James Van Der Beek: ‘Dawson’s Creek’ Theme Song Makes Me Want to Hide (EXCLUSIVE)

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A few weeks ago, Kate Winslet made headlines when she openly poked fun at “My Heart Will Go On,” the ubiquitous, Oscar-winning song from Titanic, admitting to MTV that she feels like throwing up whenever she hears it.

Celebuzz kept that in mind during an exclusive interview with former Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek on Monday. Now that the hit WB series has been off the air for almost nine years, does the show’s star harbor similar feelings about its theme song, “I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole?

“For some reason — and again, I need to get over this; I’m [a] 35-year-old, grown-ass man — but I want to hide somewhere [when I hear it],” Van Der Beek quipped, while promoting his hilarious new comedy, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23. “If I’m in public and the song comes on, my first instinct is to find somewhere to hide — go in a corner, duck behind a rack, run into a dressing room, find the nearest restroom, like, just get out of there.”

“It’s a Pavlovian response, and I think it’s time for me to get over it. [Laughs] But for some reason, it just triggers inside of me. It’s a great song, but … It’s nowhere near my iPod.”

We’ll have more from our interview with James, in which he talks about playing himself on Don’t Trust the B …, his wife’s reaction to seeing Dawson’s Creek for the first time and life with two kids, on Wednesday. In the meantime, have another listen to “I Don’t Want to Wait,” you know, just for old time’s sake.