Did You Know These Celebrities Started Out On Soap Operas?

October 31, 2014  |  
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Is it just us? Or are soap operas on their way out? That’s a shame, because these celebrities started out on soap operas and went on to have some of the best careers in Hollywood.

Shemar Moore

Before Shemar Moore was heating up Criminal Minds, he put in 10 years playing handsome Malcom Winters on the Young and the Restless.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

The Buffy star was still in highschool when she won a Daytime Emmy for playing Susan Lucci’s daughter on All My Children.

Halle Berry

Before Halle Berry secured a spot on the A-List, she was on the evening soap Knots Landing playing Debbie Porter.

John Stamos

John Stamos did so well in his first soap opera gig as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital as Blackie Parrish that he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in ’83 and ’84.

Tichina Arnold

Before she was Pam, Tichina was on Ryan’s Hope and All My Children.

Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe got his start in 1992 on One Life to Live playing Billy Douglas: the first gay teenager every to be portrayed on a soap opera.

Nia Long

After her role in Boyz N the Hood, Nia Long played Kat Speakes on Guiding Light.

Taye Diggs

Mr. Diggs is another Guiding Light alumni. His role as Adrian “Sugar” Hill put him squarely in Hollywood’s radar.

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin was already the hot one in boy band Menudo when he started playing Miguel Morez on General Hospital. But it was the role that helped him break onto the US music scene.

Vivica Fox

Back in the 80s, Vivca Fox was one of the hardest working women on daytime TV. She was on Days of Our Lives, Generations and Days Of Our Lives.

Brad Pitt

Back in the 80s, Brad Pitt got his start with a bit part as a character named Chris on Another World. But he still had to dress up as a chicken for El Pollo Loco to pay the bills — until he landed a role in Thelma & Louise.

Victoria Rowell

Victoria may have started on As the World Turns, but it was her role 17-year career as Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless is what most soap opera fans know her for.

Shaon Leal

Before she was in Dreamgirls, Sharon Leal was on Guiding Light.

Tika Sumpter

Before The Game and Gossip Girl, actress Tika Sumpter was on One Life to Live, where she played Layla Williamson.

Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan

These two started their careers on soap operas and they might finish them there too. Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan have played Angie and Jesse Hubbard on All My Children for 30 years. They even survived All My Children‘s TV cancellation in 2011 and revived their roles in the online version of the show.

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