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James Franco was incapable of settling down due to work addiction

James Franco couldn't enjoy his Oscar nomination because he was swamped with work.

James Franco was incapable of settling down because he was so consumed by his work addiction.

The 39-year-old actor, who is known for having multiple projects on the go simultaneously, took a break from acting in November (16) because he "hit a wall" and realised he needed to stop his unhealthy workaholic lifestyle because he was "running on fumes" and neglecting his personal life.

During his chat with GQ Australia magazine, he confessed he hadn't been in a relationship for a long time because he let work get in the way.

"I was a person that was incapable of settling down with anyone because I was so self-consumed before," he said. "I was incapable of sharing my heart with anyone. I was so scared to be vulnerable that I made myself busy every minute of the day, so I had an excuse. But I didn't realise until it started to hurt enough."

His last serious relationship is thought to have been with actress Ahna O’Reilly, who split up with him in 2011 after five years.

James hasn't acted in six months following his "own version of a midlife crisis" and he is feeling much happier for it, and he's finally able to realise how his work addiction left him unable to fully experience emotions.

"I thought I was living the life I always wanted to live. When I finally did wake up, I was completely isolated, emotionally, from everyone around me," he confessed. "We all just want to be happy or feel like we've contributed. And I've found that is synonymous with being present. That's what I didn't have before - when I was doing five billion projects at once, I was everywhere but present.

"The curse of that is that I actually couldn't enjoy my success. I was nominated for an Oscar, I was working with all my heroes. All the dreams I'd had as a young man had come true. And I still couldn't enjoy it. It was never going to be enough."

James was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of trapped adventurer Aron Ralston in the 2010 movie, 127 Hours but he lost out to Colin Firth for The King's Speech.

Belfast Telegraph