James Van Der Beek reveals his run-in with the Trump, talks upcoming role in ‘Pose’

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PASADENA, Calif. – James Van Der Beek’s latest role has an interesting connection with President Trump.

The “Dawson’s Creek” alum plays a character named Matt in Ryan Murphy’s new FX series, “Pose”, a series set in the 80s about Manhattan ball culture world, which are produced during the city’s real estate boom.

The show will feature the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles.

Van Der Beek plays a character closely linked to the president of the United States.

“I play Donald Trump’s right-hand man, working in the Trump Tower, and Evan Peters’ [character] comes in the interviews and for a job. I don’t know what I should say, but I know that I can say. We never see Donald Trump. He is like Oz. He is always behind the curtain, but I am his right hand,” Van Der Beek told reporters during the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, a few months before the premiere.

Van Der Beek expressed disappointment when Trump won the election, writing on Twitter, “Feeling a lot of pain tonight… trying to make sense of it. I feel the anger… trying to see a way out of it. Maybe it’s too soon…”

He told reporters that he once walked into Trump at a party.

“I have [to Trump] at an Oscar party years ago,” he said. “It was a two second death. He pretended to [recognize me] if he did not know.”

Now, he plays a character set in Trump’s business empire in the years ’80. He said that the role of the one he was well prepared.

“I come from Connecticut. As a straight, white, cisgender, born-Christian white man. I grew up in the ’80s; I felt that I knew a lot of these people,” he said. “I felt like I knew a lot of these guys who… got the right job that paid a lot of money right away.”

The show is also being investigated, or any other community, he explained.

“We talk about the two… realities, in Manhattan, at the time-one of them is the wealth, the Trump-era real estate boom, and the other is the ballroom of the community, and how these two communities existed at exactly the same time in this tiny island of Manhattan, and how they go against each other.”

Van Der Beek most recently starred in “What Would diplo Do?” and this role was a big change for him, but the 41-year-old actor said that he loves challenging roles.

“I always have to shake it up. I can’t do the same thing more than twice without getting bored or too crazy.”

“Pose” premieres on FX on June 3.

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