Who is Freddie Prinze Jr?
Freddie James Prinze Jr. (born March 8, 1976) is an American talented actor. He has starred in some hit & some regular earned films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), She’s All That (1999), Summer Catch (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), and its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). Prinze has also had recurring and starring roles in television shows, including Friends (2002), Boston Legal (2004), Freddie (2005–06) and 24 (2010). He also provided the voice of Kanan Jarrus in the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.
He lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in his early life and attended three different schools during his childhood: Eldorado, Sandia, and La Cueva. After graduating in 1994, Freddie moved to L.A. to focus on an acting career as found talent on acting inside himself. He immediately garnered featured roles on several episodic series, one of which was an episode of Family Matters: The Gun (1995), in which Freddie had a four-line part playing a punk kid who brought a gun to school. “That was my big break, and I thought it was huge,” says Freddie. He then went on to appear in a few after-school specials, including ABC Afterschool Specials: Too Soon for Jeff (1996) and Detention: The Siege at Johnson High (1997) co-starring Ricky Schroder and Henry Winkler.
Personal Life of Freddie Prinze Jr.:
Prinze was born in beautiful Los Angeles, California. He is the one and only child of actor-comedian Freddie Prinze and real estate agent Katherine (Kathy) Elaine Barber. On January 29, 1977, Prinze’s father died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, less than a year after Prinze was born. Prinze grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was raised as Roman Catholic, embraces his Hispanic ancestry (his paternal grandmother was Puerto Rican), and speaks Spanish as part of his heritage. After graduating from high school in the year 1994, he moved to Los Angeles to audition for television roles.
Prinze married actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. After being spotted by an agent at the age of four in New York City, she made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of Privacy (1983). Gellar also went on to appear in numerous television series and commercials to prove his talent. Her first leading role was in the 1992 mini-series Swans Crossing, for which she was nominated for two Young Artist Awards) on September 1, 2002, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, in Western Mexico. The couple met several years before while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), started dating in the year 2000 and were engaged in April 2001. This power couple also co-starred in one of the hit movie Scooby-Doo (2002), another hit movie Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), Happily N’Ever After (2006), and Star Wars Rebels (2015–16). Gellar and Prinze have two children together. They are living together in Los Angeles. In May of 2018, Freddie Prinze Jr. started his own YouTube channel called Gegghead which focuses on video games, tabletop games, etc.
In a snapshot of Freddie Prinze Jr.:
- 1976- Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
- 1977- His father Freddie Prinze died
- 1994- Graduated from high school
- 1995- First TV appearance through Family Matters as Tough Guy
- 1996- a First movie released To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
- 1996- Won Teen Choice Awards for She’s All That
- 2002- Married to Sarah Michelle Gellar
- 2018- Opened his YouTube account ‘Gegghead’
Freddie Prinze Jr. Career
Television and film acting
He was cast in a guest role on the ABC TV series Family Matters in 1995. After that, he then appeared in a few programs and made-for-TV movies, before making his motion picture debut into Gillian on Her 37th Birthday in the year 1996. In subsequent years, he experienced success with appearances in youth-oriented movies. I Know What You Did Last Summer (is a 1997 American slasher film directed by Jim Gillespie, written by Kevin Williamson, and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr., with Anne Heche, Bridgette Wilson, and Johnny Galecki appearing in supporting roles. Loosely based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan, the film centers on four young friends who are stalked by a hook-wielding killer one year after covering up a car accident in which they were involved. The film also draws inspiration from the urban legend known as the Hook) and its sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (is a 1998 American slasher film and a sequel to the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer. Directed by Danny Cannon, the film was written by Trey Callaway, and features characters originally created in Lois Duncan‘s 1973 novel I Know What You Did Last Summer. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze, Jr., and Muse Watson reprise their roles, with Brandy, Mekhi Phifer, Jennifer Esposito, and Matthew Settle joining the cast), gave him a famous face among teenage audiences. In his first leading role, the romantic comedy She’s All That (1999), he was very successful at the box office. The film grossed $63 million in the United States.
