|About Isabel Pakzad
|January 2, 1993 New Jersey, United States
|University of Southern California, Penn State University, Tenafly High School
|Tenafly, New Jersey
When it comes to romance, James Franco hasn’t always had the best track record. But it seems that he’s struck gold with his latest relationship with girlfriend Isabel Pakzad. Despite the 15-year age gap and the recent sexual misconduct allegations brought forth against the actor—which he’s vehemently denied in the past—things seem to be going very well for the couple. Keep reading our Isabel Pakzad wiki to learn everything you need to know about James Franco’s girlfriend!
Isabel Pakzad Has a Mixed Heritage
Isabel Pakzad was born on January 2, 1993 in New Jersey. According to her Instagram bio, she is of Greek and Iranian descent.
Isabel’s mother, Marie Pakzad, currently resides in New York. Together with her husband, Alex Kyriazis, Marie runs the construction company Vector Building Corp.
Isabel is believed to be Iranian on her biological father’s side.
Judging by a few touching Instagram posts like the Father’s Day tribute she posted on June 16, it appears that her father sadly passed away. Not much is known about him other than the fact that he and Isabel were obviously very close.
Pakzad Is a Student at USC
Isabel Pakzad’s LinkedIn profile is packed with her incredible achievements. Growing up in New Jersey, the brunette beauty attended Tenafly High School from 2008 to 2012. During her time there, she was a respected athlete, being part of the soccer, track, and basketball teams. She was also a member of the school’s renowned debate team.
After graduating from high school, Isabel attended Penn State University from 2012 to 2016, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations/advertising. She also minored in international studies. While at Penn State, Pakzad worked as an intern at Davos Brands, a high-end wine and spirits company. She also worked as the university’s television producer.
She spent her spring 2015 semester at the Universitat de Barcelona, where her studies focused on liberal arts and social sciences, international business.
Over the years, Pakzad has built an impressive career in public relations. She got her start working as a public relations representative at Sony Entertainment in August 2015. Following that, she held two distinct roles at Universal Music Group, first as a public relations representative before moving on to college & lifestyle marketing representative.
Pakzad returned to school in 2017-2018 to earn her master’s degree in integrated design, business, and technology from the University of Southern California.
She then took a three-month temporary contract as a publicity employee at CBS Films Inc. While there, her responsibilities included assisting in promotional campaigns, press junkets, and premieres, among other tasks.
The last PR job she held was in Television Publicity at PMK-BNC in 2017, where she “created client facing deliverables including media coverage reports and value assessment of television series launches and events.”
Currently, Pakzad is back in school at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. She enrolled at USC in 2017 and is earning her degree while also attending high profile events and maintaining her relationship with James Franco.
Pakzad Is an Actress and Producer
Pakzad has been described as a prominent social media personality, but there’s actually a lot more to her than that. She’s also an actress and producer who is building quite the resume in 2019.
Her most anticipated work will be the 2020 Harley Quinn DCEU flick, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. Meanwhile, 2019 has been busy for her with the release of This is 25, and TV appearances in The Deuce, an HBO series about the pornography industry in the 1970s that also stars James Franco, and Baker’s Dozen.
She’s an Avid Traveler
Isabel Pakzad’s Instagram is chock-full of stunning scenic pictures from her travels. She enjoys traveling to exotic locations throughout Greece and Italy with her close friends and family.
Until recently, she and Franco preferred to keep their relationship under wraps—especially from the invasive eyes of the paparazzi. Lately, though, they’ve been flaunting their relationship for the whole world to see.
Despite the fact that she’s dating one of the biggest Hollywood stars of our time, Pakzad has made it abundantly clear that she’s not interested in sharing the limelight with him. When their romance first blossomed, the couple would seldom attend Hollywood events together. However, they have been spotted more recently getting chummy together in public on several occasions and she has even started attending more and more public events in support of her beau.
When you’re dating a celebrity, public appearances pretty much come with the territory!
In August of this year, the couple was spotted walking in Los Angeles after what appeared to be a joint morning workout.
Even though Pakzad’s Instagram doesn’t feature any pictures of her and Franco together, there is a tribute account presumably created by fans that have tons of pictures of the two of them. She even attended a wrap party for Franco’s hit show The Deuce, which will end after its third season following sexual misconduct allegations against the actor.
Most recently, the couple was photographed basking in the sunlight, enjoying each other’s company, and going for a dip during a relaxing vacation on Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast.
Aside from frolicking on the beach together and going for a swim, the couple also enjoys surfing and going on movie dates at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood.
She Stuck by Franco during His Sexual Assault Allegations
Right before James Franco and Isabel Pakzad went public with their relationship, several allegations of sexual misconduct against him were brought to light. The 2018 Golden Globes awards ceremony, during which Franco won the award for Best Actor for The Disaster Artist (2017), was the catalyst for the accusations.
The theme of the night was Time’s Up in response to the rampant sexual harassment accusations that were being unveiled in Hollywood at the time. Following his win, Franco received a lot of criticism for sporting the momentous Time’s Up pin that celebrities were wearing in support of sexual assault victims.
Many people, including Franco’s The Long Shrift (2014) costar Ally Sheedy, called him out on social media for wearing the pin, implying it was hypocritical. Not long after that, four more women who’d worked with Franco in various capacities came out with their own stories of alleged sexual misconduct at the hands of the Hollywood actor.
Sheedy quickly deleted the tweets that also arbitrarily named Christian Slater, but screenshots live forever.
Around the same time Franco and Sheedy were working together, he had a questionable and sexually explicit Instagram interaction with an underage teenage girl, which he claimed was just “bad judgment” on his part.
In response to the other allegations of sexual misconduct, Franco appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year, claiming that they were “not accurate.”
In spite of all of the allegations, Pakzad and Franco’s relationship still seems to be going strong and there have been rumors that they are thinking about getting engaged. According to a Us Weekly source, the couple is getting very “serious” and they’ve openly “spoken about getting engaged.”
So far, two women—former acting students of Franco—have filed lawsuits against the 127 Hours actor for sexual misconduct and assault. While Franco and Pakzad have apparently managed to weather the storm thus far, it’s unclear how these lawsuits and allegations will impact their relationship. Only time will tell if Pakzad will continue to support Franco pending his legal troubles.