James Van Der Beek, DWTS Alum, Jokingly Explains 'Dawson's Creek' to His 9-Year-Old Daughter Olivia
"Dancing With the Stars" alum, James Van Der Beek recently took to his Instagram story to post a series of videos of him giving his daughter a "Dawson Creek" recap.
The 42-year-old actor is popular for his role as "Dawson Leery" in the WB Network series, which kicked off in 1998 and ran for six seasons.
In one of the videos, Olivia asked him, "Why is it called Dalson's creek?". The 9-year-old who pronounced the series' name incorrectly continued, "Is it because Dolson owns a creek and someone tries to destroy it?"
The actor laughed at the kid's question, and jokingly agreed with her notion of the TV series saying,
"Exactly, He owns a creek, and then someone tries to blow it up, so he has to use kung-fu ninja moves."
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Thrilled beyond belief to announce that another little bundle of joy has picked us to be their family. We chose to have our first ultrasound on camera with our #DWTS crew capturing the result - something I NEVER thought we’d ever do... but @vanderkimberly and I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat, or no baby, and she wanted to share this moment. Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement - nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret. But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve. We decided to put ourselves out there - not knowing what we’d find - in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us - this time- we walked out with tears of joy. #AndThenIDancedAQuickStep. • Pic by @jilliangoulding
James and his daughter shared a burst of hearty laughter after she demonstrated her version of kung-fu moves in concordance with his story.
Van Der Beek then went to assure his daughter that the show wasn't about him "whining and crying" and annoying everyone on the creek.
Emma also explained that the actor's elimination from the show came at the right time.
Dawson's creek actually followed the life struggles of Dawson Leery, played by Van Der Bleek and his best friend Joey, played by Katie Holmes.
The show documents unusual happenings in their lives through levels of adolescence and their progression from high school to college.
James, who participated in the 28th season of the celebrity dance show, "Dancing With the Stars," partnered with Emma Slater, and the duo came in fifth place overall.
Recently, Emma Slater spoke of her dance partner on the show and how DWTS meant more than just dancing to him.
The pro dancer revealed that participating in the dance show was Van Der Bleek's way of teaching his kids to "put [themselves] out there and open doors and not be afraid to try something that [they're] not necessarily used to."
Emma also explained that the actor's elimination from the show came at the right time as his wife, Kimberly, was still recovering from a miscarriage around that time.
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Sometimes nervous fathers-to-be ask me for advice, and I try to be careful, because every kid is different, and so is every dad. But one thing that feels pretty universal... is the value in trying to be present, and treating each moment as an opportunity for connection. Whether you’re on vacation in an RV or changing a diaper in a public restroom, celebrating a soccer goal or trying to calm them down when they’re crying or throwing up or hungry or angry or crazy or all of the above... if you look at the situation simply as the apparatus within which you get to forge a bond with your kid... you’ve won. Because you’ve created space for your own special brand of magic to kick in. No father is perfect - we’re all human and we all get overwhelmed at times - but if connection is your goal... you can’t really screw up. Even when you screw up. And you’ll probably find yourself happier than you ever have before.
James Van Der Bleek has been married to wife, Kimberly, for nine years now, and they have six kids together.
Last month, the actor gave out his advice to parents where he asked them to "be completely honest" with their kids. James also admonished parents to see every experience as a bonding moment with their children.