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Soap opera couples who found romance on the set. wanted to focus on some of our favorite on-screen actors whose lives off-screen include their fellow actors. Here are just a few of our favorite off-screen real life soap opera couples from All My Children, As the World Turns, Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, One Life to Live, and Young and the Restless.

Days of our Lives:
One of the first supercouples, Bill (Doug Williams) and Susan (Julie Williams) met on the set of Days of our Lives. The couple fell in love on and offscreen, and married in 1974. During Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth-Hayes’ interview, Hayes stated, “Bill Bell who was the head writer, saw something going between our eyes that was electric and he started to write for it, and he wrote the most wonderful plotlines for us. We were written as lovers before we became lovers in life.”

Susan Seaforth Hayes, Bill Hayes "Days of our Lives" Set Wedding NBC Studios Burbank 09/29/15 © Howard Wise/ 310-657-9661Actors and spouses, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth, attending an NBC Television party, Hollywood, California, May 1974. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

General Hospital/Port Charles/Days of our Lives:
Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe, GH, Port Charles) and Wayne Northrop (Roman Brady, Alex North, Days) met in an acting class in 1980. Herring knew in a week that he was ‘the one’. They married in 1981 in an outdoor wedding and own a working cattle ranch with their two children, Hank and Grady.

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The Young and the Restless:
Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) met his wife Cindy Fisher on Y&R set in 1980 when she played Rebecca. The two were married in 1984 with rocker Rick Springfield (Dr. Noah Drake, GH) as an usher. The couple were blessed with a daughter, Calyssa, and son, Caden.

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All My Children:
Kelly Ripa (Haley Vaughan) met Mark Consuelos (Mateo Santos) on set in 1995 where the on-screen couple feel in love off-screen and eloped to Vegas in 1996. An old married couple with three kids together, Michael, Lola and Joaquin, they still have oodles of chemistry as seen while he co-hosted Live with Kelly! with her back in June.


One Life to Live:
Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and James DePaiva (Max Holden) met on OLTL and married in 1996. Along with their musical backgrounds, the couple shares a son, James and Kassie’s step-mother to Dreama, James’ daughter with ex-wife “Hee Haw” actress, Misty Rowe.

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As the World Turns:
Maura West (Carly Tenney) and Scott DeFreitas (Andy Dixon) met on the ATWT set and were married in 2000. West is a dedicated mother of five, Joseph, Katherine, Basil and Birdie with DeFreitas and Benjamin from a previous marriage to New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight.

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The Bold and the Beautiful:
Schae Harrison (Darla Forrester) met Mick Cain (C.J. Garrison) on B&B and have been together since 2001. When their son Haven Jude was born in 2003, Cain took time off from acting to be with their son, who he has said in an interview, has a wicked sense of humor.

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General Hospital:
Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) and Michael Saucedo (Juan Santiago) never had a romance on GH, but did off-camera. The couple married in 2001 and share three children together: Ethan Riley, Ella Bailey and Emerson Truett. An actress since a young age, Herbst would never say no to her children acting, but isn’t going to push them either.


The Young and the Restless:
Eileen Davidson (Ashley Newman) married her co-star Vince Van Patten (Christian Page) in 2003, after meeting on set in 2000. Off-camera Davidson spends her time as a mother and step-mother, and enjoys vegetable gardening. Van Patten has two children, Richard and Vince Jr. with his former wife Betsy Russell of “Saw” fame, and he and Davidson share a son, Jesse Thomas.


Thad Luckinbill (JT Hellstrom) and Amelia Heinle’s (Victoria Newman) characters were married on Y&R and though the couple’s characters have since divorced on the show, the couple married in real life in 2007. They share two children, a son Thaddeus Rowe Jr. and daughter Georgia March. Luckinbill is also a step-father to Heinle’s son August Manning from her first marriage to Michael Weatherly (NCIS).


Originally posted September 29, 2009 and refreshed August 19, 2016 and May 22, 2018.

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