Did you know that some of your favorite TV stars were once on soap operas. Check out who made the jump from daytime to prime time TV.


Nashville's cast members Jonathan Jackson won five emmys as Lucky Spencer on Gh. Hayden P she played Lizzie Spaulding Guiding Light and she was Sarah Roberts on one life to live that was b4 GL. Criminal Minds Shemar moore he was Malcolm on Y&R. Dallas Jesse Metcalfe was on passions. Judith Light (Dallas and SVU) played Karen on oltl. Law order SVU Kelli Giddish played DI Henry on All my Children

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Judith Light, who's appeared as a judge on Law & Order: SUV, used to play "Karen" of "Larry and Karen together forever" on All My Children. Ms. Light also has had an outstanding career on Broadway.


This list severely lacks some very important former soap actors who are on primetime. Jonathan Jackson got his start on soaps and is the youngest and most decorated emmy winner for his roles as Lucky on GH. Also Shelley Henning was also on Days of Our Lives. Jesse Metcalfe was on Passions, Justin Hartley also Passions, and Jordanna Brewster was on As the World Turns. Interesting how you mention Paul Wesley's side bits on his soaps but forget Zach Roerig was on ATWT right before he got TVD. Also Hayden from Nashville like Jonathan was on Guiding Light.

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I'll always think of Jackson as Lucky and Hayden as Lizzie! Check out The Vampire Diaries before they were stars slideshow. I got a pic of Zach in his first episode of ATWT!

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