James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater - DWTS 28 Sept 14, 2019 9:03:05 GMT
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James Van Der Beek
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James Van Der Beek is a writer, actor and producer who launched his acting career on the New York stage at age 16 to rave reviews in an original work by Edward Albee. He made his big-screen debut the following year in the movie Angus, but is perhaps best known for starring in the hit films Varsity Blues, the cult classic The Rules of Attraction and as the title character in the series Dawson's Creek, which ran for six seasons and continues to syndicate around the globe.
Most recently, Van Der Beek co-created, wrote, show-ran and starred in Vice's first scripted series, What Would Diplo Do?, which scored over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. He portrayed Matt Bromley in the FX original series Pose from Ryan Murphy, which debuted to critical and commercial acclaim and was nominated for a Golden Globe®, Critics Choice and Gotham Awards, and won a GLAAD Award, AFI Award and a Peabody. Van Der Beek's other television credits include HBO's series Room 104, created by Jay and Mark Duplass; Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23, Friends with Better Lives, Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, among many others. He is also the voice of Boris on Disney Junior's hit animated series Vampirina.
Van Der Beek has done a variety of work on the big screen, including the cult classic Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and the independent films Backwards and Formosa Betrayed, for which he won a Best Actor Award at the San Diego Film Festival in 2009. Van Der Beek played opposite Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman's Labor Day, and Alexander Payne's Downsizing with Matt Damon. Van Der Beek has returned to the stage several times in original work by Lanford Wilson at the Signature Theater in 2003 and in 2013 to star in playwright Joanna Murray-Smith's The Gift at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Van Der Beek lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kimberly, and their five children: Olivia, Joshua, Annabel, Emilia and Gwendolyn.
Originally from Tamworth, a medieval town in the center of England, Emma Slater began dancing at the age of 5. By 10, she had been introduced to Latin and ballroom dance and started to compete shortly thereafter.
Early in her career, Slater was featured in George Michael's music video for "Round Here," as well as popular fitness program "Latinasize with Lilia." In 2005, at just 16 years old, she toured the United Kingdom (including London's West End), the United Arab Emirates and South Africa with the renowned production Simply Ballroom. Later that year, she and her partner won the 2005 British Under 21 Latin American Championship in Blackpool, England. Slater followed this success by winning the 2006 United Kingdom Under 21 Latin American Championships in Bournemouth, England, and by appearing on Strictly Come Dancing: South Africa.
In 2007, Slater was featured in Universal Pictures' big screen adaptation of the hit stage musical Mamma Mia!, and she can also be heard on the film's GRAMMY®-winning soundtrack. She also appeared in London's West End production of Dirty Dancing. Slater continued her stay in London's West End with the shows Cheek to Cheek at The Coliseum and Latin Fever at The Peacock Theatre.
In 2009, she joined Burn the Floor for its tour of China and soon after starred in the show's Broadway incarnation at the Longacre Theatre. Next, Slater appeared on ITV1's Popstars to Operastars multiple times, becoming the program's ballroom advisor before touring the world with Burn the Floor (including stops in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America, Belgium and Holland).
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