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Van Der Beek Owns 'DWTS' on 'Apartment 23'

By ROBERT PACE

December 11, 2012

James Van Der Beek has yet to take on Dancing with the Stars in real life but he gets an opportunity to do so while playing a caricature version of himself on Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.

"The real me has never done 'Dancing with the Stars' but that doesn't mean the 'Apartment 23' me can't do it," Van Der Beek said of the upcoming episode. "The 'Apartment 23' version of me a kind of an attention whore...He gets offered 'Dancing with the Stars' and immediately he takes it incredibly seriously."

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The former Dawson's Creek star revealed that it took him about two months to perfect the dance moves with a professional choreographer. As Van Der Beek displays in the clip shown in the video, he has some impressive dance moves, and while he doesn't have the time to compete on the real Dancing, he doesn't rule out the possibility of joining the show in the future.

"I'm pretty busy right now, but we'll see. It could be fun," the 35-year-old actor said. "I have been asked [before]; I've always been too busy working...I've talked to people who've done it [and] they said it's the craziest thing they've ever done, but it looks like it would be fun."

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Competing against Van Der Beek in the faux Dancing with the Stars is Dean Cain, who is paired with real-life Dancing professional Karina Smirnoff, whom Van Der Beek said he like to dance with if selected for the show.

"I think both James and Dean are doing amazing," Smirnoff said. "The cha-cha is a hard dance...James is doing a lot of hip action that I did not see on 'Dawson's Creek.'"

"James is so funny in this show and he's so good in his dance," Cain added. "When we're sitting here watching him and reacting like he's fantastic, he really is fantastic. It's something to see. I got to take my hat off [to him]."

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Check out the video for a preview and watch the full Dancing with the Stars episode of Don' Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 tonight at 9:30 on ABC.

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