James Franco's Many Faces


He collects degrees. Franco's academic passions run deep. He received a bachelor of arts from UCLA in 2008, where he studied English and creative writing. After that, he moved to New York and enrolled in masters programs at both Columbia University (writing) and NYU (filmmaking). In addition, he started fiction writing classes at Brooklyn College and a poetry program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. He's not done yet: This fall, Franco began pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Yale University and dropped by the Rhode Island School of Design to study art.

He takes soaps seriously. In 2009, Franco took a turn on "General Hospital" as a thinly veiled version of his real personality: A mysterious multimedia artist named "Franco." He wasn't trying to slum it, he wasn't in need of work, he didn't do it on a dare. In December of that year, Franco wrote a Wall Street Journal article about how he saw his "General Hospital" stint as performance art: "My hope was for people to ask themselves if soap operas are really that far from entertainment that is considered critically legitimate."

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