In an interview with Out Magazine to promote his upcoming HBO porn drama, The Deuce, James Franco revealed that he struggled with mental health issues.
The actor opened up to the interviewer, novelist Edmund White, about his past problems with addiction and depression.
“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,” Franco revealed. “I really threw myself into it, and that became everything, to the point where I didn’t even socialize. 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.’ So then I threw myself into school, but again it was just this sort of running, running, running.”
He also explained that he found solace in dancing and learning to surf, saying “It’s a kind of therapy for me. I’ve started a new chapter of my life. I was very work-addicted, and addicted to other things—not substances, I got over that a long time ago—but I’ve recently changed my life, and this is part of my therapy.”
Read the full article over at Out.
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