James Van Der Beek's Texas Freeze Experience Was So Unexpected & Dealt With It Like A Celeb

He even met a stranger in a parking lot for an equipment trade.

James Van Der Beek in a beanie and scarf. Right: Van Der Beek fixing his chimney.
Texas Staff Writer

James Van Der Beek in a beanie and scarf. Right: Van Der Beek fixing his chimney.

We love when celebrities move to Texas because we get a glimpse of how they make their lives here, and particularly how they deal with the state's interesting weather.

Actor James Van Der Beek moved to Austin, TX in 2020, and since then, he's provided us with funny commentary on life in the Lone Star State — including, but not limited to, his hatred for our fire ants — and we're so here for it.

He recently shared his experience before the most recent freeze on social media, and the story, which includes meeting a complete stranger, is just too good not to share.


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In the Dawson's Creek star's TikTok video, he revealed he needed some tools to get his wood-burning stove to work before the frigid, below-freezing temperatures hit the state.

This included what he called a "drug deal for fireplace parts" that required meeting a complete stranger who had what he needed the ol' Texas way: via trade-off in a parking lot.

"Yes, I used whatever celebrity I have to convince someone to meet me in a parking lot," he joked.

Van Der Beek and the stranger he met.Van Der Beek and the stranger he met.vanderjames | TikTok

The parking lot trade was successful, and the actor and his family got to enjoy nice fires for the three days of the year a person can actually use a fireplace here.

TikTok users are now joking about how the celeb went about obtaining the part.

"That is also how you buy tamales in Texas," a user wrote, to which Van Der Beek replied with a laughing emoji.

Brittany Cristiano
Texas Staff Writer
Brittany Cristiano was a Staff Writer for Narcity’s USA Desk focused on viral TikToks, and trending local characters in the Southern United States. She is based in Houston, Texas.