07/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

James Franco Headed For Yale PhD, Wants To Be A T.A.

James Franco has played a spaced out stoner, a jealous rich boy and a Hollywood icon, but the actor's favorite role is being a student.

"I love school," Franco told PEOPLE at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of his directorial debut, the documentary Saturday Night, in New York Sunday. "I go to school because I love being around people who are interested in what I'm interested in and I'm having a great experience."

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