Unlike Kim Kardashian, James Van Der Beek is all about his ugly-cry meme from Dawson’s Creek.
The cast of the hit WB series recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the show’s premiere by reuniting on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Sure, Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley) and Busy Phillips’s (Audrey Liddell) “engagement” photo pretty much made our week, but this new interview in which Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery) shares his thoughts on a memorable scene turning into a viral meme is pretty fantastic.
He said, “I love it. It’s hilarious to me that you can work for six years on a show, 120-something hours, and it gets boiled down to three seconds.”
The meme originated from a heartbreaking scene in season three when Dawson learns the love of his life, Joey (Katie Holmes), has moved on with his best friend, Pacey (Joshua Jackson), and the rest is viral meme history.
Sure, it’s not the most attractive shot of the 41-year-old actor, but we can’t deny that he pretty much invented the ugly cry before it was a thing. (Sorry, This Is Us.)