As a teenager, Franco fell in to a crowd that stole designer fragrances and sold them to their classmates. "In my first two years of high school, I got into a lot of trouble with the police for minor things: graffiti, stealing, crashing cars," he revealed to The Guardian. "It was teen angst. I was uncomfortable in my own skin. I was shy. I changed my ways just in time to get good grades."
After dropping out of UCLA, Franco worked the late shift at McDonald's to support himself while trying to become an actor. "I was vegetarian until [then]," he said.