Soap Opera Actors: Where Are They Now?
Susan Batten (ABC)
Catching up with the former daytime actors.
In our latest column, Soaps.com has some updates surrounding the careers of former soap stars of daytime canceled soaps “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” “Passions” and “Sunset Beach.”
An arrest, an award, a new script, a play, an engagement, fan Q&As and more…
What happened to Jean LeClerc?
Soaps.com Facebook friend Faye W. wondered what happened to the actor who played “All My Children’s” Jeremy Hunter from 1985 to 1992. Prior to his Pine Valley role, where he played a love interest of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci), Jean LeClerc broke into acting in 1983 as Gui Tavenier on “The Edge of Night.” He went on to have daytime roles on “As the World Turns” as Antoine Bissett, “The Doctors” as Dr. Jean Marc Gautier, “One Life to Live” as Peter Russo and “Loving” as Jeremy/Gilbert Hunter. In later years the actor turned up on “Blown Away,” “Law & Order,” “All Souls” and on Broadway in the lead role in “Dracula.” LeClerc’s last credits were noted in 2005 on the Quebec series “Les Bougon: C’est aussi ça la vie” and the film “Idole instantanée.”
Colin Egglesfield and Ambyr Childers in Vice.
Former “All My Children” co-stars Colin Egglesfield (ex-Josh Madden, 2005 to 2009) and Ambyr Childers (ex-Colby Chandler, 2006 to 2008) can be seen in the January 16 released feature film “Vice.” Egglesfield plays Reiner with Childers as Kelly in the film that surrounds the ultimate resort, Vice, designed by Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) where humans act out their fantasies with ‘human-like artificial inhabitants’. Kelly, an artificial, escapes the resort and is caught between those who want her returned to Vice and others who want the resort shut down. Thomas Jane (“The Punisher” films) also stars. Fans can catch the SciFi thriller in various theaters, on-demand or through the iTunes link in Egglesfield’s tweet below.
— Colin Egglesfield (@CEgglesfield) January 19, 2015
Julianne Moore wins SAG Award.
Julianne Moore, who played Frannie Hughes on “As the World Turns” from 1985 to 2010, took home a Screen Actors Guild award on Sunday January 25. Moore won in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her part as Alice Howland in “Still Alice.” The film surrounds Alice, a happily married wife and mother of three, who starts to forget words, which becomes troublesome considering she’s a renowned linguistics professor. A devastating diagnosis leaves the family and its bonds tested to the fullest. Soaps.com sends Moore our congratulations!
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) January 15, 2015
Watch the video of Moore’s acceptance speech, which she begins by saying, “When I was on ‘As the World Turns’…”
Heidi Mueller engaged to Dallas Cowboy.
Former “Passions” star Heidi Mueller, who played Kay Bennett from 2002 to 2008, is officially off the market. The actress, who shares a daughter (Savanna, born June 20, 2013) with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, alerted fans via Instagram that the couple is engaged. Soaps.com sends them our very best! Since leaving daytime behind, Mueller has turned up as a secretary in the “Funny or Die Presents…” series.
Florencia Lozano onstage in Winners.
Fans in the New York City, New York area can catch Florencia Lozano (“One Life to Live’s” ex-Tea Delgado, 1997 to 2013) onstage in the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Radio Drama Network production “Winners.” The play runs through Sunday February 8 and follows the Mackey family and the changes they’re forced to make when life spins out of control. In the end, it’s the kids and their pets that set out to get things back in order. Winners tickets can be purchased online or at the door at Ensemble Studio Theatre at 549 West 52 Street, 2nd floor, in New York City, New York.
Susan Batten writes Showing Roots.
Susan Batten played one of daytime’s most colorful characters as “One Life to Live’s” Luna Moody Holden and her ghost on and off from 1991 to 2012. In fact, Luna was the one who gave Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) his infamous scar after hitting him with a lead pipe while trying to protect Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell). She also appeared as Connor Jamison on “As the World Turns” (1997) and as Lolly on “All My Children” (1989). Now the actress has penned a script for the upcoming feature film “Showing Roots,” which reflects on how the 1977 release of the mini-series “Roots” affected a small town in the South. Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the new Black”) and Maggie Grace (“Taken 3”) will star, as filming was scheduled to start in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this month.
Sherri Saum's The Fosters gets new season pick-up.
Julina L. asked about the actress who played Vanessa Hart on "Sunset Beach" from 1997 to 1999. Sherri Saum's daytime credits didn't stop after "Sunset Beach." She went on to play "One Life to Live's" Keri Reynolds from 2001 to 2003, where she met her future husband Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio Vega). The couple married on May 19, 2007 and Reyes and Saum welcomed twin boys on May 13, 2014. The actress has held numerous primetime roles on series such as "Law & Order," "Army Wives," "In Treatment," "Gossip Girl" and "Revenge" to name a few. She can currently be seen starring as Lena Adams Foster in ABC Family's "The Fosters," which was just renewed for season three. Tune in Mondays at 8:00 PM.
Brandon Buddy arrested for DWI.
TMZ is reporting that former "One Life to Live" alum Brandon Buddy (ex-Cole Thornhart, 2006 to 2010) has been arrested for DWI. Apparently the actor had been spotted leaving an Austin, Texas gas station on Sunday January 18, all scratched up, after purchasing beer. Cops were alerted and pulled a semi-conscious Buddy over before he was sent to a hospital where the arrest took place and jail followed. Incidentally, on Sunday January 4 the daytime alum was found to be in possession of dangerous prescription medication. There's no word whether or not it belonged to the actor and is currently being investigated.
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Header Photo Credit: Colin Egglesfield and Ambyr Childers (Winston Burris/WENN.com)
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