Freddie Prinze Jr. is back, starring in Netflix’s “Christmas with You.”
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“Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers spoke with Freddie and co-star Aimee Garcia about the film, as well as his relationship with wife Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Freddie and Sarah just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary after meeting on their 1997 film ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer.’
Freddie and Sarah were able to find love before the era of dating apps. Of dating apps, he noted: “It seems terrible how prejudiced everyone is… It seems very inorganic… I don’t think any social media existed even when Sarah and I met. There was no public humiliation. We just dated like they did in the 50s.”
“That’s the secret, being born earlier,” Prinze Jr. joked with a smile. “You others, misery.”
In the film, Freddie is a widower whose daughter dreams of meeting a famous pop star and going on dates with her father. Aimee plays the pop star, Angelina.
Aimee explained: “Angelina is a pop star, she has fame, fortune and Grammys, but she lacks one thing: love. Enter Freddie Prinze Jr… She faces a crossroads where she becomes irrelevant… Her daughter has a Christmas wish to meet her favorite pop star, so she returns home to her high school and meets the character of Freddie .
Of his character, Freddie said, “He’s a widowed single parent and music teacher, trying to raise a daughter and make sure she’s okay.”
Freddie also opened up about how he bonded with his character after his famous father, Freddie Prinze Sr., committed suicide in 1977. He commented, “I had never played a father for a teenage daughter and with the gravity and weight of what it means to lose the person you love, the love of your life, but my mom did it and I grew up with her, and so it was a ton to steal her memories .
Freddie also shared that he was a real-life dad to his kids Charlotte and Rocky. He noted: “Having the opportunity to show what I’ve learned over the past decade – raising a child instead of pursuing a career… I was excited to show half of it and nervous for the first time in over 20 years of acting. in a scene. I hadn’t been nervous since “I know what you did last summer.”
“I haven’t had a restful night because the scenes made me nervous where a father would break down and at least try to control his emotions where people can still see it, because you want to be strong for your daughter” , Prinze Jr. continued.
“I was very, very nervous. I was working on the scenes all the time, I couldn’t walk away. We were going to make it, it was time to shoot, and everything was thrown out the window. The girl who plays my girl, Deja… is the most vulnerable. She looks like Bambi. When she looks up with you with those eyes, every idea and instinct, like, those are gone and we’re just gonna see what happens… I’m more proud of these scenes than of any work that I put in front of the camera, period… I sincerely loved, loved shooting these scenes.
“Christmas With You” premieres November 17 on Netflix.