THE RULES OF ATTRACTION
JAMES VAN DER BEEK (Sean Bateman)
had fate on his side for his entrance into the acting world, but it has been his
dedication and talent that earned him a leading role in Dawson's Creek and
breakthrough feature film roles.
Prior to The Rules of Attraction, Van
Der Beek starred opposite Dylan McDermott in Texas Rangers. He also made a cameo
appearance in Kevin Smith's recent Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back as well as a
starring role in Todd Solondz's controversial Storytelling, opposite Selma
Suffering a mild concussion when he was
13 years old, the athletic Van Der Beek was not permitted to play on the
football team that year. So, for the first time, he decided to try out for the
school play and landed the lead role of Danny Zuko in the school's production of
Grease. Bitten by the acting bug, he continued to do local theatre in his
hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut.
He was still focused on acting at age
16, so his mother agreed one summer to travel the three hours each way into New
York City for him to pursue acting professionally. The next year, he was cast in
the off-Broadway play Finding the Sun, which was written and directed by
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee. He describes this as the
defining experience for him as an actor, and commuted six hours every day during
the limited three-month run for rehearsals and performances in the middle of
Van Der Beek's first on-screen
performance came with a role in the 1995 film Angus, and he was featured in I
Love You...I Love You Not with Claire Danes. His first major starring role was
in the box-office hit Varsity Blues, which earned him a 1999 MTV Movie Award for
Breakthrough Performance. He also made a cameo appearance in Scary Movie, which
earned him an award in a movie awards poll for MTV.com.
A dean's list student, Van Der Beek
received an academic scholarship from Drew University in Madison, N.J. where he
studied English until the call came from Dawson's Creek. In what little free
time he has, he enjoys writing and playing all kinds of sports.
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