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WHAT PRICE FAME?

After catching Hollywood's eye with last year's teen hit "She's All That" and completing three films in six months, Freddie Prinze Jr. is eager to slow down.

The 23-year-old actor has already achieved the teen idol stamp of approval -- he appears this month on the cover of Seventeen magazine and was named Male Hottie of the Year in the Teen Choice Awards last year. He was even a host of "Saturday Night Live."

But Prinze said fame has come at a price.

"It cost me a lot," he said. "It cost me my girlfriend. It cost me time with my family. I'll never do that again."

Prinze stars in the just-released movie "Down to You." His others -- "Boys and Girls" and "Head Over Heels" -- both are expected in theaters later this year.

The son of the late comedian and actor Freddie Prinze, who starred in the popular '70s sitcom "Chico and the Man," Prinze said Sunday he got into acting to escape reality.

"I make movies for the same reason I think people go to see movies," he said. "To escape reality for a while. It's the only place where I can fly the spaceship, pitch the winning game and get the girl and live happily ever after."

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