Which stars started on soap operas?

Before she appeared on television every morning as the co-host of "Live with Regis and Kelly," Kelly Ripa appeared on the small screen every afternoon - on the soap opera "All My Children." Ripa joined the soap in 1990 and stayed until 2001. When ABC announced on April 14, 2011, that it was canceling the long-running show, she said in a statement, "This is like losing a member of your family." Take a look at some other stars who got their start on soap operas. ABC cancels two longtime soap operas Steven Henry/Getty Images

Kelly Ripa attends the 13th Annual Super Saturday event on July 31, 2010, in Water Mill, N.Y.
Getty

(CBS) News that ABC is canceling "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" was enough to make talk-show host Kelly Ripa "heart sick."

That's because before she was the co-host of "Live with Regis and Kelly," she got her start in showbiz on "AMC." It's also where she met her husband, actor Mark Consuelos.

Pictures: Stars on soap operas

"This is like losing a member of your family," she said in a statement, obtained by Deadline.com. "It was my family. It was there that I met my husband; it was there when my first two children were born; it was there where I met many of my life-long friends. It was the greatest training ground ever. I feel heart sick."

Other stars who appeared on "All My Children" include Josh Duhamel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Christian Slater and Amanda Seyfried.

Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore won a Daytime Emmy in 1988 for her role on "As the World Turns" (she played a set of half sisters), and most of the "Desperate Housewives" - Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan - also got their starts on soaps.

Other soap opera alums include Lindsay Lohan, Ryan Phillippe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei.

Who else appeared on soap operas before he or she became a household name? Take a look through our gallery to see more.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

Comments

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.