It didn't take long for the series, which ran for six seasons, to become a bona fide pop culture phenomenon. On the 20th anniversary of its premiere, here are 22 things you might not know about Dawson's Creek.
Still a high school student at the time, Holmes refused to fly to Los Angeles to audition because she had another commitment: So, in their sewing room, Holmes and her mother acted out the scene and filmed it. Joshua Jackson actually auditioned for both lead roles. He originally read for Pacey, but the producers were interested in hearing him read for Dawson as well. Then, they switched him back to auditioning for Pacey.
Despite an exec falling asleep during one of his auditions, Jackson got the role. One of his competitors for that role, by the way, was future American Pie star Jason Biggs. Getty Images Dawson was the last role to be cast. On the way to the audition in Los Angeles, James Van Der Beek actually sat next to future Entourage star Adrian Grenier on the plane, only to discover that he was also auditioning for the part of Dawson Leery. But Williamson was convinced that Van Der Beek could do it, so they kept having him read the scene over and over again.
I took out a spiral notebook and I wrote the sequel to Jaws. In fact, Spielberg watched the pilot to personally approve the use of his work. He did ask that they remove a line about Jen looking like Kate Capshaw, but other than that, he was fine with the references. Hulton Archive, Getty Images In the second season, two new characters were introduced: That would be so great to write a gay character.
Jack quickly became one of the show's most popular characters and halfway through the season, Williamson had him come out to his friends. In the episode, Jack kisses his boyfriend, Ethan. I was quite nervous, as was he We knew what we were doing. We knew what we were addressing.
We knew that it was important and that a lot of people were going to be looking up to the show now for this particular type of storyline. I think we did a good thing. But her on-screen brother, Kerr Smith, was also a little old for high school.
He was 27 when he was cast. One of the downsides to filming on the Wilmington, North Carolina coastline was the possibility of hurricanes. It was only halfway through the series and the crew had to rebuild the pier because it had already become a beloved part of the show.
Years after Dawson cried on a pier in the first season finale, his cry-face became a meme. Van Der Beek had a good sense of humor about it and even admitted that his tears were organic. The directors get a kick out of it. Am I doing something wrong?
Given the fact that she has been nominated for four Oscars—and counting—since her Dawson's days, Van Der Beek was clearly onto something. One drunken night out resulted in an emergency room visit and a dislocated knee.
After the second season, even Williamson went off to focus on other projects. So when they wanted to renegotiate our contact, I set my price really high. What if we do a movie or something? Getty Images Meredith Monroe did return for the finale, but her scenes were not aired.
Andie was a medical resident in Boston, who came back to Capeside to say goodbye to Jen. She also had a sentimental scene in the hospital cafeteria with ex-boyfriend Pacey.
In , Williamson and several members of the Dawson's Creek team reunited for a panel discussion about the show in which it was revealed that the panel's moderator, Julie Plec—a longtime friend and collaborator of Williamson's who was also a writer on Dawson's Creek—was the one who wanted Andie to appear in the finale.