Life is imitating art for James Van Der Beek. The Dawson's Creek star is part of the season 28 cast of Dancing With the Stars, something that was foretold by his former role—as a version of himself—on Don't Trust the B…in Apt. 23.

During the two-season ABC comedy series, Van Der Beek played a version of himself, a close friend of Chloe (Krysten Ritter), who desperately wanted to revitalize his acting career. During the series, he accepted many strange parts, culminating in an appearance on Dancing With the Stars where he competed against fellow 1990s heartthrob Dean Cain of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman fame.

At the time, 2012, Van Der Beek said he wouldn't do Dancing With the Stars. ""It was a blast to film. I had to learn how to dance. It was really funny. I thought it would be a hoot if the fake me went on the fake Dancing With the Stars," Van Der Beek told Parade about his fake time on DWTS.

When asked if he'd do the show in real life, he said, "I think it's more fun to do it this way. You can play it for laughs and not have to do all that work!"

James Van Der Beek, Shanti Lo, Dont Trust The B in Apartment 23

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Well, now he better get to work.

Now a father of five, Van Der Beek told the hosts of Good Morning America he does a lot of dancing with the kids at home. Something tells us the dancing he does in the ballroom will be a little different than the kitchen dance parties.

After his real participation with DWTS was announced, Van Der Beek said he pitched the Don't Trust the B producers on his character doing Dancing as his secret way to do the reality show. Fast forward a couple of years and the actor said he decided to take the chance.

"Back then I was like, 'No, no I wouldn't do it,'" he told E! News. "I think I was probably a little afraid back then because I was just coming out of a career post-teen idol slumber. Fortunately, I'm in a very different place right now. I think I felt secure enough to jump on and do something crazy."

Meet the new cast below.

Mary Wilson

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Ray Lewis

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Lamar Odom

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Kel Mitchell

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Kate Flannery

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James Van Der Beek

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Christie Brinkley

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Ally Brooke

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Karamo Brown

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Lauren Alaina

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Sean Spicer

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The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown


Dancing With the Stars season 28 premieres Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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