James Van Der Beek enjoys last minute DWTS rehearsal... while sparking rumors that Emma Slater is his partner

Dancing With The Stars premieres in just one day on the ABC network. 

So it was no surprise to see season 28 contestant, James Van Der Beek, enjoying a last minute rehearsal on Saturday afternoon. 

The 42-year-old actor was all smiles as he arrived at the Los Angeles studio before sparking rumors that professional star Emma Slater could be his partner as she walked in behind him moments later. 

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Ready for action! James Van Der Beek enjoyed a last minute Dancing With The Stars rehearsal with his rumored partner, Emma Slater, on Saturday

Ready for action! James Van Der Beek enjoyed a last minute Dancing With The Stars rehearsal with his rumored partner, Emma Slater, on Saturday

James kept things very casual, rocking a simple black T-shirt with trousers of the same color. 

He slicked his brunette hair back off of his face and accessorised with a gold necklace and a pair of shades. 

The Dawson's Creek alum came prepared for the session, carrying various bags and items of clothing.

No stress look: James kept things very casual, rocking a simple black T-shirt with trousers of the same color

No stress look: James kept things very casual, rocking a simple black T-shirt with trousers of the same color

Ready for action! James told bystanders that he was prepared for the show and excited

Ready for action! James told bystanders that he was prepared for the show and excited 

Partners? Arriving around the same time as professional dancer, Emma Slater, the duo are rumored to be paired together for the show
Coincidence? And sparking rumors he's been paired with former mirror ball winner Emma Slater, she was spotted arriving at the studio just moments after him

Partners? Arriving around the same time as professional dancer, Emma Slater, the duo are rumored to be paired together for the show 

And sparking rumors he's been paired with former mirror ball winner Emma Slater, she was spotted arriving at the studio just moments after him. 

Emma rocked a white T-shirt and a pair of black tights for the dancing session. 

She accessorised with a fedora hat while styling her brunette tresses out and appearing to be wearing a minimal amount of makeup.  

The professional star too carried quite the load ahead of the session, including a green foam roller. 

Got it all covered: The Dawson's Creek alum came prepared for the session, carrying various bags and items of clothing

Got it all covered: The Dawson's Creek alum came prepared for the session, carrying various bags and items of clothing

Keeping the secret: While the official line-up will be announced during Monday's premiere episode of Dancing With The Stars, Emma's Wikipedia page has confirmed that she's been paired with James

Keeping the secret: While the official line-up will be announced during Monday's premiere episode of Dancing With The Stars, Emma's Wikipedia page has confirmed that she's been paired with James

While the official line-up will be announced during Monday's premiere episode of Dancing With The Stars, Emma's Wikipedia page has confirmed that she's been paired with James. 

When photographers questioned her about the pairing, she couldn't help but share a devious smile.  

Emma has been competing in the show for the past 10 seasons and took home the grand prize during season 24 in 2017, while paired with NFL star, Rashad Jennings. 

2018 saw her teamed with actor, John Schneider, where they placed 7th.  

No novice! Emma has been competing in the show for the past 10 seasons

No novice! Emma has been competing in the show for the past 10 seasons

Winners! Emma took home the grand prize during season 24 in 2017, while paired with NFL star, Rashad Jennings (pictured)

Winners! Emma took home the grand prize during season 24 in 2017, while paired with NFL star, Rashad Jennings (pictured) 

James' appearance comes after it's been revealed the father-of-five was previously offered a spot on the dance floor. 

'This year, the timing was right and I realized I just really, really want to do this,' he told Us Weekly recently.

'I've always loved dancing. I've always loved it. … I love to move, I love music and it's fun,' he said.  

James is currently married to wife Kimberly since 2010, following his divorce from Heather McComb. 

The happy couple are parents to Olivia, 10, Joshua, seven, Annabel, five, Emilia, three, and Gwendolyn, one. 

Family: James is currently married to wife Kimberly since 2010, following his divorce from Heather McComb. The happy couple are parents to Olivia, 10, Joshua, seven, Annabel, five, Emilia, three, and Gwendolyn, one

Family: James is currently married to wife Kimberly since 2010, following his divorce from Heather McComb. The happy couple are parents to Olivia, 10, Joshua, seven, Annabel, five, Emilia, three, and Gwendolyn, one

James Van Der Beek enjoys last minute DWTS rehearsal sparking rumors that Emma Slater is his partner

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