James Van Der Beek didn’t have the greatest morning talking about a show that ended nearly 13 years ago.
The 40-year-old actor appeared on Wednesday at the UK-based show “This Morning” to discuss his newest project, but instead was immediately subjected to look back his 1990s teen drama “Dawson’s Creek.”
Van Der Beek looked visibly uncomfortable as hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby kicked off the program by declaring how former stars Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson have moved on have thriving careers in Hollywood, all while implying he’s aged significantly and faded into obscurity.
“I have been on television for the last 20 years, just to let you know,” he shot back.
The awkwardness continued as Schofield and Willoughby continued to reminisce about “Dawson’s Creek.” Meanwhile Van Der Beek kept his answers short, stating “it was a long time ago,” while adding that he never watched the series in full.
“At a certain point it just became easier to kind of do it and just, you know, let it go after that,” he hinted.
However, he did acknowledge how important “Dawson’s Creek” was to him as an actor.
“It changed my life,” he explained. “It was a huge opportunity, are you kidding me? I learned how to be on camera, I learned how to deal with celebrity, I learned how to deal with all kinds of things. It was a huge break.”
Fortunately for Van Der Beek, things lighten up when he was asked about his new TV series, “Carters Get Rich.” Yet, that didn’t stop viewers from commenting on the cringe-worthy appearance on Twitter:
Why is James Van Der Beek so touchy and doesn't want to talk about Dawson's creek?! It made you famous, love 😏 #ThisMorning— Emily Hall (@emilyalicehall) March 30, 2017