James Van Der Beek says eldest daughter Olivia, 12, ribbed him with crying meme of HIMSELF

James Van Der Beek reveals eldest daughter Olivia, 12, ribbed him by sending him the famous meme of HIMSELF crying on Dawson’s Creek

He helps raise a whopping six children. 

And James Van Der Beek revealed that his firstborn Olivia, 12, not only understands his fame – but has also learned how to use it against him.

James, 45, dished to People that Olivia recently ribbed him by sending him a notorious meme of himself melodramatically crying on Dawson’s Creek.    

Father of six: James Van Der Beek revealed that his firstborn Olivia, 12, not only understands his fame - but has also learned how to use it against him

Father of six: James Van Der Beek revealed that his firstborn Olivia, 12, not only understands his fame – but has also learned how to use it against him

Iconic: James, 45, dished to People that Olivia recently ribbed him by sending him a notorious meme of himself melodramatically crying on Dawson's Creek

Iconic: James, 45, dished to People that Olivia recently ribbed him by sending him a notorious meme of himself melodramatically crying on Dawson’s Creek

‘For some online learning, we got them iPads and they immediately discovered memes. So it started, my eldest sent me a meme of myself,’ he shared.

James gamely replied by sending Olivia a meme ‘of me dancing or something,’ only for her to ‘immediately hit me with the cry face.’

The anecdote raised a laugh out of James as he discussed his precocious daughter and added: ‘I thought: “That’s aggressive.”‘

He married his second and current wife Kimberly Brook at a kabbalah center in Tel Aviv in 2010 while she was heavily pregnant with Olivia.

Happy couple: He married his second and current wife Kimberly Brook at a kabbalah center in Tel Aviv in 2010 while she was heavily pregnant with Olivia

Happy couple: He married his second and current wife Kimberly Brook at a kabbalah center in Tel Aviv in 2010 while she was heavily pregnant with Olivia

They quickly welcomed six children into the world together – Olivia, 12, Joshua, 10, Annabel, eight, Emilia, six, Gwendolyn, four, and Jeremiah, one.

Joshua, as the second oldest, became rapidly acclimatized to his father’s notoriety – in fact much more quickly than James himself did. 

‘My son can sniff out when we walk into a restaurant and somebody recognizes me – the skill that took me like 20 years to learn. And he just gets it: “Daddy, those ladies at the table right now? They know.” It’s interesting.’

He tries to get his children used to the idea of a celebrity parent by being ‘really honest about all of my experience with it, about what it means and what it doesn’t.’

Family photo: They quickly welcomed six children into the world together - Olivia, 12, Joshua, 10, Annabel, eight, Emilia, six, Gwendolyn, four, and Jeremiah, one

Family photo: They quickly welcomed six children into the world together – Olivia, 12, Joshua, 10, Annabel, eight, Emilia, six, Gwendolyn, four, and Jeremiah, one

The family decamped to Austin in September 2020 during the coronavirus lockdowns and have lived happily there ever since.

‘We love it. We have a lot more space,’ he gushed to Fox News Digital earlier this year. ‘We all need a more immediate connection to nature. It’s been a really, really great move and the kids are really happy.’

More recently he explained: ‘I know for me, it’s been really centering and I feel like for the kids, it’s been grounding, and a different kind of education that we never could have offered them in a classroom.’

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