Is James Franco Gay, in a Relationship or Married & What is His Net Worth in 2020?

Age/Date of Birth:
April 19, 1978
5 feet, 11 inches (1.8 m)
Mixed of Portuguese-Swedish, Russian-Jewish descent
Wife or Girlfriend:Isabel Pakzad
Parents:Father; Douglas Eugene “Doug” Franco
Mother: Betsy Lou (née Verne)
Net Worth:$30 million

James Franco is one of those guys who abandoned education after they fell in love with the entertainment industry. The famous actor is also admired for being a fine filmmaker.  As of 2020, James Franco’s net worth is $30 million.

Is James Franco Gay? Here’s What We Know About His Sexuality

There have been persistent rumors swirling around the sexuality of James Franco and this is due to the fact that he has portrayed several gay characters in quite a number of gay-themed film projects such as “I Am Michael”, his directorial debut “The Broken Tower”, “Interior. Leather Bar.”, “King Cobra”, and “Milk” among others. He has also openly declared his support for the LGBT community and these have led the media to relentlessly question if he is gay or not. Responding to the questions, he maintains that he finds a lot more dimensions to the gay characters he portrays than the things they do in the bedroom. “Or, you know what,” he joked, “maybe I’m just gay.”

In March 2015, Franco opened up again about his sexuality saying he is gay in his “art”. He said this in a dialogue between “the straight James Franco” and the “gay James Franco” featured on Four Two Nine magazine, March issue. Speaking to himself, he asked, “Are you f–king gay or what?” And in response, he said “Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with…”

Continuing, James made it clear that he likes his queer public persona, that he likes the fact that people find it difficult to define him and as a result, are left making guesses about him. “They don’t know what the hell is up with me, and that’s great”, he added. The actor further explained that it’s not like he does what he does to get people confused “but as long as they are confused, I get time to play.”

While Franco does not mind his sexual preference being a topic for public discussion, he is in no way interested in coming out straight to clear the air because according to him, what people really think about his sexuality is of no concern to him as it is none of their business. “So I really don’t choose to identify with my public persona. I am not interested in most straight male-bonding rituals, but I am also kept from being fully embraced by the gay community because I don’t think anyone truly believes I have gay sex.”

Addressing the topic again in 2016 in an interview with Rolling stone, James Franco admitted that he likes to leave people to their imagination as to whether he is gay, straight, or somewhere in the middle. According to him, one of the nice things about all that speculation is that it’s a smokescreen. By letting the rumors about his sexuality go on, they act as a shield and this means that he has more freedom to live his personal life however he wants to.

Is He Married or Dating Anyone?

James Franco has never been married and does not seem to have any plans of settling down anytime soon. Despite the confusion about his sexuality, the actor has been involved with several women over the years, however, in line with his belief that he owes no one an explanation about his love life, he has never confirmed any of the reported relationships.

Presently, James Franco is dating Isabel Pakzad who is fifteen years younger than he is. Isabel is an aspiring actress and a producer known for the 2019 film “This Is 25”, and the 2020 movies “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” and “Audition Room 2”. A Penn State graduate, Isabel was formerly at the University of Southern California where she studied for a Master’s degree in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology.

The duo has reportedly been together since November 2017 even though they never debuted on the red carpet until July 2018. Three months later, they also attended the Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights as a couple. Their relationship has been going strong despite accusations of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behaviour leveled against the actor in January 2018.

James and Isabel are often seen engaging in outdoors exercises but on September 25th 2020 they decided to something different as they went out on a spa date in New York City. After a session of self-pampering, the couple moved over to the popular cafe Dante to have lunch and refreshments. On October 10th 2020, they were again seen receiving some self-care at a New York salon.

Franco Has Been Linked To Other Women Before Isabel

From 1999 to 2004, James reportedly dated actress Maria Sokoloff whom he met for the first time in 1999 in the course of the filming of the movie “Whatever It Takes ” and not long after, they began dating. They remained together for the next five years but eventually parted ways in 2004.

In 2006, he got involved with Ahna O’Reilly and they were also together for five years before calling it quits in 2011. While they were together, the duo never made any comments about their relationship but they appeared as a couple on the red carpet and other social events. Meanwhile, also in June 2006, there were rumours that the celebrity actor was dating Sienna Miller, an English actress.

