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The All That Dad: Freddie Prinze Jr. Returns to T.V.

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As the beloved (I’ll speak for myself) romantic teen comedy, She’s All That, turned 20 this year (yikes!) I began to wonder where my first (casi casi) Latinx heartthrob, Freddie Prinze Jr., went.

Jr.’s father, Freddie Prinze, was an actor and comedian best known for his starring role in the sitcom, Chico and the Man from 1974 until his tragic death in 1977. The show tackled issues such as alcoholism, immigration and race relations in 1970s East L.A.

He famously changed his name from Frederick Karl Pruetzel to Freddie Prinze and introduced himself to audiences as “Hunga-rican” (part Hungarian, part Puerto Rican), playing up his Latinx heritage to benefit his career. While his mother was of Puerto Rican descent, his dad was actually German, not Hungarian. But, I totally get that sounds mas chistoso.

Freddie Prinze Jr. reportedly speaks Spanish and honors his father by embracing his Puerto Rican roots passed down by his paternal grandmother. In summary: he counts as my first Latinx crush and he’s back!

Variety announced Prinze Jr., named one of “People” magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000, recently signed on to film the Nancy Drew pilot with the CW and is set to play Carson Drew, Nancy’s dad.

Zach Siler from She’s All That is old enough to play a dad on television in a country where 30-somethings play teens. Translation: I’m getting old. But, perhaps I’ll tune in.

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Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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