WB Week: Dawson's Creek - Where Are They Now? - Featured

When you look at the sum total of accomplishments of the castmembers of The WB's Dawson's Creek, I have to tell you, they've done surprisingly well for themselves.

So...Where Are They Now?

James Van Der Beek aka Dawson Leery

The Beek was probably Dawson's break-out star at the time when Creek was airing, though since then, Van Der Beek has arguably done the least out of any of the show's 4 big leads. However, that's not to say that he hasn't had some memorable guest appearances on TV shows including Criminal Minds, Ugly Betty, How I Met Your Mother (in a Robin Sparkles music video) and most recently, One Tree Hill (ironically in a role that is basically a coked up future-version of Dawson Leery). The Beek also was in a few TV movies in recent years and appears to have a few film roles on the horizon for '09.

Katie Holmes aka Joey Potter

I am sure that never in a million years did any of us imagine during the Creek days that little Joey Potter would eventually become 50% of TomKat, aka Mrs. Tom Cruise. While this is obviously Holmes' largest claim-to-fame since leaving Capeside, lets also not forget a few movie flops (First Daughter and Mad Money), as well as a few successes (Batman Begins and Thank You For Smoking, though Holmes was the widely-accepted weak link of both). Holmes has been busying herself with some stage work (remember, she sings, kinda) in recent times as well as a guest appearance on Eli Stone. There is also of course little Suri Cruise...

Michelle Williams aka Jen Lindley

Michelle Williams - perhaps more so than any other member of the Creek - has proven in her post-Dawson days that she actually can...gasp ...act! Williams has appeared in an impressive string of films and has been generally praised for her work. Most notably, Williams has appeared in Brokeback Mountain, I'm Not There, Synecdoche, New York and Wendy and Lucy. Williams is also mother to a daughter, whom she fathered with her Brokeback Mountain costar, the late Heath Ledger. The two were briefly engaged.

Joshua Jackson aka Pacey Witter

I was always a Pacey gal (as so many of us were), so I could not be more thrilled that Jackson is now a lead castmember on freshman Fox series (and mild hit) Fringe. Fringe has been Jackson's biggest post-Creek role to date. He also appeared in a few movies over the last few years, including a few that you may have heard of - Bobby and Shutter.

Kerr Smith aka Jack McPhee

Kerr Smith has done pretty well for himself, co-starring in two TV series - albeit short-lived ones - E-Ring and Justice. He also has had a string of notable guest appearances on Charmed, CSI: NY and most recently, Eli Stone. Lastly, Smith recently appeared in the unexpectedly popular horror flick, My Bloody Valentine 3-D. He has also maintained his good looks (so says this article's author).

So...which Capeside High alum do you think has been the most successful?

Your final dose of trivia: Upon scrolling throw the Dawson's Creek IMDb credits, I was reminded that current CW stars Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) and Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) both had significant guest stints on the program.



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Jul 7, 2009 5:39PM EDT

Jensen Ackles or maybe second place Chad Michael Murray


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Apr 27, 2010 11:11PM EDT

Meredith Monre (Andie McPhee) has had a lot of notable roles, including the wife of Agent Hotch on Criminal Minds and the wife of the famous baseball player in an episode of House. She also appeared in Private Practice, the Mentalist, Raising the bar, Californication, Crossing Jordan, and Bones. To name a few.

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