Freddie Prinze Jr. joined a popular franchise when he began starring in the animated Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels, as the follow-up to the popular Clone Wars TV show, to expand the stories set in Star Wars' galaxy far, far away. Prinze voiced the Jedi Kanan Jarrus on Rebels from 2014-2018. Now part of the Punky Brewster cast on Peacock, he has revealed the hilarious way he found out he was auditioning for one of the biggest franchises ever.
Freddie Prinze Jr. spoke to Collider about getting back into acting and being part of three “legacy” projects, i.e. Scooby-Doo, Star Wars and Punky Brewster. The actor looked back at when he auditioned for Star Wars Rebels. Prinze Jr. explained:
Thinking you’re auditioning for one thing and it turns out to be something else and something much bigger was the case for Freddie Prinze Jr. Nothing beats seeing someone walk into a room with a cowboy hat on to get you on board with the show. And according to Prinze Jr., that somebody with the cowboy hat was the only one that wanted him:
That audition story (including meeting executive producer Dave Filoni) is not one to forget, especially for a franchise as iconic as Star Wars! Freddie Prinze Jr. added another legacy project to his list without even knowing it at the time and it worked out for the better. In fact, his Star Wars Rebels character became one of the most iconic elements of the series, and Kanan not only appeared (albeit briefly) in the revival season of The Clone Wars on Disney+ but also had a voice cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
You can find Freddie Prinze Jr.'s run as Kanan Jarrus with all four seasons of Star Wars Rebels, streaming on Disney+ now. As for his newest series, Punky Brewster is streaming on Peacock.
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