Then: Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams, who has secured herself as a Hollywood household name following the success of her role as Jen in 'Dawson's Creek', was just 18-years-old when the hit TV series first went to air.
Now: Michelle Williams
It's hard to not know who Michelle Williams is, but in case you've been living under a rock, the star is a veteran of the silver screen. Since 'Dawson's Creek' wrapped up filming, William's has starred in a string of successful films, including 'Brokeback Mountain', 'My Week With Marilyn' and 'Blue Valentine', all three of which earnt her Academy Award nominations. The blonde-beauty also began dating Aussie-actor Heath Ledger after the pair met whilst filming 'Brokeback Mountain' in 2004. The pair have a child together, Matilda Ledger, who was born in 2005, two years before the couple amicably split. After Heath Ledger's untimely death in 2008, William's retreated from the limelight and expressed heartbreak and grief over Ledger's death. Since then, Williams has continued to star in groundbreaking films, including 'Manchester By The Sea' (2016), for which the actress is expected to earn her 4th Oscar nomination.
Then: Katie Holmes
American-actress Katie Holmes scored her role as Joey Potter on 'Dawson's Creek' when she was just 20-years-of-age. The dark-haired beauty made a name for herself as a result of the show's global success.
Now: Katie Holmes
Since the season finale of 'Dawson's Creek' in 2003, Katie Holme's has had a career - and personal life - worth talking about. The famed actress, who is now in her late thirties, is best known for her roles in 'Batman Begins' and 'Phone Booth'. After dating, marrying and divorcing actor Chris Klein between 2000 and 2005, Katie Holmes met Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise, with whom she converted from Roman Catholicism to Scientology for. The 'Jerry Maguire' actor famously professed his love for Holmes on national television during an appearance on 'Oprah', where he strangely jumped up and down and repeatedly screamed "I love Katie Holmes, I love Katie Holmes". The pair have a child together, Suri Cruise, who was born in 2006. Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in 2012 and has since left the Church of Scientology. Holmes is set to star in three upcoming movies, all set for 2017 release.
Then: Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson played the character Pacey Witter. Jackson was originally only meant to play a minor character in the show but due to his popularity in the media, the writers decided to give his character a bigger role.
Now: Joshua Jackson
After Dawson's Creek, Jackson appeared in several TV shows such as Fringe, The Affair and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He also appeared in films such as Cruel Intentions, The Skulls and Ocean's 11 where he played himself. Jackson also dated co-star Katie Holmes from 1998-1999. Jackson was in a relationship with actress Dianne Kruger for ten years before announcing their split in 2016.
Then: Kerr Smith
Smith started to appear in the second season of the show where he played a sixteen year old high school student Jack McPhee. In Season 3, Smith made history by being the first man to have an on-screen gay kiss on US television.
Now: Kerr Smith
After Dawson's Creek, Smith has starred in a few television shows such as CSI: Miami, NCIS and Criminal Minds. Smith married Canadian born actress Harmoni Everett in 2003 but divorced in 2009 due to irreconcilable differences. Smith is a licensed pilot and enjoys flying in his spare time.
Then: James Van Der Beek
Van Der Beek played the title role of Dawson Leary which launched Van Der Beek into a household name.
Now: James Van Der Beek
Van Der Beek starred in a teen football drama called Varsity Blues, where he won an MTV movie award for his role. In 1999, Van Der Beek was included in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the world" list. Since Dawson's Creek, he has starred in numerous films such as Scary Movie, Texas Rangers, and Labor day. Van Der Beek has also been in several TV shows such as Ugly Betty, One Tree Hill, How I Met Your Mother and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. His most recent role is playing the character Elijah Mundo in CSI: Cyber.