From lonely boy to leading man
one can say that Freddie Prinze Jr. is pursuing the wrong profession.
Although this now 23-year-old actor didn't make his acting debut
until he was 18 [he had a four-line scene on the former Family
Matters in 1994], Freddie has been practicing his craft ever since
he was a little boy. Unfortunately, however, his penchant for
acting wasn't necessarily born out of the happiest of circumstances.
"I didn't have tons of friends, so I always used to pretend,"
he's revealed. "When I was in school I read a lot of comic
books and pretended I was in them and kids would tease me and
call me names."
how sad that sounds, don't feel bad for Freddie -- he certainly
doesn't. Even though he admits he was a lonely boy, at least his
time to himself enabled him to realize his creative potential,
and by the time he was in high school, he was putting his "pretending"
to practice as a member of the school speech and drama teams.
"In acting you pretend, but there a bunch of other people
pretending with you," he's shared of his much more positive
experiences with other like-minded schoolmates.
the time Freddie had finished high school, he knew for sure that
acting was his calling. So he packed up his bags and moved from
his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Los Angeles, California
to pursue his dream for real. And once he was in the acting capital
of the world, he didn't leave anything up to chance. "I went
to acting classes 5 million times a week," he's recalled
of his early days in Hollywood.
his career today attests, Freddie's eager desire to act was more
than just a fleeting fantasy -- this guy's got something special
and Hollywood knows it. In the last three years he's starred in
six feature films, including both I Know What You Did Last Summer
movies and this year's She's All That and Wing Commander, and
he has four more upcoming films, Sparkler, Vig, Down To You, and
Head Over Heels. Yet no matter how fast his career is moving,
this natural-born entertainer can't seem to get enough of acting.
"I'd love to be a bad guy; I'd love to be a cowboy; I'd love
to be a husband, a big brother, a little brother -- there are
so many roles out there that I haven't ever gotten to touch,"
he's rattled off, revealing the little kid inside of him who still
wants more time to play.
play it is for Freddie. "I don't do drugs, but I'm high every
day," he's beamed about his acting career. "I'm playing
cowboys and Indians and getting paid to do it." You can bet
those meanies from school are now wishing they'd joined him during
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