When Dawson's Creek kicks off its sixth and likely final season, viewers will see a new face gracing the opening credits. Freaks and Geeks alum Busy Philipps. And not to be vain, but the actress who joined the WB sudser last season as Pacey's new flame Audrey admits she's relishing the added visibility.
"I'm so excited because I totally got screwed on Freaks and Geeks," she tells TV Guide Online. "I never got my picture in the opening because they added me later on as a series regular. So, I've never actually had that. And regardless of what people say, that stuff totally matters.
"It was a contractual thing," she adds of her well-deserved Creek promotion. "I became a series regular, so they had to put my face up there."
And to think, Phillips was only supposed to be a momentary diversion in Pacey's life. "I really wasn't expecting that much," she confesses. "I was expecting, like, a gig like I'd go in, do six episodes and leave. And then the first six episodes turned into 18, and I was just there the whole time. It's just crazy."
Although the 23-year-old Arizona native says she became "insta-buddies" with co-star Michelle Williams, some of her closest relationships were formed away from show's Wilmington, N.C., set. "I made a lot of local friends," she reveals, "which I think was something that only I was able to do, because I came onto the show and nobody in the town knew who I was. I have a couple of friends that work at the record store and another friend is a local artist. They're all really cool."