Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter)
Our middle-school crush on Pacey Witter -- the "Dawson's Creek
" character with the strongest cult following -- will never fade (sigh). Thank heavens we can still get our Joshua Jackson fix on the small screen.
After appearing in a string of mostly forgettable movies, Josh, 33, struck gold when he landed the role of Peter Bishop on J.J. Abrams's sci-fi hit "Fringe
" in 2008. He's played the sardonic genius for four seasons now, and he'll take his talents -- and general adorableness -- to the big screen for 2012's "Lay the Favorite
," which also stars Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Just when we thought he couldn't get any cuter, Jackson filmed the Pacey-Con 2010
video for "Funny or Die." In the hilarious spoof, Jackson honors the die-hard Pacey Witter fans by staging Pacey-Con, which happens to take place across the street from San Diego Comic-Con. He reads fan fiction, compliments clueless Con-goers on their "Pacey" costumes, and gushes about the greatness that is Pacey Witter. It's kind of amazing.
Like his career, Jackson's love life is steady: He's been dating "Inglourious Basterds
" beauty Diane Kruger since 2006. Us, jealous of Kruger? Never.