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Soaps.com is back with updates on the careers of former soap stars from "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless." This week's column brings primetime and film roles, a fun concert event, a Lip Sync Battle, baby news and more!
Gilles Marini returns to Switched at Birth.
Gilles Marini has popped up in daytime in recent years, having had roles on "The Bold and the Beautiful" (Jean Claude/French waiter, 2005 to 2007) and "Passions" (bike racer, 2006). Fans may have kept up with his career through his role as Sebastien Dussault on "Devious Maids" (2014 to 2015) and will get to see him return to his "Switched at Birth" role very soon! TVLine has learned that Marini will reprise his role as Angelo Sorrento on the Freeform (formerly ABC Family) series for its 100th episode. Though his return is being kept hush-hush, viewers will recall that Bay and Daphne’s father died after a car accident during season three. Stay tuned for season five's return date this spring and tune in to "Teen Wolf's" flashback episode on MTV at 9:00 PM on Tuesday February 23 to see the actor guest-star as a French soldier named Sebastien. "The Young and the Restless'" Lachlan Buchanan will star on Teen Wolf that same night.
Chandler Massey filming Aquarians.
"Days of our Lives" fan favorite Chandler Massey (Will Horton, 2010 to 2014) has been staying busy these days filming a new movie. The actor announced via Twitter that he was doing some of his own stunts and filming "Aquarians" at Shakey Lakes County Park in Michigan. The actor plays Danny Sullivan in the film, directed by Michael M. McGuire, which is a wintertime drama about a seminary student who is compelled to reach out to his estranged brother upon his hometown return to Silver River, Wisconsin. Shane Coffey ("Perception," "The Originals") also stars as Jake Sullivan with Tracey Fairaway ("First Day") as Nicole. Keep an eye out for the 2016 release date.
Doing our own stunts got me ? @ Shakey Lakes County Park https://t.co/QUIC0hcd7e
— Chandler Massey (@ChandlerMassey) January 31, 2016
Taylor Spreitler cast in Untitled Kevin James Project.
Taylor Spreitler ("Days of our Lives'" Mia McCormick, 2009 to 2010) has been cast to play Kevin James' character's daughter in CBS' upcoming "Untitled Kevin James Project." She'll appear as a former daddy's girl named Kendra who after college takes a more independent look on life. The thirteen-episode straight to series comedy will premiere during the network's 2016/2017 lineup and will follow James in the lead, who retires from the police force and wants nothing more than to spend time with his wife and three kids - never realizing just how challenging home life can be, maybe even harder than working the streets as a cop. After "Days," Spreitler went on to land the role of Lennox Scanlon on "Melissa & Joey" (2010 to 2015) and played Mia in Hulu's Casual.
Erin Chambers expecting first child.
Erin Chambers, best known for her role as "General Hospital's" Siobhan McKenna (2010 to 2011), had a very special announcement on Valentine's Day. The actress and her husband Carson McKay are expecting their first child in May. Soaps.com sends the couple our best! Chambers also had daytime roles on "Days of our Lives" (Lacey Hansen, 2004; 2008) and "The Young and the Restless" (Melanie Daniels, 2013) and most recently played Hillary on "Finding Carter."
Excited to show y'all the latest project I've been working on, this time with my husband. Can't wait until May! pic.twitter.com/c4zuTauFz7
— Erin Chambers (@erin_chambers) February 14, 2016
John Stamos in concert with The Beach Boys.
John Stamos ("General Hospital's" Blackie Parrish, 1982 to 1984) is reuniting with The Beach Boys! He first performed with the band back in 1985 and joined them for various functions throughout the years. Fans will be able to see Stamos during performance dates in February and March at Florida and Texas venues. Visit John Stamos' events for dates, venues and to purchase tickets today. Fun fact: In 1988 the actor appeared in The Beach Boys video for "Kokomo," off the soundtrack of the Tom Cruise film "Cocktail."
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 30, 2016
Blake Gibbons guest-stars on Hawaii Five-0.