Subsequently, he had leading roles in Wing Commander (1999), Down to You (2000), Boys and Girls (2000), Head over Heels (2001) and Summer Catch (2001), most of which were generally disliked by critics and didn’t earn enough as expected.
In the year 2002, Freddie Prinze Jr. played Fred Jones in the live-action film version of the popular cartoon, Scooby-Doo, and reprised the role in the 2004 sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, both alongside his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar and along with Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini. Both those movies earned enough to give them a hit title. He guests starred on the popular NBC show, Friends (is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, lasting ten seasons. With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show revolves around six 20–30-something friends living in Manhattan. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The original executive producers were Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane), as a sensitive male nanny named Sandy on the series’ 200th episode. He also appeared as Donny Crane, a character believed to be Denny Crane‘s son in the ABC legal drama-comedy Boston Legal. Prinze starred in his own television sitcom, titled Freddie. The sitcom is said to depict some actual events from his life and lasted one season before being canceled in May 2006 as it was not much audience supported. He guest starred on George Lopez for a crossover with Freddie. In 2004, Prinze accepted a special award from TV Land on behalf of his late father. He thanked his father’s former co-star, Della Reese, for her continued advice and support throughout his life and career as his father died while he was only one year old. In the year 2006, he lent his voice to the character of Pi in the computer-animated film Shark Bait. Also in 2007, he lent his voice to the character of Rick in Happily N’Ever After along with his wife Gellar, Wallace Shawn, Andy Dick, George Carlin, and Sigourney Weaver. In 2008, he auditioned for Jigsaw in Punisher: War Zone but was not given the part at the decision of Lionsgate Studios.
Special role on World Wrestling Entertainment (2008–2009)
Freddie Prinze is a big fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was seen on television in attendance at the March 2008 WrestleMania XXIV pay-per-view and its preceding Hall of Fame ceremony also. He also made a cameo on an episode of The Dirt Sheet, an online program hosted by wrestlers John Morrison and The Miz, and had created an official profile on WWE’s “Universe” blog community where he would regularly write his thoughts about the current goings-on in the world of the WWE which was all about its stars, sits stories, winnings and losings. His relationship with the company was furthered when he was hired as a special member of the creative staff to contribute to weekly television and pay-per-view programming for the SmackDown brand only. It was reported on February 22, 2009, that Prinze and WWE had parted ways.
In March 2009, it was announced that he had signed on to star as Bradley, aka Ultimatum in the ABC show No Heroics, a U.S. remake of the British show of the same name. The show was not picked up, but Prinze was cast as a series regular for the eighth season of the television show 24, where he played Cole Ortiz, a new CTU operative.
On August 17, he appeared on Raw as a special guest host, where he was assaulted by then WWE Champion Randy Orton after refusing to bail Orton out of his tag team match with John Cena, who was due to challenge him in the upcoming SummerSlam at that time. Prinze later returned to the program and got his payback during Orton’s match with Cena against Big Show and Chris Jericho, by setting up a lumberjack match involving Mark Henry, Primo, Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston, MVP and Jamie Noble.
Return to WWE after the certain gap (2010–2012)
Freddie Prinze Jr. one more time returned to WWE on October 1, 2010, in a role as producer and director. On the November 1, 2010, episode of Monday Night RAW, he made an on-screen appearance as Vince McMahon’s doctor, a dream sequence scene that coincided with Linda McMahon’s attempt to win a seat in the Senate for the state of Connecticut in that episode.
He voiced a pilot in a Vatta’s War: Trading in Danger graphic audiobook. Prinze voiced different characters in BioWare ( is a Canadian video game developer located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in February 1995 by newly graduated medical doctors Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, and Augustine Yip, and is owned by American company Electronic Arts) video games: Lieutenant James Vega in the video game Mass Effect 3 and Iron Bull in Dragon Age: Inquisition. He returned to the role of James Vega again for the animated feature film Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, dubbed by FUNimation. In 2014, it was announced he had joined the cast of Star Wars Rebels as the voice of Kanan Jarrus, one of the last surviving Jedi knights. We have news as he is going to do more voice acting after a few months.
