He was hunted by a deranged, hook-handed fisherman in I Know What You Did Last Summer. He lost bets, gained perspective and forced a guy to vacuum a pube-covered pizza in She's All That. He stalked Julia Stiles in Down to You, then stalked devious creatures in Scooby-Doo. He married the vampire-slaying queen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and championed the boy-next-door vibe — but what actually happened to everyones favorite '90s nice boy, #FreddiePrinzeJr.?
Well, if you've spent the last decade or so trying to spot FPJ in blockbusters, teen movies or any sort of cinematic hit, for that matter, then it's no wonder you're curious about his whereabouts. That is not intended as a jibe, it's just that movies haven't been filling his world for the past 10 years. Want to know more? Then join us after the jump.
After the first Scooby-Doo movie in 2002 and the sequel, Monsters Unleashed in 2004, FPJ's acting career has mostly been on the small screen. Between '04-'06 he starred in two TV series; the first an amusing crime drama called Boston Legal, the second a culinary comedy of sorts, Freddie, which centered around a chef and his interactions with his female family members. For the four years leading up to 2010, he appeared in a handful of pretty meh movies, until scoring a role in the nail-biting cop series 24, starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland, which he hated.
He once told ABC News:
"I did '24,' it was terrible. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped. 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."
Oof! Apparently he had to take off his shoes and shoot scenes in socks to make him seem shorter/closer to Sutherland's height, too. 'Ain't nobody got time for that!
After that, he bagged a few more on-screen gigs, the most notable on TV shows Bones, The Chew and Robot Chicken, the latter of which he's been lending his voice to since 2005. And this isn't the only voicing work FPJ has nailed — fans of the #StarWars animated series will know that Prinze voices the Jedi Knight, Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars Rebels, and has done so for the past three years!
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Here Comes The Smack Down
Now, for anyone not familiar with the world of wrestling, this is where your mind will start to blow. B.L.O.W. For our '90s babe, the very same babe who once kicked a hacky sack around a theater stage so he could take Rachael Leigh Cook to prom, is into WWE, big time. And not only that, he's contributed to the sport in a number of ways. He appeared on The Dirt Sheet, wrote reviews on WWE's "Universe" blog, was officially hired as part of the creative team for the SmackDown, and worked behind the scenes with WWE as a director/producer!
Here's a clip of FPJ and his passion in action:
Seeing him in a new light now, eh? And that new light will carry on beaming, for Freddie's also got his very own cook book. Yes, really.
Back To The Kitchen
It's worth noting (and celebrating) the fact that after 20 years together, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar are still very much in love, happily married with two beautiful kids, and giving us all hope for hashtag true love. Undoubtably one of the factors in keeping a relationship alive is a constant flurry of fantastic feeds; something that FPJ has absolutely nailed — and the proof is quite literally in the pudding.
Raised in New Mexico, Freddie grew up cooking with his mother, surrounded by food inspired by his Puerto Rican heritage, and it's been a huge part of his life ever since. Constantly cooking huge feasts for his family, in June 2016 he put his money where is mouth is (again, quite literally) and released his very own cookbook, Back to the Kitchen. The book concentrates on a variety recipes that can be whipped up on the regular, whether it be family meals on busy weeknights or dishes that are dressed-to-impress on date nights. The recipes are accompanied by anecdotes too, because who wouldn't want to hear tales of Hollywood while prepping a batch of homemade tacos? Exactly.
Prinze And The Wolf
Bit of a jack of all trades, eh? When Freddie isn't shooting scenes, celebrating champions, or whipping up a storm in the kitchen and publishing cookbooks as a result, he's working on a podcast called Prinze and the Wolf. Partnering with comedian Josh Wolf, the guys cover a wealth of subjects with an adequate amount of banter. Here's the official description:
'Prinze and The Wolf' is a podcast with Freddie Prinze Jr. and comedian Josh Wolf that will cover everything from parenting, to MMA, to pop culture, to gaming. to cooking...you name it! With Freddie's wealth of experiences/stories and Josh's quick sense of humor, no topic is taboo and there are definitely no "safe spaces" on this show.
You can listen to it here.
PHEW! All this, ladies and gents, proves that while Freddie Prinze Jr. may not still be hamming up the mainstream he absolutely still is All That.
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