Biography: Birth Name: James Van Der Beek
Birth Place: Cheshire, Connecticut, USA
James William Van Der Beek, Jr. was born on March 8, 1977 in Cheshire, CT, the first child of Jim and Melinda Van Der Beek, a businessman and a gymnastics studio operator, respectively. By junior high school, Van Der Beek had become a regular honor roll student and also gravitated to athletics, but a concussion playing football when he was 13 prompted doctors to sideline him for the year. He took up acting instead, soon finding himself earning prominent roles in school productions. A few years later, he convinced his mother, a former Broadway dancer, to help him locate an agent. He peppered his off-Broadway theater work with the occasional foray onto the screen, including a guest shot on the...
James Van Der Beek #FlashbackFriday Corduroy bucket hat and glasses #IntellectualFishermanLook #NeverForget
Heard @justinbieber declared he's not taking selfies with fans anymore... Back in the olden times, when I couldn't go out without getting stopped for pics & autographs, I actually resorted to this look to hide.
I remember feeling like a circus animal, feeling like people didn't give a shit about me as a human being. I remember thinking all they wanted was a pic and wouldn't care if I got hit by a bus afterwards. I felt all that. I get it.
But here's the deal: You're able to make somebody very happy by doing something very simple. And that's a gift. And that's all it is. That's the advice Jon Voight gave me... And it turns out, he's right. It's not about what you take from the interaction, it's about what you give.
It's easy to call Beiber a selfish asshole. Easy to have zero sympathy for a famous rich kid who doesn't want to take pictures with excited little girls... But having tasted a little bit of what he seems to be drowning in... I just wanted to insert a little perspective. Fame isn't "hard"... But it's tricky. There are a lot of potholes, and if you're not surrounded by the right inner circle, you'll trip.
I think the real life lesson here is: Don't wear bucket hats. They're not a great look for anybody but fishermen. 😉👍