The stars of “Dawson’s Creek” are back together again for the first time since the show wrapped.
When the teen drama debuted in 1998, fans fell in love with Katie Holmes (Joey Potter), James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery), Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter), Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley) and more.
Dawson’s Creek was an instant smash hit, propelling its four unknown leads into superstardom. “I was actually with James when he signed his first autograph,” remembers Mary-Margaret Humes, who played Dawson’s mother, Gail Leery. “My husband and I had taken James up to Universal City in L.A. to watch a movie.
“I remember loving the script,” Van Der Beek said. “I remember thinking, ‘Everybody’s amazing, and all the actors were perfectly cast … We didn’t have any expectation it was going to blow up in the way that it did.”
Sitting down together for a group interview, Williams joked that she had to explain to her mother that they weren’t regrouping for a reboot, but just a photo shoot. “I told my mom I was on my way to a reunion and she was like, ‘You can’t do that, you’re dead.’ I was like, it’s a picture,” she explained. In case you forgot (and how could you, we’re crying just thinking about it), William’s character, Jen Lindley, died of cancer in the series finale.
This girl came up to James and said, ‘Excuse me, aren’t you that guy on Dawson’s Creek? May I have your autograph?’ He signed it and said, ‘Oh my God, Mary-Margaret, that was my first!’ And, of course, my thought was ‘Oh, honey, hang on.'”
Jackson, who played Pacey Whitter, said he loved how refreshingly smart the script was for a teen series. “I enjoyed, being a kid at that time, playing a kid who wasn’t an idiot,” he said. “He never insulted the audience by dumbing us down in order to be believable teenagers.” Chiming in, Smith added they “probably got viewers hitting the dictionaries in every episode” too.