On yesterday's show, co-hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby of ITV's "This Morning" began the segment with a clip from the '90s series, and a rundown of what the other stars have been up to.
Van Der Beek was a bit thrown by the retro intro. The now-40-year old -- who was there to talk about his new British sitcom, "Carters Get Rich" -- noted, "I have been on television the last 20 years, just wanted to let you know."
When asked if he thought he'd still be discussing the show so many years later, he laughed. "No. I could not have imagined I'd be sitting across from a picture from 20 years ago," he said, pointing to the photo of himself and the rest of the "Creek" crew on the screen behind him.
The hosts continued to dwell on all things "Dawson," and Van Der Beek, who admitted he never watched his own show, finally gave in, saying he's very grateful for the series that launched his career: "It changed my life. It was a huge opportunity," he said. "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, huge break."
He then invited them to ask him any lingering questions about the WB show, but they agreed to focus on his new project instead.
The duo promised that next time he's on, they'll drop all the "Dawson's Creek" stuff, but as they were such big fans, they couldn't resist for his very first visit. Willoughby said, "We're all very excited about it. 'Dawson's Creek' was a part of my childhood."
Among the TV shows the actor has starred on since "Dawson's Creek": "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," and "CSI: Cyber."
[Via Huffington Post]