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James Van Der Beek has signed with APA for representation in all areas.
The actor is best known as the indomitable title character of Dawson’s Creek, the late 1990s coming-of-age drama that ran for six seasons and continues in syndication around the globe. He also starred in MTV’s hit 1999 film, Varsity Blues, landing a powerful one-two pop culture punch, and appeared in Roger Avary’s early 2000s cult classic, The Rules of Attraction.
More recently Van Der Beek co-created, wrote, showran and starred in Vice’s first scripted series, What Would Diplo Do?, and starred in Ryan Murphy’s FX drama Pose. The latter was nominated for Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and Gotham awards, and won a GLAAD Award, AFI Award and a Peabody. His recent film work includes Jason Reitman’s Labor Day and Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, with Matt Damon.
Thanks to his key work, Van Der Beek has a certain name recognition and has prominently played himself several times, including in Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.
And he has continually diversified his résumé by adding hosting duties, comedy skits (such as appearances in Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and The Daily Show), and digital shorts on Funny or Die. He also co-wrote and starred in the award-winning short Power/Rangers Unauthorized, directed by Joseph Kahn.
Van Der Beek was previously at Paradigm. He continues to be repped by management firm Novo.
The signing also continues APA’s expanding talent roster, particularly established artists ready for new attention. In the last year or so, the agency has signed Mel Gibson, Kate Bosworth, Nick Stahl, Famke Janssen, Justin Long and Melissa Leo, among other bold-faced names.
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