We don't get to see "General Hospital's" Blake Gibbons nearly enough in his recurring role as Coleman Ratcliffe, one he's played since 2002. The actor is heading to primetime in a guest-starring role on "Hawaii Five-0" on Friday February 26 at 9:00 PM. In the episode titled "Ka Pohaku Kihi Pa'a," McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) asks his old friend Odell Martin (Michael Imperioli) to defend the Five-0's sketchy confidential informant, who's accused of murder. Gibbons plays Rory with Ziggy Marley guest-starring as Bones. Fun fact: Gibbons appeared on "The Young and the Restless" in 2012 as a loan shark named Eddie Graham, who did time in prison after Billy Abbott ratted him out. Upon his release, Eddie kidnapped Victoria during her business trip to Miami and demanded a two-million dollar ransom. In the end, Eddie was killed and Victoria was rescued.
Erik Valdez in Jarhead 3: The Siege.
Former "General Hospital" actor Erik Valdez, who played Trey Mitchell from 2012 to 2013, is appearing in the 2016 sequel "Jarhead 3: The Siege." Alongside Charlie Weber ("How to get Away with Murder") as Evan and Scott Adkins ("The Legend of Hercules") as Gunny, Valdez plays Lopez as a team of Marines fights in the Middle East to protect a US Embassy that comes under attack. Keep an eye out for the film release. Since his daytime role, Valdez appeared in "Graceland" as Carlito Solano (2014 to 2015) and will play Officer Valducci in the upcoming project "Paint it Black," directed by fellow "General Hospital" alum Amber Tamblyn (Emily Quartermaine, 1996 to 1998).
Tammin Sursok to star in Merry Exes.
Tammin Sursok took over the role of Colleen Carlton on "The Young and the Restless" in 2007, which she held until 2009 when Colleen's mother Traci Abbott was forced to remove her from life support after a near drowning accident left her brain dead. Fans will get to see the actress next playing Livvy Beal in the upcoming film "Merry Exes." The story follows three women who join forces to seek revenge on their cheating ex. However, when Livvy meets Carter (Brent Bailey, "Hart of Dixie") she debates forgiving her ex in order to move forward and give love another chance. John Brotherton ("One Life to Live's" Jared Banks, 2007 to 2010), pictured with Sursok below, also stars as Anderson Whitmire. Stay tuned for the release date. Genoa City fun fact: The character of Colleen still lives on through Victor Newman, who received Colleen's heart via a transplant after Patty Williams shot him three times while trying to help Jack save Colleen, who'd been kidnapped by Patty.
Emily O'Brien filming Storefront.
"The Young and the Restless" alum Emily O'Brien (Jana Hawkes Fisher, 2006 to 2011) recently turned up on a New York street, filming scenes to her upcoming film "Storefront." Written by Rob Tobin and directed by Michael S. Feinstein, the actress will play Sandi as the plot surrounds a gunman's demand for the owner of a travel agency to convince his next female client to marry him or risk both dying. As of yet, there is no word on its 2016 release date. Jason London ("Dazed and Confused") also stars. Since leaving daytime, O'Brien has been involved with a few short productions and has voiced characters in the video games "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor" (Eryn), "The Order: 1866" (various) and will soon be heard as Y'Shtola in "Final Fantasy XV."
— Emily O'Brien (@emilyXObrien) February 2, 2016
— Emily O'Brien (@emilyXObrien) February 5, 2016
Eva Longoria and Hayden Panettiere on Lip Sync Battle.
On Tuesday February 11 soap alums Eva Longoria ("The Young and the Restless'" Isabella Braña, 2001 to 2003) and Hayden Panettiere ("One Life to Live's" Sarah Roberts, 1994 to 1997; "Guiding Light's" Lizzie Spaulding, 1998 to 2000) appeared on Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle." Watch the clips below were Longoria performed Flo Rida's "Low" featuring T-Pain and Panettiere took the stage for Christina Aguilera's "Lady Marmalade."
Remember the "As the World Turns" actor who played Jack Snyder? We found Michael Park singing at Broadwaycon 2016, a former guest star's soap obsession and more in last week's column surrounding actors from canceled soaps.
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Photo Credit: Emily O'Brien (Jill Johnson/JPI)
- Amy Mistretta