The former Dawson's Creek alumni, 41, and his wife, Kimberly, announced the birth of their baby girl Gwendolyn. Taking to Instagram, the actor joyfully informed fans that his family had grown by one new member.
Thrilled to announce we welcomed a brand new baby girl into the world Friday morning, just in time for #FathersDay 😍 These last few days, as I’ve enjoyed the privilege of making smoothies I know my older kids will like, making my wife red raspberry leaf tea to ease her uterine contractions, spending “boy time” with my son and getting my two year-old down for a nap in the way only I know how... I’ve been heart sick about something. As I write this, kids are being ripped from the arms of their parents. By our government. For the kid’s benefit? No - the opposite - as a purposeful display of cruelty to deter would-be illegal border crossers AND legal asylum seekers (it’s happening to both). And it wouldn’t be honest to wax poetic about my new-baby bliss without speaking up against this atrocity. If we allow our government to de-humanize fathers, and mothers, and children in the name of defending our borders... we’ve lost a huge part what makes those borders worth defending. And even if you don’t believe in karma, or in extending basic human decency to people who didn’t win the geographic birth lottery... even if you’re hard-liner enough to say, “Break the law, suffer the consequences,” shouldn’t the punishment at least fit the crime? And if you’re still cold enough to say, “Well, it’s effective,” consider this: This heinous practice was put into place by our own attorney general (who justified it with a cherry-picked Bible verse), and our president blamed rivals before tweeting his list of legislative demands to be met before he stops it. Regardless of how you feel about immigration, or a wall, or this president... if we say we’re okay with our government using human rights violations as a deterrent or as a bargaining chip... what happens when we find ourselves on the wrong side of the agenda? Either in this administration or the next? This should not be a political issue - it’s a human one. A crime against humanity is a crime against us all. More info in link in my bio. Oh, and @vanderkimberly - you’re a f*cking earth goddess rock star and I’m as in awe of you as I am in love with you. And our new baby’s name is Gwendolyn ❤️ #HappyFathersDay everybody.
Gwendolyn was born on Friday, just in time for Father's Day. She joins sisters Olivia, 7, Annabel, 4, Emilia, 2, and brother Joshua, 6.
According to PEOPLE, the couple had baby Gwendolyn at their home, with the help of a doctor and a midwife. The three children proceeding Gwendolyn were also born at home, but their oldest daughter, Olivia, was born in the hospital.
When Van Der Beek first told fans of his wife's fifth pregnancy, he acknowledged that some might think them crazy for having another child. But he also stated that he was super excited at the news of a new addition and that he was "in awe" of his wife, Kimberly.
Van Der Beek has had a lustrous Hollywood career in not only TV but also in movies. His big break came in the form of Varsity Blues, but most people recognize him from the hit TV series Dawson's Creek. His latest project, Pose, is a drama musical that came out this year. It was created by Ryan Murphy, who is also responsible (along with Brad Falchuck and Ian Brennan) for musical favorites like TV's Glee. The series Pose is set in 1980's New York and features a robust cast of transgender actors. The show explores society life in several factions of New York society and has been getting good reviews from fans and critics alike.
Van Der Beek has proven already that he can sing-- he sang in the theme song Vamprina-- a Disney Junior show that starred himself and Lauren Graham. The pair plays the parts of Boris and Oxana Hauntley, who are parents to the show's namesake.
Although this actor has had incredible success, he also seems to keep his family as his number one priority.
In his Instagram post that announced the birth of his newest daughter, Van Der Beek also took the time to thank his wife. The television star called her an "earth goddess rock star", a touching sentiment from this A-list actor.
Congrats to Van Der Beek family on their newest addition!