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Dawson's Creek is a teen drama that follows the lives of a close-knit group of friends in the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts. Inspiring film maker Dawson Leery, his best friend and love interest Joey Potter, fellow friend Pacey Witter and reformed bad girl Jen Lindley are only some of the colorful and unforgettable characters from the show. Let's take a look at 30 charming facts about Dawson's Creek.
1. Charlie Hunnam, Scott Speedman, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Adrien Grenier all auditioned for the role of Dawson Leery. James Van Der Beek ultimately nabbed the role, with creator Kevin Williamson feeling he had, "that nervousness that made it seem like he was pre-thinking and over-thinking and over-compensating constantly like he was insecure. And we said, 'There's Dawson.'"
2. Brad Pitt was responsible for Dawson's famous haircut; the studio insisted James Van Der Beek change his hair to that of Pitt's in 1997's The Devil's Own after seeing an advertisement for the film.
3. Joshua Jackson first auditioned for the role of Dawson, but Kevin Williamson felt his good looks and charm did not match the under dog, nerdy lead character. He instead cast him as best friend Pacey Witter instead. Adam Brody also read for Pacey.
4. Selma Blair was the front runner for Joey Potter before Katie Holmes swept up the role. Kevin Williamson felt Holmes had "those eyes, those eyes just stained with loneliness" and looked exactly like the part.
5. Meredith Monroe was 29 when she played 16-year-old Andie McPhee, while Kerr Smith was 27 when he played her brother Jack.
6. The necklace that Dawson wore in every episode was made by James Van Der Beek's mother. The wardrobe stylists centered every outfit Dawson wore around it.
7. Joshua Jackson (Pacey) enjoyed mooning his cast mates before big scenes to help them laugh and relax.
8. Kevin Williamson came up with the idea to create a teen series based on his youth, growing up near a North Carolina creek as an aspiring filmmaker who worshiped Steven Spielberg.
9. The character of Joey Potter was inspired by Williamson's long-time friend Fannie Norwood. He once said, "If Fannie watches, she will know exactly where I got some stuff. It's nice because only she will know." She would sail to his house because it was closer by water than road, and sleep in his room at night just like Joey does with Dawson.
10. Alanis Morisette's "Hand In My Pocket" was supposed to be the original theme song, but they couldn't get the rights to it so "I Don't Want to Wait" by Paula Cole was chosen instead.
11. While most of the cast members were older than their teen characters, Mary Beth Peil (Grams) was much younger. She was only 58 years old when the show debuted, and makeup was used to age her.
12. The coming out story line involving Jack in Season 2 was based on writer Greg Berlanti's own experience in high school, right down to the poem that Jack reads in class.
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13. Kevin Williamson put props from Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer in Dawson's bedroom; he wrote the screenplays for both films.
14. There's an actual place in Canada called Dawson's Creek; despite taking place in the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts most of the episodes were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.
15. When Jack kissed Ethan in the Season 3 finale, it was the first romantic kiss between two male characters on primetime TV.
16. Writer Greg Berlanti pitched the Joey and Pacey plot line in Season 3 because it was what he wanted to see "as a fan boy." Joshua Jackson and James Van Der Beek were allegedly not getting along well during this time, which added to the Pacey vs. Dawson storyline.
17. Dawson's famous "ugly cry" wasn't originally in the script for the finale of Season 3. It was all James Van Der Beek's own spontaneous, creative idea.
18. Dawson losing his virginity was such a big deal that Van Der Beek brought champagne to the set for the cast and crew.
19. Monica Keena (Abby Morgan) and John Wesley Shipp (Mitch Leery) both asked to be written out of the show. Keena grew tired of flying back and forth between Los Angeles and North Carolina, while Shipp felt there wasn't much story for the parents on the show.
20. Michelle Williams (Jen) felt insecure in her role, because much of the plot centered on the Joey-Dawson-Pacey love triangle. A sudden decrease in her workload left her feeling confused and wondering what she did wrong. James Van Der Beek pointed out that this was a good thing, as she would be able to more easily transition to other projects.
21. Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson dated early on in the show's run, and she called Jackson her first love.
22. Kevin Williamson and Paul Stupin shot the candid footage used in the main title sequence. The actors were told it was for a presentation and would never make it to air.
23. Andie returned for the series finale but her scenes were not aired due to a time constraint. She had scenes saying goodbye to Jen and a sentimental scene in the cafeteria with ex-boyfriend Pacey. They can be seen on the Dawson's Creek DVD's.
24. The science project episode in Season 1 was originally what gave writers the idea to get Joey and Pacey together, but they delayed the plot because they wanted to be careful not to sacrifice the characters' likability.
25. James Van Der Beek once ran into Steven Spielberg at a basketball game, and Spielberg told him, "I like the posters on your wall."
26. Halfway through the series, a hurricane took down the pier outside the Leery's house. The crew had to rebuild the peer because it had become a beloved part of the show.
27. Joey was originally going to pick Dawson over Pacey in the series finale, but after writing it, Kevin Williamson admits something felt off. He realized that while Joey and Dawson were soulmates, their love was platonic, and Pacey was Joey's true romantic match.
28. Busy Phillip's (Audrey) liked partying during her Dawson's Creek days, and once had a drunken night out that resulted in an emergency room visit and dislocated knee. This was an inconvenience and caused writers to re-write her scenes in order to accommodate her.
29. Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) is the only character to appear in all 128 episodes of the series.
30. Michelle Williams did not want her character to die in the series finale. According to Kevin Williamson, "Michelle was a little scared and nervous. She goes, 'Well, what if we do a reunion show? What if we do a movie or something?' I'm like, "Well, then you'll be a ghost.'" He noted that Jen's death "was that last bit of growth that pushed [the characters] into adulthood."
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