Big Name Celebs We Completely Forgot Started off as Soap Opera Stars

Making a name for yourself in Hollywood is no easy job, but for talents like Meg Ryan, Brad Pitt, and Susan Sarandon, they’ve been able to become household names. In the show business industry, each actor and actress has to pay their dues and kick-off their career somewhere, regardless of the role. For these stars, they were able to get their foot in the door by being cast on some of the most dramatic and iconic soap operas on daytime TV.

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As it turns out, the various soap operas that were popular over the last few decades produced some of the top A-list talent taking over Hollywood today. With thrilling plot twists and over-the-top performances, these entertainers embraced character identities no matter what was scripted. While some lasted longer than others, soap operas were the perfect platform to spearhead these actors and actresses careers.

Ricky Martin Switched up the Spotlight From the General Hospital To the Main Stage

Before he was “living la vida loca,” Ricky Martin was known as Miguel Morez on the hit daytime TV show General Hospital between 1994 and 1996. The show’s writers cast Ricky perfectly, as his character Miguel was also a Latin singer. However, the dramatic story of Ricky’s on-screen role was that Miguel had a child at the age of 16 and was forced to flee to the United States so his baby mama’s dad wouldn’t put a hit on him. Scandalous, right?

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Since Ricky’s debut on General Hospital, this chico has had quite the career. Ricky became a Grammy winner in 1998 and 2015 and started his own non-profit while making platinum albums. Recently, Ricky played Gianni Versace’s lover Antonio D’Amico in the series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Today this superstar is happily married to his husband of 3 years, with whom they are raising four children.

Demi Moore Flourished From a Small Role on General Hospital To the Biggest Actress of the 90s

After being featured briefly in two films, Demi Moore made a name for herself when she landed Jackie Templeton’s role on General Hospital. Keeping up with each character’s juicy background story, Demi portrayed an investigative reporter who was looking for her missing sister. While her time on the show was short, Demi became the starlet known to play Jackie, though others assumed this role since she left the show.

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Post-General Hospital, Demi went on to become one of the best-paid female actresses in the 1990s. Not to mention her iconic performance in the legendary movie Ghost with Patrick Swayze. Following this stardom, Demi went through two divorces – first with her husband of 13 years, Bruce Willis, and then with her hottie boy toy Ashton Kutcher. Thankfully, Demi has three daughters that occupy all her affection and time these days.

Justin Hartley Is Dating His Former Young and the Restless Costar

Fans have admired heartthrob Justin Hartley since the early 2000s. Breaking into the melodrama world, Justin landed a gig as Fox Crane on Passions, where he captivated daytime viewers from 2002 to 2006. Staking more of a claim in the soap opera world, he switched over to CBS as Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless from 2014 to 2016. During this time, his career took off in 2015 when he was cast in the hit series This is Us.

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Turns out, Justin has a thing for women who were on the soaps. For six years, Justin was with Chrishell Stause, who also previously starred on The Young and the Restless. But of course, it wasn’t long before this dreamboat moved on to his former The Young and the Restless costar, Sofia Pernas. Yes, these two soap stars have reconnected and have been happily dating for the past eight months. Now we know Justin’s guilty pleasure is “soapy” women.

Alec Baldwin Traded in His Scrubs From The Doctors for a Lifetime of Fame

Coming from a family of actors, it was no surprise when Alec Baldwin followed in the footsteps of his three brothers in pursuit of an acting career. While attending college, Baldwin actually managed to land himself a role on The Doctors, where he played Billy Aldrich from 1980 until 1982. This was literally the first time Baldwin had ever been on screen and was just the beginning of his successful career.

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Alec made his way into Broadway and even bigger films year after year following his soap opera days. As of today, Alec Baldwin has been in at least 99 movies in total! Partnering with his busy career, his hard work has not gone unnoticed and has received various awards, including two Emmys and a Golden Globe. These days, you might see Alec mimicking President Trump on Saturday Night Live when he’s not hosting The Alec Baldwin Show.

