It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago today, Varsity Blues, a teen high school drama starring James Van Der Beek debuted in theaters. The first of a string of a 1999 MTV Films releases, the movie told the story of a small football town in Texas where losing wasn’t an option. Van Der Beek portrayed Jonathan Moxon, the intelligent yet rebellious second-string quarterback who had to step up when Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) was injured. His team included Billy Bob (Ron Lester), the sensitive offensive guard, Charlie Tweeder (Scott Caan), the rightfully-cocky wide receiver and Wendell Brown (Eliel Swinton), the talented running back. As we look back on the life we always wanted, Lester shares things you may have not known about the film, such as who was up for the Van Der Beek’s role.
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James Van Der Beek might be playing “James Van Der Beek” in Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23, but he’s not, you know, playing James Van Der Beek. “It’s funny, people say, ‘He’s playing himself,’ and I think, Well, I’m playing this demented version of — I don’t know what. It has echoes of me in maybe, like, my worst day ever,” the Dawson’s Creek star laughs in his new Vulture interview. “But most of it is just completely made up with little kernels of truth: behavior I’ve seen from other actors, or some of the writers have seen.” Personally, we absolutely love when celebs play weird or awful version of themselves; it shows that they have a sense of humor about themselves. Luckily James joins a cadre of excellent celebs who have lampooned themselves on TV, such as…
If you are a true Dawson’s Creek fan, you may have been walking around lately with a huge grin on your face because … drumroll … Dawson’s Creek is having a reunion! Sort of! TVGuide.com shared the exciting, pee-in-your-pants-worthy news that Busy Philipps will guest-star on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23‘s second-season premiere. Busy, who played Joey’s roommate and Pacey’s love interest Audrey Liddell on Dawson’s, will play herself alongside her former castmate, James Van Der Beek, who also plays himself on the show. In the season premiere, James will attempt to reunite his Dawson’s co-stars, who, according to Apartment 23‘s creator Nahnatchka Khan, could (hopefully) include Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson and our homegirl, Katie Holmes.
The potential get together of such definitive ’90s TV characters seems quite overdue for those of us who’ve cried, screamed, laughed and awwwed throughout Dawson’s Creek‘s six seasons. But let’s not complain, guys: We gotta take what we can get. This series’ cast certainly impacted us from crushes to heartbreak to the constant love triangle of Joey Potter, Dawson Leery and Pacey Witter, and we cannot wait to see how the actors might interact on Apartment 23. They may be playing themselves rather than their high school alter-egos in this new TV series but we are thrilled to see just how strong those Dawson’s bonds truly are, and if any lingering chemistry between these stars remains.
In our anticipation of this reunion special, we are taking a look at the actors of Dawson’s Creek, where they were then and where they are now.
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Michelle Williams and your fan fiction journal have a lot in common: they’re both totally into a Dawson’s Creek reunion. Based on her comments at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her new film, the Take This Waltz star seems more than willing to hope a bus back to Capeside with former costars Joshua Jackson, Katie Holmes and James Van Der Beek. “He could totally ask!,” Williams told Vulture after they informed her that Van Der Beek was down to reunite. “I’ve always said, I’m totally up for reunion tours, reunion shows, so we can do that. I’ve always wanted, my best friend [Busy Philipps] is on Cougar Town, and we’ve always talked about wanting to go be on that show, too. It’s just timing, because of L.A. and New York, and it hasn’t happened.” A Dawson’s Creek reunion is happening, however, even if we have to play Jen’s grandma Gram ourselves! Especially if we have to play Gram ourselves!
The only problem? If your memory extends all the way back to 2003, you might recall that Williams’ character Jen Lindley totally died in the show’s finale. Mwuh oh! Don’t worry; we’ve given it some thought about how we can still make this reunion a reality. For example:
James Van Der Beek announced his wife’s pregnancy with a tweet back in October; why wouldn’t he reveal the arrival of his new baby the same way? “Had my first son this morning… well, actually, my wife had him. I just caught him. Wow. Heart expanding way faster than my brain…,” the Beek gushed on Twitter this afternoon. “If you could bottle up and distribute this feeling, I swear there’d be no more war. #fatherhood.” If anyone could sum up the experience of welcoming a new baby into the family in 140 characters, apparently it’s Dawson! #squee #adorbs.org.
The Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 star and his wife Kimberly are also parents to daughter Olivia, who was born in September 2010. How did they announce their first child’s arrival? We think you know the answer to that. “Had the blessing of becoming a father over the weekend. Couldn’t come close to describing this bliss even if I had 140 million characters,” James tweeted at the time. “I apologize in advance for any obnoxiously precious new-dad tweets that may follow. I’m under her spell.” With every new little bundle of joy, we get closer and closer to a Van Der Beek live-tweeted labor and delivery. Fingers crossed for a baby Number 3!
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Didn’t this photograph make you turn into mush? James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly have a second babyÂ due, so the family shots are going to get even cuter. The couple already have one daughter — pictured above — named Olivia who is just over a year old. She now has a little brother or sister on the way. James tweeted the news just a couple of hours ago, writing, “Just when we thought we couldn’t feel any more blessed, it seems the universe has plans to give our daughter a sibling…” Congratulations to the Van Der Beeks!
They all came in droves to watch the The Hangover Part II! And by “they” we mean every type of celebrity. The supermodels showed up—Selita Ebanks and Alessandra Ambrosio. The fashion designer showed up—Calvin Klein. Even figure skater Johnny Weir turned up! The screening was held at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City, with an after party at The Top of The Standard.
The cast—Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianaki —held court with director, Todd Phillips. They were probably quite pleased with the mixed bag crowd who showed up, including the likes of Zach Braff, James van der Beek, Ciara, Ivanka Trump and Russell Simmons. For the full 411 on who was there, check out our gallery below.
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Further proof that the wall between our world and the worlds of our high school fantasies is crumbling (we already mentioned Joshua Jackson once today!), James Van Der Beek will play himself in Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23, a new ABC pilot featuring the Dawson’s star as the lead actress’s best friend. According to Deadline, James will play “James Van Der Beek, a heightened version of himself in the vein of Neil Patrick Harris‘ stint in the Harold & Kumar movies.” Even more bizarrely, the role was originally intended for Lance BassÃ¢â‚¬Â¦who would play have played Lance Bass. Are all of our school girl crushes showing up just to pull us down into pop culture madness (except for Lance because even we know that ship has sailed)?
While Van Der Beek is reportedly sought often for dramatic shows during pilot season, James has been upping his comedic profile recently with a guest spot on How I Met Your Mother and the delightful site James Vander Memes. Van Der Beek joins such actors as Matt LeBlanc and his new show Episodes who are so strongly associated with one role, seeing them play themselves is a novelty. Man, if Chad Michael Murray and the older brother from Phenom get shows where they play themselves, then we’ll know for sure that we’ve completely lost it.
Heartfelt congratulations go out today to James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Brook, who welcomed baby Olivia into the world a few days ago. Van Der Beek Tweeted about his new baby, writing “Had the blessing of becoming a father over the weekendÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ CouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come close to describing this bliss even if I had 140 million characters. I apologize in advance for any obnoxiously precious new-dad tweets that may follow. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m under her spell.”
Olivia is the third girl born into the Dawson’s Creek family – a family which, ironically, has pushed Dawson himself to the wayside because everyone else from that show has blossomed into a megastar. There’s Joshua Jackson‘s success with Fringe and Michelle Williams‘ Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain, and, oh, a woman you may have heard of named Katie Holmes who left Capeside to live Cruise-side.
But what of the other Creek kids, Suri Cruise and Matilda Ledger? Will Olivia’s birth mean they’ll find themselves out of work at the Cuteness Emporium? Doubtful, but just as a gentle reminder of what Olivia is up against, let’s take a look at some of their past adorability. Oh, and just because it’s amazing, we’ve included our favorite photo of Joshua Jackson wrangling his girlfriend Diane Kruger off a Segway before she runs over Sharon Stone.