The tale starts innocently enough. "I was in Vegas one New Year's and somebody came by and said, ''N SYNC wants to meet you!' And at the time, 'N SYNC was the second to Backstreet Boys, it was before they had blown up," the Dawson's Creek star recalled. "I met them and they were so sweet, they were so nice. They were such cool kids and I immediately liked them.
"That night we were all going to some club and they were all too young. So I went in and somehow passed my ID back so that Justin could get in with my ID. And then Justin got in and then tried to pass it off to Lance [Bass] to get in. By the third time [the bouncers] saw a James Van Der Beek ID, they were like, 'Ah, I don't think so, James.'"