Freddie Prinze Jr.: The Artist Known as Prinze

Q: You were in the TV movie called Too Soon for Jeff.

A: Yes, I was Jeff, who got a girl pregnant in high school.

Q: Have you ever faced that issue yourself?

A: I had scares when I was in high school. It was like... you know... I probably shouldn't talk about stuff like that. I was 17 and made mistakes. I sleep with that. I'd be more comfortable talking about it except that I gotta protect that girl. I don't want anybody hunting her down.

Q: So I guess it's safe to say you're pro-choice?

A: I don't want kids to read this and say, "Oh, well he says this, we should believe that." You should form your own opinion. My opinion is that it's a woman's choice.

Q: On your first movie, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, were you at all intimidated acting with Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer?

A: It's not a secret; I had a crush on Claire. But she had a boyfriend and I didn't want to be the homewrecker. I never told her that I had a crush on her. Michelle Pfeiffer's like the most beautiful woman on the planet. I didn't talk to her too much. I'm not very good with girls.

Q: But you are quite the heartthrob. Are you shy, basically?

A: I just don't know how to hang on to them. You know that saying, "Nice guys always finish last"? Sometimes I feel that's true. Right now I'm seeing this girl--she's the first woman I've dated who is self-reliant and independent. That alone is: oh my God, this chick rocks. But I've never been with somebody who appreciated mo being a nice guy, which I guess means I never dated a woman, I was always dating girls. This is the first relationship where I've been 100 percent happy. It's still in the early phases.

Q: Is she an actress?

A: Yeah. Before that I was with Kim [McCullough]. I learned a lot in that relationship. It started off really good, we both made a few mistakes along the way, and it got really bad at the end. A lot of this business is really tough, especially when you're both actors. If you compare yourself to others you always find someone better than you, and in a relationship if you start comparing yourself to the other person and you're not feeling good about yourself, you're going to feel even worse. I think maybe that was a piece of what happened. She's still my friend. We should not have been together and when it was over it was a huge weight off our shoulders. All of a sudden I felt like a man. I felt like I physically grew up in an hour.

Q: Freud said that mental health is basically sexual health. Think he was right?

A: That's why Carl Jung left, because Freud said everything was related to sex. I gotta go with Carl; I don't think it's all based on sex.

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