Television has forever been an impressive way to express emotional and thoughtful stories that divert our minds from daily routines. The road to the mind-blowing sharp comedies, dramas, and action series have all began with the eventful soap operas that have established a foundation of the television programs we recognize today. 

Behind the soap operas, hundreds of actors have surfaced with a little flourish, and only a few have remolded their soap starting points into a long-term successful career. Journey along as we uncover the daytime and night time most successful soap opera actors that deserve a spot for various reasons. 

1. Susan Lucci

The character Erica Kane from “All My Children”-a daytime soap opera played by Susan Lucci, is the most popular in the history of soap operas. Her liking for tying the proverbial Knot became a legend in her filming years as she wedded ten different men in 11 wedding ceremonies. Having portrayed the character for 41 years, she was named the undisputable most famous character in the daytime soap opera history by the American Magazine TV Guide. Financially, Lucci is not a stranger to being recognized and paid for her talent. The Los Angeles Times state she is the top most-paid daytime actor with an estimated $1 million a year for the iconic status.  

2. Kelly Ripa

Kelly attained her prosperity in the 1990s when she cast as Hayley Vaughan in “All My Children” soap. In 2002, the actress left the show and became “Live with Kelly and Ryan” daytime talk show host, which she held for closer to two decades. Moreover, Kelly can credit the “All My Children” for her personal life success as well. She met Mark Consuelos, her husband, on the show, and they wedded in 1996. 

3. Leonard DiCaprio

In 1990, Leonard appeared on the screens at the age of 15, where he starred as the young Mason Capwell. Also, he was once a child actor on NBC’s “Santa Barbara. Currently, Leonard is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. A few decades in the industry and the actor is an Oscar-winning global superstar with exemplary roles in films like “The Departed,” “The Revenant,” The Aviator,” and the “Titanic.”

4. Margot Robbie

From 2008 to 2011, the Academy Award nominee starred on “Neighbors” -an Australian soap as Donna Brown. She had her career breakthrough in 2019 when she received recognition as one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. Drawing from her daytime drama, Margot was cast in movies such as “Suicide Squad,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Bombshell,” “I, Tonya,” and “Mary Queen of Scots.” Nowadays, Margot is one of the biggest and celebrated names in Tinseltown.

5. Brad Pitt

The super-talented Brad Pitt made a debut into his career with a slightly-unnoticeable guest role in an NBC soap. However, in 1987, he was cast on “Another World” as Chris- a role that lasted in two episodes only. Within three decades, Brad managed to rank at the top of the A-list with two Oscars accolades on his name.

6. Renee Elise Goldsberry

Renee marked her start on TV screens as lawyer Evangeline Williamson on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” for almost a decade between 1999 and 2007. After that, she appeared on “The Good Wife” show, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” “Altered Carbon” and “Fast and Furious Spy and Racers.” In 2019, she side-by-side starred with Sterling K. Brown in the “Waves” family drama. Also, she established Angelica Schuyler’s role in “Hamilton,” the Broadway musical.

7. Julianne Moore

As strange as it may seem, Julianne Moore previously acted in soap operas. In the 1985s, Moore was starred to play the long-lost twins Sabrina Hughes and Frannie on “As the World Turns.” After three years, the actress exited the show to become the A-list Academy Award winner we love and appreciate today. A few of her leading light movies include “Boogie Night,” “The Hours,” and “Still Alice.” 

The actors and actresses on the list deserve a spot for their unique talent and how they display these talents to carry over the roles they cast. Similarly, the actor’s ambitions to exit from the stage and venture into more successful acting fields are recommendable. You can find more information here when looking for some trusted soap opera websites. 

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