung out with him, I’m playing him on TV, a version of him," James shared. "Yeah, we’re not bud — like, I didnt know him before the show."
Andy asked James if Diplo has taught him anything about mastering the wheels of steel. "He taught me a little bit, how to DJ," James said. "I know just enough to be annoying to real DJs."
"Is it easy to annoy real DJs?" Andy asked. Check out James response in the video, above to find out.
"Diplo" doing Diplo. PHOTO: Vice Media
We're sure real Diplo also poses just like this. PHOTO: Vice Media
He's also made waves by operating a fake Diplo Twitter account and beefing with Denny's over potatoes, which sounds like a good start to his method acting. What Would Diplo Do? premieres this week on Viceland.
WHAT WOULD HE DO? PHOTO: Vice Media