James Franco Picks Up A Surfboard To Battle Depression

James Franco has picked up a new hobby to help conquer his depression.

The actor and upcoming star of “The Deuce” opens up to Out magazine about his addictions both old and new. “I have a very addictive personality,” Franco confesses. “When I was a teenager I got over certain addictions, and that’s when I started acting, at age 17.”

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His career, however, introduced him to a whole new kind of addiction. “I really threw myself into it, and that became everything, to the point where I didn’t even socialize,” he continues. “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.”

The “King Cobra” star has picked up a new hobby to help him navigate the seas of depression: surfing. “I’ve started a new chapter of my life. I was very

“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 [surfing] is part of my therapy.”

Franco, 39, also dishes on the uncomfortable challenges on the set of the new HBO show that explores the shady world of porn and prostitution in the ’70s and ’80s.

“I had to direct sex scenes in ‘The Deuce’ and… whooo, it was interesting, I have to say. [Co-star] Maggie Gyllenhaal, in addition to being just an incredible actress, is fearless, and she really led the charge with how she handled the sex scenes and how she handled herself, and really set the template for everyone else,” he says.

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“If I didn’t have someone like her I think it would have been really, really hard to engage in those scenes, but she just made it so easy. She’s fearless.”

The first eight-episode season of “The Deuce” premieres September 10, 2017.

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