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James Franco Brings Mom To Work

<B>James Franco's</B> real life mom, <B>Betsy Franco,</B> plays his TV mom on ABC's <I>General Hospital</I> starting this Friday (Jul. 2). She says the
experience felt like a bizarre `parallel reality.' Photo credit: Carol Kaelson/ABC.

James Franco's real life mom, Betsy Franco, plays his TV mom on ABC's General Hospital starting this Friday (Jul. 2). She says the experience felt like a bizarre `parallel reality.' Photo credit: Carol Kaelson/ABC.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 1:40 GMT

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – James Franco’s real life mother is pulling double duty these days – she’s also playing his mom on TV.

This Friday (Jul. 2), author Betsy Franco will star on ABC’s General Hospital as part of James Franco’s returning storyline, playing his onscreen mom.

This marks Betsy’s first ever TV role and her first time acting alongside her famous son – one of her ultimate wishes.

Betsy, who’s been taking acting and sketch comedy classes at Stanford for the past six years, says James considered her for a role as his mom in one of his movies once before, but didn’t think she was “mean enough” for the part.

This time, however, she was ready to show her range, and prepared by running lines with James beforehand as an “ice breaker.”

Once the cameras started rolling, she was calm – and completely awestruck by her son’s commitment to the craft, which officially gave her the “acting bug.”

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