If there is one thing that makes James Van Der Beekmost proud, it’s the role he plays as the dad of his five kids. The beloved Dawson’s Creek alum became a father for the first time in 2010 after he and Kimberly Brook welcomed their first child, Olivia Van Der Beek.
Since then, the 42-year-old hunk and his gorgeous wife have become the parents of five little bundle of joys. In 2013, James — who is also the dad of Joshua Van Der Beek, 7; Annabel Leah Van Der Beek, 5; Emilia Van Der Beek, 3; and Gwendolyn Van Der Beek, 1 — opened up about the transition of becoming a parent.
“I think fatherhood changes you from the inside out,” the Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 actor gushed to People at the time. “It’s not this thing where you think, ‘Oh, I have to be responsible, I have to take more on.’ You just want to, almost automatically.”
The Varsity Blues actor and his producer wife became parents after welcoming their first child, daughter Olivia in 2010. In 2018, the proud papa shared an adorable photo holding his eldest child.
“Seven years into #parenthood, I’m realizing more and more that all that really matters … are the moments of connection,” James gushed on Instagram. “So when they happen, give yourself permission to wipe everything off the table and be 100 percent fully present for them. They’ll make the days happier, and the years worthwhile.”
James and Kimberly welcomed their second child, son Joshua, in 2012. Not long after becoming a dad of two, the handsome hunk opened up about welcoming his first son.
“I’m just in love,” James gushed to Us Weekly at the time, adding that he “absolutely” adores being a father. “You don’t realize it until it actually happens and then it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s what they were talking about.'”
Kim and James welcomed their third baby, daughter Annabel, in 2014. Being the father to so many kiddos must be confusing at times, especially when your little ones look so alike! This past March, The Rules of Attraction actor shared a throwback photo of one of his children and admitted that he had no idea who it was.
“Came across this pic today,” James wrote in the caption. “If I’m being completely honest… I have no idea which kid this is. But reasonably sure it’s mine.” After some detective work, he realized that the baby in the pic was Annabel thanks to the time stamp. Ha!
The loving couple welcomed their fourth child, daughter Emilia, in 2017. Twelve months later, James shared the first-ever photo of his youngest child to mark her 1st birthday. “One year ago today, I got to meet this sweet, determined, magical little soul,” he captioned a sweet shot of his baby girl.
“Just when I thought nobody could follow my other girls… along came Emilia. Never ceases to amaze me just how much a child can expand your heart. #OrHowIncredibleMyWifeIs #blessed #grateful,” the actor concluded. So sweet!
James and Kimberly welcomed their fifth child, daughter Gwendolyn, on June 15, 2018. “Every child awakens a different energy in you … and this one has been bringing up the truth ever since we found out she was on her way,” the actor said in a statement on the day of her birth. Like her older siblings Emilia, Annabel and Josh, Gwendolyn was born at their home with a doctor and midwife on-hand. The couple’s oldest child, Olivia, was born in a hospital.
Prior to welcoming their fifth child, James and Kimberly candidly revealed that she suffered three miscarriages when first starting out their family.