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James Van Der Beek says his daughter found his cry-face meme and makes use of it on him

The notorious Dawson Leery crying meme has discovered a brand new (and apropos) viewers.

Dawson’s Creek alum James Van Der Beek, the face behind the viral meme, shared that his eldest daughter Olivia, 12, has found the viral meme — and even makes use of it on him when essential.

“For some on-line studying, we acquired [the kids] iPads and they instantly found memes,” Van Der Beek advised PEOPLE. “So it started, my eldest sent me a meme of myself.” When he despatched her a meme of himself dancing, “she immediately hit me with the cry face,” he stated. “I thought, ‘That’s aggressive.'”

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Columbia TriStar Television James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery in ‘Dawson’s Creek’

The dad of six stated that relating to explaining his fame to his youngsters, he tries to be “really honest about all of my experience with it, about what it means and what it doesn’t.” Van Der Beek stated, “It’s been an interesting thing to navigate but I think. . . they only kind of get it.”

As for that enduring meme, it seems a number of of Van Der Beek’s Dawson’s Creek costars weren’t even conscious of its existence — till a number of years in the past, that’s. Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes had been at the hours of darkness about it till EW gathered the forged, which additionally included Joshua Jackson, Busy Philipps, Kerr Smith, Meredith Monroe, and Mary Beth Peil, for the present’s 20th anniversary in 2018.

“I feel like everybody on this show cried more than I did and I was the one who got caught in the loop!” Van Der Beek stated of the meme. Jackson quipped, “It’s not how many times you cried. It’s how you cried.”

Still, Van Der Beek appreciates the meme simply as a lot because the web — and his daughter — does. “I love it. It’s my favorite thing about the whole show,” he joked on the time. “It’s hilarious to me that you can work for six years on a show. . . and it gets boiled down to three seconds. It’s a perfect way-of-the-internet.”

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