The likely final season of Dawson's Creek gets underway tonight with a special two-hour episode that finds one of the show's longest story arcs the love saga of Dawson and Joey coming full circle. Finally, after six years of foreplay, the angst-ridden duo finally get it on.
But for Joey's portrayer, Katie Holmes, the long-awaited tryst didn't get her all hot and bothered. "It was like kissing your brother!" she laughs of co-star James Van Der Beek, adding, "I love when Dawson and Joey are together; it's fun to play. They have this really strange, manipulative relationship.
"Things don't particularly work out," she adds of the inevitable post-coital fall-out. Holmes also reveals that Joey's life is further complicated by a new professor (played by One Life to Live's Roger Howarth), who she says "isn't as nice as the old ones. Joey's going to have a tougher, more realistic year."
Adding to the angst: Holmes confirms that this will "probably be the last season" for the WB soap. But the actress who stars opposite Benjamin Bratt in the psychological thriller Abandon (in theaters Oct. 18) won't necessarily turn her back on TV once the sun sets on Creek. "This business is such a privilege to be in," she says diplomatically. "I don't think that just because you're on television, it makes you less of an actor. Acting is acting, and I think everyone's pretty lucky to be where they are."