After James Franco was caught red-handed flirting with a 17-year-old fan via social media and text messages, he headed on ‘Live with Kelly & Michael’ and apologized for what happened — but it didn’t appear to be sincere, a body language expert told HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
James Franco knew that the messages and texts between he and Lucy Clode were already in the social media world and that wasn’t going anywhere. So, he took the higher road and apologized. However, it was too “defensive” to be sincere, body language expert Lillian Glass told HollywoodLife.com.
James Franco’s Apology — Defensive & Insincere
On April 1, James met Lucy, 17, outside his Broadway show Of Mice & Men. After she took a selfie with him, he asked her to tag him on Instagram. After she did, he reached out to her, asking her her age, where she was staying and if she was single. Of course, the messages ended up online.
James, who’s currently promoting the show as well as his new film Palo Alto, appeared on Live! with Kelly & Michael, and didn’t avoid the topic — he explained that “social media is tricky.”
Here’s his full statement:
I was just feeling awkward. I didn’t want to come on the show and just feel awkward. I’m embarrassed and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky. It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned –I guess just because I’m new to it— you don’t know who’s on the other end. You meet somebody in person and you get a feel for them, but you don’t know who you’re talking to. So, I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson. But, unfortunately in my position, I have a very good life, but not only do I have to go through the embarrassing kind of rituals of meeting someone, sometimes if I do that then it gets published for the world. So now it’s doubly embarrassing.
Toward the end, he does crack a smile, and begins “laughing like a kid who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar,” Dr. Lillian Glass told HollywoodLife.com exclusively after watching his apology.
“He looks down, he looks up, he laughs, he never looked at Kelly [Ripa] during the apology,” Dr. Glass continued. “He is doing what he has to do to save his reputation. Also he sounds monotone and insincere and defensive as he says he’s ‘new at this.’ Everyone is new at this. He sounded too defensive for a sincere apology.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think his apology was sincere? Or do you think it was just to save his image? Let us know!
– Emily Longeretta