James Van Der Beek did not want to wait for his life to be over to leave the creek. Forever associated with playing the lead character of Dawson Leery on “Dawson’s Creek” for six seasons from 1998 to 2003, Van Der Beek had struggled to separate his career solely from the WB character that launched him to stardom. Instead, he’s embraced it by spoofing it in videos for Funny or Die, a series of “Vandermemes”. He's also playing a fictionalized version of himself in the new ABC sitcom, “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23.” Van Der Beek comes to “Starting Point” (a little bit late, but we didn't hold it against him) to discuss the success of his new show and the old one.
Van Der Beek, who says the theme song for “Dawson’s Creek” has been haunting him for 20 years, says “it’s most liberating” to play a comedic version of himself in his new show.
“Everyone, especially actors, can afford to take themselves a little less seriously from time to time,” Van Der Beek says. “So it’s really therapeutic to just try kind destroy the ego a little bit every single day.”
“I’ve had an interesting relationship with that whole phenomenon,” Van Der Beek says. “I mean ‘Dawson’s Creek’ was something that happened to me when I was 20.” Six years after joining a little known network, “I had...thing kind of following me,” he says of the show. “Now at 35, it’s fun to appreciate just the fact that anybody appreciates anything that I did ten years ago.”
Ten years later, his new show is getting rave reviews. “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had on any job,” Van Der Beek says. “We work pretty short hours and the writing is just really consistently funny.”
The edgy comedy “centers around the two girls, Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker, and I’m, for all intents and purposes, the wacky best friend who lives down the street.”