Franco was linked to a number of women in 2011. According to reports, he dated Agyness Deyn, a British model, actress, and singer, for some months that year. There were also rumors that he had a fling with the Italian fashion designer, Riccardo Tisci. He was again rumored to be involved with actress Anne Hathaway and Klaus Biesenbach, the Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

The year 2012 was no different for the actors with regard to speculations about his love life. While he was said to have been involved with Ashley Benson, whom he met on the set of “Spring Breakers” and dated from October 2012 to sometime in 2013, James Franco was also rumored to be involved with Italian TV personality, Roger Garth as well as actress Amanda Seyfried with whom he shot the 2013 movie “Lovelace”. According to reports, James and the latter took their on-screen love relationship to the real world.

In 2013, their speculations that James was romantically involved with actresses Kristen Stewart, Emilia Clarke, and Kelly Baugher. The latter first became friends with the star actor online before they eventually knew each other when Kelly was looking for a job. Although ten years younger than James, the duo dated for some months in 2013.

The following year, rumormongers at different times peddled the news that Mr. Franco was involved with Lana Del Rey, Scott Haze, and the Los Angeles-based model, Erin Johnson.

His Early Life and Career Beginnings

Born James Edward Franco in Palo Alto California on April 19, 1978, James began acting in plays during high school. He dropped out of college against his parents’ wish to pursue an acting career. Neglected by his parents because of his career choice, Franco took a job in McDonald’s to support himself.

He took acting lessons at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie, and about a year later, he began auditioning for roles in LA. Franco received minor roles and featured in a paid Pizza Hut TV commercial. “Freaks and Geeks” a late 90’s short-lived NBC series was Franco’s first break.

After the critical acclaim Freaks and Geeks was canceled due to low viewership, Franco starred in his debut film “Never Been Kissed” (1999) and later “Whatever It Takes” (2000). “James Dean”, a 2001 TV biographical film by Mark Rydell was another hit for Franco who portrayed the title character. Franco worked hard to portray an outstanding role and it paid off – he won a Golden Globe award for best actor in motion picture and received SAG and Emmy nominations.

A Breakdown of How He Achieved His Million-Dollar Net Worth

Appearance In High Grossing Movies 

James Franco found international fame with Sam Raimi’s superhero film “Spider-Man” in which he portrayed the character of Harry Osborn, the friend of Peter Parker. The movie was critically successful and was a box office hit grossing $822 million worldwide. Franco reprised his role in the two subsequent sequels with the last one “Spider-Man 3” (2007) being the most successful. It grossed  $891 million worldwide and at the time of this writing remains Franco’s highest-grossing movie.

James Franco

In the 2008 comedy movie “Pineapple Express”, Franco received a second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a motion picture. Some of Franco’s popular and outstanding movies include “Milk” (2008) “127 Hours” (2010) for which he received Golden Globe, Academy, and SAG nominations. James is also known for his roles in “Rise of Planet Ape” (2011), the high budget movie “Oz The Great And Powerful” (2013) for which he was reportedly paid $2,000,000, and “The Interview” (2014), which a data obtained by Bloomberg revealed that he earned $6.5 million to appear in.

According to The Numbers, the actor has played leading roles in not less than thirty-three television works, which made a total of $492,201,360 at the domestic box office, $489,678,010 at the international box office, and $981,879,370 at the worldwide box office. He has also played supporting roles in twenty-one on-screen works all of which garnered a combined total of $1,585,627,233, $1,833,093,633, and $3,418,720,866 at the domestic, international, and worldwide box offices respectively.

As documented in the report, James Franco has equally made eight appearances as a lead ensemble member in on-screen works that recorded $1,253,863,932 at the worldwide box office. While James has appeared in quite a good number of roles as an actor, his salary for many of those movies are not known.


A filmmaker in his own right, Franco has produced, written, and directed a number of movies. Some of his recent works include “The Masterpiece” (2016), “Mother May I Sleep With Danger”, a reboot of the 1996 Lifetime drama which featured lesbian vampire lovers, and more. He has also worked in technical roles as a director in the movies “The Disaster Artist” and  “Interior. Leather Bar.”, as a producer/executive producer in the films “King Cobra” and “The Interview” respectively, and as a story creator in the film “Palo Alto”.

In May 2011, James Franco debuted as a dance-theater director with the performance titled “Collage”, which is a mixture of dance, poetry, music, and theatre. He is also credited as the director of the short films acted for R.E.M.’s songs “Blue” and “That Someone Is You“. Continuing his filmmaking career, Franco put together a 1hr. 30mins. docudrama called “The Broken Tower”, which focuses on the life of Hart Crane, who took his life in 1932.