Some of his upset movies in the career
Freddie Prinze Jr. was the marquee name in Wing Commander (1999), but unfortunately, the movie was a critical and commercial bomb that time. It earned less than half of its $30 million budget at the box office and earned a Metascore of 21 out of a possible 100. Prinze fared slightly better with rom-coms Down To You (2000) and Boys And Girls (2000). Though critically panned, those at least made a little bit of profit. His bad luck returned with Head Over Heels (2001) and Summer Catch (2001), which were loathed by critics and general audiences also and had a very bad viewers rating.
A movie review in The New York Times in the year 2000 described Prinze as an actor who “specializes in anodyne romantic comedies with defiantly forgettable titles.” Speaking about Boys and Girls, the paper said Prinze’s “natural demeanor is so pleasant and untroubled that…the idea that his character could be at all troubled, lonely or neurotic is a conceit the movie can’t possibly sustain.”
It’s unfair to pin the failure of Delgo (2008) solely on Prinze, who voiced the title character. The computer-animated adventure movie was such a disaster that it actually broke records—and if there’s anything movie producers remember, it’s numbers. Delgo was stuck in development hell starting in 2001 and was finally released in 2008. It earned less than $600,000 of its $40 million budget. It’s the lowest box office gross ever for a computer-animated film, and it held the record for the lowest opening weekend in box office history until, four years later, when The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012) claimed the cursed title. Unfortunately for Prinze, this bomb was a feature film career ender.
TV also didn’t work out good
Prinze had the titular role in Freddie from 2005 to 2006, but the sitcom was canceled after just 22 episodes. He landed a bit part in Boston Legal from 2004 to 2006 and did a few TV movies, such as Atlanta (2007) and No Heroics (2009). In 2010, Prinze nabbed the role of Cole Ortiz in 24, but even that didn’t end well. He said co-star Kiefer Sutherland was, well, the worst, telling ABC News, “I did 24. It was terrible. I hated every moment of it. Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash. I’d say it to his face. I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.” Prinze also noted that he had to take off his shoes to film with the comparatively diminutive Sutherland, griping, “Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time. You know I’m 6 feet and he’s 5’4.” Prinze eventually returned to a TV for short stints on series including The Witches Of East End in 2013 and Bones in 2013 and 2014.
Some of his Health Issues
In the year 2014, Prinze underwent a regular surgery on his spine. Though the exact nature of his procedure and his health issues up to that point remain unclear, E! Online reports that he’d spoken about “disc issues” in the past and told WWE wrestler Dolph Ziggler that he was having “Cena surgery.” (In 2008, wrestler John Cena had surgery to remove a large disk fragment compression on his spinal cord.) Prinze chronicled his recovery, which included pain pills and physical therapy, he said on Twitter.
Now & far future of this Prinze
In recent years, Prinze has kept himself busy with voice acting on Star Wars Rebels and in video games, such as Disney Infinity 3.0. He’s also appeared in professional wrestling spots, which he seemed to enjoy. He told ABC News, “I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE…he was cool and tall.”
In late 2015, Prinze’s wife of 13 years, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, announced that the dimpled hunk is slated to release his own cookbook in 2016. The tome, Back To The Kitchen, will feature a foreword from Gellar and should help Prinze get back to his roots. He told E! News, “I have been cooking longer than I’ve been acting—in fact, if I hadn’t made it as an actor, I’d probably be a chef today. I was actually enrolled in culinary school when I landed my first role, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes into Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (1996).” His cookbook will hit shelves everywhere in June 2016 with full of cool recipes.
Prinzel also served as the host of USA Network’s First Impressions with Dana Carvey, a competition show that was featuring celebrity impersonators battling for the top spot. Guests include Kevin Nealon and Steve Carell. The show was scheduled to premiere May 10, 2016.
