Judd Apatow thought Franco was ugly. Upon meeting him for the first time on the set of Freaks and Geeks, Apatow said, "What I remember about meeting James was that he had this really big mouth, and he was very skinny, and very greasy. And he really made me laugh. I thought he was funny and strange. We had no sense that he was attractive—we just thought he was this, you know, wannabe cool guy, but it wasn't quite working, a funny mess of a guy, the way he performed the scenes. After we hired him, we kept hearing from women in the office that he was so dreamy. We didn't know what the hell they were talking about."