James Franco is featured on the cover of OUT Magazine’s September issue and reportedly the 39-year-old actor has opened up about his early life, struggles, depression and addiction like never before. Additionally, he has also admitted some of his challenges in his acting career, specifically the sex scenes.
“I have a very addictive personality,” Franco admits honestly. “I have a very addictive personality. When I was a teenager I got over certain addictions, and that’s when I started acting, at age 17.”
In some interviews before this one, James has come up with lots of shocking and interesting information about his teenage. He has already told the world that he had his troubles with alcohol, graffiti and he was also addicted to selling stolen bottles of perfumes and cologne, a crime which eventually put him back on the bars. He confessed that once he realized he needs a change, he thought of acting and step into the industry.
But he just told the magazine that before all this, acting itself was an addiction to him. “I really threw myself into it, and that became everything, to the point where I didn’t even socialize,” the actor said. “And then after, like, 10 years of that, at age 27, I realized, ‘Man, I’m so depressed. On the surface my life seems pretty good—I have a career and everything— but I feel isolated and lonely.’”
Now Franco has taken up a new job-direction. “I’ve got to say, of all the things that I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot, the actual process of directing is the most fun, because you’re in the middle of all these different creative people,” he said.
So far the actor has directed two episodes of his HBO series The Deuce. It is a story of twin brothers who are trying to make a big entry in the struggling porn industry in the New York City. The actor cum director found it a big challenge to work behind the cameras while he has to direct a sex scene with Maggie Gyllenhaal.
“I had to direct sex scenes in The Deuce and … whooo, it was interesting, I have to say. Maggie Gyllenhaal, in addition to being just an incredible actress, is fearless, and she really led the charge with how she handled the sex scenes and how she handled herself, and really set the template for everyone else,” James explained. “If I didn’t have someone like her, I think it would have been really, really hard to engage in those scenes, but she just made it so easy. She’s fearless.”
It is great to see an incredible artist to come out of the misery of addiction and become a renowned personality for the world. James is one of those great artists who understood their weakness in time and asked for help from the nearest Alo house recovery center. Sadly, there are many creative minds outside who do not realize the effects of drugs, alcohol, and depression in their life. Such people must seek immediate rehab facilities before it is too late for a talent to die a silent death. Kudos James.