Film appearances of Freddie Prinze Jr.:
- 1996- To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday as Joey
- 1997- The House of Yes as Anthony
- 1997- Sparkler as Brad
- 1997- I know what you did last summer as Ray Bronson
- 1998- I still know what you did last summer as Ray Bronson
- 1999- She’s all that as Zack
- 1999- Wing Commander as Lt. Christopher
- 2000- Down to you as Alfred
- 2000- Boys and Girls as Ryan Walker
- 2001- Head over heels as Jim Winston
- 2001- Summer Catch as Ryan
- 2002- Scooby-Doo as Fred Jones
- 2004- Scooby-Doo 2 as Fred Jones
- 2005- Shooting Gallery as Jericho
- 2006- Shark Bait as Pisces
- 2006- Happily N’Ever After as Rick
- 2007- Brooklyn Rules as Michael
- 2007- New York City Serenade as Owen
- 2008- Jack And Jill vs. the World as Jack
- 2008- Delgo as Delgo (voice)
- 2012- Mass Effect: Paragon Lost as Lt. James Vega (Voice)
Television appearances of Freddie Prinze Jr.:
- 1995- Family Matters as Tough Guy for the episode The Gun
- 1996- ABC Afterschool Special as Jeff for the episode Too Soon for Jeff
- 1997- Detention as Aaron Sullivan which is a movie
- 1998- Vig as Tony which is a movie
- 2000- Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring brak by himself
- 2002- Frasier as Mike (voice) for the episode Juvenilia
- 2002- Friends as Sandy for the episode of The One with the Male Nanny
- 2003- Kim Possible as Future Jim for a movie
- 2006- George Lopez as Freddie for the episode George Gets Cross Over Freddie
- 2005-06- Freddie as Freddie Moreno worked for 22 episodes
- 2004-06- Boston Legal as Donny for 3 episodes
- 2007- Atlanta as Eric
- 2008-09- WWE RAW as host for 2 episodes
- 2009- No Heroics as Bradley
- 2010- 24 as Cole Ortiz for 24 episodes
- 2010- Psych as Dennis for the episode Not Even Close, Encounters
- 2012- Happy Valley as Noah
- 2005, 2011-18- Robot Chicken as Fred Jones worked for 5 episodes
- 2013- Witches of East End as Leo for 2 episodes
- 2013-14- Bronze as Danny for 2 episodes
- 2014-18- Star Wars Rebels as Kanan (voice) for 68 episodes and the TV movie
- 2016- First Impressions by himself.
Awards & Nominations from Freddie Prinze Jr.
- 1996- Won Golden Globe Awards
- 1998- Nominated for Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for I Know What You Did Last Summer as Favorite Actor-Horror
- 1999- Won Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for I Know What You Did Last Summer as Favorite Actor-Horror
- 1999- Won Teen Choice Awards for She’s All That as Choice Movie-Actor
- 1999- Nominated for Alma Awards for I Know What You Did Last Summer as Outstanding Actor
- 1999- Won Teen Choice Awards for She’s All That as Choice Chemistry for Sexiest Love Scene
- 1999- Nominated for MTV Movie Awards for She’s All That as Best on-screen duo
- 1999- Won Teen Choice Awards for Down To You as Choice Movie-Actor
- 1999- Nominated for Teen Choice Awards for Down To You as Chemical Chemistry
- 2000- Nominated for Alma Awards for She’s All That as Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
- 2000- Nominated for Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for She’s All That a Favorite Actor
- 2000- Won Kids’ Choice Awards for She’s All That as Favorite Movie Couple
- 2002- Nominated for Teen Awards for Scooby Doo as Choice Movie: Comedy Actor
- 2002- Nominated for Teen Awards for Scooby Doo as Choice Chemistry
Trivia of Freddie Prinze Jr.
- Named one of “People” magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000.
- Graduated from La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1994.
