Two decades later, she has been featured in numerous high-profile roles on both the silver and small screen. She has produced staged and film projects, formed a nonprofit, spoken at illustrious events and sang beside Broadway legends.
As an actress Brianna has been in more than 20 features, ranging from big budget films to indie productions that she co-produced herself.
On the small screen, Brianna has appeared in more than 30 different television shows, exhibiting her range in both comedy and drama. She is most often recognized for her work opposite Claire Danes on the Emmy-award winning series “Homeland” on Showtime, as the “love to hate” villain Dr. Lisa Niles on ABC’s Emmy-award winning “General Hospital,” and as a series regular on Marc Cherry’s hit dramedy “Devious Maids.” As an actress, Brianna has been nominated for the Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for “Adults Only,” and was nominated for Best Actress by Edgmar Film Festival for “The Encounter.” Brianna won the Long Island International Film Expo for Best Actress, as well an Honorable Mention at the Toronto COMMFest for her work in “The Encounter.” In the spring of 2013, People’s Special Edition 50th Anniversary of “General Hospital,” Soaps in Depth, and Soap Opera Digest all named Brianna one of the best villains in the show’s 50-year history. In 2015 Brianna’s role on “Graceland” was nominated for a PRISM award for her accurate portrayal of substance abuse. And in 2016 she was nominated for her Best Lead Actress in a Drama by Indie Series Award for her role on “Eastsiders”.
Brianna is an Executive Producer for the socially-relevant feature film “One Moment Please,” which is currently in post-production. She is also a producer on multiple films, in various stages of production, through her company Brown Rose Productions. Brianna is a Chair Ambassador for the National Women’s History Museum where she has co-hosted multiple benefits alongside ALMA winner Ana Ortiz. For years she has been a board member and co-host for the annual Hollywood Gives Charity Event, which benefits Toys for Tots, and is an ongoing host for The Blank’s Young Playwrights Festival.
Never forgetting her roots, in 2012 Brianna ran the Twin Cities Marathon alongside a team of friends and family to raise funds for The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Dakota County branch, which was co-founded by her grandparents. From 2011 through 2015, Brianna has been nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference Award and won the Philanthropic Award at the Gratitude Summit in 2013.
Brianna also has a passion for socially responsible investing and empowering women to be truly influential. Over the years, Brianna has formed several investment clubs and is currently co-writing a book for women about finance alongside financial guru Natalie Pace, Elana Pianko Ginsburg and Dele Ogundiran.
Brianna’s biggest passion project has been her nonprofit. In 2006 Brianna founded and became CEO of “The New Hollywood” (TNH) a philanthropic goal group and 501(c)(3) nonprofit. TNH helps support women within the entertainment industry to achieve their personal and professional goals, to be a positive example and to make a difference by leading by example. In 2016 TNH launched an LGBT branch and in 2017 she plans on forming a men’s branch as well.