Joshua Jackson rose to prominence as Pacey Witter on “Dawson’s Creek”, and in the years since, he has appeared on shows such as “Fringe and The Affair”. He began his career as a teen idol, but he’s evolved into so much more.
Even though he grew up in the spotlight, Jackson maintains a low profile, and many people are unaware of how interesting his life has been. Here are some fun facts about him.
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Joshua Jackson
1. Arrested In 2002
Jackson was arrested for drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey game in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2002. He was charged with assault, and tests performed on the actor in jail revealed that his blood-alcohol level was 0.14 percent. 
2. Kicked Out Of Multiple High Schools
In an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in 2018, Jackson discussed his academic struggles. The actor revealed that he was expelled from high school twice. 
3. Acting From A Teenage
Jackson’s first acting credit was in 1991, so he’s spent the majority of his life on the stage. He had his breakthrough role in Disney’s “The Mighty Ducks” at the age of 14, which was only his third job. Despite beginning as a young adolescent, Jackson considers his current era to be the best of his career. 
4. Had Learn Sign Language
In the 2018 Broadway revival of “Children of a Lesser God,” Jackson played James Leeds, a speech teacher who falls in love with one of his deaf students. Jackson had to learn sign language for the role because his character communicates in both spoken and signed English, which took him about a year.
5. Dyed His Hair In Protest Of TV Network
On “Dawson’s Creek,” Jackson quickly learned the responsibilities of being a teen star, including not changing his appearance between seasons, as producers and The WB requested. Jackson, ever the boy who skipped school to stay up late watching Jon Stewart, chose not to play by the network’s rules. “I had dyed my hair, sort of in protest because it was annoying how much The WB always wanted to be on top of our follicles,” he said in an Esquire magazine YouTube video. 
6. Struggle With Early Fame And Fortune
Jackson’s success on “Dawson’s Creek” and rapid rise to fame caused him to struggle with his new life, particularly the financial aspect. When it comes to the fame factor, Jackson appears to have had an easier time adjusting. His celebrity has only grown, but unlike many teen idols, Jackson has managed to stay out of trouble.
7. Loves Fatherhood
Being a father is something Jackson has talked about frequently and passionately. Since the birth of his child in April 2020, while filming “Dr. Death” and dealing with a global pandemic. Jackson also attributes his ability to take on such a difficult role as someone so irredeemable to the love of his young family. 
8. Studied Up On Surgeries And Surgical tools for “Dr. Death”
Jackson plays a narcissistic neurosurgeon known for botching spinal surgeries and leaving patients disabled or dead in “Dr. Death”. Jackson’s pre-role work included visiting hospitals and observing actual spine surgeries.