Any time a celebrity or public figure uses their platform to speak candidly about stigmatized issues, we applaud. And in a new interview with Out Magazine, James Franco revealed he battled depression and addiction during his teenage years — and is luckily now in a much better place.
Though Franco has admitted that he was drug-free in the past, he has never opened up specifically about his substance abuse issues until now. In the interview, Franco shed light on his struggles, and we’re so proud of him for being so honest about this difficult part of his life.
But then, when he was 27, he began battling another mental health issue, revealing that he struggled with depression.
Franco noted that, after realizing his patterns and tendencies, he’s taken active steps to break the cycle. He says he’s taken up surfing and hip-hop lessons recently, revealing that he finds both hobbies therapeutic.
It seems as though Franco is doing better these days, and we wish him continued health and happiness in the years to come. Having candidt conversations about mental health and substance abuse issues only helps to make those struggling feel less alone, so we’re thankful for his honesty.
Franco’s next project is the HBO drama series The Deuce, which premieres on September 10th.