The internet has been abuzz with “James Franco gay” searches after the actor commented on speculation over his sexuality due to the number of gay characters he’s portrayed. However, Ahna O’Reilly, Franco’s girlfriend of five years, has shot down the James Franco gay rumors, noting that if anyone would know, she would.
“If he does, it’s news to me,” Ahna O’Reilly responded when asked if James wants to be gay. According to Ahna O’Reilly, Franco’s characters on-screen have nothing to do with who he is on screen.
Franco explained that his interest in gay characters wasn’t just because they were gay, but because they led interesting lives. One fine example would be Franco’s portrayal of Harvey Milk in Milk.
“It’s all cut-and-dry identity politics – ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’” said Franco. “Or ‘this is your third gay movie- come out already!”
Franco noted that people should consider that there were other reasons for his choices, and ended with a joke, which people jumped on as literal.
“Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended to opposition,” Franco explained. “Or you know what, maybe I’m gay.”
What do you think? Is Franco gay or straight? Do you even care? Have you seen Franco’s latest film, 127 Hours?