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Joshua Jackson's Transformation From Pacey to Perfect Man

Jun 11 2014 - 7:03pm

Joshua Jackson [1] first won our hearts as the adorable Pacey Witter [2] on Dawson's Creek — OK, and maybe in The Mighty Ducks, too — but we never could have imagined how gorgeous he would grow up to be. He turns 36 on Wednesday and looks hotter than ever. Over the past 15 years, Josh has become one of Hollywood's sexiest guys while still maintaining the sweet charm from his early years. Keep reading to see his transformation, including his bleach-blond days, his introduction to bow ties, and that amazing smile that's had us crushing for more than a decade.

Back in 1999, he was Dawson's adorable BFF Pacey.

He wore clothes that were a little too big for him, but it was endearing.

But, um, this bleached look. Why, Joshua, why?

When he went dark again, suddenly things were all better.

He had some interesting experiments with scarves in 2004.

When he started dating Diane Kruger in 2006, he cleaned up his act.

Is it just us, or did he get hotter as soon as he was taken?

You always want what you can't have.

Hello, sexy stare! Joshua mastered this one in 2008.

And as his scruff grew, so did our love for him.

His goofball side made him even more attractive.

And his chivalry? Let's just say we were head over heels by 2010.

This is coincidentally when he started wearing bow ties.

And in 2010, he also worked the steps of his first Met Gala. Have mercy.

His fashion was never boring, and who can deny this man in a suit?

This 2011 photo of him cracking up still makes us smile.

He could really make anything look superhot at this point.

It doesn't hurt when he hangs out with other sexy stars — like James Marsden.

Two is always better than one.

By 2012, there was no doubt about it — Josh was one of Hollywood's hottest guys.

And yes, he and Diane were still totally in love. But that was OK.

When it comes down to it, though, it's all about that megawatt smile.

It came out to play when he was grinning at Coachella.

And then he showed off his smirk with Diane.

And looked casually cool walking down the street in this hat.

Sugar, sugar, how you get so fly?

And for the record, him being half of a power couple just makes us love him more.

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