Eva Longoria Became a Star-Studded Activist After Getting Her Start on The Young and the Restless

Prior to her claim to fame as a “desperate housewife,” Eva Longoria paid her dues on daytime TV too. She may have attempted reaching the spotlight by being featured in various guest roles, but it was her acting as Isabella Brana on The Young and the Restless that helped her get recognized. This was her first role as a cast regular, and thankfully her stint on the show from 2001 to 2003 was more than enough to set the tone for her future.

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Embracing the feisty character of Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives – this was the first major role she obtained, which survived from 2004 until the show ended in 2012. Since then, there have been minimal TV appearances but is focusing on her initiative She Se Puede these days. She Se Puede is a platform to affirm and encourage Latina women of their value and to elevate the power of knowledge. Si se puede, yes you can, Eva!

John Stamos Thanks General Hospital for His Stardom

In the 1980s, if a teenager was cast to a TV show, they usually depicted a character playing some type of musician. Luckily, for the 19-year-old singer and drummer John Stamos, he was chosen to play Blackie Parrish on General Hospital – who started by playing in a band on the show. From 1982 to 1984, Stamos rocked out with his mullet on this classic soap opera, stealing the hearts of women of all ages.

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Once John’s time as Blackie had come to an end, his career was kickstarted by nailing the epic role of Uncle Jesse on the ABC series Full House. While Uncle Jesse may have only lived onscreen from 1987 to 1995, John Stamos’s fame is still very real to this day. In a recent interview, Stamos said he’d still be flipping burgers if it wasn’t for his time on General Hospital. Today, John is using his platform to help ignite a change regarding ALS treatment.

Lori Loughlin Started Acting on The Edge of the Night but Couldn’t Act Her Way Out of Prison

Starting off at only 11 years old, Lori Loughlin first became comfortable in front of the camera when she attempted her modeling career. Segwaying into the entertainment industry, at the ripe age of 15, Lori Loughlin was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of the Night from 1980 to 1983. Little did she know this would jump-start her being known in the tabloids for both her career and personal life.

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Shortly after her debut on the soap opera, Lori secured a role in the classic series Full House from 1988 to 1995. For many years Lori has been known for her lovable role as Aunt Becky, until 2019, when she was involved in the biggest scandal of the year. Both Lori and her husband were convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges for basically buying their daughters’ way into college. Sadly, Lori’s fame is forever tainted by her mischievous mistake.

Morgan Freeman Is One of the Best Actors in the World Thanks To His Start on Another World

Known for his immaculate voice and talent as an actor, Morgan Freeman is another celebrity part of the soap opera club. In 1983, he was Dr. Roy Bingham on NBC’s now outdated Another World. Embracing the identity as a distinguished architect, Freeman portrayed his character between 1982 and 1984 – only five years before he landed his big breakout role in the famed film Driving Miss Daisy.

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Morgan Freeman’s success is incomparable and it’s amazing to think this all started from a daytime TV show. In order for you to understand just how remarkable he is we’ve gathered some stats to state the record. With 64 wins and 79 nominations, Freeman has countless accomplishments from the entertainment industry ranging from

Lisa Rinna Went From Being a Soap Star on Days of Our Lives To a Reality TV Star on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Her haircut may be the same, but so many things have evolved since Lisa Rinna was on Days of Our Lives. This starlet was welcomed into the entertainment business and is best known for her first role as Billie Reed on the daytime TV series. Originally storming the screen in 1992, Lisa portrayed Billie on and off through the years until the mid-2000s. But this was only the beginning of Lisa’s journey to fame and fortune.

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After becoming a 1994 Soap Opera Digest award-winning actress, Lisa and her husband created their own reality show on TV Land in 2010. But now, Lisa’s biggest success to her fame and fortune is all thanks to her starring role on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In an interview with the LA Times last year, she proclaimed, “I’ve never been more famous than I am at this point, because of the show.”

