Bianna Golodryga Interviews James Franco


In just a couple of weeks, actor James Franco—most recently seen in the film 127 Hours—will make his Oscar hosting debut, serving as the master of ceremonies for this year’s annual Academy Awards festivities. But it was just a year ago that he was making headlines for another noteworthy career move—his return to the world of soap operas.


Speaking to ABC News reporter Bianna Golodryga, Franco said that he finds an appeal in the structure of soap operas. He said in the interview that different kinds of storytelling require different kinds of performances, and wondered if maybe working on a soap might “shake things up” for him.


What was unusual about the report, though, was not the content so much as the reporter; Bianna Golodryga is not generally known as an entertainment reporter, having worked for close to a decade now as a financial reporter following a successful stint in the financial sector.


In a way, though, it makes sense that Bianna Golodryga would be drawn to this kind of story: She herself trained as an actor when she was in high school, eventually taking a detour into economics when she went to college but returning to the theatrical arts in her gigs at both CNBC and, currently, ABC News.


Bianna Golodryga first broke into the industry when she accepted a job as a bureau producer for the CNBC network, working on-site at the New York Stock Exchange. This position led her to the eventual task of producing live coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, reporting that won her industry acclaim and ultimately got her recruited by ABC News.


At ABC, Bianna Golodryga has worked tirelessly as a financial reporter, contributing to shows such as Dateline and World News with Diane Sawyer and vigilantly covering the continued unfolding of America’s economic crisis, touching on the collapses of the auto, banking, credit, and housing industries in the process. She also covered the World Economic Forum, held in Switzerland.


Bianna Golodryga has also done fine work as a substitute anchor on ABC News’ Good Morning America, eventually paving the way for her current gig—as the regular co-anchor of Good Morning America’s weekend edition, a job she took when former anchor Kate Snow left. Bianna Golodryga has been the co-anchor of Good Morning America Weekend ever since May 2010, and her reporting still garners her acclaim from industry insiders and viewers alike.

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