By People Staff
Updated May 04, 1999 12:00 AM
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Freddie Prinze Jr. savors his fledgling star status and has a generous amount of awe over his good fortune. “I didn’t think things would happen this quickly,” says Prinze, 22, star of the new romantic comedy “She’s All That.” Prinze landed the leading role after playing smaller parts in a handful of movies, including one in 1997’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” “This is where I wanted to be, but this isn’t where I thought I would be,” Prinze told New York’s Daily News this week. “I saw it taking a bit more time.” Prinze, who was 10 months old when his actor-father (who starred on TV’s “Chico and the Man”) committed suicide in 1977, is determined to make it on his own, despite his name recognition. Greatest irony of all: “She’s All That” opened Jan. 29 — the same day his father died 22 years ago at the age of 22. “I was like, “What?’ Is this some kind of sick joke?” said Prince Jr. “Now that was kind of trippy.”