5 VIP Celebs Who Got Their Breaks on Soap Operas

Julianne Moore even won a Daytime Emmy

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 1, 2014 4:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Don't look down on soap operas: Some of today's biggest stars got started there. ETOnline rounds up 10 such actors. A sampling:

  • Julianne Moore: Played a dual role, half-sisters Sabrina and Frannie Hughes, on As the World Turns from 1985 to 1988—and even won a Daytime Emmy.
  • Meg Ryan: She also starred on As the World Turns, as Betsy Stewart, from 1982 to 1984.

  • Kevin Bacon: He starred on Guiding Light, as Tim "TJ" Werner, from 1980 to 1981.
  • Susan Sarandon: For one year, 1970, she portrayed Patrice Kahlman on A World Apart.
  • Demi Moore: Before she started her film career, Moore played reporter Jackie Templeton on General Hospital for one year.
Click for the complete list, including the actor who played the first gay teen ever portrayed on a soap.

Susan Sarandon, soap opera veteran.
Susan Sarandon, soap opera veteran.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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