'Dawson's Creek': Where Are They Now?
James Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery)
James Van Der Beek embodied cheery, chatty, Spielberg-obsessed Dawson Leery to perfection -- which was great while "
Dawson's Creek" was on, but not so great once the series ended and no one was looking to cast another Dawson. After some misses, including 2006's straight-to-DVD "
The Plague," Van Der Beek, 34, is finally getting his mojo back: He won best actor at the 2009 San Diego Film Festival for "
Formosa Betrayed"; he played a womanizing ICU chief on "
Mercy" in 2010; and he'll recur as a fictional version of himself on the new ABC sitcom "
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23." Van Der Beek also appeared as singer Ke$ha's nemesis in her 2011 music video for the thumping club song "Blow."
Van Der Beek's love life has also recovered nicely since his April 2009 split from his wife of six years, actress Heather McComb. A year later, he announced on Twitter that he and his girlfriend, business consultant Kimberly Brook, were expecting a baby girl. The couple tied the knot in August 2010, and they welcomed daughter Olivia on September 25, 2010. In October this year, Van Der Beek announced that Kimberly is pregnant with their second child.
Dawson's all grown up!