According to The Numbers, Franco has directed 13 movies (and counting) all of which made a combined total of $18,475,005 at the domestic box office, $8,046,727 at the international box office, and $29,268,046 at the worldwide box office. He is also credited as a producer in 9 films that garnered $128,765 at the domestic box office, $102,037 at the international box office, and $230,802 at the worldwide box office.

The actor has also worked as the story creator of four movies, screenwriter of three movies and executive produced three movies all of which made a combined total of $1,189,315, 52,958, and $12,358,805 respectively at the worldwide box office.

Franco Has Always Loved Painting Since He Was A Young Boy

Franco’s love for painting was kindled during his days as a high school undergraduate at the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). According to him, painting was a means through which he expressed himself in high school and though a lot of people know him as an actor, he has been painting longer than he has been acting. His painted works were put on public display for the first time from January 7, to February 11, 2006, at the Glü Gallery in Los Angeles. He also made his debut European art exhibition at Peres Projects in Berlin in 2011.

Other Endeavours

Being a very talented and experienced actor, James Franco gives back to society by impacting the knowledge he has about the art to other. He taught a graduate-level film course at the Tisch School of the Arts, a branch of New York University, in 2011. He has also worked as a film teacher at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles, in addition to teaching a screenwriting class on Skillshare, an online community learning platform. Also interested in music, Franco is part of a band named Daddy, which releases their single and first EP titled “Love in the Old Days” and “MotorCity” in September 2012.

Although he is involved in a few other things that brings in money, A major part of James Franco’s net worth estimated at $30 million comes from his endeavours in the movie industry.

A Highlight Of James Franco’s Income Sources

  • Movie Appearances
  • Filmmaking


Others such as teaching and music

His Educational Achievements 

A younger James Franco graduated from Palo Alto High School in California. That was in 1996. It is said that he was very good in maths and initially toyed with the idea of becoming a marine zoologist. He nonetheless, was in a secret romance with thoughts about being an actor. James eventually decided to major in English at the University of California, Los Angeles. The decision was short-lived; he spent only a year at the institution before he abandoned his studies to be with his first love – acting.

Interestingly, James Franco now tutors in several schools on filmmaking, screenwriting and production. One such school is his alma mater the University of Los Angeles and Palo Alto High School.

His Brothers Are Also Popular

James Franco has two brothers; Dave Franco and Tom Franco. The two are well known in their own right and together they make a pretty neat and talented bunch of siblings.

Dave Franco was born on June 12, 1985, and is also in the entertainment industry as a film and television actor. He first appeared in small film roles like Superbad (2007) and Charlie St. Cloud (2010). When he, however, starred in the ninth season of the comedy series Scrubs, he followed through with a supporting role in the buddy comedy film 21 Jump Street (2012).

Since then he has had starring roles in the films Fright Night (2011), Now You See Me (2013) and its sequel Now You See Me 2 (2016), Warm Bodies (2013), Neighbors (2014) and its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Nerve (2016), The Little Hours (2017) and The Disaster Artist (2017).

Tom Franco, full name Thomas Andrew Franco was born April 14, 1980. The second child of the Francos is an artist and the founder of the Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley, California. Tom Franco stuck with his own education and is a graduate of Palo Alto High School class of 1998. He subsequently graduated in 2002 from the University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in fine art before attending California College of Arts in Oakland, majoring in ceramics.

Profile Summary 
First Name:James
Last Name: Franco
Also Known As:
Ted Teddy
Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Comedian, film producer, Painter, writer.
Famous For: 127 Hours (2010), Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007)
Colleges/Universities Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Columbia University School of the Arts
Yale University,
North Carolina's Warren Wilson College
Rhode Island School of Design
Educational Qualifications:
BA English
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Ph.D. in English
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
April 19, 1978
Zodiac Sign:Aries
Birth Place:
Palo Alto, California U.S.
Mixed of Portuguese-Swedish, Russian-Jewish descent
Country of Residence:
The United States of America(USA)
Physical Attributes
5 feet, 11 inches (1.8 m)
76 kg (167.5 lbs)
Eye Colour:
Daark Brown
Hair Color:
Dark Brown
Other Body Measurements:
Chest: 42 Inches
Waist: 31 Inches
Biceps: 14 Inches
Marital Status:
Isabel Pakzad
Family and Relatives
Douglas Eugene “Doug” Franco
Mother:Betsy Lou (née Verne)
Siblings:Tom Franco (Younger Brother)
Dave Franco (Younger Brother)
Other Relatives:
Daniel Verne (Maternal Grandfather),
Mitzie Verne (Maternal Grandmother)
Marjorie (Peterson) Franco (Paternal Grandmother)
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$30 million
Source of Wealth:
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