Brad Pitt Has Been in the Acting World for Over 30 Years All Thanks To His Stint on Another World

From a midwestern teen athlete to an award-winning actor, Brad Pitt is now the definition of a household name. Brad’s beginning is all due to his two-episode feature on Another World in 1987. Prior to Brad securing this small feature role, he had just moved to Los Angeles from Missouri and was actually driving limousines to help pay for his acting classes. Who would’ve thought that this was only the beginning for this hopeful actor?

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Over 30 years later, Brad Pitt is now not only known as one of the most attractive men in Hollywood, but his countless accolades are something to applaud. And what is an attractive Hollywood man without his attractive Hollywood counterpart? Brad was able to snatch up two of the most gorgeous women in his world (Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie) and wife them up, but sadly both of these relationships did not last.

Before Susan Sarandon Was a Hollywood Hotshot She Was on A World Apart

What has been a lengthy career for Susan Sarandon did not come easy, nor has she taken it for granted. As the eldest of nine children, Susan had a tremendous responsibility to help look after her siblings and set an example. While she was able to land a spot on A World Apart from 1970 to 1971, the actress was constantly struggling with maintaining a balance of her personal and professional lives.

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Racking up 96 films and over 50 awards under her belt, Susan’s commitment to persevere in this industry served her well. Nowadays, if you were to open Susan’s Instagram, her profile labels her as a mother, activist, and actress. Her family has always been her priority, but she is also a firm believer in speaking out and making a positive change in the world. While she hasn’t been acting lately, we will always know Susan for her talent.

Kevin Became the Biggest Star of the 80s and 90s After His Time on Guiding Light

Playing an angry, drunken teenager on Guiding Light, this was one of Kevin Bacon’s first tastes at being a diverse actor. From 1980 to 1981, Kevin’s character Tim became known as the kid who was either always partying or always fighting. Before being cast into the series, he had made debuts on films such as Search for Tomorrow and Friday The 13th, but being seen repeatedly in Guiding Light had set the tone for what was to come.

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While Kevin was cast in many major films following his soap opera days, including the iconic movie Footloose, Guiding Light would be the last time he would be seen on a TV series until 2013 when he starred in The Following. Now known as a Hollywood icon, Kevin Bacon spends most of his time enjoying the company of his family. But that also means he’s making some great music in his band, The Bacon Brothers, with his brother Michael.

Meg Ryan Started in As the World Turns but Left Hollywood All Too Soon

With her blond shaggy haircut, Meg Ryan was idolized for her style as much as her acting. Her career was piloted when she was first cast in the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in 1982. Until 1984, Meg was best known as her character Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropolous and stole the hearts of soapdoms everywhere.

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Soon after she left the soap in the 80s, her career skyrocketed in the 90s, and was known as the classic “girl next door” actress. During her time in the limelight, Meg Ryan fell in love. While she took a step back to focus on her relationships, Meg never regained her popularity within the industry. After facing harsh criticisms for the majority of her life, she decided “she had enough of Hollywood when Hollywood had enough of her.”

Michael B. Jordan Was a Fan Favorite on All My Children and Is Still a Fan Favorite Today

Known for being one of his generation’s most admired and popular screen actors, Michael B. Jordan wouldn’t be where he is today without his daytime TV start. In 2003, Jordan secured the role as a regular cast member on All My Children. Over the course of his three-year term, Michael charmed his viewers so much that he even received three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series.

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Today, Michael B. Jordan is as talented, famous, and attractive as ever. Known for his incredible performances in movies like Creed and Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan is on a roll these days and has no intention of slowing down. So far, he has starred in at least 22 movies and has big things awaiting in 2021. This year, we can expect Michael to produce a TV series and star in two separate films as well. We can’t wait to see it all!

Amanda Seyfried’s Career Skyrocketed After Starring on As the World Turns

Before this blonde bombshell was singing her heart out and making us laugh on the big screen, her breakout role in acting began on none other than a soap opera. From 2000 to 2001, Amanda Seyfried played the recurring role of Lucy Montgomery on As the World Turns. After studying opera and training with a Broadway coach as a teenager, you could say that Amanda was well-prepped to be in a daytime drama.

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Performing in everything from Mean Girls to Mamma Mia!, Seyfried’s soap days have definitely paid off. Whether she’s serenading us during Les Miserables or bringing tears to our eyes in Dear John, Amanda is quite the diverse actress who can assume any character thrown her way. What is set to be a turning point in Amanda’s career will be released on Netflix in November 2020, where she will portraying Marion Davies in Mank.

Jesse Mccartney Grew From Being a Child on All My Children Into a Music Making Pop Star

He’s a singer, he’s a songwriter, and he’s a soap opera alum. Jesse McCartney may be known for his teeny-bopper hits but was a teeny bopper himself on All My Children. From 1998 until 2001, Jesse appeared on daytime TV as JR Chandler. Jesse’s character was cited as a television anti-hero and “bad boy” who had a caring and soft personality. Watching Jesse act as both good and bad had girls everywhere in utter awe.

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During his time on All My Children, Jesse was balancing his acting and music career, as he had joined the one-hit-wonder boyband Dreamstreet. As most boy bands do, the breakup was inevitable two years later, pushing Jesse to pursue his dream as a solo artist. Coming out with his hit single “Beautiful Soul” hit the charts worldwide. Today Jesse is still making music and is officially off the market, sorry ladies.

Ashley Benson’s Time on Days of Our Lives Set the Stage for Her Future TV Fame

At 31 years old, Ashley Benson only knows life as an actress in the Hollywood scene. Growing up as a child star definitely has its pressures and for Ashley, it was almost a rite of passage for her to be featured on a soap opera. Between 2004 to 2007 Ashley was better known as Abigail Deveraux on Days of Our Lives.

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It seems that Ashley had a knack for being on television series, as her career is now mostly known for her role as Hanna Marin on Pretty Little Liars. Over the course of her career, Ashley’s appeared in about 11 movies but is now trying to make more of her mark in the fashion world. She’s been spotted sitting front row at various fashion show runways in Europe and has even collaborated to create a line of designer sunglasses.

Shemar Moore’s Start on The Young and the Restless Contributed To His Net Worth of $22 Million

Shemar Moore was blessed with smoking hot looks and actual talent. Of course, he’s done some modeling, but his real career started within the acting realm. Mostly known for his role of Malcolm Winters, Shemar Moore’s success began as a cast member on The Young and the Restless. In fact, Shemar revealed that he was almost broke when he auditioned for the show. Thankfully, this launched his career to heights he had only hoped for.

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For eight years, Shemar played Malcolm Winters’ role until he decided it was time to take his career to the next level in 2005. After his departure, he was cast to play Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds, where he remained until 2016. Between these two shows alone and his other screen features, Shemar Moore’s net worth is $22 million. His work in Hollywood stretches back three decades and has definitely paid off.

Marisa Tomei’s Time on As the World Turns Set the Tone for Her Successful Career

While studying at New York University, Marisa Tomei landed herself a job that would shape the rest of her acting life. In 1983, she was cast to play the teenager Marcy Thompson Cushing on As the World Turns. Struggling to maintain her school and work, Marisa decided to drop out of NYU to pursue her passion for acting. Although she ended up leaving the show in 1985, sacrificing her degree turned out to be the best thing for her future.

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Featured in over 50 films, this Oscar-winner has recently opened up about her current struggles within the industry. Recently, Marisa expressed her regret for taking on mom roles as she fears that this will be her cemented typecast moving forward. Being the dynamic actress that she is, she would love to continue to explore a variety of roles and movie genres even in this new stage of her life.

Josh Duhamel Starred on All My Children and Now Focuses on the Child of His Own

Like most attractive men in hopes of becoming famous, Josh Duhamel first tested the waters as a model before accepting the soap opera scene to pilot his career. When the modeling didn’t take off as he had hoped, he was first cast as Leo du Pres on the ABC soap All My Children.

