Renaissance men can be difficult to come by these days, but Bianna Golodryga, ABC News business correspondent and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America, had a chance to sit down with James Franco, a member of a dying breed of men who have a wealth of talents and the natural curiosity and intelligence to know how to utilize them. Bianna Golodryga’s interview with James Franco covered everything from past blockbusters to upcoming forays into academia, and the talented actor/writer/producer/director/artist/soon-to-be-teacher shared some insight on what it is like to juggle multiple projects and take risks with your career.
Bianna Golodryga sat down with James Franco on the set of “General Hospital,” where the actor has been making an appearance as an artist by the same name (Franco). One of the first questions that Bianna Golodryga asked was, why a soap opera? Normally, soap operas are jumping off points for actors who have just started in the business, but James Franco already has a highly successful career. In fact, as a household name, appearing on a soap opera was a risky move. James Franco admits that he has always been interested by soap operas because they offer a whole new realm of emotion and sincerity, something completely different from what he experienced during the filming of big hits like “Superman.” Besides, he wanted to shake things up a bit and do something new, and it is this drive to always broaden the horizons of his career that has led James Franco to many of the projects he has worked on. Truly prolific, James Franco has completed acting, directing, producing, writing, and even artistic projects in a relatively short amount of time. Most impressive, however, is the fact that his work is just as much about quality as about diversity.
Bianna Golodryga then turned the conversation to the future: what does the future hold for this Renaissance man? James Franco admitted that, after his previous return to school, his interest in academia had been ignited and he wants to teach a class. In fact, discussions to do just that are now being held with Yale.