James Van Der Beek Was Once On “Clarissa Explains It All”

It was adorable and amazing.

1. In 1993, five years before James Van Der Beek would become Dawson, he had a guest role as a hot drummer on Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All.

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2. Clarissa and Sam are getting away with hosting a party and Clarissa has dressed as her alter ego, a Long Island rocker named JADE.

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Jade comes over to Dawson after his performance. She’s impressed with his skills despite him looking “so straight.”

3. Early shades of Dawson: Here, James is tortured by another art. His music.

4. Clarissa/Jade REALLY tries to impress him with her badassery.

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He actually seems more uncomfortable than impressed.

5. To view an adorable clip from Dawson’s appearance on Clarissa, see below!

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