POPsessions: James Van Der Beek on the Smell of Punk
Everything's coming up Van Der Beek!
With a role in the big-screen romantic drama "Labor Day" alongside Kate Winslet in theaters on Friday, an upcoming TV series "Friends With Better Lives," and the arrival this week of his third child, James Van Der Beek has got it pretty good.
Outnumbered by kids, outnumbered by girls, outlandishly grateful and thrilled... Watch out world, VDB baby #3 made her debut last night :)— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) January 26, 2014
The 36-year-old actor recently answered our pop culture questionairre via email and told us which mullet-sporting action hero he'd call for help, which furry fellow left him star-struck, and which pre-fame band introduced him to the true stench of punk rock.
James Van Der Beek at the Toronto Film Festival 'Labor Day' premiere (Photo by Terry Rice/WireImage)
What was the first movie you saw?
One of the Star Wars... probably "Jedi." Second movie was "Footloose," because my parents wanted to see it and the sitter must have cancelled. Thus began a lifetime love of playing chicken with tractors to soaring 80's ballads...
What movie do you absolutely always stop and watch if you see it on cable?
I'll never not watch "Children of Men." One of the most genius overlooked movies of the last ten years.
If you were kidnapped, what movie or TV character would you call to save you?
Can't go wrong with MacGyver. As kick-ass as Jack Bauer might be, that dude just seems to have the WORST luck. I don't need that kind of baggage brought in if I'm just looking to get un-kidnapped.
What's your TV guilty pleasure?
Inside the NFL. Watch it every week. Baffles my wife.
What was your first concert?
Green Day, 1994 - just as they were starting to blow up. They were doing a song for the movie I was in ("Angus"), and we got backstage passes. My Dad drove. Kevin Connolly (who was also in the movie) came too. We met the band after and that's when I learned what a real punk rock band smells like after a show.
What is your karaoke song?
"Love on the Rocks." Neil Diamond. Learned it when I was 4 or 5 because I liked "America," but was too young to move the needle on the record player after "America" was over and ended up learning (and liking) the entire "Jazz Singer album (have I started sounding old, yet?). I liked it so much I tried teaching it to my nursery school class so we could all sing it every day, but it didn't quite catch on the way I hoped it would... still don't understand why.