James Van Der Beek expresses sorrow for teen stars today: 'They have it way worse than we did on Dawson's Creek'

Jenni McKnight

James Van Der Beek confessed he wouldn’t be able to handle fame if he were a rising star in 2017.

The Dawson’s Creek actor admitted that being in the public eye is now ‘trickier to navigate’.

‘It’s way worse than it was for us, I will say that 100%,’ he said.

(Photo: PA)

‘It’s not hard – coal-mining is hard, being a soldier is hard – but getting famous at a young age is tricky.

‘You don’t know who to trust. People want things from you and are manipulating you.

‘There’s money to be made off of you. It’s a lot of weird energy being thrown around,’ he added.

But he is thankful he had it easier with the media during the height of his fame in the 1990s.

‘I will say media today is very different. It’s a lot trickier to navigate for people my age back then who were going through it.

Dawson’s Creek cast (Photo:Rex)

‘If all the kind of media that was around now was around then, I don’t know if I would have handled it so well.’

He elaborated: ‘Looking back we were very lucky in that we were shooting in a small town.

‘It was kind of before the tabloid explosion in a way,’ he added to the Standard.

James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson in series one of Dawson’s Creek (Photo: Rex)

‘So because it was before that time, we were able to be kids and do the stupid stuff that kids do without it following us around.

‘We could wake up the next morning and go “Wow that was dumb, I’m never doing that again” and not have it be splashed in the front pages of a magazine.’

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