James Van Der Beek has come a long way since portraying a high school student in Dawson’s Creek. Now he’s married and a new father – he and wife Kimberly welcomed daughter Olivia eight months ago. In a recent interview in Da Man magazine the 34-year-old actor opened up about how starting a family has made him open his eyes to what’s truly important.
“It’s changed the trajectory of my life. I feel like before my daughter, my priorities were arranged like a stormy sea—spread out everywhere; different ones popping up at random,” he says. “And I was just floating along in the middle of it all. The minute my daughter arrived, everything instantly got rearranged like a pyramid, with my daughter and wife at the top, and everything else existing to support that.”
And James’ philosophy extends to his social life as well. “My wife and daughter get first priority, and then I’ve also got some great friends who I still try to meet up with as often as I can,” he says.
Next up for the busy actor and dad is the new ABC comedy Apartment 23 which has James playing himself as part of a dysfunctional band of friends living in New York.