The Proust Questionnaire: Jacob Waller

Jill is in love with Jacob in If You Have to Ask. They were together while they were both students at UC Berkeley, where they met at a house party. Jacob still loves Jill, but is treating her like a best friend with benefits. Will he ever realize that they’re meant to be together?

Here, get to know Jacob better via the Proust questionnaire. Read the excerpt of If You Have to Ask to see Jill and Jacob together.

James Franco

James Franco as Jacob? I can see it.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Hanging out, eating a picnic in the sun.

What is your greatest fear?
Being alone.

Which living person do you most admire?
Nelson Mandela.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Ambivalence.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patriotism.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I’m skinny.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My dog.

When and where were you happiest?
Hiking in Marin County with my dog.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To play the guitar like Keith Richards.

What is your current state of mind?
Relaxed.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be a better musician so that I could make a living that way.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
That they’re all alive.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Teaching.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
Hummingbird.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being eaten by mosquitos.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Stoicism.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Easy to get along with.

What do you most value in your friends?
When they’re funny.

Who are your favorite writers?
Herman Hesse and Chris Ware.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Ahab.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My father.

What is it that you most dislike?
When people have high expectations.

How would you like to die?
Sleeping in a hammock outside.

What is your motto?
Life is good, just chill out everyone.