James Van Der Beek Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ With Sweet Fan Shout Out

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It’s been 20 years since we first met the kids from Capeside and we’re still reeling from the fact that Dawson’s Creek is over.

In honor of the series’ 20th Anniversary (which was on January 20th) James Van Der Beek, who played everyone’s best friend Dawson Leery – and the hopeless romantic with a love of film making – shared an amazing message with his fans, and his Dawson’s squad, so prepare yourself, because it’s a doozy.

“#tbt Squad ’97. I’d known these people all of 7 days when this pic was taken. 20 years ago this week 😱 the little pilot we shot in that small town for that fledgling network aired, changed our lives and launched our careers,” Van Der Beek wrote on a photo of the fab four from the series.

The photo shows the first week on set of Dawson’s Creek with Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson (aka Pacey Whitter), Michelle Williams (aka Jen Lindley) and Katie Holmes (aka Joey Potter), and to say it’s a throwback is a definite understatement.

#tbt Squad ‘97. I’d known these people all of 7 days when this pic was taken. 20 years ago this week 😱 the little pilot we shot in that small town for that fledgling network aired, changed our lives and launched our careers. Thank you to the Wilmington, North Carolina crew and community who raised us & kept us sane, thank you to the many talented writers and producers who gave of your hearts talents and put up with us. And thank you especially to the fans of the show. It’s a funny relationship we have… your experience of this project is what you saw on camera, while my memories are mostly what I experienced off of it. And yes, it’s true that I haven’t seen most episodes (it became healthier at a certain point to just commit 100% on the day and let it go completely), but the beauty of this arrangement is that my impression of the show now is what you’ve all reflected back to me over the years… and it’s been lovely to witness. So thank you to anyone who’s ever expressed appreciation for the work we did – it makes me feel proud to be associated with these three fine people (and the rest of the cast), and proud to have been a part of #DawsonsCreek. This one will always have a special little place in my heart.

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“Thank you to the Wilmington, North Carolina crew and community who raised us & kept us sane, thank you to the many talented writers and producers who gave of your hearts talents and put up with us. And thank you especially to the fans of the show,” the 40-year-old actor continued. “It’s a funny relationship we have… your experience of this project is what you saw on camera, while my memories are mostly what I experienced off of it.”

Van Der Beek went onto say that he actually hasn’t watched all of the episodes of the beloved teen series – shame on you Dawson, um we mean, James – but he is still in awe of everything it became.

“And yes, it’s true that I haven’t seen most episodes (it became healthier at a certain point to just commit 100% on the day and let it go completely), but the beauty of this arrangement is that my impression of the show now is what you’ve all reflected back to me over the years… and it’s been lovely to witness,” he said. “So thank you to anyone who’s ever expressed appreciation for the work we did – it makes me feel proud to be associated with these three fine people (and the rest of the cast), and proud to have been a part of #DawsonsCreek. This one will always have a special little place in my heart.”

Dawson’s Creek will always have a special place in our hearts too James… Dawson’s Creek forever!

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