Soap Opera Actors: Where Are They Now?
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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,” “Another World,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live” and “Sunset Beach.”
A one-woman show returns to the stage, a Nicholas Sparks role, watch a commercial and short film, baby news, primetime roles and more…
Justin Bruening takes on CSI: Cyber.
Justin Bruening, who played Jamie Martin on “All My Children” on and off from 2003 to 2011, will once again be heading to primetime. Keep an eye out for the actor in CBS’ “CSI: Cyber” at 10:00 PM on Wednesday April 15 in the episode titled “The Evil Twin.” Bruening will appear as Evan Wescott, as Avery (Patricia Arquette) and her team try to figure out why an electronic device shows a woman was alive three days after her official time of death. Over the years, the former Pine Valley star has turned up on such series as “Switched at Birth,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ravenswood” and “Royal Pains.”
Cameron Mathison joins Entertainment Tonight:
Former “All My Children” actor Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery) has been hired as “ET’s” new weekend co-anchor. But that’s not all… When needed, Mathison will act as a fill-in for the weekly airings, hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier. Keep an eye out for the soap alum later this month and check your local listings for airtimes and stations.
Stephen Schnetzer reunites with Alice Barrett Mitchell in The Following.
Stephen Schnetzer and Alice Barrett Mitchell once played onscreen loves as “Another World’s” Cass Winthrop (1982 to 1999, with crossovers to “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light”) and Frankie Fame (1991 to 1999). The actors can be seen together again when they guest-star on FOX’s “The Following.” Mitchell will appear as Jan Tower on Monday April 13 along with her character’s husband Dr. Tower – played by Schnetzer. Tune in at 9:00 PM to the episode titled “Flesh & Blood,” which is filled with murder, danger, new threats and stars soap alum Kevin Bacon (“Search for Tomorrow,” “Guiding Light”). Schnetzer also played Steven Olson on “Days” in 1978 and Marcello Salta on “One Life to Live” from 1980 to 1982. Mitchell appeared on “One Life to Live” as well from 2008 to 2010 as Dr. Morrison. The actress posted the photo above as well as these details from the episode on her official Facebook page.
Joseph Cross guest-stars on Elementary.
Joseph Cross stepped in to play “As the World Turns'” Casey Hughes from Cruise Russo back in 1999 and stayed in the Oakdale role until 2002. Though he never went back to daytime, Cross has appeared in a number of primetime and film roles and most recently landed a guest appearance on CBS’ “Elementary.” In the episode titled “One Watson, One Holmes,” Cross will play Petros Franken as Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) are stuck in the middle of a civil war due to the murder of a member of the anonymous hacker group they periodically work with. Tune in Thursday April 9 at 10:00 PM. Aside from his CBS stint, the actor is currently working on two projects titled “The Last Film Festival” and “Everything Beautiful is far Away.”
Tina Sloan returns with Changing Shoes.
Tina Sloan, who played Lillian Raines on "Guiding Light" from 1983 to 2009, is returning to the stage. Known in recent years for her one-woman show, "Changing Shoes," Sloan will help benefit the Victorian Delaware Children's Theatre at 1014 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware with a performance on Saturday April 18 at 8:00 PM. Fans will have the opportunity to attend a red carpet event before the show, as well as a separate Q&A session on Sunday April 19 at the Town Hall. Money raised will help purchase equipment and make repairs to the theatre. In 2010 Sloan published the book Changing Shoes: Getting Older - Not Old - with Style, Humor and Grace. Her one-woman show takes viewers on a journey as the actress finds an old pair of shoes prior to the Daytime Emmy Awards, which forces her to confront the question, "What do I have to do to remain vital?" The answer: Change your shoes. Visit the Delaware Children's Theatre for ticket prices and reserve your seats today. The actress also appeared as Katherine Pierce on "Venice: The Series" from 2009 to 2014.
hope anyone in Wilmington can make it to my play April 18th. Will be fun!! pic.twitter.com/7X9pYlFDVr
— tina sloan (@tinasloan) March 30, 2015
Stephanie Gatschet gives birth to baby girl.
Back in December Soaps.com announced the pregnancy of Stephanie Gatschet ("Guiding Light's" ex-Tammy Winslow, "All My Children's" ex-Madison North). The actress welcomed a baby girl named Vela on Saturday March 28 and posted a photo of her little one to share with fans on Instagram. Congrats from us all!
Michael Lowry in The Longest Ride.
If you're a fan of Nicholas Sparks' books and have seen his latest book-to-film project "The Longest Ride" you may have recognized a former soap star. Michael Lowry started his daytime career as Dr. Jake Martin on "All My Children" (1997 to 2000) then went on to have roles on "As the World Turns" as Les Sweeney (2004 to 2005), "The Bold and the Beautiful" as Dr. Hillman (2006) and "One Life to Live" as Ross Rayburn (2009 to 2010). Lowry turned up in Sparks' April release as Luke's (Scott Eastwood) doctor and can be seen in the official trailer below, as the story follows the lives of one couple and the impact they have an on older man who lost his one true love. Britt Robertson ("Under the Dome") and Alan Alda ("M*A*S*H") also star.
Watch David Gregory's short film Lily in the Grinder.
"One Life to Live" alum David Gregory (ex-Robert Ford, 2009 to 2012) stars in the short film "Lily in the Grinder," a Greenie nominee for Most Unique for HBO's Project Greenlight, which is produced by Ben Affleck ("Gone Girl"), Matt Damon ("Bourne" franchise), Sean Bailey (producer), and Chris Moore (producer). The story follows Ryan (Gregory) who sets out to find meaning to his existence through sex, death and what the future holds for him. Produced by Michael Morgenstern and directed by Stefanie Coimbra, fans can watch the film right here on Soaps.com. Please be advised this video contains profanity.
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Sarah Buxton sighting!
Often times we spot former soap actors in commercials while watching our favorite shows. Soaps.com did just that in the latest commercial for Persil ProClean laundry soap. Fans will remember Sarah Buxton from her daytime roles on "The Bold and the Beautiful" as Morgan DeWitt (1987 to 2005), "Days of our Lives" as Crystal Galore (2004) and "Sunset Beach" as Annie Douglas (1997 to 1999). Most recently the actress played Mrs. Cross on "Glee" and will appear as a cocktail waitress in the project "Embryo," which also features A Martinez ("B&B's" ex-Roman Montgomery, "One Life to Live's" ex-Ray Montez, "General Hospital's" ex-Roy DiLucca, "Santa Barbara's" Cruz Castillo). Watch the video below to see Buxton's commercial.
Please Note: We view all of our readers' questions, asking after past soap stars from canceled soaps. If we don't answer your questions in the column it means we've already reported the latest goings on for that actor. We encourage you to use the Search option on Soaps to look up their names or the names of their characters, and as always continue to leave your requests and we'll look into any updates we don't already have.
Header Photo Credit: Justin Bruening (Nikki Nelson/WENN.com)
- Amy Mistretta