James Franco Tried to Pick Up a 17-Year-Old Via Instagram

James Franco is truly a jack-of-all-trades–he writes, teaches, acts, and even directs, but somehow he still finds time  for love. Well, not really love, but rather time to be vaguely creepy on the internet.

On Thursday, Franco, best known for appearing in films like 127 Hours and the Spider-Man trilogy, was called out for hitting on a 17-year-old girl using the social media site Instagram, best known for sepia-toned pictures of brunch.

Franco responded to the rumors today on the talk show Friday on Live! with Kelly and Michael.

“I’m embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky,” Franco said. “It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned is you don’t know who’s on the other end. I used bad judgement, and I learned my lesson.”

The 17-year-old girl was visiting New York City from Scotland where she met Franco after one of his performances of Broadway play Of Mice and Men. He asked her to tag him in a video of the encounter on Instagram, the first of his malicious advances. Photos of the conversation leaked online on Wednesday.


Franco was eager for the girl to turn 18, although the age of consent in New York is 17. But the 35-year-old actor was too hungry for young blood to wait, and asked where she was staying. After all, how could he resist those emojis with hearts for eyes? He’s just a man.

Hopefully Franco’s next film, Palo Alto, will help audiences forget about this regrettable incident. The film, based on his own short stories, concerns a 30-something man with rugged good looks (played by Franco) having an affair with a beautiful teenage girl. Hey, wait a minute…