Despite the two girls having wildly different personalities and temperaments, Audrey and Joey end up developing a strong friendship that lasts from Audrey’s time as an extra to the end of the series. She’s outgoing, talkative, and promiscuous, but in the end, she’s a good friend who always had Joey’s back.
During just the span of season five, she went from a background character to being added to the main credits, and she becomes a regular member of the kids. She starts a relationship with Pacey (doesn’t everybody?), but it doesn’t last very long. Pacey’s heart was never in the relationship and is relieved when it ends.
Pacey's older brother is a by-the-book cop who struggles to keep Pacey in line. Much of the tension between the two brothers is how willing Pacey is to bend the rules, while Doug doesn't enjoy having to put up with his teenage misbehavior. While Doug does care about Pacey in a stern way, Pacey's tendencies create plenty of tension between the two.
Despite never exhibiting any of the stereotypes, many people are quick to comment on Doug's sexuality. This continues up until the series finale when Doug finally comes out rather than lose his relationship with Jack.
Dylan Neal Playing Doug
After finally hanging up his pressed, tight police uniforms when the show ended, Dylan Neal went on to appear in plenty of TV movies, had a role in “Blood Ties” during 2007, and even appeared in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” as the deity Hermes.
This journeyman actor is one of those guys who seem to have been in one episode of everything, including “Arrow” as Dr. Anthony Ivo, “Cedar Grove” as Jack Griffith, and “The Gourmet Detective” as Henry Ross. His biggest role in recent years was as Bob, Anastasia's stepfather, in “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”
Busy Philipps Playing Audrey
True to her name, Philipps is keeping herself busy. She held a talk show, “Busy Tonight,” with herself as the host and has had numerous projects in the works. She was in plenty of big movies, including “Made of Honor,” “He's Just Not That Into You,” and “White Chicks” as Karen, one of the titular chicks.
Before jumping over to “Dawson's Creek,” she was a big part of the show “Freaks and Geeks,” appearing as Kim Kelly. Her other biggest role was “Cougar Town,” from 2009 to 2015 when she played Laurie Keller for more than a hundred episodes. She and Michelle Williams are still friends.
Pacey didn't fit in with his family at all — they saw him as an embarrassment and a failure. It's why he was so close to his friends and why insulting or attacking one of them, especially a love interest, was such a bad idea. Still, the show treated him as the punching bag, having one mishap after another happen to him, despite him being charming, attractive, funny, and witty.
He wasn't very smart, at least compared to his sister Gretchen, and was often foolish, contrasting his older brother Doug, who was a police officer. Despite all of this, he wins Joey's affection by the end of the season.