In my imagination, I see James Van Der Beek shedding a single tear. Like that Indian guy on the littering commercial.

That’s because Michelle Williams, his former Dawson’s Creek costar, is all but disavowing her six-season — six! — tenure as vampy Jen Lindley on the WB teen soap. After nabbing a deserved Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her quietly powerful performance in Brokeback Mountain this week, she used precious column inches in both USA Today and the Los Angeles Times to dis the days of Capeside yore.

On selecting movie roles, she told the Times: “Being on a show like Dawson’s Creek for so long … you spend so much of the year doing something you are not entirely invested in. So when you devote yourself to nine months of the year to that kind of work, you have to make awfully certain that you spend the three precious months off in a way that’s true and not time-wasting.” Ouch. What would Pacey say?

To be fair, Williams has some love left for Dawson and Co. “When I do reflect on it, it’s fondly,” she says. “It’s just not often,” she told USA Today. Embrace the Creek, Jen — er, Michelle. It was good to you, and you were good for it. And the producers liked you enough to wait until the last episode to kill you. In TV land, that’s as close to true love as you’re going to find.

(I don’t want to wait… for our lives to be over. I want to know right now; what will it be?)

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