Katie Holmes Uncovers a Dawson’s Creek WhatsApp Group Chat She Was Unaware Of

Katie Holmes discovers a long-running Dawson’s Creek WhatsApp group she wasn’t aware of.


Katie Holmes, beloved for her portrayal of Joey Potter on the iconic 90s television series Dawson’s Creek, recently discovered a surprising piece of information about her former co-stars.

In an interview with The Times, Holmes, 45, revealed she was completely unaware of a long-standing WhatsApp group chat involving the cast, a revelation that came with a dose of playful surprise.

While Holmes admitted to staying in touch with several of her Dawson’s Creek colleagues, including Joshua Jackson, James Van Der Beek, and Michelle Williams, she confessed that WhatsApp isn’t her preferred method of communication.

“All of us text every now and then, but I wasn’t aware of the WhatsApp,” Holmes shared. She added with a hint of mock outrage, “Really?”

For Holmes, the constant notifications from WhatsApp can be overwhelming. “I never check it because it’s a little too much,” she explained.

Joshua Jackson and Katie Holmes in 'Dawson's Creek'. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, FRED NORRIS/WARNER BROS TV/KOBAL/SHUTTERSTOCK)
Joshua Jackson and Katie Holmes in ‘Dawson’s Creek’. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, FRED NORRIS/WARNER BROS TV/KOBAL/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Despite her aversion to the app, she emphasized that the bond among the cast remains strong, even as they’ve all grown up and become busier with their own lives.

Reflecting on her time on Dawson’s Creek, Holmes credited the show with influencing her sense of style. Working closely with costume designers on the series helped her appreciate the significance of clothing in storytelling.

“I feel my education in clothes and their meaning came out of working in television and movies,” she said. “I fell in love with thinking like that, and letting the clothes really dictate a certain part of someone’s essence.”

Dawson’s Creek, which aired from 1998 to 2003 on the WB (now the CW), holds a special place in Holmes’ heart. The show not only marked her career but also helped her navigate the complex emotions of her own teenage years.

In a previous interview with Glamour, Holmes described how the series helped her understand and articulate her feelings as she transitioned from girlhood to womanhood.

“I felt like, as a teenager, I had so many different feelings, trying to go from being a girl to a woman,” Holmes said. “And I felt like [showrunner Kevin Williamson] had this way of putting words to those feelings.”

Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes in February 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MATTEO PRANDONI/BFA.COM/SHUTTERSTOCK)
Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes in February 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MATTEO PRANDONI/BFA.COM/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Holmes also shared that playing Joey Potter was a therapeutic experience that helped her process her real-life teenage challenges. “For me, playing that role, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s what that means. Oh, I get that.’ I loved doing it. It was a really fun, profound experience,” she told Glamour.

The lasting impact of Dawson’s Creek on its audience continues to amaze Holmes. Even two decades after the show’s finale, it retains a dedicated fan base.

During an appearance on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show in April 2023, Holmes expressed her astonishment at the show’s enduring popularity.

“It’s pretty wild,” she said. “I mean, I’m kind of amazed that people are connecting to it — only because the world was, it was right before phones and … before the internet really took off and social media, and life now is so different than the simplicity that was portrayed between this group of friends.”

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Holmes’ sentiments highlight a significant shift in the way people connect and communicate today compared to the era of Dawson’s Creek.

The simplicity and intimacy of the show’s portrayal of friendship and personal growth stand in stark contrast to the digitally connected, fast-paced world of the present.

This nostalgia for a simpler time likely contributes to the show’s continued resonance with audiences, both old and new.

As Holmes navigates her career and personal life post-Dawson’s Creek, she remains grateful for the opportunities and lessons the show afforded her.

While she may not be the most active participant in the cast’s WhatsApp group chat, her bond with her former co-stars and the impact of her role as Joey Potter remain undeniable.

And for fans of Dawson’s Creek, the enduring appeal of the show is a testament to its timeless exploration of youth, friendship, and the journey to adulthood.

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