The Cast of 'Dawson's Creek' : Where Are They Now?

Dawson's Creek premiered on Jan. 20, 1998, and ran for six seasons until May 14, 2003. Take a look at what the cast is up to now 

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James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery

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Dawson Leery himself, now 46, has filled most of his time with television pursuits, including ABC's comedy Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23, on which he played a version of himself — and scored a Teen Choice Award nomination, hearkening back to his Dawson's days.

The Pose lives in Texas with wife Kimberly and their six young kids: Olivia, Joshua, Annabel, Emilia, Gwendolyn and Jeremiah.

When it comes to nostalgia for Dawson's, Van Der Beek isn't too keen on revisiting the series. "It's something I did so long ago," he previously said. "It's something I feel a real distance from, to be honest."

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Katie Holmes as Joey Potter

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Fittingly for the woman who portrayed Capeside High valedictorian Joey Potter, Holmes went back to school for a time, even attending the Entertainment, Media and Sports program at Harvard University to further skills for her production company, Noelle Productions Inc.

Aside from raising 17-year-old Suri (her daughter with ex Tom Cruise) Holmes, 44, devotes much of her time to film and TV, including multiple stints portraying Jackie Kennedy and a recent turn directing the film Rare Objects.

Holmes harbors fond Dawson's memories, previously saying it was a "special show and I loved every minute of it."

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Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter

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Currently starring in a Fatal Attraction reboot series, Jackson, 44, thinks a Dawson's reboot would be "shocking" to fans.

"We are not cute kids anymore," he joked on Ellen. "It's been a long time. I mean, we're holding up okay, but I think if you put the four of us now next to the four of us them, it might be a little shocking."

In early 2023, he returned to Wilmington, North Carolina, where Dawson's Creek filmed back in the day, to shoot a new series from Ava DuVernay.

Jackson, who played Pacey Witter in the series, wed Jodie Turner-Smith in 2019, with whom he has one child.

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Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley

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Once Capeside's resident occasional bad girl, Williams, 42, has "made good" with a serious career on the big screen, notching five Oscar nominations to her name — the most recent for her role in Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans.

Williams is mom to 17-year-old daughter Matilda Rose, with late actor Heath Ledger, as well as two young children with husband Thomas Kail.

Hopes for a Dawson's reboot are also lost on the star, whose character Jen Lindley (SPOILER ALERT) didn't make it to the series finale alive. "I would have to come back as a ghost — or put a lot of filters on the camera, and I'll do flashback scenes," she previously said.

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Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee

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Since her days playing high-strung Andie McPhee, Monroe, 54, has built her television-acting résumé with recurring roles on Criminal Minds, Hart of Dixie and 13 Reasons Why, and guest spots on a crop of other popular series.

In EW's 2018 cast reunion interview, she said shooting the series in Wilmington, North Carolina, "was like growing up together. I felt like I was so grateful that it was shooting in Wilmington. We all got to really connect in a way that I don't think we would have had we been in New York or L.A."

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Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee

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After playing Jack McPhee, Andie's older brother who comes to terms with his homosexuality over the course of the series, Smith, 51, landed roles on The Fosters, Life Unexpected, Charmed and Riverdale.

Kerr's favorite memory from Dawson's comes from the actors' group trips to the beach. "In the summer we as a cast would go to Masonboro Island, (North Carolina). We'd get out the grill and go Jet Skiing and swimming. It was the most fun I ever had in my life," he previously told PEOPLE.

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Busy Philipps as Audrey Liddell

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Philipps, 43, who played Joey Potter's college roommate, has stayed booked and busy on TV, in series including Cougar Town and Girls5eva. She is also set to play Regina George's mom in the musical remake of Mean Girls.

The Cougar Town star has two children, Cricket and Birdie, with estranged husband Marc Silverstein.

Off-screen, she is still close to Dawson's bestie Michelle Williams; the pair frequent red carpets together and reunite for girls' days out.

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John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery

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Dawson's dad most recently played father to another iconic TV protagonist, Barry Allen, on The CW's The Flash, a superhero that Shipp, 68, portrayed on television in the '90s.

During the cast's interview with EW, Shipp recalled how the series' dialogue was groundbreaking for the times: "I remember a big star who shall remain nameless said to [creator Kevin Williamson], 'Young people don't talk like that.' Kevin said, 'Well, maybe not, but they'd like to.' We had a feeling that we were pioneering a different way of telling stories about young people."

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Mary-Margaret Humes as Gail Leery

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Since her days as Dawson's anchorwoman mom, Humes, 69, has done several Hallmark and Lifetime TV movies. She has been married to Raul A. Bruce for 30 years.

She told EW she happened to be with star James Van Der Beek the first time he was ever asked for an autograph after Dawson's Creek premiered. "He signed it and said, 'Oh my God, Mary-Margaret, that was my first!' And, of course, my thought was 'Oh, honey, hang on,' " she said.

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Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter


Since playing big sis to Katie Holmes' Joey, Repeta has continued to act in various films and has sparked a music career, singing everything from the blues to jazz. She is also involved in music therapy, singing jazz in local memory care units.

"[It] has allowed me to have a front row seat to the miraculous power of music," Repeta tells PEOPLE. "Patients who have been unresponsive for weeks will light up and even sing along to tunes they recognize and love. It is, by far, one of the most fulfilling moments for me as an artist to use music therapy and see its results instantly."

Repeta's son Banks Repeta, who she shares with husband Mike Repeta, has also followed in her footsteps by forging his own acting career with roles in The Black Phone and Armageddon Time, the latter of which earned him a Critics' Choice Awards nomination in 2023.

"I do feel like I have passed the acting torch to our son Banks," Repeta told PEOPLE. "[At the Critics' Choice Awards] we got to hang out briefly with Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips at the ceremony. As long as he continues to enjoy it, I feel like he will continue his journey as a film actor."

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Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn "Grams" Ryan

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Jen Lindley's "Grams" still works steadily in the post-Dawson's years: Peil, 82, had recurring roles on The Good Wife and Katy Keene and many turns on Broadway, most recently as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia.

When Michelle Williams was honored at the 2022 Gotham Awards, she used her time to thank Peil for influencing her and taking her under her wing.

"Mary Beth Peil was the first artist that I had ever met in my life. She didn't call herself that, but there was something different about her," Williams said. "It was the way she asked questions, the way that she leaned into conversations, and how excited she seemed for every moment of every day on our TV set. And I didn't know what this ineffable quality was, but I knew I wanted to pull my chair closer to hers."

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