Dawson Leery Wasn’t Even Supposed to Make That Cry Face

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Weirdly, the recent career resurgence of one James Van Der Beek (which kicks off in earnest tomorrow night with the premiere of Don’t Trust The B* In Apartment Twenty-Three) can be traced back to an unflattering meme centered on a screengrab from Dawson’s Creek. Dawson’s Cry Face took off, Van Der Beek made a very gracious — and funny — Funny Or Die video in response, and suddenly he’s on national television going meta on himself and making the Cry Face for any fictional character who demands it. Except: The Cry Face was almost not to be! Van Der Beek told HuffPo that it wasn’t even scripted — he was just really feeling the moment. “You've been living with this character for a while and a scene like that just kind of drops in your lap and you just lose it. They yell cut and say, 'Oh my god. That was amazing!' So I remember being completely surprised by it because it was completely sincere. [Laughs.] The fact that it's being used to mock me now, I think it's so funny." James Van Der Beek: a good sport and a good actor.