Rising to fame in the 90s as teenage charmer Dawson Leery on the angsty television sensation Dawson’s Creek, it appears James Van Der Beek, like Melissa George, would like to leave the past role that made him a household name just there, in the past.
On British television show This Morning, the now 40-year-old actor was visibly annoyed when hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby introduced him via a throwback to the Dawson’s Creek cast and what they have achieved in the 20 years since the show aired. They of course referenced Katie Holmes as “a leading Hollywood actress” and pointed out Michelle Williams’s four Academy Award nominations. “But what happened to the main man himself?” they quipped. “He’s here now and this is what he looks like.” Cue: an angry Van Der Beek.
“I have been on television in the last 20 years, I would just like to let you know,” snapped the actor.
Disinterested in answering questions about Dawson’s Creek and annoyed a picture of the cast was on the monitor in front of him, Schofield asked the obvious: “Is it something you’d like to let go of forever?”
It’s at this point in the interview that Van Der Beek realises how he may be coming across and begins to back-peddle.
“No, it changed my life, it was a huge opportunity, are you kidding me?” he replied. “I learned how to be on camera, I learned how to deal with celebrity, I learned how to deal with all kinds of things, it was a huge break. So I wouldn’t change anything. They were just playing the music backstage and I was like ‘What year is it?’”
When Schofield remarks that when he comes on the show next, they’ll never ask about it again, Van Der Beek replies “You can ask me anything, anything you want to ask.” Willoughby deftly replies, “Are you sure about that?”
Watch the awkward interview here: