Actor James Van Der Beek doesn’t regret his move from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas.
Van Der Beek shared that the move has been “dramatic” for his family.
“I know for me, it was really grounded and I feel like for the kids, it was grounded and a different kind of education that we could never give them in a classroom,” she told People magazine.
In June, the actor opened up to Fox News Digital about the quality time he spends with his six children and wife Kimberly, whom he married in 2010.
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“We love it. We have a lot more space,” Van Der Beek explained at the time. “We all need a more immediate connection to nature. It’s been a really, really great move and the kids are really happy.”
Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly made the decision to move to Texas from Los Angeles in 2020. His reasoning for the move centered around the family’s desire to be closer to nature. The ‘Rules of Attraction’ star explained that life has been ‘very different’ so far.
“The parks have been amazing,” he told Fox News Digital. “We went to state parks and national parks. It’s just that one of the benefits of getting out of the big city was getting to a place where we could have just had more space right outside our door. It’s very, very different life.”
The ‘Dawson Creek’ star revealed to People magazine that leaving California’s city life behind for a more rural setting was the biggest change. “Just the things that we’re all aware of, like what phase the moon is in why we get out of it, we look at it,” she said.
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“I feel like we have a relationship to these natural cycles that are happening,” she continued of her family’s decision to live in Texas.
“Rain in LA, it was like, ‘Ah, man, I’m going to be 20 minutes late because it’s raining.’ Well, she’s a godsend,” Van Der Beek shared.
The actor and his wife, Kimberly, are parents to 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 they run out, because we need them,” Van Der Beek said of his children. “He just connected us, not just to nature, but to the natural life cycles that surround us.”
The ‘Varsity Blues’ actor noted that leaving the busy city of Los Angeles behind also meant leaving the options for food delivery services behind.
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“One of the things we completely lost after moving to Texas was any kind of food delivery service,” he said. “So we’ve started cooking a lot more, and the kids are really into it.”
The Van Der Beek family recently celebrated Jeremiah’s first birthday in Texas.
“I mean, it’s going to sound weird, but when it came we honestly thought, ‘Oh my God, how did we exist without him?'” Van der Beek said. “Which is insane because we’ve had five kids before that. But given everything we’ve been through before him, him being a boy, it’s been so healthy for us. And he’s anchored the family in a really wonderful way. “
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He continued, “Everything is really bigger in Texas. It’s by far the biggest baby we’ve ever done. It’s really been a blessing. Whatever it costs in sleep — and it’s still costing in sleep — it’s just worth it.” “
Lauryn Overhultz of Fox News Digital contributed to this report