days, there's no actor who makes a better romantic comedy that
Freddie Prinze Jr. The 24-year-old first charmed audiences with
a small role in To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday and continued
on to star in She's All That, Down To You and Boys and Girls.
Now, with his next flick, Head Over Heels, about to released,
we spoke with Freddie to find out what he thinks of his romantic
characters and his new found fame.
Prinze Jr. by Lisa Gorman
King of Romantic Comedies
are you handling fame?
really, really lucky. I don't know why, but I'm very lucky and
I'm glad I've been as well recieved as I have been. It's embarassing
and I'm trying to get better at it, but it's...I'm from Alburquerque,
you know? So, it's weird and I'm trying to get used to it, but
you get mobbed at the mall or at the supermarket?
I mean, I go to the store late at night. I try to be smart and
not cause problems for people at stores and stuff because I get
yelled at by a manager. I guess a lot of people went in there
one day after me and the manager said, "Why do you come here?"
So, these days, I kind of go there when people aren't there. If
I want to be alone, I stay at home. I don't mind when people come
up to me and say "Hey, I liked your movie." That's good.
It's better than if they are booing and yelling and stuff like
that. So, I mean that stuff doesn't bother me.
seem more comfortable playing someone your own age.
well, [laughing] I can't pull off 18 anymore. So, that kind of
halted any of those roles, but I don't mind the age thing. I like
characters and that's always what I've tried to make my decisions
really seem to click with some of your leading ladies--Rachael
Leigh Cook, Julia Stiles, Claire Forlani. Is that just the luck
of the draw?
is just something that you either have or don't. It's like going
on a date. I have been very fortunate with the women that I've
you ever wonder whether a girl wants to date you or who she thinks
think that happens for anyone. I mean, if someone likes you for
what you are and not for who you are is something that I think
everyone goes through. So, you hope for the best and you can't
find out if you don't give a little. You have to take that risk
if you want things to work out.
once said that you had kissed more girls in movies than in real
life. Was that an understatement?
that's probably true. I think so.
that means you weren't a ladies man in school?
when I was in high school I didn't go out much because I didn't
really fit in. High school is like a planet that exists somewhere--it's
just it's not earth. I mean, I don't know how it was 15 years
ago, 30 years ago but when I went, it was weird. There were only
like four groups, and if you didn't fit into one of those groups,
not even the teachers like you. It's a strange place and I didn't
really get along well with the people. I get along better with
you remember your first kiss?
yeah. My first kiss was so bad. My first kiss was on the cheek.
Her name was Laura Elkelburger and I had to break up with her
the next day because I just couldn't handle it. It was too much.
We were at the sixth grade dance. I was barely able to dance with
her and I said, "Lets get out of here." We were sitting
down outside and I couldn't even hold her hand for like 25 minutes.
Then, I finally held her hand and just really quick she leaned
over and kissed me and I was like "Hey!" I like yelled
at her, but I didn't mean to. It just came out and she asked "What?"
and I said "I'm sorry." Then we didn't talk for the
rest of the night and just sat there for another hour. The next
day, I broke up with her.
you prom king?
wasn't even elected to the prom court. I barely even got to go
to the prom. I was a dork in high school. Everybody thought I
was this weird guy because I had this strange imagination that
nobody understood. I would pretend I was a super hero and stuff
like that, and people just thought I was really weird. So they
didn't really tolk to me all that much. I didn't really have many
dance opportunities at the prom. And that was just as well because
I can't relly dance. I've got two left feet.
you have many friends in high school?
really. I had a couple of friends who knew what I was about, knew
what I did. They were cool with it, but it wasn't really their
those opinions changed?
See, that's the thing. Back then I was considered weird and a
freak, and now I'm considered artistic and an actor. And I do
the exact same thing that I was doing back then.
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