Actor James Van Der Beek praises move to Texas from Los Angeles

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 24: James Van Der Beek stops by WarnerMedia Lodge: Elevating Storytelling with AT&T during Sundance Film Festival 2020 on January 24, 2020 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for WarnerMedia and AT&T )

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 24: James Van Der Beek stops by WarnerMedia Lodge: Elevating Storytelling with AT&T during Sundance Film Festival 2020 on January 24, 2020 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for WarnerMedia and AT&T )

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Actor James Van Der Beek recently praised his move to Texas, saying it has changed his life and his children's since moving from Los Angeles. The Dawson's Creek star told PEOPLE this week that the move to Austin has been a "centering" experience for his family.

"I know for me, it's been really centering and I feel like, for the kids, it's been grounding, and a different kind of education that we never could have offered them in a classroom," Van Der Beek said in the interview with PEOPLE.

Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly made the decision to move to Texas from Los Angeles in 2020. The two are parents to six children: Olivia, 12, Joshua, 10, Annabel, 8, Emilia, 6, Gwendolyn, 4, and Jeremiah, 1. He said he moved to center around the family's desire to be closer to nature. He said he loves the quiet of nature compared to the jam-packed city of Los Angeles

"Just the things that we're all aware of, like what phase the moon is in because we come out, we look at it," Van Der Beek shared. "I feel like we have a relationship with these natural cycles that are happening. Rain in L.A., it was like, 'Ah, man I'm gonna be 20 minutes late because it's raining.' Here, it's a godsend."

In the interview, Van Der Beek also pointed out how leaving Los Angeles meant losing many options for food delivery services. He said he and his family cook more and have gained a deeper connection to food with their understanding of how to handle it. 

"One of the things after moving out to Texas that we lost completely was any kind of food delivery service," the Varsity Blues actor said. "So we started cooking a lot more, and the kids are really getting into it."

The family recently celebrated Jeremiah's first birthday, which has been a full-circle moment for all of them.

"Everything really is bigger in Texas. He's by far the biggest baby we've ever made by a long shot," he said. "He's really been a blessing. Whatever he costs in sleep – and is still costing in sleep – he's just well worth it."