- Son of Freddie Prinze and Katherine Elaine Cochrane-Prinze (Kathy Prinze).
- He enjoys martial arts, swimming and tap dancing.
- In the year 2000, he bought a $3 million, 5-bedroom, 4000 square foot house in the San Fernando Valley.
- By 2000, he was a People’s (USA) ‘Best-Dressed’ list.
- Auditioned for the role of Stu in Scream (1996).
- Collecting comic books is a big hobby for him.
- As of 2004, has worked (co-starred) with actor Matthew Lillard 5 times: Wing Commander (1999), Summer Catch (2001), She’s All That (1999), Scooby-Doo (2002), and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).
- Also, he said that the hardest part about filming Scooby-Doo first part (aside from being homesick) was that he had to constantly re-dye his jet black hair blonde to match his character as Fred.
- His father committed suicide when Freddie was only 10 months old. He was raised by his mother and grandmother.
- He grew up in New Mexico but spent the summers in Puerto Rico with his paternal grandmother.
- As a fan of pop culture, he initially turned down Raja Gosnell‘s offer to star with real-life love Sarah Michelle Gellar in Scooby-Doo (2002) because he felt it would not be respecting the original series, but Sarah talked him into it.
- He first met with Sarah Michelle Gellar on the movie set of I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
- Was suppose to be in I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006) with Brandy and Jennifer again, but then they changed the script and left them out.
- Had to shave his head after filming Scooby-Doo (2002) because the bleach used to blonde his hair ruined his hair.
- In March 2006, he ran his first marathon (The Los Angeles Marathon XXI) with a 05:50:49 finishing time using the name “Freddie James”.
- Freddie and Sarah Michelle Gellar became the parents of a girl, Charlotte Grace Prinze, on September 19, 2009, in Los Angeles.
- Freddie’s paternal grandfather, Edward Karl Pruetzel, was German, born in 1914 in Berlin, to Friedrich Karl Pretzel and Eleanor Maria Magdelena Schultes. Edward moved to the United States in 1934. Freddie’s paternal grandmother, Aurea Elena Ruiz, was Puerto Rican. Freddie’s mother has Irish, English, Scottish, German, Austrian, and Swiss-German ancestry.
- Wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, gave birth to their second child, a son named Rocky James Prinze, on September 19, 2012.
- Worked for World Wrestling Entertainment as a member of the creative team from July 28th, 2008 to February 2009.
- Was a “Junior Golden Gloves” winner as a teenager.
- He holds black belts in American Kenpo Karate and American tang soo do karate, and a blue belt in Gracie/Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Few personal quotes from Freddie Prinze Jr.
- “Kissing Claire was good. I was really nervous, though. I hadn’t kissed many girls in real life.” – about his scene with Claire Danes in the film To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996).
- It only takes 30 seconds to pluck my eyebrows, but it hurts. I have to tweeze them in the middle once a week. Otherwise, I look like Bert from Sesame Street (1969). I’ve been doing it for 11 years.
- [on his career choice] [Acting is] the only thing I’m good at. I know how to create and make people feel something. Honestly, if I didn’t do this, I would just have some minimum-wage job in New Mexico, and I would go out on the weekends and make just enough money to pay my insurance and pay for a couple beers, and that would be it.
- [on Valentine’s Day] I think it’s kind of a crock, and here’s why: I believe we should be doing that every day […] make your girl feel special whenever you can. I’m a big believer in surprises. You’ve got to be romantic all of the time. Guys, you can hate me or whatever for saying this, but you know what you should do.
- (On children) “I will be the best father you’ve ever seen. I will win father of the year every time. And Sarah will be the most fantastic mother.”
- I’m going to stop acting in the next few years because it’s just too weird. You have to constantly be willing to live in a scary, emotional place, which is why actors are in therapy all the time.
- If people would only think of (my father’s) gift (of comedy) instead of his death, I would love it. I have an album of his stand-up, “Lookin’ Good”, and no matter how upset I was, anytime, ever, the second I played it he could make me laugh. He was so sharp and spontaneous, so fast!
