23 Stars Who Got Their Start on Soap Operas

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Before they were famous, these 23 stars actually got their start on daytime soap operas. 

Did you know, for example, that Leonardo DiCaprio started out on Santa Barbara? Or that Hayden Panettiere was once on Guiding Light?

Find out which other stars got their start on soap operas below! Some of them may even surprise you!


1. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio
Academy Award winning Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been acting since he was very young. One of his first roles was on the soap opera, Santa Barbara, in the early 90s.

2. Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere
You know her now as Juliette on ABC's Nashville, or perhaps as Claire on the original Heroes, but she got her start as Sarah Roberts on One Life to Live. Following that role, she played Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.

3. John Stamos

John Stamos
Before he was Uncle Jesse, John Stamos played Blackie Parrish on General Hospital, the foster child of Rick and Leslie Webber. Now, you can see him as Uncle Jesse yet again on Fuller House, as well as on the FOX comedy, Grandfathered.

4. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar
Before she was a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar got her start as Kendall Hart Jackson on All My Children from 1993-1995. The same role was later played by Alicia Minshew.

5. Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen
Before she was known for her role on Angents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ming-Na Wen played Lien Hughes on the soap oper, As the World Turns.

6. Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion
Nathan Fillion played the role of Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live before going on to star on Firefly and then ABC's Castle.

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