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Since his soap star days, he’s appeared in numerous films, including box office favorites like the Transformers movies, Safe Haven and Buddy Games. In recent years, Josh has focused as much of his time on his career as he has his son. Just take a look at his Instagram account; it’s covered in pictures and videos of the two going on adventures, playing, and making the most of their time together.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Went From Being on All My Children To the Number One 90s Heart Throb

Sarah Michelle Gellar gained her popularity points in the acting world after starring in the hit daytime series All My Children. At 15 years old, this celebrity in the making had quite a bit to learn about acting and was given her big break in 1993 when she was cast to play Kendall Hart. For spending two years on the show, she won a Daytime Emmy for Best Younger Actress in 1995.

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Moving on from the soap scene, Gellar became more famous and well known as Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While her career soared with the show from 1997 to 2003, there was almost an abrupt stop in seeing Gellar on the screen. Focusing on her family and her lifestyle brand, Gellar has made appearances every now and then on television but has chosen an alternative path for her future in the meantime.

David Hasselhoff Was a Doctor on The Young and the Restless Before His Baywatch Days

“The Hoff” is known as a jack of all trades, but prior to becoming the well-rounded celebrity he is, he too started off as a soap opera star. David Hasselhoff first gained recognition as an actor while portraying Dr. Snapper Foster on The Young and the Restless in 1975. Charming his way both on and off the screen, Hasselhoff stayed on as Dr. Foster until 1982, when he realized it was time to move on from the show.

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Becoming famous for being the perfectly sculpted L.A. county lifeguard in Baywatch, his physique and name would never be mistaken. While he hasn’t been in an extensive amount of movies, David has prospered as a singer, producer, and businessman in addition to being a television personality. Currently, this legend is auctioning off over 40 years of his personal items, including things he kept from his stage days. The bid is on!

Julianne Moore Originally Played Twin Sisters on As the World Turns

While most celebrities that start off in the soap world are usually given one role, the exception was made for Julianne Moore. Kicking off her career with a bang, Moore played the role of twin sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes in As the World Turns. In an interview, she said, “I was so excited when they wrote two parts for me. You know, the classic twin sister role, the good and the evil one, and I couldn’t wait to do it and I was so excited.”

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Now known as an Academy award-winning actress, Julianne Moore has quite the resume of work she’s accomplished over the years. Aside from acting, she’s also written a series of children’s books about a character named “Freckleface Strawberry.”

Mark Hamil Held a Role on General Hospital Long Before He Held a Lightsaber

Before he entered life in a galaxy far away, Mark Hamil was best known as Kent Murray in General Hospital in 1972, also a faraway time. While working on soap operas is common for new actors, it’s not always the humblest of times within their career. Hamil’s soap history was even poked fun at when he was honored at the Oscar Wilde Awards ceremony in 2018.

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However embarrassing it may have started, credit is due to General Hospital for kickstarting Hamil’s career. After becoming known as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, Hamil said that he is putting his lightsaber down after his most recent feature in the sixth film. He stated, “My farewell was in Episode IX and it was bittersweet….I’m full of gratitude for what it has given me and my career but I don’t want to be greedy.”

Judith Light’s Career Began With One Life To Live and Is Still Going Strong on Netflix

Judith Light’s breakthrough role was courtesy of One Life to Live. At first hesitant to accept the job, her mind quickly changed when she understood what the pay would be and the fan base that she could acquire. From 1977 to 1983, Judith fully embraced the role of Karen Wolek, and it was no surprise that the character left the show at the same time Judith did.

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Now known for her extensive work on the stage as well as film and television, Judith is an avid supporter of the arts and sits on the Board of Directors for the MCC Theatre in New York City. She recently starred in the Netflix series The Politician and the musical finale of Transparent. Judith’s career may have started long ago but is far from being over.