- Life is not about making dough or how many movies you can make in a year. It’s about finding someone that you can share things with.
- I know one day I’m going to be the best father in the world. Me not having a father makes me want to be a great one. I have so much love I wanted to give him, and I’ll be damned if I don’t give it to a child of mine.
- Drugs are the sucker’s way, man, and I’m not a sucker. I don’t smoke, do blow, or hardly ever drink, but there’s still a fear: what if it’s genetic? I want to be like Evander Holyfield, who has a work ethic, morals, a real heart, who understands his responsibility to help other people, To me, that’s an American hero living an American dream.
- When I was in school I read a lot of comic books and pretend I was in them and kids would tease me and call me names. But now I do the same things and people say that I’m artistic and cool and I’m doing the exact same thing I did in high school. It wasn’t a very artistic school.
- “My favorite role ever was “Anthony Pascal” from The House of Yes (1997). He was like a “Norman Bates” before his mom bought the motel for years. You knew he was going to snap and something was just a little bit off”.
- “The person who most inspires me today would probably be Evander Holyfield. I like the fact that he’s very calm and spiritual and knows what he wants. He gives so much back to the community”.
- Being a teenager is the roughest (time of your life) and that’s when your emotions are going 90 mph. I’d get angry or sad or I isolated myself a little and then I looked for help.
- My dad taught me the greatest lesson in life and that’s to make sure the people around you feel loved. That’s something he might not have been able to teach me if he were alive. So I owe him one.
- After years of feeling like an outsider, I finally have a woman I love, and friends that I can trust. I am the luckiest man in the world to have met Sarah.
- I was untouchable. People just stayed away, which was good because I didn’t like what they stood for or believed in. I was raised to believe in myself. I know I’m cool. I’m not trying to brag or say I’m the man or anything like that. I don’t lie or cheat, and I’m not mean to anybody. I treat people with respect.
- I never did drugs in my life, no matter how often it was thrown in my face.
- I really tried to live in my own world that no one would want to be a part of. Unfortunately, that backfired, and people wanted to kick the crap out of me because I was different.
- To be honest, I wouldn’t change a thing, cos’ I like me the way I am. That’s the way I was made and I don’t think people should try to change that.
- My face is all messed up and I’m covered in scars! Just look at me, I have parts of me that aren’t perfect at all. I appreciate that people think I’m this big heartthrob film star, but movies are designed to make you look much better than you are in real life.
- Y’know, the way I see it there’s no such thing as being perfect. We’re all pretty much made the same but some people are better at certain things than others. Everybody is great at something…you just have to find what that is.
- The pole we were using as a light saber hit the ground before I hit the ground and then it stuck in my chin. When it came out a big old piece of my chin came with it and my mom ran out screaming and she grabbed the piece of my chin and we rushed to the hospital. They put it back in and stitched it in and it looked like I had a beard at five years old with my stitches. – On that scar on his chin.
- If you come out here without a solid foundation, you’re done. You’re dead before you’ve lived.
- It blows me away to see people younger than my father [was], and for them, it’s becoming fashionable and glamorous to do heroin and put eight pounds of cocaine up your nose a night.
- It’s insane what I see people doing, but they’re not going to listen to me, so what am I going to do? I’ve said a couple of things to a couple of people, but they’re not going to learn anything from me. They’ve got it made, making $12 million a movie, so they don’t get it. They don’t recognize it as a problem, because it helps them forget about their problems. And if anybody who works with them tries to tell them, usually those people get fired.
- I was in the Vancouver airport, and I was speaking with a young girl. She asked if I was Freddie Prinze Jr., and I said I was. She kind of giggled, and while I was talking with her, her girlfriend ran up and took my sandwich. I did not call out after her. I didn’t know what to do. I had never had anyone steal food from me before. How do you react if someone takes your sandwich? I just finished my cup of coffee and got on the plane and flew home. [source: New York Post Online Edition]
- [on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996)] A lot of people owe Sarah a lot for doing that show, and she doesn’t always get the credit she deserves. She’s a very strong woman because she deals with a lot of nonsense, and instead of that nonsense, she should be thanked – and she’s not. That’s the reason she won’t be coming back.
