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All things James Franco  GQ Australia 🇦🇺 interview with James 👇

http://www.gq.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/james+franco+gq+australia+interview+addiction,51837

It’s just gone 4pm in Los Angeles and James is doing what he does these days, which is getting a smoothie. Something with cacao.

Earlier today he was playing tennis and before that, he hit the gym. 💪

I have a whole new approach. I have slowed down. I thought that I was making my work better by overworking, but after a while you realise there’s no more oil in the car. You’re running on fumes, and you will burn out if you keep going at this pace - James Franco 😊❤
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On our shoot, James is everything you’d want from a Hollywood star... Funny, engaging, charming. 😍😍😍😍
He’s also seriously ripped; his body showing barely even a hint of any fat.. 🤗🔥❤💞
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There’s also the fact that being busy was not just what James did – it was who he was. 😥

More than just a guy who did a million different things, that was his persona. People expected him to live up to it. 😝

The curse of that is that I actually couldn’t enjoy my success. I was nominated for an Oscar, I was working with all my heroes. All the dreams I’d had as a young man had come true. And I still couldn’t enjoy it. It was never going to be enough. 😐

For the first time in as long as he can remember, James is finding time for himself. 😊

It’s really weird but this year had been the self-care year. I was playing tennis today and if you looked at my life six months ago, you would never have seen me doing anything like that. 🎾

What I love about things like playing tennis or learning to surf is I don’t need to be a professional at them. 🏄

I can just do it because I enjoy it. Wow. What a concept! 🤗

I’m sure everybody has shit like this to learn. And it seems to me like I’m learning lessons a lot of people learned when they were 18. But whatever. Better late than never.

I’m feeling a lot better, dude. I can honestly say I’m really happy. And, for now at least, maybe that’s enough - James Franco 😎❤🇦🇺
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💥I’m not on social media💥

There was also a part of me that embraced that public persona who was just whacky and hard to pin down. So I had something to do with it. But that persona also rose around me – it wasn’t as if I could just do that all by myself.

What I told myself at the time was that this public persona is an entity that is me and that is not me. And I wanted to have fun with it.

But now that I’ve taken a step back, I’m only engaging with projects that I really care about.

I’m not on social media. I’m not doing things just to try them. You won’t find me hosting the Oscars on a whim. - James Franco ❤
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I’m at that point where I realise how valuable time is. I think that I’ll be happier if I spend it doing things that I really love instead of spreading myself so thinly, doing a lot of things that I kind of care about, but not with my whole heart.

What I’m really conscious of is that I realise what a great life I have, so I’m truly trying to be grateful. Forty is a big milestone, but I feel like I went through my own version of a midlife crisis – so I don’t think I’ll hit another one at 40. I have a whole new approach. I have slowed down.

I thought that I was making my work better by overworking, but after a while you realise there’s no more oil in the car. You’re running on fumes, and you will burn out if you keep going at this pace - James Franco 🤗😚💞
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Is James looking to settle down? 🤔

I’ll say this,” he says, choosing his words carefully for the first time.

I was a person that was incapable of settling down with anyone because I was so self-consumed before. I was incapable of sharing my heart with anyone. I was so scared to be vulnerable that I made myself busy every minute of the day, so I had an excuse. But I didn’t realise until it started to hurt enough.” - James Franco 😕💔 💞
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All my heroes, from Elizabeth Taylor to Montgomery Clift to Humphrey Bogart – there is just so much wreckage in their lives. 😓

They were looking for romance to save them or for work to save them, and as their careers faded – as everyone’s inevitably does – they just became wrecks. Alcoholics, drug addicts. Story after story.

It made me realise I need to find some other way to feel OK with myself outside of my work. I still love my work, but it can’t be this thing I turn to for happiness.

When I made my happiness contingent on how I was doing professionally, inevitably there are ebbs and flows in every career and when things weren’t going well, I felt like shit. Then I have to act out in other ways to make myself feel better.

And when you’re turning to things outside yourself to fill yourself, there’s never going to be enough – you’ve got to do more and more things to escape. - James Franco
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💥 What’s underneath addiction? 💥

But in fact, being a workaholic means you’re addicted to something. And what’s underneath addiction?

It’s about hiding from fear, from pain, it’s doing something to make yourself feel better. That’s exactly what I was doing and I had to really adjust my relationship to work.

It’s really hard!. I’m sure, like anything you’re addicted to, letting that go is difficult because it’s a coping mechanism to make you feel good. - James Franco
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The thing about work addiction is our culture supports it. We reward hard work and success. But it can really mask addictive, escapist behaviour.

I’ve never done heroin in my life, but I imagine if you get off heroin, people talk about facing reality, all these feelings coming back. Whether you know it or not, you want to bury them with the drug.

And when you’re turning to things outside yourself to fill yourself, there’s never going to be enough.

I’m still just dealing with all of it, but with addiction, a lot of it comes down to ego. And in Hollywood that might even be more dangerous because the mirror that reflects your ego back is like 100 miles wide in Hollywood.” - James Franco ❤
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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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James does not want this to be a typical interview.

He has a confession to make. Because in November last year, everything we thought we knew about James Franco changed. 🤔

The guy we were so used to seeing with a million projects on the go, began to realise he couldn’t do it anymore. He’d had enough. 😐

I really had a moment of crisis, I hit a wall. 🤤

It’s so hard to see it. I thought I was living the life I always wanted to live. When I finally did wake up, I was completely isolated, emotionally, from everyone around me. 😔

Whatever your religion or non-religion is, I truly believe we’re all just looking for the same thing. We all just want to be happy or feel like we’ve contributed. And I’ve found that is synonymous with being present. 🙃

That’s what I didn’t have before — when I was doing five billion projects at once, I was everywhere but present.” - James Franco 😕💔
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