Stars Who Started on Soap Operas

Rachel Hoffman
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While soap operas have traditionally been mocked for their ridiculous story lines and bad acting, in reality it's quite a difficult genre (have you ever seen how many pages of dialogue they have to learn on a daily basis?!) where many of Hollywood's biggest stars have gotten their big breaks.

Before hitting the big screen in "Ghost" and "G.I. Jane," Demi Moore was honing her acting skills on the small screen, playing Jackie Templeton, a reporter on "General Hospital" in the early '80s.

Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan, and Marisa Tomei also spent part of the '80s perfecting their craft on "As the World Turns." Julianne played a dual roles as half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, while Meg portrayed Betsy Stewart, and Marisa played Marcy Thompson.

Ryan Philippe joined the soap scene in 1992 as "One Life to Live's" Billy Douglas, the first gay teen on daytime television. He then started landing roles in such films as "White Squall" (1996), "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997), and "Cruel Intentions" (1999).

Check out this vid to see which Oscar-nominated actor decided to march to the beat of his own drum by going from movie star to soap star!

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