They Stepped Up Their Game! 15 Celebs Who Went From Soap Operas To The Hollywood A-List

October 25, 2012  |  
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Celebrities all make it into the limelight in some manner. Some are born into it due to famous parents, some have their talent recognized by producers, and others start the first step of their celebrity path by having a role on a soap opera. Here are 15 celebrities who played as a character on a soap opera.


Vivica A. Fox

Vivica starred on one of the first American soap operas, Generations, portraying Maya Reubens. She also had roles on Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson got her first big break during her years of portraying Martha Frazier on The Guiding Light.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore played Frannie Hughes Crawford in As the World Turns.

Demi Moore

When she was younger, Demi Moore was given the role as Jackie Templeton on General Hospital until 1983 when she hit the big screen.

Ray Liotta

Believe it or not, movie gangster Ray Liotta’s career started when he was given a role on Another World as Joey Perrini.

Brad Pitt

Now known as one of the hottest male actors in Hollywood today, many would probably never imagine that Brad Pitt had a role on Another World.

Ricky Martin

Before he was Livin’ La Vida Loca, Ricky Martin was Miguel Morez on General Hospital. He left daytime television in 1995.

Christopher Reeve

Long before he was ever known as Superman, Christopher Reeve was Ben Harper on Love of Life.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio had a role as Mason Capwell on Santa Barbara.

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan was Betsy Stewart in As the World Turns until 1984 and just five years later she starred in When Harry Met Sally.

Eva Longoria

Before her rise to true fame, Eva Longoria earned herself a role on The Young and the Restless as Isabella Brana Williams.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry first came into the limelight during her time spent acting as Debbie Porter on Knots Landing.

David Hasselhoff

Before becoming a well-known actor, TV judge, and singer, David was Dr. Snapper Foster on The Young and the Restless.

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs moved from the stage and onto the screen with his role as Adrian Hill on Guiding Light.

Susan Sarandon

Even though she got some limelight as a Ford model, Susan Sarandon was also an actress on A World Apart, portraying Patrice Kahlman. She also had roles on Search for Tomorrow.

Lindsay Lohan

At the young age of 10, Lindsay Lohan jumped into the limelight with her role as Alexandra Fowler on Another World.

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