Soap Opera Actors: Where Are They Now?
Catching up with the former daytime actors.
In our latest column, Soaps.com has some new details surrounding the goings on in the careers of former soap stars of daytime canceled soaps “All My Children,” “Another World,” “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” “Texas” and “The Edge of Night.”
Baby news, an Oscar Award, a new book series, playing a former First Lady, primetime roles and more…
Yaya DaCosta heading to Chicago Med.
Yaya DaCosta, who played “All My Children’s” ex-Cassandra Foster in 2008, starred as Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s 2015 biopic “Whitney” and is now heading back to primetime. Fans of “Chicago Fire” will first be introduced to DaCosta’s character, a nurse named Maggie Seaver, during episode nineteen of the NBC series, which is being labeled as the “Chicago Med” episode. Introducing “Chicago Med” to the “Chicago Fire” fan base will put out feelers to see if a possible stand-alone spin-off will be welcomed. The series airs Tuesdays at 10:00 PM.
Denise Vasi is a new mom.
“All My Children” alum Denise Vasi (ex-Randi Hubbard, 2008 to 2011) gave birth to a baby girl on Monday February 2. The new mommy and her director/producer husband Anthony Mandler named their first child Lennox Mae Mandler. Soaps.com sends our best wishes to the proud parents! Since leaving her daytime role, Vasi has appeared on “Single Ladies,” “Magic Mike,” “Things Never Said” and “What’s Your Number?” Read what she shared about her pregnancy and her new little one below:
During my pregnancy many people questioned my choice to have a natural birth at home. However, for my husband & me there was never a question on how we wanted to experience the greatest gift life has to offer. What was important for US was that our child's birth was to be intimate and drug free. Was it exactly how we planned? No. Was it painful to go thru labor unmedicated? ABSOLUTELY!!! EXTREMELY!!! So much so, that there were moments I didn't think I could do it. BUT I DID! I trusted my body & my baby & it was SO worth it! I am grateful for my husband, my amazing doula & my mom who "kept my head in the game." On 2/2 our daughter, Lennox Mae Mandler was "born in the caul-" something that is extremely rare & special. She came with so much power, spirit, & intensity. She also came so fast that Daddy delivered his little girl. I can't begin to express how proud I am of you @amandler, you never skipped a beat & you remembered everything from those 20 hour classes I made you take ?. We did it! Our way!! I love you, Poo. Thank you guys for riding along & supporting our journey. #homebirth #borninthecaul #naturalbirth #birthwithoutfear #mothersinprotest #letthefunbegin #vasimandlerbaby #miv #bringonthebabycouture
“A baby asked God “they tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?” God said, “Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.” The baby asked, “who will protect me?” God said, “Your angel will defend you, even if it means risking her life.” The baby said, “God, please tell me my angel’s name?” God said “You will simply call her MOMMY” #happyvalentinesday #bestVDayever #mommylife #day12 #vasimandlerbaby
Marcia Cross heads back to primetime.
Soap alum Marcia Cross, well-known for her long-term roles on “Desperate Housewives” and “Melrose Place,” will turn up in primetime tonight in a guest-starring role on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” The actress will play Charmaine Briggs, the wife of Walter Briggs (Robert Vaughn, “One Life to Live’s” ex-Bishop Corrington) whose children believe she’s physically abusing their father. Tune in on Wednesday February 25 at 9:00 PM. Cross’ daytime roles include “The Edge of Night” (ex-Liz Correll, 1984), “Another World” (ex-Tanya, 1986), “One Life to Live” (ex-Kate Sanders, 1987) and the primetime soap “Knot’s Landing” (ex-Victoria Broyard, 1991 to 1992). Here’s a photo of Peter Scanavino (Dominick ‘Sonny’ Carisi Jr.) that Cross tweeted from the set:
Who is this handsome cop? Xo m pic.twitter.com/2Za2OsXogq
— Marcia Cross (@ReallyMarcia) February 6, 2015
Tom Wiggin pens The Client’s Wife.
Tom Wiggin is no stranger to daytime, having had roles on “Texas” as Joe Foster (1981), “Another World” as Gil Fenton (1983), “As the World Turns” as Kirk Anderson (1989) and “Guiding Light” as Lawrence Decker (2008). Though the actor has appeared in primetime and in movies throughout the years, he can now add published author to his resume. The Client’s Wife is the first book in the Emma Charles Mystery series and was released on February 2 by SELA Publishing. The main character, Emma, sets out as a New York City private eye, following in the footsteps of her grandparents Nick and Nora Charles (of “The Thin Man” 1930s series). Catch up with Wiggin and learn more about his series by visiting Emma Charles Mystery.
Julianne Moore in Maggie's Plan, plus award wins.
Longtime fans of "As the World Turns" will remember Julianne Moore for her role as Oakdale's Frannie Hughes from 1985 to 2010. The actress has had a very successful career and is adding yet another project to her credits. Moore has been tapped to take part in "Maggie's Plan," a story about a young woman's quest to make it on her own under the big lights of New York City. Ethan Hawke ("The Purge") also stars. Though details on Moore's "Maggie's Plan" character are slim, she'll return for the second installment of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" as President Alma Coin, which will be released on November 20. The actress recently won a Spirit Award for Best Female Lead in "Still Alice," as well as an Oscar for the same.
Kerry Butler: The New Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Kerry Butler, who played Nash Brennan's (Forbes March) ex-girlfriend Claudia Reston on "One Life to Live" from 2006 to 2007, will be taking the stage off-Broadway in "Clinton the Musical." The actress will lead the cast as former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the audience is taken on a 'hillary-ous' journey into the life of the 42nd President of the United States. Performances will take place at New World Stages at 340 West 50th Street in New York City, New York beginning on March 25 with the official opening night set for April 9. For ticket information please call 1-212-239-6200 or visit Clinton the Musical.
As I prepare to don Hilary's pantsuit, I need to focus and can't get distracted by all of your charming tweets. Tweet ya later?
— Kerry Butler (@KerryButlerNyc) February 15, 2015
Renee Elise Goldsberry takes the stage in Hamilton.
Renee Elise Goldsberry's soap opera roots took form when she first appeared on "One Life to Live" in 2003 as Evangeline Williamson, a role she held until 2007. Over the years she has appeared in various primetime roles and continues to recur on CBS' "The Good Wife" as Geneva Pine since 2010. The actress has many stage credits as well and is currently playing Angelica Schuyler in the off-Broadway production "Hamilton." The story follows an ambitious, unlikely founding father named Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) who sets out to make his mark on the nation and ends up in the middle of the country's first sex scandal. Performances run through May 3 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/Newman Theater at 25 Lafayette Street in New York City, New York. Visit The Public Theater to purchase tickets today. Watch a video montage of the show, which is filled with an upbeat vibe and gives a glimpse of Goldsberry's character.
Learn about "Days of our Lives" alum (ex-Cameron) Nathan Owens' Devious Maids role.
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Header Photo Credit: Marcia Cross (FayesVision/WENN.com)
- Amy Mistretta