V LEGENDS: James Franco

V LEGENDS: James Franco

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE CREATIVE MINDS OF OUR MANY LOYAL CONTRIBUTORS. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS. TODAY WE TURN TO OUR RESIDENT POET AND RENAISSANCE MAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR JAMES FRANCO

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE CREATIVE MINDS OF OUR MANY LOYAL CONTRIBUTORS. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS. TODAY WE TURN TO OUR RESIDENT POET AND RENAISSANCE MAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR JAMES FRANCO

Photography: James Franco

Text: William Defebaugh

Lana lives in her art, and when she comes down to earth for interviews, it gets messy, because she isn’t made for this earth. She is made to live in the world she creates. Just let her live in it, says James Franco of his friend and esteemed colleague Lana Del Rey. These words come from one of Franco’ s now regular columns as a contributing editor, and served as precedent for his cover story with Del Rey for V97, photographed by Steven Klein. Del Rey’ s much-anticipated cover story came together just in time to celebrate the release of her third studio album, Honeymoon, released in September 2015. As Del Rey had decided she would no longer give interviews to the press, having been scrutinized so severely in her career (for proof, just watch her music video for the album’ s lead single, High By The Beach, in which she blows up a paparazzi helicopter with a bazooka), she stipulated that she would only speak if she was interviewed by Franco. What resulted was one of the most honest interviews that Del Rey has given yet. Of course, it was only one of many contributions to the magazine by Franco (he also interviewed his one-time co-star Selena Gomez for her V94 cover story), whose portfolio runs the gamut from essays and paintings to film reviews and poetry.

This is an excerpt from V Legends: a special supplement to V100. To read the full compendium, order your copy of V100 here, or pick up the issue on stands now.

THE CAST OF PALO ALTO FOR V89.

THE CAST OF PALO ALTO FOR V89.

THE CAST OF PALO ALTO FOR V89.

TEXT AND ARTWORK BY JAMES FRANCO FOR V91.

JAMES FRANCO, LANA DEL REY, AND KLAUS BIESENBACH, PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHUCK GRANT FOR V93.

LANA DEL REY FOR V93.

TEXT BY JAMES FRANCO FOR V95.

JAMES FRANCO FOR V95.

JAMES, TOM, AND DAVE FRANCO FOR V96. 

TOM FRANCO AND DAVE FRANCO FOR V96.

LANA DEL REY INTERVIEWED BY JAMES FRANCO, PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEVEN KLEIN, AND STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG FOR V97.

LANA DEL REY STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEVEN KLEIN FOR V97.

LANA DEL REY STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEVEN KLEIN FOR V97.

LANA DEL REY STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEVEN KLEIN FOR V97.

LANA DEL REY INTERVIEWED BY JAMES FRANCO, PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEVEN KLEIN, AND STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG FOR V97.

LANA DEL REY INTERVIEWED BY JAMES FRANCO, PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEVEN KLEIN, AND STYLED BY MEL OTTENBERG FOR V97.

TEXT AND ARTWORK BY JAMES FRANCO FOR V97.

ARTWORK AND TEXT BY JAMES FRANCO FOR V98.

SELENA GOMEZ, INTERVIEWED BY JAMES FRANCO,  PHOTOGRAPHED BY INEZ & VINOODH, AND STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE FOR V94.

SELENA GOMEZ, INTERVIEWED BY JAMES FRANCO,  PHOTOGRAPHED BY INEZ & VINOODH, AND STYLED BY CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE FOR V94.

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