Actor James van der Beek does not regret moving from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas.
Van Der Beek shared that the move was “grounding” for his family.
“I know it’s been really centering for me and I feel like it’s been grounding for the kids, and a different kind of education that we could never have given them in a classroom,” he told People magazine.
In June, the actor got candid with Fox News Digital about the quality time he spends with his six children and wife Kimberly, whom he married in 2010.
“We love it. We have a lot more space,” Van Der Beek explained at the time. “We all need a more direct connection to nature. It’s been a really great step and the kids are very happy.”
Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly made the decision moving to Texas from Los Angeles in 2020. His reasoning for the move focused on the family’s desire to be closer to nature. The ‘Rules of Attraction’ star explains that life has been ‘very different’ so far.
“The parks were great,” he told Fox News Digital. “We’ve been to state parks and the national parks. It’s just one of the benefits of getting out of the big city that we got to a place where we could just have more space right outside our door. It’s a very, it’s a very different life.”
The ‘Dawson Creek’ star revealed to People magazine that she was left behind California city moving to a more rural setting has been the biggest change. “Just the things that we’re all aware of, like what phase the moon is in because we’re coming out, we’re looking at it,” he said.
“I feel like we have a relationship with these natural cycles happening,” he continued of his family’s decision to move to Texas.
“Rain in LA, it was like, ‘Ah, man, I’m 20 minutes late because it’s raining.’ Here it is a gift from heaven’, shared Van Der Beek.
The actor and his wife, Kimberly, have six children: Olivia, 12, Joshua, 10, Annabel, 8, Emilia, 6, Gwendolyn, 4, and Jeremiah, 1.
“They jump around. They sing ‘rain, rain come today’ and run away in it, because we need it,” said Van Der Beek about his children. “It just connected us, not just to nature, but to the natural life cycles all around us.”
The “Varsity Blues” actor noted that leaving the busy city of Los Angeles behind also meant leaving food delivery options behind.
“One of the things that we completely lost after moving to Texas was any kind of food delivery,” he said. “So we’ve started cooking a lot more, and the kids are really getting used to it.”
The Van Der Beek family recently celebrated Jeremiah’s first birthday in Texas.
“I mean, this is going to sound weird, but when he arrived, we were really like, ‘Oh my God, how did we exist without him?'” Van der Beek said. “Which is insane because we have five kids before that. But considering everything we’ve been through leading up to him, the fact that he was a boy was so healing for us. And he anchors the family in a really beautiful way.”
He continued, “Everything is really bigger in Texas. He’s by far the biggest baby we’ve ever made. He’s truly been a blessing. Whatever he costs to sleep – and still costs to sleep – he’s just worth it.”
Lauryn Overhultz of Fox News Digital contributed to this report