FREDDIE’S IN TROUBLE! IT SEEMS THE SCREEN BABE HAS BROKEN
HIS PACT WITH BRIDE TO BE SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR. HOW? WELL, THE
PAIR AGREED NOT TO DISCUSS THEIR INTIMATE LOVE AFFAIR-BUT FREDDIE
JUST COULDN’T KEEP QUIET. AND, MAN, IS THIS JUICY STUFF!
By Gill Pringle
“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.” So says Freddie Prinze
Jr, and actor who has overcome an enormously unhappy childhood
to become one of the Hollywood’s hottest rising stars. “Now
the only thing I want out of life is to be a father!” says
Freddie, 25, who proposed to Sarah, 24, in April (although their
actual wedding date is still under wraps).
I’ll be the best father you’ll ever see in your life.
And Sarah will be a fantastic mother too,” says the actor,
whose in father committed suicide when he was just 10 months old.
“I had a happy, normal childhood until one day I realized
I didn’t have a regular family.”
Freddie was raised in New Mexico by his mother, estate agent Katherine
Cochrane-Prinze, and maternal grandparents, after his father,
US sitcom star Freddie Prinze, shot himself while intoxicated
with sedatives at age 22. “It was until I turned eight that
I started to get really angry, because everyone had a father and
The details of his father’s death made it even harder to
cope. “Everybody else knew what happened to my dad, but nobody
wanted to tell me. One day this kid Justin got me mad and I said
something to him. I can still remember the moment, when he turned
round to me and said, ‘Oh yeah? Well my dad told me you dad
was a junkie and shot himself!” I looked him dead in the
face and he said it in the face, and he said it again. I simply
didn’t believe him, and I went running inside and talked
to my mum, who started crying.”
Freddie only then learned the full story surrounding his father’s
death. “Until then, my mum had shielded me from the truth.
I thought my dad had died because of an overdose of prescription
pills. I’ve never done drugs and the occasional glass of
wine with dinner is the extent of my liquor consumption. After
finally learning the truth, I hated my dad for what he’d
done. I felt like I didn’t get a chance to be a son. If only
he’d known how great a son I could have been, there’s
no way he’s have done that!
“The knowledge of what my father had done made me feel isolated,
and I became and outsider who got into fights at school and didn’t
pay attention to class. Everyone thought I was on drugs, or gay,
or just really strange. I was strange. I watched cartoon, read
comic books and played video games. I didn’t play sports.
I didn’t fit in so I got picked on. It was misery for me,
so I only went to school to write tests or to hand in assignments.”
And his romantic life wasn’t much better. “I’ve
kissed more girls in movies than I ever did in real life. I didn’t
have a girlfriend until I was seventeen. I was so infatuated,
but her feelings for me were very short lived.”
Through child psychologists and group therapists, Freddie learned
to cope with his grief, but it’s only through his belief
in God-and his love for Sarah-that he feels he can finally face
Going on to describe his religious awakening five years earlier,
he remembers: “One day I felt the hand of God. I had started
doubting and questioning what I was doing wit my life.” By
then, Freddie has chosen to follow his father’s footsteps
to Hollywood, although he was wracked with doubts as to whether
he’s made the right decision-especially after two years passed
with very little work.
“I would periodically plunge into bouts of depression. My
greatest fear was ending up like my father. But miraculously,
my epiphany came as I was sitting in my cay. I suddenly started
crying-big, heavy, aching sobs. It was terrifying.”
“I felt this huge weight that was just crushing me. I looked
into the rear vision and saw my own eyes and suddenly everything
was cool. I knew I wasn’t going to end up like my dad. It
was as if God said,’ You don’t need to worry anymore’
and from then on everything went into place.”
Freddie went on star opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in To Gillian
on her 37th birthday, The house of yes, and the teen hit, I know
what you did last summer, where he first met his future bride,
Sarah Michelle Gellar, in 1997. Both were involved with other
people at the time so, it wasn’t until 2 years later that
the couple began dating. “I had been dating actress Kimberly
McCullough (from day time soap General Hospital) for four years,
and thought we would marry. I’ve always enjoyed the security
of relationships and never craved the crazy Hollywood bachelor
But that would all change. “Sarah is my destiny, I care about
her so much, we became friends when we made I know what you did
last summer, and remained friends. And now she’s my very
As well as their love for each other, Freddie and Sarah share
hobbies and interests- the coupe regularly attend martial arts
and tap-dancing classes. “I think Sarah is going to be the
biggest movie star in the world. She is amazing, and talented
and other people will tell you the same thing. I love her.”
So the question is, when’s the big day? “Sarah and I
want our wedding to be a private affair- the most important day
of our loves, I would never un a million years tell you the date,
We are engaged. We will be married. You’ll know it after
Today the blissfully happy couple love in a 3 million five-bedroom
home in the Hollywood hills, planning their big trip up the aisle
and, shortly after planning to fill their spare rooms with babies.
“With me and Sarah, everyday is like Valentine’s Day.
I’ve always felt that Valentines day is kind of a crock coz,
in my opinion, I believe a man should make his girl special everyday
of the year. I’m a big believer in surprises. You’ve
got to be romantic all of the time.”
That shouldn’t be hard for Freddie, who has enough money
to made grand romantic gestures. He took home a 2 million-pay
cheque for his latest film, the romance Summer Catch. Thankful
for his blessings, Freddie reveals how he prays everyday. In church?
“No, in the shower!” he confesses, bursting out laughing.
“Honestly, I get in the shower every single day, get on my
hands and kneed and pray. I feel the need to thank God for everything.
I don’t want to mess up like my father did. But in a way,
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.”
If anything, Freddie has learned to veer his lifestyle away from
the one that killed his father.”Drugs are the sucker’s
way, and I’m not a sucker. I don’t smoke, do drugs and
hardly even drink, but there’s still a fear- what if it’s
genetic? So I don’t do drugs but I’m high everyday.
I’m playing cowboys and Indians and getting paid to do it.
I’m the happiest guy on Earth. It’s so great to find
something and someone that you can completely embrace and love.”
Says the six-foot hunk, whose fiancée refers to him affectionately
And there is very little Freddie wouldn’t do to please his
future wife-even agreeing wit her request not to strip naked during
a love scene in Summer Catch. Having persuaded the director to
supply a bottom double for his bare backsided romp, he boasts,
“Nobody is going to see my butt besides Sarah.”
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