James Franco: ‘I Was Raised as a Cat Person’

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updated 06/16/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 06/17/2011 AT 7:45 AM ET

James Franco: Actor, director, grad student, author – cat guy?

Franco is such a cat guy, in fact, that the multi-hyphenate shows up to black tie events with cat hair on his clothes.

“You can see some of their hair,” he told reporters at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York on Tuesday.

And who are they? They’re Franco’s two cats, Sammy and Zelda, whose names have a literary bent.

“All my recent cats have been named after characters from books or the literary world,” Franco said. “Sammy’s named after Sammy Glick from [Budd Schulberg’s] What Makes Sammy Run, and Zelda is named after Zelda Fitzgerald.”