Clumsy, sensitive, and socially awkward, Jack just wants to be one of the guys. Joey falls for him in season two, but to the surprise of both members of this short-lived romantic relationship, Jack discovers he is gay shortly thereafter. The show handled the character with surprising deftness and didn’t heap stereotypes on him. He was just another guy.
He becomes one of Jen’s closest friends, and try as he might not to, he attracts plenty of girls both in-universe and out, thanks to both his looks and his personal, attentive nature. He and his sister Andie joined the main characters starting in the second season.
Pacey's Teacher Tamara Jacobs
Born and raised in Manhattan, Tamara relocates to Capeside and flirts with a video store clerk while checking out “The Graduate.” That video store clerk turns out to be Pacey and follows is one of the most controversial plotlines on the show.
She kisses him at the marina after he tries to flirt with her at the movie theater, and later on at school, despite trying to brush him off, she kisses him again. The two end up in a physical relationship and must keep looking over their shoulders to keep the relationship under wraps. Once caught, Pacey says he made up rumors about the relationship to appear cool, saving Tamara from not only firing but jail time.
Leann Hunley Playing Tamara
If you're a fan of the soaps, then Leann Hunley is probably a familiar face. She has been playing Anna DiMera on “Days of Our Lives” for over six hundred episodes, starting in 1982. She was also Dana Waring Carrington in the TV show “Dynasty” and also had a recurring part in “The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo” from 1979 to 1980.
Her very first role was in the classic “Hawaii Five-O” series as Lucy Sutherland, Longworth's secretary. She was also in “Gilmore Girls,” “NCIS,” “7th Heaven,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” and many, many more.
Kerr Smith Playing Jack
Kerr Smith was a standout actor as Jack, who helped the show focus not on his sexuality but on his winning character and friendships. He even made the friendship with old-fashioned Grams seem natural and fun to watch.
Smith appears as Principal Holden Honey on “Riverdale” and also has a recurring part on the show “The Resident” as Jacob Yorn. He had a part in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Life Unexpected” and has plenty of other TV credits under his belt. His first role was from 1996 to 1997 as Ryder Hughes and Teddy Ellison Hughes on “As the World Turns.”
Coming from a dysfunctional family, Jen is the broken bird of the main cast. She was always sarcastic and ready with a witty comment no matter the situation. Though Joey was the main female character, Jen worked the hardest to bring all the different characters together.
She had the biggest social influence among the group, not only becoming the head cheerleader but being voted as Homecoming Queen. However, she was often quiet, kind, and introverted. Unfortunately, the character didn't make it through the end of the show – she collapsed in the final episode of the series, eventually succumbing to a fatal heart condition.