This is what James Van Der Beek looks like now
In the late '90s, James Van Der Beek was a household name.
He shot to superstardom as the eponymous lead on Dawson's Creek, which also catapulted Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes and Joshua James to fame. But back then, it was all JVDB. Here he is at the height of his small screen fame alongside a very noughties looking Jessica Simpson at the 2001 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards:
The actor, now 40, hasn't exactly been resting on his laurels, he's had a successful television career since the show ended in 2003, including a role as a fictionalised version of himself on Don't Trust The Bitch in Apartment 23 (if you haven't watched it, catch it on Netflix and thank me later), which has achieved cult status among fans.
In a 2013 interview, he said the role helped people disassociate him from his days on the creek and see him as an adult actor.
"I think, took me out of one mold that I'd been in for a while. It's tough to compete with something that was the cultural phenomenon that Dawson's Creek was. It ran for so long. That's a lot of hours playing one character in front of people. So it's natural that they associate you with that. And also the nature of television, you're in their living room, so it's even more immediate," he told Vulture.
"I feel like walking down the street, I do get called "Dawson" a lot less these days. So maybe that's a measure of what the show did. Now when people mock me on the street, they use my real name. So there you go."
It may have something to do with the fact that his iconic hairstyle has had a modern makeover:
He's also thriving in his personal life, he's been married to wife Kimberly (nee Brook, but natural took his surname, beacuse he wouldn't want Van Der Been in their name?) and they have four children - Olivia (seven), Joshua (five), Annabel (three) and Emilia (one) - together.
This week, he's been cast to star in award-winning producer Ryan Murphy's latest drama series called Pose alongside a stellar cast of Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany and House of Cards' Kate Mara, so we'll be seeing a lot of more him to come. On Thursday night, he attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hosts Television Game Changers Panel Discussion in Beverly Hills, sporting a new, rather questionable moustache, but seeing as his show takes place in '80s, we're confidently asserting that his facial hair is a job requirement.