Vivica A. Fox Reigned the Soap World by Being Featured in Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless

Even though Vivica A. Fox didn’t stay on the show for more than a year, she definitely made her mark on Days of Our Lives. From 1988 to 1989, Vivica was known as Carmen Silva, and while she excelled at this being her first acting gig, she knew she was destined for more. As Vivica ventured out into the acting industry, she somehow made her way back to her soap roots in 1995 where she appeared on The Young and the Restless.

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Her soap days may be a part of her past but they definitely helped shape her future. Vivica has since produced and starred in all 17 movies of Lifetime’s Wrong film franchise in addition to the countless other films and TV series she’s been featured on.

Heather Locklear Entered a World of Drama After Her Spotlight on Dynasty

While she may not have been new to the television screen, Heather Locklear had finally received her big break by entering the land of daytime TV. In 1981, Heather had successfully auditioned and secured a role on Dynasty. After staying on the show for the remainder of the 80s, Heather’s career continued to soar well into the 90s and even today.

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After becoming even more famous from her time on Melrose Place, it’s been nothing but a spiraling world of commotion for Heather. She’s had several children and along with several marriages and divorces. But the most dramatic part of her life was, of course, captured on TV when she starred in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. You can bet there is way more theatrics in this series than her previous soap opera stints.

Before His Voice Became Iconic, James Early Jones Played Doctors on Guiding Light and As the World Turns

James Earl Jones had a more interesting start to his career in comparison to most. After finishing the army, this veteran moved to New York to study acting. Turns out his studying was worthwhile, as it helped him secure his first-ever acting role on the soap opera Guiding Light and then on As the World Turns. With no background in the medical field, he weirdly kept getting cast to play doctors in these daytime dramas.

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Since he played doctor, James is best known for his enriching, deep, and enchanting voiceover work. If you think back to Mustafa from The Lion King or Darth Vader from Star Wars: A New Hope, then you’ve heard the work of James Earl Jones. But of all his successes, his most favorite by far is earning his Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 2015.

Robin Wright’s Start on Santa Barbara Helped Her Become One of the Most Applauded Actresses on Netflix

Making her way into the world of acting, Robin’s first gig as an actress was on the soap opera called Santa Barbara. From 1984 to 1988, Robin grew as an actress and young woman and took this time to enhance her craft. During her time on the show, she was nominated three different times for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. But ultimately left the soap in hopes of bigger and better dreams.

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Robin has now gone down in Netflix history as one of the most compelling and adorned performances on a television series. This is all due to her leading lady role in House of Cards, where her character transitions from lobbyist to President of the United States. This year we can expect to see Robin’s involvement in Zack Snyder’s Justice League as well as her directorial debut in a drama called Land.

Hayden Panettiere’s Whole Life Has Been on the Screen Since Her Time on One Life To Live

The bubbly blonde Hayden Panettiere has only ever known her life to be a filmed production. Starting from the early age of five years old, Hayden Panettiere was cast as Sarah Roberts in One Life to Live. As a young girl, Hayden’s career took off while she was on the show from 1994 to 1998 before switching to Guiding Light. All in all, Hayden spent the first six years of her acting career in the soap opera world.

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After appearing in several movies and more recently standing out in television series like Heroes and Nashville, Hayden Panettiere hasn’t been in anything since 2018. Now given the fact that she is in her early thirties and has already accomplished so much, it makes sense that she would need a break. She recently stated, “I’ve lived a very big life, and I don’t feel my age, and I feel like I was born to be a mother.”

Brittany Snow’s Time on Guiding Light Paved the Way for Her Success as a Young Adult

Brittany Snow’s rise to fame all began on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. As the second girl to step into the role of Susan “Daisy” Lemay, Brittany eased into this character with style and grace at the mere age of 13. Hungry for more, Brittany’s time on the show lasted for three years (1998-2001) before she forged her way into more auditions for bigger opportunities.

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Now, Millenials will recognize Brittany for her performances in teen movies such as John Tucker Must Die, Pitch Perfect, and Something Great. Getting personal, this beauty also managed to snag herself a hubby right as the pandemic broke out in March of 2020. Watching Brittany Snow grow up in front of our eyes has truly been special.

