Joshua Jackson

Pacey and Jen Speak Up

by Kristin | May 9, 2003
(The artist formerly known as Wanda)
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If I ever were to accept a career-related award–say, “TV Junkie of the Century” or “Outstanding Achievement in Couch Potatodom”–there are four people I would have to thank: Joey, Dawson, Pacey and Jen.

Don’t laugh. It’s true.

Though I grew up with a deep affection for the telly (I spent the greater part of my youth watching The Dukes of Hazzard in my Wonder Woman Underoos), it was the very first episode of Dawson’s Creek in 1998 that started me on the path to complete, all-encompassing TV obsession. That show is the reason I’m your TV-gossip bitch today. (And, as you’ll see from the upcoming scoop on my ER-Hawaii set visit: Thank bejesus for that.)

Dawson’s Creek is not what it used to be. We all know that. But as Pacey, Joey & Co. sail off into the sunset this Wednesday on the WB, we should stop and remember the show in its heyday: A “teen” drama with some of the most well-developed, emotionally intense (and yes, overly verbose) characters on television, a high school love triangle that kept grown men gabbing at the water cooler and was the reason we all stayed home on Wednesdays.

Which is why I’m so glad to hear this: Greg Berlanti (former producer of D.C., who now spears Everwood) promises we won’t be disappointed with the finale storyline, which was written by show creator Kevin Williamson. “I think Kevin did some of the best work of his career,” Berlanti says of the finale. “I think he did an amazing job and killed himself on it and went out with a bang. I’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who didn’t thoroughly enjoy it. So many times when series end, they don’t end it the way you want it to, and I think Kevin did. The key is if anyone loved the first year of that series, they’ll love the finale.”

As a final farewell to these characters we so adored, I chatted with my two faves: Joshua Jackson (Pacey) and Michelle Williams (Jen). You’ll find a snippet of our conversations below, and let me tell you–Josh’s candor may surprise you.


What’s the feeling on set as you wind down the Creek?

Pretty positive. Unlike most TV shows, we actually knew we were being canceled. That being the case, it allows all of us the opportunity to say our goodbyes. Kevin [Williamson] wrote these last two episodes, so instead of petering out in a fashion I really wasn’t too happy with, we’re doing two episodes that the fans of Dawson’s will really enjoy.

We took a poll asking who Joey should end up with, and Pacey was the winner, hands down. Can you give all those fans any hope?

It’s very flattering that people would choose Pacey and Joey over the star-crossed lovers Joey and Dawson. That’s actually the final reveal at the end of the series–how those three relationships end up. Joey does decide, but of course, I can’t tell you, so you have to watch on May 14.

Any new projects in the works?

No. A little bit of unemployment will go a long way! I’m going to do my biannual cross-country road trip. There are some places I want to check out. Then I’ll go to California for Kerr Smith’s wedding and Vancouver over the summer.

What did you think of Pacey’s storyline this year? He seemed to have a bit of character whiplash, going from slacker to stockbroker.

Unfortunately, my thoughts don’t count. I feel like for the last two years the heart and soul of the show has been lost, and that has been the decision of my now ex-bosses…I don’t mind the fact that Pacey changed–all the characters change, and that’s actually a good thing. [Other than] the trappings of becoming a stockbroker and the implausibility of all that, what was lost more so was the caring between the characters. The reasons for them to be a part of each other’s lives ceased and that was what was lost by our writers over this season. I feel like Kevin Williamson immediately brings it back. The difference in the quality of the scripts is astounding.

It was Kevin’s vision originally, so it must feel good that he is the one giving it closure.

Poetically, it’s the right thing to do. Our errant father has come to ride us into the sunset. People have stuck with the show for six years, so I’m happy to be able to say I’m proud of the last two episodes we’re doing, and I think they honor the commitment people have made to the show for the last six years. It feels right.


I heard a strange rumor that Jen may be on her deathbed in the finale.

Hmmm…Really? [Laughs.] But she’s so young!

And so eternally tormented! What was it like to play such an angsty girl for six years?

It was like life. It had its ups and its downs.

Was there a particular storyline that was really fun for you?

There was an episode where [Jen] went to go confront her father. That was written by a friend of mine, so I enjoyed going through that experience with him.

Is there anyone in the cast you know you’ll keep in touch with?

Mary Beth Peil (Grams) and I have become really close. She lives in New York, so I know that we’ll always be a part of each other’s lives.

What’s next for you? You’ve done some theater, will you go back to that?

I just did a play last summer, but I don’t know of anything coming up. James Van Der Beek is doing a play, though. I’m supposed to do a movie back in North Carolina, but we’ve all been working so hard that I’m really focused on relaxing. I need to refuel. I’m so excited to move to New York–that will be a real treat. I can’t wait to be around my friends for more than a week at a time.

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