James Van Der Beek Geeks Out Over 'Dawson's Creek' Costar Michelle Williams, Here's Why

It's been about sixteen years since Jen Lindley and Dawson Leery were an item, but that doesn't mean the actors that portrayed them are over it. In the words of our boyfriend Ryan Gosling, "It wasn't over then and it's still not over!" Okay, so we're exaggerating. He doesn't love her like that. Van Der Beek is happily married to his wife, Kimberly Brook, and they have three small children together. We mean like, James Van Der Beek thinks Williams is a fantastic human being, and we'd have to agree.

Van Der Beek gushed about his costar to the New York Post, explaining that despite her age Williams was the brightest of the bunch. He divulged, "Michelle was always incredibly smart. I always joked that we'd all be asking Michelle for a job. I thought she would produce, she would write." He continued, "She was always a deep thinker, way beyond her years. She was the youngest of us, age-wise, and the oldest in every other way." Quite the compliment, Mr. Van Der Beek.

All this talk of Williams's wise-beyond-her-years personality and pensive disposition actually reminds us a lot of the late Jen Lindley (may she rest in peace). Well you know, except for all that really out of line and crazy stuff Jen did. It's just that, somehow, these gals always had a lot more on their plates than their fellow peers personally and emotionally and somehow they still exude the ultimate air of cool. Which got us thinking of all those times that Jen Lindley proved she was the best thing that ever happened to Capeside.

1. She was "exotic" — meaning she was from NYC

2. Ain't nobody got time for Joey Potter's drama

3. She and Jack had the best friendship of all time

REALLY, THOUGH

4. She was a woman who took charge

5. She made Dawson make this face a few times

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