Freddie Prinze Jr.: Why I Can’t Tell My Daughter About My New Role

02/21/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Freddie Prinze Jr Star Wars Rebels Toy Fair Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP

You’d think with his upcoming cartoon role as the voice of Kanan the Cowboy Jedi on Disney XD ‘s Star Wars Rebels, Freddie Prinze, Jr. would be excited to tell his kids all about it.

But that’s not the case — and for good reason.

When it comes to daughter Charlotte Grace, 4, the eldest of his two children with The Crazy Ones star Sarah Michelle Gellar, Prinze admits he just can’t bear to break her heart.

“I don’t tell her, ‘Daddy does cartoon voices,’ because to her those characters are so real and magical. What kind of jerk would I be?” Prinze, 38, told PEOPLE during a preview of the show’s new Lego products at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

The actor, who made a return to the small screen on Lifetime’s Witches of East End last October, says it’s probably best his daughter doesn’t know about Kanan.

“She loves villains. Her favorite character is Vader and she wants to kill Jedis,” says Prinze with a laugh. “I don’t know what my daughter will become.”

But even though Charlotte and son Rocky James, 18 months, aren’t in the know, Prinze says he’s excited enough for the whole family.

“It’s Star Wars, man! I got this scar on my chin after playing with some aluminum poles my cousin and I pretended were lightsabers. To be a part of this is surreal,” he explains.

As for his own son, “He’s big enough to play with Hot Wheels cars now without swallowing them.”

— Janine Rayford Rubenstein

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Lee on

I love this man!!

Marky on

This couple is just adorable, and their children are, as well. Freddie Prinze was soooo great in the role he played on Psych, and I just wish he had become a regular! What comedic timing he has. So cute he doesn’t want to spoil the movie for Charlotte; what sweet, caring parents they seem to be…..

Carolline on

Aww! I love Freddie and Sarah. Their family are adorable!

Guest on

LOVE LOVE LOVE him!!!! Wish we could see more of him nowadays. So hot and so humble!!!!!

sarah on

Love me some Freddie Prinze Jr!!!! 🙂

Amy on

He’s adorable.

Cali on

I was so excited to see him on Witches of East End and hope he comes back for season 2!

ilmbeaches on

He is looking like his dad more and more

K. on

I don’t know why but him and his wife seem like really arrogant people. And the wife seems very controlling. I don’t know them personally obviously but they do not come across as nice people.

Katie on

Can’t say a bad thing about either couple. They’re so humble.. real.. and don’t let Hollywood get to them. They’re wholesome and so family oriented as it should be. They stay out of the limelight to protect their family and never gossip.. Love them!

Garjaya on

As his dad would have said, LOOOOOKING GOOD.

Red Sam Rackham on

Oh c’mon, Freddie. Don Rickles’ grandkids are proud of their Grampa being the voice of Mr. Potatohead in Toy Story. ☺

excugoaway on

Awe, keep her magical experience going as long as possible. They grow up so fast!