Act­ing helped James Franco kick ad­dic­tions

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

It seems like James Franco (above) is open­ing about the trou­bles of his youth. Ac­cord­ing to E! On­line, the 39-year-old ac­tor, who is slated to star in an up­com­ing series, called The Deuce, feels that act­ing helped him over­come cer­tain kind of ad­dic­tions.

He said, “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. I re­ally threw my­self into it, and that be­came ev­ery­thing, to the point where I didn’t even so­cialise.” He added, “And then af­ter, like, 10 years of that, at age 27, I re­alised, ‘Man, I’m so de­pressed.’ On the sur­face, my life seems pretty good... but I feel iso­lated.” The ac­tor said, “I’ve started a new chap­ter of my life. I was very workad­dicted, and ad­dicted to other things — not sub­stances, I got over that a long time ago — but I’ve re­cently changed my life.”

Work­ing be­hind the cam­era on the series, Franco was in the awk­ward po­si­tion of di­rect­ing a sex scene with Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal. He says, “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 set the tem­plate for every­one else.”

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