James Van Der Beek

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James David Van Der Beek, Jr. is an American television, film, and stage actor, mainly known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in The WB series Dawson's Creek and for portraying a fictionalized version of himself on the ABC sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. He is also famous for his website, which includes Van Der Beek himself acting out famous internet memes.

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_JamesVanDerBeek1395 karma

Hey there fellow Pisces! Craziest fan story… hmm… I remember a woman following me out of the grocery store, wiping dirt off my car, holding up her hand and saying "I will take this home to my children." That felt outside the realm of normal adult behavior to me...

_JamesVanDerBeek1332 karma

I appreciate hearing that. I still keep in touch with the cast and the writers of that show. I think it might have been a little to out there for the network we were on at the time. We joke around about doing a Christmas Special… the most demented Christmas special ever.

_JamesVanDerBeek1270 karma

I think you have to make that face at the bank and see if they cave.

_JamesVanDerBeek1270 karma

When I had to convince Katie's character to wear a wire to snitch on her drug dealing dad because a molotov cocktail had been thrown through a window, I remember thinking, "What show am I on again?" But then we crossed back over and got back to more relationship stuff. Six head writers in six years will take you all over the map.

_JamesVanDerBeek898 karma

HAHAHA! Right? I also remember driving and hearing screams, and it was because there was a Mom in a minivan full of girls chasing me through town. All the younger fan stories are sweet. It's the adults who get weird.

_JamesVanDerBeek623 karma

Well… it's the only show I'm currently in, so… need I say more?

I probably do. Copy that.

We have a lot of fun. It's a classic sitcom, shot in front of a live studio audience. And we have Brooklyn Decker.

_JamesVanDerBeek603 karma

Thanks guys, that was fun! Some actors would be above plugging their show before they leave, but I am not one of them. Friends With Better Lives - tonight, 8:30pm/7:30c on CBS. Classic multi-camera sitcom shot in front of a live studio audience. We had a blast making it… hope you enjoy! Be safe, and be kind :)

_JamesVanDerBeek539 karma

The director, Chris Marrs, got the job by pitching his vision to her, and that vision included me with a laser gun shooting unicorns who bled rainbows. I was in a period in my career where I stopped worrying about what people might think and just started saying yes to anything I hadn't done before that sounded like it might be fun.

_JamesVanDerBeek509 karma

Thanks! I loved doing that show, and getting to work with Nanatchka Khan and Krysten Ritter and everyone on that show. Playing a character with absolutely zero shame is really a lot of fun.

_JamesVanDerBeek504 karma

Exactly. Our goal is to establish our superiority by demoralizing you, thereby making you dependent on us for any ounce of joy you hope to experience in life ;)