Holy Mother of James! Mom Behind the Magic Revealed. Plus: Yale Says No Class

Palo Alto (as in Palo Alto) ABC affiliate KGO interviewed James Franco’s mother, Betsy Franco, earlier this week. She seems to be exactly the correct mother for James Franco to have.

For one thing, she is acting alongside her son on General Hospital: She portrays the mother of James Franco’s character, Franco. When not appearing on daytime television, she “encourages young people to use their creativity,” and like her son resists conventional genre distinctions:

She has written more than 80 children’s books like “Mathematickles!”

“It is math problems with words instead of numbers,” Betsy said.

She also does improv and sketch comedy and (we hear) once taught at Bay Area girls school Castilleja. This, however, is where the similarities end: James Franco himself won’t be a teacher any time soon, reports the The Yale Daily News.

Holy Mother of James! Mom Behind the Magic Revealed. Plus: Yale Says No Class