Everything We Know About James Franco’s Girlfriend, Isabel Pakzad
James Franco’s reputation was marred after the 2018 Golden Globes, where Franco took home an award for The Disaster Artist, when multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.
Franco denied the allegations—“the things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate”—but added that he plans to take responsibility for his actions. “The way I live my life, I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made. I will make it. So if I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it,” Franco said.
The conversation around Franco has since died down. He was not nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, despite winning a Golden Globe in that category, but he will continue to star in season 2 of The Deuce. And HBO isn’t the only one who’s sticking with Franco: His girlfriend, Isabel Pakzad, has remained with her man throughout the scandal.
The two have been reportedly dating since early November, and have been spotted together as recently as July 23, when they made their red carpet debut as a couple at the opening night of Straight White Men.
While neither of them have publicly spoken about their romance, save for Franco mentioning his girlfriend “Isabel” on Howard Stern in December, they’ve been spotted out in public on multiple occasions, including after the sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.
Pakzad was Franco’s date to the 2018 SAG Awards, where they were spotted smiling at each other inside the ceremony (above). The actor didn’t walk the red carpet at the event, and Pakzad cropped the person next to her out of the photo she posted a photo to Instagram of her Dior dress.
The 24-year-old Penn State grad is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California, where she’s getting a Masters in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology.
Judging by her Instagram account, she’s also a seasoned world traveler, though we have no way of knowing whether she’s been taking these trips with Franco, since he’s never appeared on her social media.