Chapter One: I'm a Goofball...
Whenever there's tension on the set of the WB's hit TV series Dawson's Creek, the cast members know to keep their eyes on Joshua Jackson. Guaranteed he'll be the one to crack a joke or flash a moon, just to ease the mood. (In fact, he drops trou so often that his costar Michelle Williams has been quoted as saying, "I've seen that boy's butt more times than I can say. We don't even notice it anymore.") Like his TV alter ego, Pacey Witter, Joshua Jackson is the one the others count on for comic relief.
Being the Dawson's Creek class clown is a badge jocular Josh wears proudly. "I'm a goofball," he admits. "I enjoy laughing, having a good time....I'm generally a boisterous, occasionally obnoxious, guy."
While Josh readily confesses that he "always plays jokes on the grips and electrical guys," he has discovered that the Dawson's Creek crew has a sense of humor all its own. And they're not above matching him gag for gag. As Josh recalled during an interview with E! Online, "In the 'Breakfast Club' episode [in which the show spoofed the famous eighties teen comedy], we run through the hall, and I'm supposed to come crashing through a door. But the grips had locked the door on me, and we did, like a Three Stooges thing with all of us like dominoes hitting the door. After I woke up from the concussion, I thought it was really funny."
Of course, behind every clown's smile is a more serious side. And Josh is no exception. Certainly, he's seen his share of troubles -- particularly his parents' divorce when he was just a kid. That left him with some bitter feelings -- which he still hasn't shaken. But the divorce also left Josh with an undying sense of loyalty toward his mom and sister. He recently told one magazine that family and friends were definitely the most important things in his life. And that's no joke.
Still, even though he's got a totally sensitive side to him Josh isn't the kind of guy who likes to harp on his troubles, or expose his serious perspective too often. He'd rather be the one making people laugh. In interviews he's always the guy with the quickie comeback. In fact, the articles about Josh often read like one giant stand-up routine. Take the time an unsuspecting reporter asked him if he and his Dawson's Creek character Pacey Witter had anything in common.
"We look pretty much the same and we sound very similar," he teased.
But eventually Josh had to admit that the similarities between Pacey and himself are a lot more than skin deep. "I was that guy at 15 and I am that guy now," he says of Pacey. "I haven't been acting for the last few months. I've just been showing up and being myself."
Of course, that's pretty far from the truth. Playing the multidimensional character of Pacey takes plenty of acting talent, and Josh is definitely up to the challenge. It's just that part of what makes him such a phenomenal actor is that he's able to draw from his own experiences to make the character seem so real.
And that's not where the similarities end. Josh is also able to look into his own closet to find Pacey's signature style. A lack of concern for fashion is something both Josh and Pacey share.
"Most people call my style of dress slovenly -- I call it extremely casual," Josh insists.
Dawson's Creek costume designer Alonzo Wilson has picked up on Josh's personal style and carried it into Pacey's personal look. "Pacey would probably put together an outfit from a thrift store," he told Teen People. "There's no way it would be straightforward. He'd want something that would set him apart."
Of course these days Joshua Jackson doesn't need clothes to set him apart. With a starring role in a hit TV show, and nearly twenty movies already under his belt, Josh is without a doubt the hottest rising star of the new millennium. In fact, in March 2000, he was named Superstar of Tomorrow at the annual Young Hollywood Awards. That was no small feat, considering he was up against such talented actors as Mark Wahlberg and Freddie Prinze, Jr.
But Movieline magazine, which sponsored the Young Hollywood Awards, did make one mistake when handing the trophy to Joshua Jackson. After all, as his millions of fans will tell you, why wait until tomorrow? Josh is a superstar right now!
Copyright © 2000 by Nancy Krulik