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Soap alums take on superhero roles, horror films and directing gigs.

From playing Superman to directing a primetime show, and even starring in upcoming horror films, these former daytime alums are showcasing their talents outside of soap operas. has the scoop on what several All My Children, Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, One Life to Live and Young and the Restless alums have coming soon.

Matt Cohen returns to Supernatural

General Hospital’s Matt Cohen (Dr. Griffin Munroe) played both a Young John Winchester and the character of Michael on The CW’s Supernatural in episodes airing between 2008 and 2015. The actor is returning to the show for its final season but will be behind the camera. Cohen’s slated to direct an upcoming Supernatural episode of the hit show, which stars former Days of our Lives star Jensen Ackles (Eric Brady).

Arrival in Riverdale

Dawson’s Creek and As the World Turns alum Kerr Smith (Ryder Hughes) is joining The CW’s Riverdale for the show’s fourth season. Kerr, who most recently appeared in Freeform’s The Fosters, will play Riverdale High’s new principal, Mr. Honey, for Archie (K.J. Apa) and his friends’ senior year. He is set to make his entrance in the second episode titled Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High, which will air on October 16. Season four will also address the death of Luke Perry, who played Archie’s father Fred Andrews.

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Xenophobia, an alien horror film

Days of our Lives alum Kristen Renton (Morgan Hollingsworth) appears as Becky in the horror film Xenophobia. The film will have its red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on August 1, and will be released on DVD and on-demand on August 6. It centers on six strangers who recall the details of their own encounters days of our lives alum Kristen Renton in Xenophobiawith aliens. As they share their terrifying stories of abductions, they realize their experiences were not isolated incidents. Unfortunately, their biggest challenge is ahead of them, and they need to learn to overcome their fears and trust one another to survive. “Xenophobia is an accumulation of actual alien events and encounters that have been documented over the years,” said co-Director Steven Escobar.  “Teaming up with Joe Castro and Thomas J Churchill who co-wrote and co-directed the film with me, we were able to bring these stories to the screen using state of the art of special effects which we’re really proud of.  Xenophobia is further proof that indie filmmakers can present epic stories and great effects without a studio budget.” Xenophobia is directed, written, and produced by Steven J. Escobar, Joe Castro, and Thomas J. Churchill and from Vision Films Inc.


One Life to Live’s Brandon Routh (Seth Anderson), who currently plays Ray Palmer/The Atom on The CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will also be play Superman in the network’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover event. The storyline will play out over five interconnected episodes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman. It follows the events of the popular comic series Crisis on Infinite Earths, which set out to abandon the DC multi-verse created over years of different comic characters and writers and unite them into a single universe. The multi-verse has already been portrayed in The CW’s shows, with the characters of Arrow and Flash existing on a different Earth than Supergirl and Superman. The explanation is that there is an infinite number of Earths in an infinite number of universes, each with their own versions of the various DC superheroes. Routh, who played Superman in the 2006 film Superman Returns, will once again play the role, but in an alternate universe and timeline. Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) who currently plays Superman on Supergirl, will also play his Earth’s version of the hero.

Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias

All My Children’s Justin Bruening (Jamie Martin) and Young and Restless alum Monica Potter (Sharon Collins) have joined Chris Klein (American Pie), Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva) and Heather Headley (Chicago Med) in the upcoming Netflix series Sweet Magnolias. The show is based on Sherryl Woods’ popular series of novels of the same name and is set in the small town of Serenity, South Carolina. It centers on three women (Potter, Elliott and Headley), best friends since childhood, and follows them as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family. Bruening will play Cal Maddox, a former professional baseball player who comes to town looking for a fresh start. Potter plays Maddie Townsend, a low-key but resolute and loving woman whose friends try to convince her that now is the time for reinvention.

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The Colour of Madness

Bold and Beautiful and Young and the Restless alum Barbara Crampton (Maggie Forrester, Leanna Love) stars in the upcoming UK horror film The Colour of Madness. The film follows Isaac (Ludovic Hughes) and his pregnant wife Emma (Sophie Stevens), who in the wake of Isaac’s mother’s death, return to the remote Norwegian village of his birth to deal with an unexpected inheritance. The couple soon finds themselves caught in a nightmare as an ancient evil awakens to claim a birthright of its own. Crampton, who has gone on to star in a number of horror films, most notably Re-Animator, will play Renate in the movie. The Colour of Madness is being directed by Andy Collier and Toor Mian, and was written by Andy Collier and Paul Kane, who based it on Mian’s short story of the same name. The movie is currently filming and expected to be released in 2020.

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