‘Dawson’s Creek’ Salary Gave Me ‘Imposter Syndrome’

Joshua Jackson Says He Felt 'Imposter Syndrome' Over His 'Dawson's Creek' Salary

Joshua Jackson attending the 2023 EE BAFTA Movie Awards
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The struggles of youngster stardom. Joshua Jackson opened up about how he developed imposter syndrome throughout his time on the beloved teen sequence Dawson’s Creek.

“I wouldn’t need to return to my twenties once more, that quantity of angst,” the Fringe alum, 44, confessed in an interview with The Sunday Instances revealed Sunday, April 16. “I might make more cash doing 4 episodes of Dawson’s Creek than most of my pals’ mother and father made in a 12 months.” Jackson performed heartthrob Pacey Witter alongside costars James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams on The WB sequence, which ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2003.

He continued: “That was the middle of my imposter syndrome: ‘You’re attempting to set me as much as be a job mannequin to youngsters, and I positively am not, and also you’re paying me all this cash that I don’t deserve.’”

Jackson has gone on to realize private {and professional} success since his days within the fictional city of Capeside, Massachusetts. Along with starring in exhibits and movies similar to Dr. Loss of life, The Affair, Shutter and extra, he married his spouse, actress Jodie Turner-Smith, in 2019. The 2 turned mother and father to their daughter, 2, the next 12 months.

The Little Fires In all places alum — who described his forties because the “greatest decade” of his life thus far — went on to share his appreciation for a way Dawson’s Creek supplied a extra lifelike view of youngster life than different sequence prefer it. “I feel the key to the present was that it didn’t speak to younger folks like they’re silly,” Jackson defined. “These characters and what they have been going via felt actual. We have been attempting to inform tales about these moments in your life and we have been shut sufficient to it in our personal ages that we deeply remembered what that angst was.”

Joshua Jackson Says He Felt 'Imposter Syndrome' Over His 'Dawson's Creek' Salary

James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery, Katie Holmes as Joey Potter and Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter in ‘Dawson’s Creek’

The Skulls star additionally revealed that the solid — which included Busy Philipps, Mary Beth Peil, Kerr Smith, Meredith Monroe, Mary-Margaret Humes and John Wesley Shipp — proceed to remain in contact by way of a WhatsApp group chat, albeit, “It doesn’t get loads of use.”

Nonetheless, he stated the group message was buzzing earlier this 12 months once they celebrated the present’s twenty fifth anniversary in January. “There was a flurry of texts,” Jackson famous. “It actually facilities round, ‘Oh, my God, I can’t consider that all of us went via that factor collectively.’ It’s clearly such a formative level in all our lives.”

Regardless of his expertise with imposter syndrome, Jackson’s time on the teenager drama was a significant one. He cared about his character Pacey’s romance with Holmes’ character, Joey, a lot that he satisfied the present’s creator to alter his unique ending for the 2.

“I had a complete dialog with Kevin [Williamson] about this,” Jackson instructed Leisure Weekly in Could 2022 of studying that the previous couple was supposed to finish the present aside. “Like, ‘Look, I get it. That is the concept you had in your head, however I’m simply gonna ask you to look at the story of the tape and that is the extra attention-grabbing finish for these characters.”

Previous to Holmes’ notable marriage to Tom Cruise from 2006 to 2012, the Batman Begins actress and Jackson beforehand dated from 1998 to 1999.