‘Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23′ Star James Van Der Beek Previews the ‘Teen Idol Intervention’ (VIDEO)

Van Der Beek on 'Dawson's'
The actor talks a reunion with his co-stars.
It isn’t everyday that a former teen heartthrob has enough of a sense of humor to play a larger than life version of himself– weekly– on a new outrageous network comedy, but that is exactly what James Van Der Beek took on with ABC’s Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23.

Though there is a lot of comedy gold in Van Der Beek’s own past pin-up status (and the show has not shied away from mining that gold, whether it was making him re-perform classic Dawson lines accompanied by the single tear or creating a fake ad campaign for his celebrity fashion line), the second season of the show will be expanding past Van Der Beek’s own ’90s icon status.

When Van Der Beek’s character attempts to stage a Dawson’s Creek reunion in the Season 2 premiere, his plans go awry and the series ends up bringing in a couple other big name stars from that era to create its own monumental moment in pop culture.

What was the highlight of Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23’s second season premiere for Van Der Beek?

Mark-Paul [Gosselaar] was our big get,” Van Der Beek told Celebuzz when we caught up with him at the Paley Center premiere for his show in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“He’s a friend of mine, and he and I had talked about it, and I kind of talked him into it before the season started. So when we had the idea, we went to him, and he was game.”

In addition to being rivals in many young girls’ (and some young boys’) hearts, Van Der Beek and Gosselaar recently played rivals-turned-buddies of sorts on Gosselaar’s TNT legal series, Franklin and Bash.

“It was tit for tat. ‘Hey, I did your show, you have to come do mine!’ But he watched the show; he liked it; he was into it,” Van Der Beek explained.

“It’s fun to just play with this demented reality really. What better way for Mark-Paul to come on the show then to stage a former teen idol intervention for [James]?” Van Der Beek smiled.

After Van Der Beek takes some post-heyday lessons from Gosselaar to heart, he may only be looking forward in his life and career, rather than living in his glorious past, but that doesn’t mean he will have a change of heart and suddenly start to think of others first.

In the second episode of the season, Van Der Beek shared, “James throws an annual positivity party on Halloween, but it has nothing to do with wanting to spread light or love in the world. It just has to do with that he doesn’t like scary stuff, and he doesn’t like being scared, and he screams like a little girl if he is scared.”

So maybe fans will have a chance to see a slightly different side to James. As Van Der Beek laughed: “He’s definitely got a wimpy side!”

Be sure to check out Celebuzz’s full video interview with Van Der Beek.

Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23 airs on Tuesdays at 9:30 PM on ABC.

What other famous pals of Van Der Beek’s would you want to see spoof themselves on Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23? Let us know your pitches in the comments below!

Danielle Turchiano

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