James Franco is a big-time film and television star, but he wasn't always so successful. Franco started at the very bottom.
He dropped out of college in 1996 and began working at a McDonald's in Los Angeles while chasing his dream of becoming an actor.
Franco wrote a piece for The Washington Post, published Thursday morning, about his time as a Mickey D's employee.
And for the most part, Franco seemed to have an enjoyable experience.
Though he had been a vegetarian when he started the job, Franco quickly began eating meat.
He also stole his fair share of fries, recalling,
Eventually, Franco booked a Super Bowl commercial and was able to quit the job. But it was definitely a formative experience for the young actor.
Citations: McDonalds was there for me when no one else was (The Washington Post)