James says it freely now: I was a workaholic. 😓
But part of the reason he didn’t realise it sooner is that no one ever really thought it was a problem.
James began to realise that the more he worked, the more he felt there was something missing. That, while acting had made him feel safe all those years ago as a shy teen, the feelings of isolation had never really gone away. He’d just learnt to hide them.
It was a gradual thing, I hadn’t been in a relationship in a long time and was, like, realising how much I was running from feelings and people. And how much of my identity was wrapped up in work.
I knew who I was on a movie set. But take me away from that and it’s like, oh shit, I have to interact with people outside of the dynamics of a movie set? That’s really scary. 🎥
But as soon as I took a step back and stopped working, it was like, holy shit. All the feelings flooded in and it was like this is what I was running from. This is what I was using work to hide from. This is why I had to occupy myself every minute of the day, 24 hours a day.
Because I was running, running from emotions and being vulnerable and being around people. Being myself." - James Franco 💔
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