- [on a possible Buffy reboot movie] No. Not with Sarah. I’ve never heard of it coming back whatsoever. Joss Whedon is on the movie train right now, and it hasn’t stopped yet. So I think he’ll be on that for a while. They already made one and it didn’t work. That’s why they made the TV series. It worked much, much better as a TV series. It worked so well as a TV show, I don’t think Sarah would want to invest in something that’s already failed once.
- I did 24 (2001), it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. [Kiefer Sutherland] was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face, I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped. I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ’s sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer, but at least he was cool and tall. I didn’t have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do. Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time. You know I’m 6 feet and he’s 5’4.
About his COOKBOOK
When it comes to the kitchen, Freddie Prinze Jr. knows he’s all that.
The 42-year-old actor said that he’s taking a break from acting to focus on his newest venture — cooking. By last year June, Prinze Jr. released his first cookbook, “Back to the Kitchen,” which is full of 75 family-friendly recipes from his New Mexico roots.
It’s not just another celebrity cookbook, Prinze Jr. told CBS News during a cooking demo in New York City, where he revealed his Green (Chile) Eggs and Ham, a twist on the Dr. Suess childhood classic. It represents as Prinze Jr. has a history of cooking.
“My mother worked in restaurants her whole life,” Prinze Jr. said. “That’s where she met my father, at a comedy club in Reno, Nevada. She was the chef there.”
Growing up, Prinze Jr. said he learned many life lessons “in front of a stove.”
“That’s where my passion about that came,” Prinze Jr. said.
Prinze Jr. recently partnered with a chain of food Dunkin’ Donuts cold brew coffee packs to share his love of coffee drinking and to get families back to the breakfast table, a routine he has worked hard to develop in his own house for a long time.
Here’s what Prince Jr. had to say about his new cookbook “Back to the Kitchen,” his unique childhood and his 16-years of marriage to Sarah Michelle Gellar.
We would love to talk a little about a partnership with Dunkin Donuts as also he mentioned that he’s a “coffee addict.”
“Addict” is a negative term. We will use “lover” — passionate lover of all things coffee. It was a really easy partnership. My cookbook is about saving time. I have sauces that are easy prep sauces that work for 10 or 12 different dishes. That’s the whole philosophy behind the Dunkin’ brew coffee packs. It’s investing two to five minutes in your evening to save you 30 minutes in the morning. This is the perfect product for me to team up with because their philosophy on how to survive and mine are identical. It’s all about prep to save yourself time.
Also, you have a cookbook, “Back to the Kitchen,” out. It focuses on minimal ingredients and it’s family-oriented.
Everything is nine ingredients or less and two of those ingredients are salt and pepper so that doesn’t count. I try to make everything very simple. A lot of walkaway food, meaning you put in 20 minutes of work and walk away for 90 and do whatever you want. [There are] a lot of easy things with my sauces that go with a lot of different meals so anyone can mix it up.
What’s his favorite recipe?
Probably my Holy Bleep Pulled Pork Tacos.
How about your favorite ingredient to use?
Favorite ingredient to use is probably New Mexico hatch chile, but it’s not available that often.
A lot of people think, “Oh, Freddie Prinze Jr., the actor,” but you’re now putting a lot of focus into cooking. Where does your inspiration for cooking come from?
I learned about my father in front of a stove. I learned about heartache and heartbreak in front of a stove. There was this girl who stood me up on a date in high school and I was just ripped in two and my mom said, “Teenage girls don’t want like nice boys like you. They want to date jerks. But when you grow up, you’re still going to be a nice guy and all those girls that grew up are going to be looking for that. And there’s only going to be about seven nice guys left, so you’re going to have your pick.”