Susan Seaforth Hayes, Bill Hayes"Days of our Lives" Set WeddingNBC StudiosBurbank09/29/15© Howard Wise/jpistudios.com310-657-9661

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Soap opera couples who found romance on the set.

Just like in any workplace, soap opera actors often meet on set and sometimes fall in love, even if the characters they play on-screen don’t. Throughout the years there have been a number of marriages between actors both on and off the soap opera they work on. Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) and Susan Seaforth-Hayes (Julie Williams) of Days of our Lives are probably one of the most well known and beloved of such couples. All My Children’s Kelly Ripa (Haley Vaughan) and Mark Consuelos (Mateo Santos) also met on set and fell in love.

As with real life, not all couples stay together. Days of our Lives Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker) and Kyle Lowder (Rex Brady, Brady Black) split after twelve years of marriage, and she has since moved on with Shawn Christian (Dr. Daniel Jonas). Some actors and actresses have been married more than once, and sometimes to more than one actor they met while working on daytime. Jon Lindstrom (Kevin Collins and Ryan Chamberlain, General Hospital) was previously married to Young & Restless’ Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott, and Kristen DiMera on Days of our Lives) before marrying his current wife Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney on All My Children). Other couples have made the choice to live as life partners and forgo the ceremony of marriage.

Browse our gallery of a few favorite off-screen real-life soap opera couples from All My Children, As the World Turns, Bold & Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, One Life to Live, and Young & Restless.

A version of this was posted September 29, 2009 by Hollie Deese, and refreshed by Dustin Cushman, May 26, 2020.