Soap Opera Actors: Where are they now? Natalie Zea gives birth, as Lori Loughlin heads to the Northpole
New TBS comedy.
Primetime roles, baby news, a Hallmark Christmas movie, a soapy spoof, and more are the highlights of this week’s column surrounding the careers of former actors of “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Loving,” “Passions” and “The Edge of Night.” We also say a special goodbye to former “One Life to Live” actor Nathaniel Marston.
Meredith Hagner lands TBS comedy Search Party.
Meredith Hagner broke into the business in 2008 and played Liberty Ciccone on “As the World Turns” until 2010. She went on to appear in various primetime hits, including “Royal Pains” and “Men at Work” and made for television movies. The actress has recently landed a regular role on the upcoming TBS comedy “Search Party,” which focuses on four narcissistic 20-somethings who are drawn together after the mysterious disappearance of a former college acquaintance. Fans can expect the series to launch via TBS’s linear, digital and mobile platforms sometime in 2016.
David and Melissa Fumero pregnant with first child.
“One Life to Live” alums David and Melissa Fumero shared some exciting news on Monday. They’re expecting their first child! The couple married back in December 2007 and had roles on the ABC soap as Cristian Vega (1998 to 2012) and Adriana Cramer (1998 to 2011). David plays Mike Sandoval on Starz’s “Power” and Melissa currently plays Amy Santiago on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which airs on FOX Sundays at 8:30 PM. Soaps.com congratulates the actors!
Rainn Wilson chats with Kelly Ripa about his One Life to Live role.
Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute on “The Office” from 2005 to 2013 and most recently Everett Backstrom on “Backstrom.” However, his very first on-camera gig was playing Casey Keegan on “One Life to Live” in 1997. The actor sat down with “All My Children” alum Kelly Ripa (Hayley Vaughan Santos) and Michael Strahan on “Live With Kelly and Michael” to talk about his daytime gig and described his character by saying, “I played a role as if they had written a role just for me, a homicidal stand-up comic.” Watch the video below to find out why Wilson’s Llanview character was out to kill Antonio Vega (Kamar de los Reyes) and relive some of the moments through past clips included!
Remembering Nathaniel Marston.
Last week soap opera alum Nathaniel Marston passed away due to injuries from a critical car accident. He was 40 years old. During this time of sadness, we want to reflect on the actor’s career and his forever place in daytime… Marston first turned up in soaps in 1998 as Eddie Silva on “As the World Turns,” a role he played until 1999. In 2001 he captured the hearts of many as Al Holden on “One Life to Live.” In September 2003 his character, who shared a great love with Marcie Walsh (Kathy Brier), passed away from complications due to a liver transplant but fans and Llanview hadn’t seen the last of Marston yet. In November of that same year, the show put a paranormal spin on the storyline and brought Marston back when Al’s spirit roamed Llanview and his soul entered the body of Michael McBain (then played by Richard Brandon Johnson), who died after taking the wrong medication. Though this was Al’s chance to be with Marcie, he was told by his stepmother Luna (Susan Batten) that he only had until Valentine’s Day to make Marcie recognize his true identity. When Marcie recognized her one true love, Al explained what had happened then in spirit form went to Heaven, leaving his soul behind in Michael – with neither recalling what had happened, only that they’d dated for the last couple of months. Marston held the role until 2007. In recent years, he guest-starred on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “White Collar,” “Castle,” “Blue Bloods” and played Tony in “Walk a Mile in my Pradas.” Marston’s family held a memorial service on Sunday November 15 at Bruno’s Country Club in Gerlach, Nevada. There’s another one set for Saturday December 5 at Salt Pond Beach in Hanapepe, Kauai at 12:00 PM. Soaps.com sends Marston’s family, friends and fans our deepest condolences. Here are tweets from some of his “One Life to Live” co-stars:
Ron Carlivati (head writer):
— Ron Carlivati (@carlivatiron) November 12, 2015
Kathy Brier (Marcie McBain):
Michael Easton (John McBain):
Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord):
SAD NEWS Nathaniel Marston has died of injuries sustained in a car crash. A talented actor, I wish his personal story ended differently- RIP
— robin strasser (@robinstrasser) November 12, 2015
Josh Casaubon (Hugh Hughes):
RIP Nathaniel Marston. Thanks for the friendship, the stories and the laughs. You’ll be missed. — Josh Casaubon (@joshcasaubon) November 12, 2015
Melissa Fumero (Adriana Cramer):
Much love & many tears for the man with the giant heart. No more suffering for Nat. RIP #NathanielMarston
— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) November 12, 2015
Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio Vega):
David Gregory (Robert Ford):
— David A. Gregory (@davidagreg) November 12, 2015
Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco):
Rest in Peace, Nathaniel Marston. — Farah Fath (@Farah_Galfond) November 12, 2015
Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan Brennan):
Bryan Cranston and Jimmy Kimmel in Suspended Suspense.
Veteran actor/soap alum Bryan Cranston joined funny man Jimmy Kimmel (“The Tonight Show”) and put on quite the show earlier this month in a performance of a ‘soap opera they claimed to have starred in together in the early 1990s’ titled “Suspended Suspense.” The men joked about how the soap was canceled after merely three episodes and how their characters brothers Garrison and Jamison Goldenweather were suspended feet off of the ground while having to deal with the drama that surrounded the illness and death of their rich father. Watch for yourself below! Cranston played Douglas Donovan on “Loving” in 1983, went on to appear as Dean Stella on “One Life to Live” in 1985 and will always be remembered as Hal on “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000 to 2006).
Travis Schuldt and Natalie Zea welcome baby girl.
Back in July Soaps.com announced Natalie Zea’s pregnancy and now we are happy to report the former “Passions” actress (Gwen Hotchkiss Winthrop, 2000 to 2002) and her husband Travis Schuldt (Ethan Winthrop, 1999) welcomed their first child together. Their daughter Reygan Zea Schuldt was born on Sunday October 25 in Los Angeles, California. Soaps.com sends the family our very best! Schuldt turned up earlier this year as Nate on “The Fosters” and Zea was a regular on the now canceled FX series “Justified” as Winona Hawkins.
It’s been reported that I’m back to work 13 days after birthing my daughter. Nope. These dreadlocks of mine directly contradict that claim. — Natalie Zea (@nataliezea) November 7, 2015
Lori Loughlin stars in Northpole: Open for Christmas.
Lori Loughlin is best known for her role as Rebecca Katsopolis on “Full House” but she also played Jody Travis on “The Edge of Night” from 1980 to 1983. This weekend the actress will star as Mackenzie Reed in the next chapter of the Hallmark Channel world premiere original movie “Northpole: Open for Christmas,” alongside Dermot Mulroney (“Shameless”) as Ian and Bailee Madison (“Good Witch”) as Clementine. The story follows Mackenzie’s decision to sell the hotel she inherited from her aunt before Christmas. In the meantime, while fixing up the place and dealing with current guests some special elves are sent to help her rediscovery the magic of Christmas. Tune in Saturday November 21 at 9:00 PM. You can also catch Loughlin in Fuller House in 2016.
We also report the goings on for “B&B,” “Days,” General Hospital” and “Y&R” alums, including details surrounding Kristen Alderson and Chad Duell’s break up, Paul Telfer’s “Once Upon a Time” role and more!
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Photo Credit: Meredith Hagner (Jill Johnson/JPI)
– Amy Mistretta