It's funny what goes viral. But whether he likes it or not, James Van Der Beek's cry face has become the ultimate expression of pain and anguish online.
Taken from an episode of his iconic '90s teen drama Dawson's Creek, the clip of Van Der Beek sobbing – after childhood sweetheart Joey left Dawson for his best pal Pacey – is now an internet sensation.
Luckily, the man himself loves the Crying Dawson meme.
"I did a television show for six years that has been boiled down to a two-second loop of me crying," he told Digital Spy. "Six years of my career and it's just those two seconds. It's like... well, we never called that! But it's hilarious, I love it.
"What I find hilarious about it was it was one of the more sincere moments of that entire shooting experience. For me, that's the reason it tickled me so much. I don't think I was scripted to cry – it's just one of those gifts that happens when you play a character for so long...
"I remember that moment, it happening... so the fact that it's now used to mock people online just gives me endless amusement. So that's one of the happy accidents, you might say, of my career!"
So there you have it, the next time you express sadness in a tweet – or use the Crying Dawson gif to poke fun at a friend – know that you do so with James Van Der Beek's absolute approval.
James Van Der Beek stars in Carters Get Rich, beginning tonight at 8pm on Sky1.
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