James Franco compares being a workaholic to heroin addiction

It’s no secret that James Franco loves to work — but his workaholic lifestyle was such an addiction, the actor imagined it was like overcoming heroin dependency.

“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,” Franco, 39, said in an interview with GQ Australia.

“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.”

Not Released (NR)

James Franco attends the premiere of ‘In Dubious Battle’ during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Sala Giardino on September 3, 2016 in Venice, Italy.

(Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Franco was discussing his nonstop schedule — he has 17 different projects scheduled this year — and shared that he had a “moment of crisis” when things came to a head at the time of the election.

James Franco opens up about addictive personality in interview

“I hit a wall,” he told GQ.

James Franco in HBO’s “The Deuce.”

James Franco in HBO’s “The Deuce.”

(Paul Schiraldi)

“I feel like it’s not a total coincidence that I hit my own personal wall at the time that I did — last November,” Franco said. “I think a lot of people have been questioning their lives lately in the States and what they’re doing, how they’re living.”

The actor — who first broke onto the scene in 1999 with Judd Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks” — said it was only when he took a step back from work that he realized the feelings of isolation he was running from.

“As soon as I took a step back and stopped working, it was like, ‘holy s–t.’ 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,’” the “Pineapple Express” star explained. “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’s ‘other’ professions, from painter to poet

He also revealed that his workaholic nature never hit him because it’s just typical Hollywood, a culture he said enables it.

“I’m still just dealing with all of it, but with addiction, a lot of it comes down to ego,” he said. “And in Hollywood that might even be more dangerous because the mirror that reflects your ego back is like 100 miles wide in Hollywood.”

Franco starred in and directed his latest film, “The Disaster Artist,” due out in December. He also stars in HBO’s “The Deuce” and serves as an executive producer on the series.

james franco

Send a Letter to the Editor

Join the Conversation:

Gossip Rss