James Van Der Beek, 'Dawson's Creek'

<b>Then:</b> Dawson Leery, idealistic hopeless romantic with telling long fingers and a strangely Oedipal thing for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004188" title="Katie Couric" href="/topic/arts-culture/mass-media/katie-couric-PECLB004188.topic">Katie Couric</a>. Wore lots of flannel, tried every hairstyle imaginable to avoid looking 40. Did not get the girl.<br>
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<b>Now:</b> Internet meme and surprisingly #FF-worthy tweeter at @vanderjames. You can catch him playing himself on ABC's comedy "The B---- in Apartment 23." (If he didn't have a wife and kids, and spent most of his time wearing Dawson-esque flannel and referencing <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001067" title="Paula Cole" href="/topic/entertainment/music/paula-cole-PECLB001067.topic">Paula Cole</a> to pick up girls.)

( ABC/WB / October 23, 2012 )

Then: Dawson Leery, idealistic hopeless romantic with telling long fingers and a strangely Oedipal thing for Katie Couric. Wore lots of flannel, tried every hairstyle imaginable to avoid looking 40. Did not get the girl.

Now: Internet meme and surprisingly #FF-worthy tweeter at @vanderjames. You can catch him playing himself on ABC's comedy "The B---- in Apartment 23." (If he didn't have a wife and kids, and spent most of his time wearing Dawson-esque flannel and referencing Paula Cole to pick up girls.)

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