Freddie Prinze Jr. loves it when 'insecure boys' have meltdowns about 'Star Wars'

Not so long ago, in our very own galaxy, casting was announced for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Freddie Prinze Jr. just leaned back and watched.

"A lot of boys growing up spent their allowances that Millennium Falcon, and they dreamt every single day that one day Han Solo would give it to them. And he gave it to a girl," Prinze told AOL at a recent cooking demo with Dunkin' Donuts. "That just wrecked a lot of insecure boys' hearts, man. And I'm so glad."

Beyond Prinze's obvious love for all things George Lucas -- he "nerded out" while auditioning for his voiceover role in "Star Wars Rebels" -- there's perhaps another reason why he loved seeing a female heroine in Episode VII: His wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, played one of the most kick-butt characters in TV history. But even though "Buffy" ended more than a decade ago, Prinze pointed out that many men still object to women in powerful on-screen roles.

"I loved how much some people hated that ['Star Wars'] chose a female lead who's strong. I loved seeing guys show their insecure ass like that on social media," Prinze said. "I think it's awesome for people to see where we are a a society as opposed to where we sell ourselves as."

It'll take a great leader to enact real change, but Prinze doesn't currently see that happening, he said. "Obi-Wan said it best. He doesn't trust politicans. And I don't trust them on either side of the fence."

His 7-year-old Charlotte and Rocky, 4, are (of course) fans of the franchise themselves, he said. A devoted parent above all else, Prinze relies on healthy eating and a few cups of coffee to keep up with their energy: The Back to the Kitchen author is all about a full breakfast and Dunkin Donuts' new Brew-It-Yourself cold brew packs, and he readily admits that he's game for an extra cup "if it's going to be a long night," he said.

Catch Prinze in the fourth and final season of "Star Wars Rebels" this fall on Disney XD.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar through the years
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Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar through the years
Actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. and his wife, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, pose as they arrive at the launch party for In2TV, the first broadband television network on the Internet, in Beverly Hills, California March 15, 2006. In2TV available free on AOL.com will offer thousands of classic television shows such as 'Welcome Back Kotter,' 'Chico & The Man,' and 'Wonder Woman' as well as interactive features. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Actors Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar snuggle during a timeout of the New York Knicks and Miami Heat NBA playoff game at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 14. MS/HB
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 06: In this handout image provided by Disney Parks, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and their daughter Charlotte, 3, meet Rapunzel at the all-new 'Fantasy Faire' attraction at Disneyland on March 6, 2013 in Anaheim, California.'Fantasy Faire,' which opens March 12, is an enchanting, immersive storybook world that brings Disney Princesses and their timeless tales to life. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/ Disney Enterprises, Inc. via Getty Images)
Actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar attend the Ninth Annual MTV Movie Awards on June 3, 2000 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.
Actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar attend the Second Annual Teen Choice Awards on August 6, 2000 at The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar attend the 'Summer Catch' Westwood Premiere on August 22, 2001 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California.
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. attend the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 2001 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
�2009 RAMEY PHOTO USA, Australia and South Africa rights only New York, NY, May 12, 2009. Pregnant actress Sarah Michelle Gellar on set of a HBO new TV series'The Wonderful Maladys'filming in The Upper West Side in New York. During the day her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. is visiting her on the set. The show revolves around the lives of three adult siblings who lost their parents at a young age. CG (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 05: Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and Actor Freddie Prinze Jr pose for a picture at the Hairspray Premiere at the Odeon Cinema Leicester Square on July 05, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar attend the 'Summer Catch' Westwood Premiere on August 22, 2001 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California.
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 08: Grudge 2' Premiere at Knott's Scary Farm in Buena Park, United States on october 08, 2006 - Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Sony Pictures-Los Angeles)
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. (Photo by Kevin Reece/WireImage)
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. in Tommy Hilfiger (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger)
MATTHEW LILLARD, FREDDIE PRINZE AND SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE SET OF MOVIE SCOOBY DOO ON THE GOLD COAST. The stars of the first-ever live-action adaptation of "Scooby Doo" from left Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze and Sarah Michelle Gellar answer questions during a news conference on set at the Warner Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast May 4, 2001. The film will be filmed entirely on location in Queensland and will also star British comedian Rowan Atkinson.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (L) accompanies Freddie Prinze Jnr to the premiere for Moulin Rouge at Sydney's Fox Studios May 21, 2001. The movie, starring former Sydneysider Nicole Kidman, is directed by fellow Australian Baz Luhrmann. The Sydney premiere of the movie set in 19th century Bohemian Paris, follows on from promotions in Cannes, New York and Los Angeles. WB/DL
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (L) and boyfriend Freddie Prinze Jr. arrive for Nickelodeon's 15th annual Kids' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California on April 20, 2002. Gellar and Prinze Jr. were presenting Favorite Movie during the awards. REUTERS/Adrees Latif AL/HK
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 28: Newlyweds Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are on hand at Glamour Magazine's annual Women of the Year awards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gellar was given an award for her success on both the small and big screen. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar arrive at Nickelodeon's '15th Annual Kids' Choice Awards' held at Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
399968 02: Actors Freddie Prinze Jr. And Sarah Michelle Gellar Get An Up Close Look At Natasha And Boris, Two Arctic Foxes In Seaworld San Diego's Wild Arctic Attraction January 19, 2002 In San Diego, Ca. (Photo By Getty Images)
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar during 2000 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar during 2000 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
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