Though he’s primarily known for his acting, James Franco has stepped behind the camera to direct a slew of films and TV shows. And he just opened up about what it was like directing his The Deuce costar Maggie Gyllenhaal in sex scenes.

Sex scenes can be awkward for even the most seasoned actors and directors, but Franco (who is also executive producing and starring in the forthcoming HBO drama series about twin brothers attempting to break into the porn industry in the 1970s), praised Gyllenhaal for handling it all like a total pro.

Maggie sounds like a total PRO! (She’s also co-producing the series, fyi).

Franco also said he has found a real love in directing, noting, “I’ve got to say, of all the things that I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot, the actual process of directing is the most fun, because you’re in the middle of all these different creative people.”

So far, Franco has directed two episodes of the series, and we genuinely CANNOT WAIT to see the fruits of his labor. The subject matter is apparently often dark and heavy, but with a crew this talented, we’re fairly confident it will be epic.

The Deuce airs on HBO on September 10th!