Jensen Ackles Debut on Days of Our Lives Led Him To Star in the Longest Running Show on The CW

Born with a perfect jawline and natural good looks, Jensen Ackles’ parents were smart to get him in front of a camera as soon as possible. It’s like they predicted their child’s good fame and fortune would happen from the day he was born. In 1997, it was time for Jensen to enter the world of soaps and landed a role on Days of Our Lives. Jensen, or better yet, Eric Brady, had viewers drooling over their screens from 1997 to 2000.

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Jensen is now known for his 15-year role of Dean on the hit series Supernatural. Yes, you read that right. For the past 15 years, Jensen has been locked into an epic role on the CW’s longest-running show. At 42 years old, Jensen Ackles’ net worth is already at $14 million from his constant success.

Lacey Chabert Went From a Child Star on All My Children To Mariah Carey’s Costar

When Lacey Chabert got her acting start on All My Children, she could have never predicted that her specific character would become such an icon. From 1992 to 1993, Lacey played the part of Bianca Montgomery, a role that had already been filled two times before her. While Lacey was only on the show for two years, her character Bianca grew to be a gay icon within the LGBT community for being the first lesbian lead character on a soap opera.

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While her childhood career grew into her teenage and adult years, Lacey became best known as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls. Now, she’s known for her work on the Hallmark Channel and has totally peaked since becoming Mariah Carey’s costar in A Christmas Melody.

James Franco Continued To Rise To Fame After Being Featured on General Hospital

Unlike most of the stars in this article, James Franco’s career was doing just fine before making his way onto General Hospital. Known as one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, he had first joined the show in 2009. Prior to this, Franco had already starred in the Spider-Man trilogy, Milk, and even Pineapple Express. So if he didn’t need a jumpstart to his career, why would Franco almost backtrack in the industry by intentionally doing a soap?

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Sharing the same agent as Steve Burton, who was also on General Hospital as Jason Morgan, may have been the inspiration. Franco signed on for 20 episodes as a guest star and filmed those episodes within 3 days. He appeared on the show on and off from 2009 until 2012. As bizarre as this may be, maybe he felt like he was missing out on a crucial part of becoming an actor? I guess you can’t complain when there’s work to be done.

Amber Tamblyn Went From Acting on General Hospital To Writing Her Own Books

Amber Tamblyn first gained recognition as an actress for her time on General Hospital. As a child actress, this was the easiest way for her to immerse herself into the industry. Portraying Emily Quartermaine, Amber remained on the show for six years before deciding to move on.

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Most people would never know about her previous stint on the show because teenage girls everywhere could only recognize her as Tibby from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies. Since her more modern claim to fame, Amber has written two books and even directed her first film.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Are Still in Love Since They Starred on All My Children

When Mark Consuelos was cast as Kelly Ripa’s love interest on All My Children in 1995, they could have never predicted that their onscreen would love would be the real deal. Even though Kelly had started on the show in 1990, no other costar seemed to have caught her attention the way Mark had.

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One year after falling in love both on and off the set, the couple got married and have been happily together ever since. Individually, they have both continued their careers while still maintaining their undying love for each other and have three children to hopefully one day carry on their legacies.

Chrishell Stause Grew up From All My Children and Took Over Cali in Selling Sunset

You may know her from the tabloids or have seen her on Netflix, but what you didn’t know is that Chrishell Stause is also a former soap star. Best known as Amanda Dillon on All My Children from 2005 to 2011, Chrishell was also featured on other hit shows like The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives. While some consider soap operas to be a mediocre part of their career, Chrishell felt she was made for exactly this kind of acting.

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Following her soap opera stint, she fell in love with former soapie and now ex-hubby, Justin Hartley. Chrishell has blown up in the entertainment world due to her recent success as a real estate agent on the hit Netflix series Selling Sunset. As we patiently await season four of the real estate flick, Chrishell found not only a new boo but also her footing as she had performed on Dancing with the Stars.