Why James Van Der Beek Took DWTS Gig After Being Offered it For Years

James Van Der Beek explained why he finally took a Dancing With The Stars gig after being offered a spot for years. Viewers will be excited to watch what Van Der Beek can bring to the stage.

James Van Der Beek is a well-known American actor who played Dawson Leery in the WB series, Dawson’s Creek. He also starred in CSI: Cyber, Pose, Varsity Blues, and The Rules of Attraction, and fans will now able to watch Van Der Beek take to the dance floor and dance the tango on the premiere episode, with the goal to win the famed Mirror Ball Trophy.

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The famed actor from Dawson’s Creek announced in an interview with Us Weekly that he could not wait any longer to join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Van Der Beek said he had been asked numerous times prior to joining the cast, but the timing never seemed right to him. A few years ago, he played an exaggerated version of himself on Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23. In the sitcom, he came up with the storyline that included him dancing on a fake Dancing With The Stars-esque competition show.  The actor had previously said he thought it would be really fun, and he actually loved to dance.

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Since the airing of his fake Dancing With The Stars episode, ABC had been asking Van Der Beek to join the cast every year since. But, for the actor, this year was the right year to join. In the interview, he said he finally realized that he just wanted to participate; and fans may not have been aware that Van Der Beek has always loved music and dancing. He did open up about how much harder the actual version of the show actually is, though he did not realize how mentally exhausting the project would be. Even though the competition dance show is physically and emotionally exhausting, it is exhausting in the best way possible for the actor. Van Der Beek explained that in his line of work he gets to learn new skills every day that ordinary people would not get the chance to try; having such a difficult challenge set out in front of him with a talented teacher is his happy place. The actor said that not being automatically great at something taught him humility and that working hard to get to the other side makes the new adventures worth it.

Van Der Beek is most excited for his five children to watch and cheer him on. Even though dancing in their home does not have the same pressure of dancing in front of a massive audience, the star is ready to show his family and fans what his feet are made of. That said, he still has plenty of competition to keep him on his toes.

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Dancing With The Stars premiered September 16 at 8pm EST on ABC.

Source: Us Weekly

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