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Tony Hale awkward James Van Der Beek Dawson's Creek set

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These days, Tony Hale may feel comfortable starring alongside the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep and American Ultra’s Kristen Stewart, but he wasn’t always so confident around his onscreen partners.

For EW’s Greatest Story Ever Told video series, the actor recalls his first gig playing a doctor on the iconic drama Dawson’s Creek opposite James Van Der Beek. Their first interaction was a little – awkward. But the second? Well, it didn’t go much better. See the full narrative above.

Fans can catch Hale in American Ultra, in theaters now. 

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